NAMI Hosts Meeting on American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health
Recovery for All
Participants of the NAMI American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Listening Session February 7, 2009
The meeting was set in spiritual context with an opening ceremony including a prayer led in both Tipai and English by Ron Christman, Ipai-Tipai Spiritual Leader. Listening session attendees then participated in a structured dialogue around pressing issues in AIAN mental health care, key cultural considerations, and how NAMI can help. Out of this initial conversation, participants identified areas of greatest interest and broke into small workgroups to discuss the following topics in greater detail:
Needs Assessment group
(From left: Valentin Lopez, Daniel Dickerson,
D.O., M.P.H, Susan W. Casias, MSW, ACSW,
Candace Fleming, Ph.D., and Karina Forrest)
Ron Christman (left) with Ron Morton, M.A. (right)
- NAMI membership and leadership roles
- Education programs and cultural adaptation (program modification)
The Multicultural Action Center will soon release the proceedings report of this meeting. The proceedings will include details of the discussion and both short- and long-term recommendations to guide NAMI in our effort to further engage and support AIAN communities. The listening session wrapped up with participants expressing their commitment to continue working with the Multicultural Action Center to implement participants’ recommendations.
One of the ways participants of the listening session will continue to advise NAMI is through the Multicultural Action Center’s newly formed American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders Group.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to join the American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders Group.
Click here to view NAMI’s current resources on AIAN mental health.