SAMHSA Native Connections 

The NIWHRC Many Paths project shall define the need for services, the gaps between needed 
and available services, barriers to care, and other problems related to the need to implement
trauma-informed suicide and substance abuse prevention and early intervention activities for
American Indian youth and emerging adults at risk of or currently experiencing issues that may lead to suicide. The project shall involve communities, assess needs, identify organizations, improve 
coordination, implement evidence-based strategies, and manage youth at risk for suicide within the
tribal service area. Further, the NIWHRC shall enlist area communities, tribal members, youth, area child-serving agencies, educational institutions, health facilities, and public schools in the planning, assessment, implementation, and evaluation phases of this project. The result will raise awareness, improve the continuity of care, engage communities, and save lives.

Goal 1:  Increase the capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency of suicide prevention services for American Indian youth age 12-24 who reside within the area served by the NIWHRC.

Goal 2:  Reduce the prevalence suicide among the youth population (12-24) in the area of rural Oklahoma served by the NIWHRC.

Goal 3:  Promote systems level change at the organizational level to embrace suicide prevention as a core strategy.

SAMHSA HIV Capacity Building Initiative 

The Cherokee County Risk Prevention Program is a community planning and service delivery project that will create a strategic plan for HIV/HCV and substance abuse prevention for American Indian/Alaska Native youth and will also provide education and HIV/HCV testing opportunities to 3,650 youth ages 15-24 attending high school, vocational school or college in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center (NIWHRC), headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, will lead this local initiative. Cherokee County is home to high concentrations of American Indians and Alaska Native peoples.  The goals and objectives for the project are:

Goal 1:  Create an ongoing work group of key stakeholders in Year 1.

Goal 2:  Provide direct prevention programming to at least 730 American Indian/Alaska Native youth ages 15-24 living in Cherokee County, Oklahoma each program year (3,650 during the program period).

Goal 3:  Provide HIV and HCV testing to at least 15% of prevention programming participants annually.

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