Indigenous knowledge remains strong in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities despite colonization, postcolonial efforts to assimilate and eradicate AI/AN people, present-day inequities and structural racism. Despite strength and resilience, AI/AN populations have high rates of unintentional overdose and death by suicide. There is an urgent need for evidence-based, culturally responsive approaches to increase protective factors against substance use and mental illness in AI/AN communities.
This study is a partnership between University of Washington researchers and the Quinault Indian Nation’s behavioral health providers and community. We will design a culturally adapted community-based contingency management intervention to increase positive reinforcement for adolescents and young adults at risk for substance use and mental illness. This intervention will focus on community identified target behaviors rather than abstinence. By prioritizing the needs of the community we will develop an intervention that is effective, usable and sustainable.
January 1, 2024 — December 31, 2024
Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions
Community Mental Health/Health Center/Faith Health Center, Rural
General Mental Well-Being, Substance use disorders/misuse