HHS Announces New Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 9–10 a.m. Eastern Time
HHS is announcing the release of the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA), a first-of-its-kind collaborative tribal-federal blueprint that highlights the extent to which behavioral health challenges affect Native communities, in addition to strategies and priorities to reduce these problems and improve the behavioral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The official livestreamed launch event for the TBHA will take place on December 6, 2016, and will feature the following presenters:
- Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary, HHS
- Kana Enomoto, Principal Deputy Administrator, SAMHSA
- Mary Smith, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service
- Joseph Gone, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
- Spero Manson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver; Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
- Carolyn Crowder, CEO, Sitnasuak Health Solutions
There are 567 federally recognized and dependent sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native nations, tribes, rancherias, villages, and pueblos. American Indians and Alaska Natives represent 2 percent of the total U.S. population (6.6 million persons), but experience disproportionately high rates of behavioral health problems such as mental and substance use disorders. In addition, these communities' behavioral health needs have traditionally been underserved.
Mental and substance use disorders—which may result from adverse childhood experiences, historical and intergenerational trauma, and other factors—are also reflected in high rates of interpersonal violence, major depression, excessive alcohol use, suicide, and suicide risk. Overall, these problems pose a corrosive threat to the health and well-being of many American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The TBHA blueprint includes the following four tenets:
- Provides a clear national statement about the extent and impact of behavioral health and related problems on the well-being of tribal communities.
- Recognizes and supports tribal efforts to incorporate their respective cultural wisdom and traditional practices in programs and services that contribute to improved well-being.
- Establishes five foundational elements that should be considered and integrated into existing and future program and policy efforts.
- Elevates priorities and strategies to reduce persistent behavioral health problems for Native youth, families, and communities.
|Watch the Live Launch Event|