This report provides a compilation of the success of financial capability integration efforts for tribal communities. The report focuses on two locations in Alaska: the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association (APIA). Household financial living and assessing organizational and community capacity to deliver services are discussed in depth.
Fact / Tip Sheet
This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families provides resources on trauma-informed care that are tailored to the needs of AI/AN communities. The resources are divided into sections based on the different stages of the process of implementing trauma-informed human services. For example, an agency in the beginning phases could use the resources in the “What do we mean by trauma-informed services and why is such an approach important?” section.
These webinar slides from the Indian Health Service provide an overview of historical trauma and trauma-informed care in health and behavioral health systems. Historical trauma is prevalent among AI/AN individuals, and it can be transferred across generations. The webinar provides case examples of historical trauma, and discusses the secondary trauma or compassion fatigue that providers can experience when working with clients who have experienced trauma. The presenters also included examples of trauma-informed interventions specifically targeted to AI/AN populations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Regions IX and X hosted the Tribal Technical Assistance Meeting on July 25‐27, 2016 at the Isleta Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The meeting brought together Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) stakeholders to discuss innovative strategies and collaborations to promote economic and social well‐being for individuals, families, and tribal communities.
Some AI/AN communities have experienced suicide clusters, in which a group of suicides or suicide attempts happen close together in time and space. These suicide clusters are rare and occur almost exclusively among teenagers. This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides information about suicide clusters and responses in tribal communities and identifies strength-based approaches to prevention and response.
This report presents a first-of-its-kind collaborative tribal-federal blueprint for improving the behavioral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This was developed in response to calls from tribal leaders for improved collaboration with federal agencies to address the behavioral health of their communities.
American Indian and Alaska Native youth are 2.5 times more likely to experience trauma than their non-native peers, and this trauma can result in mental health disorders, substance abuse, violence, and suicide if not treated. This Mathematica Policy Research report, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, contains the results of an environmental scan of trauma-informed programs for AI/AN youth.
Reports / Testimony to Congress
This report from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation describes the implementation of the Tribal Home Visiting Program, which utilizes an evidence-based, two-generation approach. The report includes information about the technical assistance provided to support grantees, recommendations for legislative or administrative action to improve services, and more aspects of the program.
This brief from the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center provides an overview of key concepts and statistics about trauma in Indian Country. First, the brief provides data on traumatic experiences and exposure to trauma among AI/AN populations. Next, the authors define several key concepts related to trauma, such as historical trauma, historical oppression, adverse childhood experiences, and resilience and resistance.
This blog post discusses the recently announced $600,000 in awards to six tribal entities for a new round of Tribal Early Learning Initiative (TELI) grants. These grants allow tribal communities to coordinate their early learning and development programs and enhance the services offered to children and families from pregnancy through kindergarten.