After five long years in the making, we are thrilled to announce the official release of Native VOICES! Native VOICES (Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex) is an evidence-based video designed to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The 23-minute video was designed to encourage condom use among heterosexual and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer) American Indian teens and young adults 15-24 years old.
The culturally-tailored video covers important sexual health topics, like:
Waiting to have sex
Talking to your partner about sex
Defining & enforcing personal values, and
Why use Native VOICES?
Native VOICES can be easily integrated into the flow of services provided by clinics, schools, treatment centers, and other community-based programs. Native VOICES can be implemented by a variety of support staff, and can be tailored to the needs and time constraints of your setting.
Get the Native VOICES ToolkitWe created a toolkit to support your use of the program in diverse tribal settings. The toolkit includes the Native VOICES video (23 minutes), a condom demonstration video (1:40 minutes), a dental dam demonstration video (1:08 minutes), a selection of condoms and dental dams, and a users’ guide.
The NPAIHB will be sending the Toolkit to Behavioral Health staff at each of the 43 NW Tribes later this month. If you are from a tribe outside our region, or if another person in a different department would also like a copy, please send your name, tribe, and mailing address to Mattie Tomeo-Palmanteer at Mattie@npaihb.org to receive a free copy.
THRIVE provides training and technical assistance on suicide prevention & media campaign development in the Pacific Northwest. ASIST and QPR trainings are offered to NW Tribes at little to no cost. Please contact email@example.com if you would like more information, or to learn more about the new “Zero Suicide” model that is being implemented nationwide.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launched a new resource for persons living with experiences of suicidality: lifelineforattemptsurvivors.org. This is an amazing resource for clients/patients or for concerned persons who just need resources of how to talk to someone who is contemplating suicide or has even attempted in the past.
NEW! Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program Website by IHS – The site’s objective is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse among the American Indian and Alaska Native population. Check it out at www.ihs.gov/asap
SAVE-the-DATE for the 2015 THRIVE Youth Conference. The conference will be held June 22-26, 2015 on Portland State University’s campus in Portland, Oregon. Please check the e-newsletter in March 2015 to get more information. Registration will open in April 2015. *A new workshop track will include lots of science!!*
**If you or someone you know is in crisis please get help, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a volunteer that is truly available to help and assist you or someone you know in their time of need.
We R Native
We R Native, the multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults, is hosting a suicide prevention contest through February 13th. The contest asks youth: What would your sign say to end suicide? Youth can submit their slogan or hold up their own sign for the chance to win gear and cash prizes. For more information visit We R Native on:
The Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center is pleased to announce its annual “Update on The Management of STDs & HIV Prevention” course in Seattle, WA on February 11-12, 2015 and its annual “STD Update, with Optional Clinical Practicum” course in Spokane, WA on March 26th, 2015! To register, visit: www.seattlestdhivptc.org
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) National Hepatitis Training Institute has developed a free educational web-based resource for health professionals to improve understanding of viral hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment. The curriculum contains 6 modules and can be accessed at: www.knowhepatitis.org/clinicaltraining
2015 Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) program is now taking applications. The application deadline is March 8, 2015 for this opportunity, check out this website for more information. The SING Workshop is a one-week workshop aimed at discussing the uses, misuses and limitations of genomics as a tool for Native American communities. The application process will be competitive with selected participants receiving funds to cover travel, housing and food expenses for the week of the workshop.
SAVE-the-DATE for the 2015 THRIVE Conference for Native youth across Indian Country. The conference will be held June 22-26, 2015 at the Native American Student and Community Center on Portland State University’s campus in Portland, Oregon. Please check the e-newsletter in March 2015 to get details, registration will open sometime in April 2015