Projects & Programs



Sacred Journey 1: Young Native Women’s Wellness Study

This formative descriptive study provided information in the design of a strength-enhancing culturally-relevant intervention to strengthen protective factors and reduce risk for substance use, ongoing or new traumatic episodes, and HIV/STIs among Native women ages 15 – 35.

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Pilot HIV Intervention for men who have sex with men

Native Americans are vulnerable to excessively high rates of sexually transmitted diseases and are the U.S. racial/ethnic group with the highest rate of illicit drug use. Among Native men diagnosed with AIDS, three quarters are men who have sex with men (MSM). Despite their risks, there is not a single empirically supported HIV prevention intervention for Native MSM. With this 2-year research project, we plan to develop an online HIV preventive intervention for substance-using Native American MSM. Incorporating a social networking peer component, it will provide a culturally grounded intervention that facilitates positive sexual health behaviors, decreases substance use and HIV risk behaviors, and provides the peer support that may best address the men’s needs.

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Yappalli: Choctaw Road to Health

This is a 5-year project to refine and test the efficacy of Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health, a culturally- focused, strengths-based outdoor experiential obesity-AOD risk prevention and health leadership program targeting at-risk adult Choctaw women (N=150) across 5 regions of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

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Tribal Colleges and Universities Behavior Wellness Project

This project was one of two projects under the Creating Campus Change umbrella. This was the first-ever epidemiological study of drug, alcohol and other substance abuse at TCUs. Results of this study will provide quantitative, empirical evidence to buttress heretofore anecdotal narratives, as well as provide direction to future pilot intervention programs to combat drug,...

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