American Indian / Alaska Native

Goal

  • In partnership with Tribes, the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Task Force will implement suicide prevention strategies to reduce the rate of suicide in AI/AN communities.

Twelve Month Objectives

  • Identify potential Task Force members to represent Tribal and regional interests from stakeholders including: Tribal governments, Federal government, and behavioral health and youth services communities.
  • Identify priorities for Task Force and set 12 month goals including:
    • Develop report for the 10 Indian Country Suicide Prevention Listening Sessions;
    • Identify resources and funding available for Tribes for suicide prevention from all Federal partners and from the private sector; and
    • Identify the research and best practices.
  • Establish specific priorities for Tribal youth: prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies including positive youth development strategies.
  • Develop agenda and strategy for the National Suicide Prevention Summit and Alaska Suicide Prevention Summit for AI/AN communities, leaders, service providers, educators, and law enforcement.
    • Identify contractor;
    • Identify dates and locations;
    • Identify tracks;
    • Collect strategies, practices, and resources for dissemination; and
    • Develop specific follow-up strategies and demonstration projects.
  • Support the launch and implementation of the National Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan developed by Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Tribal partners.

Members

  • McClellan Hall, MA- Co-Lead Private Sector; Executive Director, National Indian Youth Leadership Project
  • Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH – Co-Lead Public Sector; Director, Indian Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kevin Washburn, JD, – Co-Lead Public Sector; Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, US Department of Interior
  • Patrick Anderson, JD, Executive Director, Chugachmiut, Inc.
  • Erin Bailey, Director, Center for Native American Youth, The Aspen Institute
  • Jamie Bartgis, PhD, Director of Technical Assistance and Research, National Council of Urban Indian Health
  • Delores Subia Bigfoot, PhD, Director, Indian Child Trauma Center
  • Sheila Cooper, Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Beverly Cotton, Acting Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Indian Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kathy Etz, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Krystalyn Kinsel, Legislative Associate, National Congress of American Indians, Embassy of Tribal Nations
  • Teresa LaFromboise, PhD, Director of Native American Studies
  • Gregory Leskin, PhD, Director, Military Families Initiative, UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
  • Ron Lessard, Strategic Advisor for Native Affairs, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Hankie Ortiz, JD, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Indian Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Department of Interior
  • Jeffrey D. Schulden, MD, Medical Officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lisa Wexler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Community Health Education, Department of Public Health, University of Massachussetts Amherst
  • Marilyn Zimmerman, MSW, Director, National Children’s Trauma Center