SAMHSA's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center

Community Collaboration Webinars

These Tribal TTA Center webinars explain how tribal leaders, youth, and community organizations can increase community involvement in wellness efforts.

To learn more about specific tools for planning community wellness efforts, see Wellness Planning and Capacity Building Webinars. To receive announcements for upcoming webinars, sign up for the Tribal TTA Center’s email list.

Evaluation in Indian Country

The Gathering of Nation Americans (GONA) is a Native-specific community prevention and strategic planning curriculum developed by SAMHSA in the early 1990s in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native behavioral health experts. It has been used in a wide range of settings to move communities toward healing and to address issues related to planning and prevention. This series will review methods of GONA evaluation, and how communities can remain faithful to GONA principles while using it in their community.

  • Evaluation in Indian Country Part 1: Honoring the GONA (1 hour, 15 minutes)
    This webinar will review methods of GONA evaluation, while identifying challenges to implementing evaluation in Indian Country. We will also discuss understanding the Community-Based Participatory Research process.
  • Evaluation in Indian Country Part 2: GONA Fidelity (20 minutes)
    Are you being faithful as you implement GONA? While the GONA should be modified to reflect the culture of the community using it, often the curriculum is not effectively followed to achieve intended results. In Part 2 of the Evaluation in Indian Country series, we will discuss a GONA Fidelity tool that has been developed in partnership with urban American Indian communities in California to increase their consistency and fidelity in implementing GONA. Learn how you can tailor a GONA to your community while maintaining its integrity for healing and planning.

Webinars for Tribal Leaders

These webinars were designed for tribal leaders to share information with one another about promoting community involvement and policy changes that promote wellness.

From Silos to Circles (Community Collaborations)

Real-life examples show how communities have built strong collaborations among community organizations to work together on prevention programs.

Youth Engagement in Suicide Prevention

This webinar series emphasizes the importance of youth engagement when implementing prevention programs and services. Listen as American Indian and Alaska Native youth share their own stories about personal trauma and loss, as well as their strength and resilience as they strive for wellness.

Lateral Goodness

Lateral goodness is the opposite of lateral oppression, using strength-based language—it is a resilience factor and a way to promote positive change that empowers individuals and communities.

Research and Evaluation

These webinars explore aspects of historical and modern-day research and evaluation in tribal communities, identifying what works and what doesn’t work.

Last Updated: 03/12/2018