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Navajo Area

Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Center

The Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Center’s Nahat’áh Bee’ánooséé: Growing Leaders Project has two main goals: 1) sustain and expand the Youth Ambassador Program to promote positive self-sufficiency behaviors among Native youth; and, 2) develop and implement a media campaign to provide healthy lifestyles and good decisions when confronted with substance abuse within families and peer groups. With cultural preservation at the core, the project will establish Youth Ambassador led projects, programs, and activities that weave together the healing impacts of Navajo cultural foundations and the science of evidence based, emerging practice, and promising practices. The youth ambassadors will be mentored with care, diligence, and respect, in order for them to become leaders, advocates, and educators for the community, their peers and their families.

Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Center - Purpose Area 2

The Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Center’s Hódzilee K’é Bee’adziil: Think Strong, Be Strong Project, is designed to address the significant source of morbidity and mortality in our communities. This project will enable them to expand their integrated behavioral health program to improve access to mental health care services, improve screening practices in the clinic, and offer comprehensive training to their staff and the community.

Crownpoint Health Care Facility

The Crownpoint Health Care Facility, early methamphetamine and suicide prevention and intervention program targets youth and young adults by utilizing evidence-based practices braided with traditional and emerging Diné cultural wellness practices. They provide training and awareness to members of the community who are critical in preventing and intervening with youth in regard to substance abuse, methamphetamine and suicide prevention/intervention.

Gallup Indian Medical Center

The Gallup Indian Medical Center MSPI Project will focus on promoting prevention and early intervention strategies in addressing suicide amongst American Indian/Alaska Native youth ages 8 to 24 years. This project will implement positive youth development activities by balancing and utilizing western and traditional/cultural best-practices and evidence-based prevention intervention methods. This will enable the Center to provide a platform for building and expanding prevention efforts in providing awareness for reducing risk factors for suicidal behaviors and substance abuse issues through the promotion of family education support and awareness activities.

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation will increase access to prevention activities for American Indian youth and young adults ages 8-24 years old. They will provide culturally appropriate training such as safeTALK, Gathering of Native Americans (GONA), American Indian Life Skills (AILS), and Native HOPE (Helping our People Endure). The expected outcome of this training is for the youth and young adults to build protective factors that will build resiliency, increase self-sufficiency, and reduce risk factors that lead to methamphetamine use and other substance abuse disorders that can contribute to suicidal behaviors. This will lead them in engaging in prevention and intervention activities by establishing peer-to-peer support groups and talking circles.

Utah Navajo Health System, Inc.

The Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. (UNHS) will maintain integrated behavioral health services in all four of our health centers. There will be a focus on suicide prevention and intervention using models such as “safetalk”, ASIST, and community coalitions. The UNHS will work with the schools, local county mental health and social services, and natural community supports for suicide crises response and postvention activities. The UNHS will contract with a board certified child psychiatrist and an addiction medicines psychiatrist; and will increase their pediatric and adult tele-psychiatry services.

Winslow Indian Health Care Center

The Winslow Indian Health Care Center (WIHCC) will address suicidal behaviors and substance abuse through early intervention for youth and young adults. They will use four strategies: education, engagement through special activities, training for school and youth services staff, and family/community outreach. These four strategies are based on evidence and practice-based programs and curricula, and most importantly, their traditional teachings for a comprehensive, culturally appropriate prevention and intervention approach.