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Listening Session

In February 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell tasked the Intradepartmental Council on Native American Affairs (ICNAA) with developing a comprehensive, integrated Departmental policy to address complex trauma in Native American communities. Improving the health and well-being of tribal communities is an important priority for HHS and HHS is committed to developing effective strategies to address not only the consequences of complex trauma but also to foster culturally responsive models for prevention.

HHS seeks input and recommendations to inform its work establishing and implementing this comprehensive policy. The Chair of the ICNAA invites tribal leadership to a listening session on Addressing Complex Trauma in Indian Country. The listening session will be held at the IHS National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, August 9, from 8:00 - 12:00 PM PST. This will be the first of a series of opportunities to provide recommendations.

A copy of the Dear Tribal Leader letter [PDF - 633 KB] is available for download.

Registration is not required to attend the listening session but is required for conference attendance.