To increase prevention activities at the community level, USET partners with Tribal Nations to implement prevention activities for youth aged 9-20 in the areas of cultural connectedness, sports, community engagement, extra-curricular, and behavioral health. Additionally, we assist in the creation and facilitation of behavioral health needs assessments to improve the behavioral health data quality in the HIS-Nashville Area.
Our two current Tribal Nation partners are Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. These partners support healthy communities by creating and implementing substance abuse prevention activities for youth ages 9-20. The activities promote mental, spiritual, and the physical well-being of each youth. Most activities have had a cultural factor as it has been shown that being proud of one's culture is a protective factor when it comes to substance abuse. Some of their most recent activities and programs include:
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
A/CDP and Ronthahiiohsthà:ke – Clubhouse: The mission of Ronthahiiohsthà:ke is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for youth and young adults to develop prosocial skills and to promote long-term health, wellness, recovery and a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Activities include:
- Tea and medicine workshop
- Tota & Me Series—youth pair up with Elders to learn culture
- Ribbon Skirt Workshop Turtle Shell Workshop
- Cultural Enrichment Week—Held each February, Cultural Enrichment Week is a week full of cultural presentations, activities crafts and songs.
- Iron Chef Program
- Traditional Language Learning
- Virtual Cultural Craft Classes
- Healing of the Canoe Summer Program—Held each summer to provide a sense of belonging through cultural and community-based activities. The canoe is a metaphor, providing youth with the skills and tools needed to navigate their journey through life without being pulled off course by alcohol and drugs. Activities include:
- Tubing in Titus Mountain
- Cultural Crafts
- Painting Corn husk dolls
- Basket Making
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
- Texas Say What! Summit: A conference that encourages youth to live a tobacco-free lifestyle.
- Red Ribbon Fest: Youth are issued fatal vision googles and walk on a DIES (Danger In Every Step) Mat to simulate the dangers and hazards of walking for a person under the influence of alcohol.
- Teen Talk: Teens gather in small groups and discuss what they know about alcohol and make connections by discussing shared life experiences.
- 3-point shooting contest: Held each March, the youth participate in a basketball 3-point shooting contest
- Alcohol Youth Survey: Youth participate in a survey to evaluate risk factors, perceptions of alcohol consumption and accessibility to alcohol.
- Language Bingo: Youth and elders are paired up so that both generations can communicate and learn from each other
As of May 2022, seven USET member Tribal Nations have completed Behavioral Health Needs Assessments.
USET’s Behavioral Health team has also conducted Provider Behavioral Health Readiness Survey, Youth and Adult Alcohol Survey, and Community Opioid Assessment.
Funding for these projects is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.