Welcome to the month of LOVE! February has proven to be full of love with Valentine’s day just passing and earlier in the month, the senate showed love to our Veteran’s with the passing of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The act is named after a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and later took his own life in 2011. As many of us know our Veterans deserve as much love and support as they need and this legislation will likely bring funding to much needed departments and programs that will increase and expand current programs to assist U.S. Veterans.
After five long years in the making, we are thrilled to announce the release of Native VOICES, 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.
Get the Native VOICES Toolkit! We’ve sent Toolkits to Behavioral Health staff at the 43 Tribes in OR, WA, and ID. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information, or to learn more about the new “Zero Suicide” model that is being implemented nationwide.
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:
CHR Vaccine Community Readiness Survey: The IHS Immunization Program is working with tribal partners to increase the number of AI/AN adults who receive vaccines. CHRs have a huge role in the health of their communities, so we are seeking CHRs to answer a few questions about the types of health messages you see in your community, the way these messages are delivered to your tribal community members, and what you think CHRs could do to help increase the number of AI/AN adults who receive vaccines. Many adults don’t believe they need vaccines, so we would like to correct this misunderstanding by teaching people that vaccines protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. Please share this link to complete the survey online: www.surveymonkey.com
Reclaiming our Roots: Rising from the Ashes of Historical Trauma. February 27, 2015 at Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel in Chandler, AZ.$20 registration fee, please register here.
HIV/STI/HCV Clinical Update PLUS Training, March 18-19, 2015,online and in Portland, OR. The training for I/T/U clinicians in Oregon and Washington will cover: HIV Clinical Best Practices, presented by Dr. Melanie Taylor, STI Clinical Best Practices,, presented by Dr. Melanie Taylor, Hepatitis C Clinical Best Practices presented by Dr. Jorge Mera, HCV/HIV Patient Management and Drug Procurement, Cultural Competency presented by Fransing Daisy and Tommy Chesbro and Two Spirit History and Impact on HIV Testing presented by Tommy Chesbro.
To reserve a travel scholarship or for other training-related questions, please contact Jessica Leston: email@example.com.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training on April 17, 2015. Hosted by Cow Creek with presenters from the Burns-Paiute Tribe. Cow Creek Tribal Boardroom 2371 NE Stephens Roseburg, OR 97470. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies individuals to provide Mental Health First Aid to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Identified on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Contact Aimee Wilhite at 541-691-2402 to register.
3rd Annual Tribal Sexual Assault Advocacy Skills Training. May 4-6, 2015.Training will be two and a half days in Pendleton, Oregon. Travel scholarships available for qualified applicants working in Tribal communities of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Contact Ryan Ann Swafford for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 503-416-3304.
Motivational Interviewing Workshop. March 17-18, 2015
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based clinical counseling method designed for evoking intrinsic motivation for positive behavior change. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field by William Miller, Ph.D. and Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., MI is now being widely applied in a variety of settings including health care. Register for both days: $140 ($170 nonmembers) Register a group of 3 and get a fourth registration complimentary.Registration coming soon and will be available throughwww.oregonpublichealth.org/resources. For more information contact Tracey Smith at email@example.com or 503-880-3358.
Healing of the Canoe. May 5-6, 2015 The Healing of the Canoe Project is a collaborative project between the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington. Now in the final phase of an 11 year project, the Healing of the Canoe team is focusing on dissemination of the life skills curriculum that was developed by each tribal community to promote a sense of cultural belonging and prevent substance abuse among tribal youth.. For more info about Healing of the Canoe please see our website http://healingofthecanoe.org.
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 in April 2015.