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Indigenizing Health Equity: American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Mental Health

March 16, 202212:30 - 1:30 PM ESTLive Stream via Crowdcast

Indigenizing Health Equity: American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Mental Health

The movement for health equity recognizes that not all people have the same opportunity to achieve optimal health outcomes; this is especially true for Indigenous health equity as access is influenced by structural barriers built and sustained by colonization. American Indian and Alaska Native communities have the highest rate of suicide among all ethnic groups in the United States.

Further, Native youth have a suicide rate 1.5x higher than the general population and face a higher risk for depression and substance use. Very little improvements have been seen in Native health outcomes as the movement for health equity continues to be based in western cultural norms. There is a persistent need for culturally specific mental health interventions for Native youth. This session will describe Native mental health needs, introduce Indigenous health equity as a path forward, and demonstrate this through culturally grounded mental health interventions for Native youth. 

Key Points Of This Session

  • Participants will learn about American Indian and Alaska Native populations and their mental health needs
  • Participants will gain an understanding of Indigenous health equity and how this is defined by Native communities
  • Participants will be exposed to mental health interventions for Native youth as an example of Indigenous health equity

Speakers

Autumn A. BlackDeer

Brown School of Social Work, PhD Candidate

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