Fri Mar 12th, 2021
Tags: Community Efforts, Community Knowledge, Community Readiness Assessment, Community Readiness Model, Leadership, Local Resources, Marvin “Marty” Richardson, Native Connections Program, Precious Collins, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance use prevention
Native Connections investigates community truths about Substance Use Prevention.
In 2019 the Southern Ute Indian Tribe was awarded a five-year grant under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help American Indian and Alaska Native communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of Native youth.
This grant program goals are:
Through this grant we have access to technical support and services and use evidence-based tools and strategies to evaluate and improve conditions. One of these tools is called the Community Readiness Model.
In February 2021, the Southern Ute Native Connections Program conducted our first Community Readiness Assessment for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, with technical assistance from the Native Connection’s Communication Specialist and Grantee Technical Assistant, Marvin “Marty” Richardson, Ph.D. We chose to conduct the assessment to find out our readiness scores for substance use prevention on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.
What is being scored?
Dimensions of readiness are key factors that influence your community’s preparedness to act on substance use prevention. The six dimensions identified and measured in the Community Readiness Model are very comprehensive in nature. It is an excellent tool for diagnosing your community’s needs and for developing strategies that meet those needs.
Our community’s status with respect to each of the dimensions forms the basis of the overall level of community readiness.
The following stage of readiness scores for each of the dimensions are:
Dimension Stage Score
As you can see, our scores for each of the dimensions are anywhere from #3 Vague Awareness stage to #5 Preparation stage.
From these scores we have an overall readiness score of 4.24 which puts us in the “Preplanning” stage: There is clear recognition that something must be done, and there may even be a group addressing it. However, efforts are not focused or detailed.
What does this mean?
According to the Community Readiness Model, we need to address both the stage we are in and strategize to increase our scores to 5, 6, and onward until we hit the score of 9.
Suggested strategies for Stage 4: Preplanning
Goal: Raise awareness with concrete ideas.
Interested in learning more or helping us reduce substance use on the reservation?
The Southern Ute Native Connections Program will be scheduling community meetings for every month of 2021 to promote substance use prevention and our Southern Ute Prevention Coalition. Please join the coalition if you wish to know more information and to help us brainstorm our strengths, conditions/concerns, and our resources to combat substance use and mental health issues on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. See Upcoming Community Events for more information below.
Want to help and be a part of the change? Looking for community members and youth to join the Prevention Coalition tasked to reduce youth substance usage, eliminate mental health stigma, and start the discussion around suicide and prevention.
Upcoming Prevention Coalition Meetings: We are going virtual! For more information please contact Precious Collins, Native Connections Program Coordinator for more information 970-563-2487.
Upcoming Training: FREE online Suicide Prevention Training- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for Southern Ute Tribe Employees, and Southern Ute Tribal Members. Let’s all learn the warning signs and what to do if someone is experiencing a crisis.
Please contact Precious Collins at 970-563-2487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Upcoming Community Events: The Southern Ute Prevention Coalition will be meeting on March 11th and 18th (same meeting two different dates) to go over the basics of the coalition and to introduce the framework we’ll be using to develop an action plan to address substance use on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. You can email Precious Collins for meeting registration, email@example.com
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