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Tucson Area

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Health Services Department will provide prevention, treatment, family support and aftercare services to all Tribal members at the New Pascua Reservation and Guadalupe, AZ tribal communities, through their partnership with the Centered Spirit Program and the Sewa Uusim Community Partnership. Both Native interventions and evidence-based models will be utilized. Their goal is to develop a culturally appropriate network of care to address methamphetamine use and its negative impact on their communities.

Tohono O’odham Nation

The Tohono O’odham Nation’s Wecij Hemajkam Apedak (Youth Wellness) MSPI project addresses suicide and substance use in youth ages 8 to 24 living in the Tohono O’odham community. They will build on individual and family resilience and on the strengths inherent in the Tohono O’odham Himdag (Way of Life). They will accomplish this by: 1) increasing the capacity of youth-driven leadership teams to become positive change agents in their communities and families through training, support, and resources for the creation and implementation of actionable strategies that will impact identified risk and protective factors for suicide and substance use; and, 2) increasing access to culturally appropriate prevention, early intervention, and postvention activities and services for youth, their families, communities and schools. The overall goal of the project is for a stronger, resilient, more self-sufficient youth and families. This will reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for community wellness.