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(187) Building Cultural Responsive Technical Assistance – Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Native Communities


Aimee Campbell, PhD – Associate Professor and Research Scientist, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute


Session/Poster Description: In February 2018, the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) grant created the Opioid Response Network (ORN) to provide locally responsive training and technical assistance to STR grantees, individuals and other organizations who are confronting opioid epidemic. Within in six months, additional funding was awarded to address the opioid response needs of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. From May 2018 to August 2019, the ORN received 41 requests, in 16 states, from American Indian/Alaska Native communities representing urban Indian, rural reservation, and remote Alaska Native communities. Tribal requests over the past 12 months include assistance in developing prescription drug/opioid misuse education, media campaign support for tribal communities, waiver training for tribal providers, mentors for newly waivered tribal FNPs, and OUD service integration into existing tribal programs and resources. When delivering technical assistance the ORN also responds to the needs of additional special population within Tribal communities. These include LGBTQ+ populations; veterans or active duty military personnel; formerly incarcerated; and pregnant, postpartum and parenting women. Culturally meaningful response to tribal requests required the ORN to invest in increasing knowledge of the TA responders of the cultural and historical context of tribal communities, understanding tribal community engagement and language strategies, and increasing knowledge of local and national tribal health resources. The ORN maintains active committees on cultural intelligence and tribal issues to support technical assistance efforts.

Contributors: Caroline Gray, MSW; Holly Echo Hawk, MSc; Brendan Weehase, BA; Nic Canning, BA; Kathryn Cates-Wessel, BA; Frances Levin, MD

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