March 20, 2014 marks the seventh annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). This day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Native people. HIV/AIDS continues to grow in the US, affecting communities of color at a disproportionate rate. According to the 2008 Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Surveillance Report, Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders (22.8 per 100,000) and American Indians/Alaskan Natives (11.9 per 100,000) have the 3rd and 4th highest rates of new HIV infections. Furthermore the diagnosis for HIV infection and AIDS rates increased from 2005 through 2008 among American Indians/Alaska Natives. Access community awareness resources and tools at:
Save-the-Date for the 2014 4th Annual THRIVE Conference for Native Youth in Portland, OR!! This conference has been very successful, and is extremely fun and educational. Don’t forget to mark your calendars: June 23-27, 2014, hosted by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s project THRIVE. The conference will include new workshop tracks this year. Contact Colbie Caughlan at 503-416-3284 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, otherwise check back in late March for more details! To download the save-the-date flyer: click here.
Oregon youth mental health treatment – Cedar Bough Program (Youth Villages). Click here to read about services Cedar Bough offers.
Facebook Resource:Help a friend in need is a community guide for Facebook users to help college students and young adults identify potential warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and in need of help. The guide provides recommendations about how to recognize content on Facebook that may signal emotional distress, as well as advice on how to talk to a friend who may be struggling and how to connect them to help. Click here to download.
ARTICLE: Thoughts of self-harm and help-seeking behavior among youth in the community. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior journal, click here to view.
Request a Suicide Prevention Training! THRIVE staff can provide QPR, safeTALK, or ASIST trainings for Tribes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Visit our THRIVE trainings webpage for more information.
Project Red Talon
April is STD Awareness Month! Promote GYT. The Get Yourself Tested campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to encourage young people to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV. GYT increases awareness about STDs and how to prevent them; links young people to STD testing services; and promotes a more open dialogue with partners and health care providers. Download campaign fliers, posters and buttons at: http://www.cdcnpin.org/stdawareness/GYT_Materials.aspx
Project Red Talon has 4 boxes of free shirts for clinics hosting screening events in April. Offer shirts to teens who get screened. Contact email@example.com to secure your box.
Tribal Equity Toolkit. The Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, the Western States Center, the Pride Foundation and Basic Rights Oregon collaborated on the nation’s first guide for Two Spirit and LGBT equity in Indian Country. We’re pleased to share that the Toolkit version 2.0 is now available at: https://graduate.lclark.edu/programs/indigenous_ways_of_knowing/tribal_equity_toolkit/.
The Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center offers a variety of STD/HIV clinical updates throughout the NW, including “STD Update with Optional Clinical Practicum.” Please visit their website for further information and registration: http://www.seattlestdhivptc.org
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Webinars & Courses
Tribal Regional Sexual Assault Response and Resource Circle (SARRC) Training – For Tribes in the Central and Western Washington region. The training will be on August 5-6, 2014 in Port Angeles, WA and registration applications will be accepted May 5 – June 6. Applications will be available here. For more information please contact Carrie Sampson – Sexual Assault Prevention Project Manager at the NPAIHB at 503-416-3304 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20, Recognizing and responding to trauma: The ACE Study and Trauma-informed Care
May 22, Reducing stigma and misunderstanding of mental health
July 17, Prescription drug abuse: Why does it matter and what can we do?
September 18, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
November 20, Suicide prevention and response: successful community strategies
Essential Substance Abuse Skills: A Guide for Professionals webinar is being hosted on March 19 at 10AM PST by ATTC. To register for this webinar click here.
Archived webinar: Using Online Communications Approaches for Suicide Prevention, click here to watch.
For Tribal Health Advocates
Three funding opportunities under HRSA’s Healthy Start Program have been reopened through Monday, March 31, 2014. For details and links to each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), visit the Healthy Start technical assistance webpage at:
Minority public health information. Looking for ways to stay connected and receive weekly information from the Office of Minority Health? Please register for their listserv here.
National Indian Health Board’s 5th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit, March 31 – April 2, 2014, in Billings, MT. To register for the Summit, click here.
Register for the April 9-12 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s National Conference!Click here to register for this conference taking place in Los Angeles, CA.
REGISTER NOW!2014 Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference, June 17 & 18, 2014, DoubleTree, Portland, OR. Click here to register.
DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation Youth Sports Initiative! Apply for funding assistance for your Tribal Sports Teams K-12 by applying for this “Sports Matter” funding by March 21st. Click here to get more information and to apply.
Save – the – Date June 23-27, 2014 for the 4th Annual THRIVE Conference for Native youth in Portland, OR. This is open to Native youth ages 13 – 19. Registration will be open in April 2014.
Oregon 9 Tribes Native Youth Suicide Prevention Camp Save – The – Date! The camp will be at Lake Creek Camp Ground in Seneca, OR on August 11-15, 2014. To learn more please email Lanette Humphrey at email@example.com or call 541-573-8002.