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.
- Rekindling the Fire – Part 1 (1 hour)
Listen as presenters and participants discuss best practices for increasing community involvement, as well as policy changes that prioritize culturally focused prevention efforts.
- Rekindling the Fire – Part 2 (1 hour, 16 minutes)
Hear continued discussion on best practices for increasing community involvement and facilitating policy changes that make prevention efforts a priority for tribal leadership
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.
- From Silos to Circles: Building Strong Collaborations in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities – Part 1: Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (1 hour, 32 minutes)
Learn how the Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa Indians transitioned from working in isolated silos to working together in strong circles of collaboration.
- From Silos to Circles: Building Strong Collaborations in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities – Part 2: Pinon Community (1 hour, 22 minutes)
Hear about how Pinon has created lasting partnerships to create sustainable, effective prevention programs and practices.
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.
- Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Cycle: Honoring Youth Voices – Part 1 (1 hour)
Listen as youth share why they committed to supporting prevention efforts in their communities and why they are still involved today.
- Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Cycle: Honoring Youth Voices – Part 2 (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Learn how to build on existing strategies to promote youth involvement in prevention efforts.
- Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Cycle: Honoring Youth Voices – Part 3 (1 hour, 25 minutes)
Hear youth consultants talk about their work across Indian Country and in their own communities, the resilience of youth across the country, and ways to encourage youth to become wellness facilitators.
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.
- Lateral Goodness: Strength-Based Approaches for Addressing Lateral Oppression in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Get an introduction to the idea of lateral goodness, the connection between lateral violence and a history of oppression, and the symptoms of lateral oppression—plus ideas for creating lateral goodness to encourage empowerment and positive change.
- All My Relations: The Impact of Lateral Oppression in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities (1 hour)
Examine the concept of lateral oppression and learn how an incomplete stress response sequence can lead to lateral oppression. Plus, hear about the importance of self-care in promoting lateral goodness.
- All My Relations: Creating a Community-Wide Vision for Lateral Goodness (1 hour)
Learn strategies for creating a climate of lateral goodness. The presenters explain how to create a wellness plan that addresses lateral oppression and leverages cultural strengths and community resources.
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.
- The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care: A Tool for Tribal Communities(1 hour, 5 minutes)
Get an overview of standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services in health care, which are about respecting cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels, and communication needs.
- The History of Indigenous Research and Strategies for Community-Based and Participatory Models (1 hour)
Get an overview of the history of research and evaluation in Indian Country. Hear a discussion on how the Western model of research can create barriers in tribal communities, as well as research strategies that work well.
- Supporting Community Ownership over Projects Using Community Based Participatory Research (1 hour)
Take a look at community ownership of projects, including the challenges and proven strategies for building a sense of community ownership of health programs and services.