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Substance Use & Mental Health Collaborative for Rural American Indian Adolescents

National Institute of Health (NIH)
7/1/2013 – 1/31/2016


Washington State University (WSU) and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are applying a community based participatory research (CBPR) approach to form a Substance Use and Mental Health Collaborative for Rural American Indian Adolescents. Our Collaborative will work towards eliminating health disparity gaps identified by national studies and AI governments. Our project pursues respectful research to empower and build capacity. Our goals are to: 1) Establish a community action board (CAB); 2) Conduct community assessments to identify needs, strengths, priorities, and community readiness to change and 3) Design and implement, and evaluate a pilot intervention (Gathering of Native Americans). Our investigators, be they academics, community members, educators, or health service providers, are fully invested in the communities with which they work, and their commitment goes a long way to ensuring reciprocity and respect among all parties involved in the research. Efforts described above are anticipated to enhance the CPBR approach in AI communities, as well as to provide an intervention targeting substance abuse and mental health in AI adolescents that can be adapted and replicated for other AI communities.

Primary Investigator

Janet Katz
Janet Katz, PhD


Spokane Tribe of Indian partners:

  • Chanel Ford, BS
  • Teressa Martinez, MN, ARNP (CO-PI)
  • Jessie Stensgar, BS
  • Melodi Wynn, MA
  • Carol Evans
  • Jaime Covington
  • Jennifer Covington
  • Penny Spencer
  • Nora Numkena, MSW
  • Bob Brisbois
  • Wendy Wyncoop
  • Robi Flett

WSU College of Nursing: