Identifying and Promoting Traditions of Strength and Healing

This project brings together American Indian researchers to engage tribal community members in Minnesota in identifying existing and untapped sources of local strength for health promotion. For many American Indian communities, recent losses, fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, are compounded by historical and childhood trauma experiences that represent important determinants of health inequities.

The research team will work with a local community advisory board to implement a mixed-methods study to determine existing and underutilized community and cultural assets. Findings will be shared through structured community feasts and forums to identify action steps to promote healing and wellness beyond the formal, individualized clinical services already offered. A planned outcome is rapid impact on local policies and practices to facilitate reductions in suicide and drug (particularly opioid) overdose, and to promote healing related to adverse childhood experiences