Online Program

Working together: Addressing prescription drug abuse and underage drinking - a collaboration between the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Chickasaw Nation, the Comanche Nation, and the Oklahoma City Area Inter-tribal Health Board

Monday, November 2, 2015

Maria Farmer, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Concho, OK
Christie Byars, Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tishomingo, OK
Raquel Ramos, Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery, Comanche Nation, Lawton, OK
Kasey Dean, Little Axe Health Center - Behavioral Health, Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Melanie Johnson, M.Ed, Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center, Oklahoma City Area Inter-tribal Health Board, Oklahoma City, OK
Competition for grant dollars is fierce, especially for tribes with low citizenship. Funding agencies want to maximize their dollars by having the greatest effect, and funding individual tribes with low membership may not achieve this. Funding a consortium of tribes to address a common problem, however, not only increases the population affected but also strengthens efforts of consortium members.

Our goal is to describe how four tribes and one tribal health board are working together to address two major common problems – prescription drug abuse and underage drinking.

In response to a funding opportunity from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Oklahoma City Area Inter-tribal Health Board (OCAITHB) solicited participation from the 42 tribes in its jurisdiction. Four tribes responded – the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Comanche Nation. These five organizations formed the Oklahoma Area Inter-tribal Consortium (OIC) and submitted an application.

The OIC was awarded the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework – Tribal Incentive Grant (SPF-TIG). Now, this consortium is collecting previously uncollected data regarding substance use among Native Americans. Using these data, these tribes are developing and implementing prevention strategies in their communities.

Tribes working together acts as a force multiplier The OIC’s demonstrated results can serve as a model for other tribes or organizations interested in working together to address common issues.

Future funding opportunities should be molded in a way that encourages consortiums. This is a win-win for tribes and funding agencies.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Compare the results of working as a tribal consortium versus as an individual tribe. Explain how culture has a substance abuse prevention effect. Discuss the capacity building process among a tribal collaborative.

Keyword(s): Native Americans, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Kasey Dean, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, SPF-TIG Tribal Liaison. Has five years’ experience in working with Native American Tribes in Oklahoma. One of her job duties is to collect Native specific data to help provide prevention activities to the Tribal community she is currently serving.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.