Gathering Grounds Videos

Gathering Grounds: Finding Liberation through Healing, Connectedness, and Identity (5/7/24)

We welcomed Tatewin Means (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Oglala Lakota, Inhanktonwan), Executive Director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (

Gathering Grounds: Restoring Indigenous Ways of Caring for Pregnancy (4/16/24)

We welcomed Dr. Shannon Maloney and Katsi Cook for a presentation on Restoring Indigenous Ways of Caring for Pregnancy. Dr. Maloney (Mohawk) has focused on Indigenous maternal health as a personal passion in North America and globally. She currently leads research studies about restoring Indigenous pregnancy care, preconception counseling in family practice settings and the role of media on birth choice. Katsi Cook (Wolf Clan Mohawk) is an Indigenous midwife and Elder of the National Council of Indigenous Midwives. Katsi’s work in environmental reproductive health has spanned many worlds and disciplines and demonstrates a lifelong career of advancing the superlatives of Indigenous knowledge.

Gathering Grounds: Putting the Tribal Principles to Work, Indigenous Community Member Perspectives on the Tribal Opioid Settlements (3/26/24)

We welcomed back Andrea Medley, Research Associate at the Center for Indigenous Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Andrea was joined by members of the Indigenous Advisory Council, Lee Torres, Arlene Brown, and Pamela Hughes, who guided us in a discussion centered around their work in support of the Tribal Principles and experiences in substance use/opioid related work. More information:

Gathering Grounds: Centering Culture in Practice, a Panel Discussion (2/27/24)

In this panel discussion, direct service providers Whitney Chavez, Larita Anderson, and Chad Pfeiffer discuss how culture is incorporated into their work providing care to Indigenous community members.

Gathering Grounds: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a Discussion on Culture as Prevention and Community Wellness (11/14/23)

In this session, Dr. Billie Jo Kipp and Dr. Myra Parker share about their work as it relates to culture as prevention and community wellness.

Gathering Grounds: Indigenizing Opioid Litigation Settlements: Co-creating Guidance that Centers Harm Reduction Approaches Part II (05/02/23)

We welcomed back Andrea Medley, MPH (Haida Nation) to dive deeper into the discussion of Indigenizing Opioid Litigation Settlements. This is Part II, continued from our fall session.

Gathering Grounds: Indigenous Social Determinants of Health (4/18/23)

In this Gathering Grounds session, the Seven Directions Indigenous Social Determinants of Health (ISDOH) team shares about their experiences working on the ISDOH project, from working with community members to drafting a preliminary framework.

Gathering Grounds: Indigenous Evaluation in Action (03/21/23)

In this virtual session, we invite the Indigenous evaluation team at Seven Directions to share knowledge about Indigenous evaluation, discuss the new Indigenous Evaluation Toolkit, and learn from community members who are interested as well.

Gathering Grounds: Llangarwik Recovery Camps (02/28/23)

In this session, Eydie Flygare shared about the Llangarwik Recovery Camps program, a culturally-grounded recovery program in the Chugach region of Alaska.

Gathering Grounds: Opening With Wellness (01/17/23)

In the first session of the Winter/Spring 2023 Gathering Grounds series, Dr. Wendy Dainin Lau facilitated a conversation about burnout and led some guided meditative practices.

Gathering Grounds: Indigenizing Opioid Litigation Settlements (11/01/22)

In this special fall session, Andrea Medley (Haida Nation) from the Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health provides on overview of the Tribal opioid litigation settlements and leads the group in a discussion to explore Tribally led, culturally sensitive, and community-based approaches to spending this funding.

Gathering Grounds: Strengthening Tribal & Urban Indian Public Health Data Collection Systems (07/12/22)

This final session in our series features Bridgett Canniff, from the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, who shares examples of strengthened systems and improved equity in data collection.

Gathering Grounds: Tailoring Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts for Diverse Groups within Tribal and Urban Indian Settings (06/14/22)

In this session, Dr. Danielle Eakins and Dr. Matthew Town share Seven Direction's latest work, "Tailoring Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts for Diverse Groups within Tribal and Urban Indian Settings." The toolkit has been developed to provide inclusive resources and highlight gaps and needs for Al/AN LGBTQ2S+ communities, youth, elders and/or veterans.‍

Our Stories Our Journeys IDOH Information Session (05/24/22)

During the Our Stories, Our Journeys Information Session we share the community meeting details, an overview of the project, time commitment, and activities. This is part of the Seven Directions Indigenous Social Determinants of Health Initiative, reframing public health. It is funded by the National Network for Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a CDC Cooperative Agreement.

Gathering Grounds: Enhancing Systems of Care for Individuals Using Opioids - A Tribal-Academic Partnership (05/10/22)

In this session, tribal public health professional Clinton Alexander and professor Dr. Brenna Greenfield discuss their collaborative work piloting an opioid overdose fatality review and other community-driven projects. Please see Quantifying opioid use disorder Cascade of Care outcomes in an American Indian tribal nation in Minnesota and Reducing opioid overdose deaths in Minnesota: Insights from one tribal nation for further information on opioid use disorder among American Indian tribal nations in Minnesota. These sources are located within the GG Resources page.

Gathering Grounds: Developing Tribal System Cohesion through 100% Taos (04/05/22)

This session features a presentation from Aurora Valdez on the 100% Taos initiative for all community members to have access to quality services and programs.

Gathering Grounds: Opioid Overdose Mapping – An Innovative Way to Mobilize Faster Responses (03/08/22)

This Gathering Grounds session features a presentation from the Tulalip team on their overdose mapping tool, ODMAP.

Gathering Grounds: Inclusive Programming for Native Elders Inclusive Programming for Native Elders (02/08/22)

This Gathering Ground session highlights inclusive programming and equitable services for Native elders, presented by researchers from Seven Directions.

Gathering Grounds: Centering Community + Accountability (12/13/21)

Gathering Grounds: Data Visualization Communication Tool (11/09/21)

This session with Ho Chunk Nation shared how they developed their data dashboard

Gathering Grounds: Belonging in Indigenous Praxis for Community Wellness (10/07/21)

Our 2021- 2022 Gathering Grounds series, started with welcoming Dr Amanda Tachine to speak with us on the power that comes from our collective sense of belonging. She shared how this strength can be drawn upon in the face of challenges such as the pandemic.

Conducting an Organizational Self-Assessment During Covid-19: Stories of Community Response as Self-Assessment (06/26/21)

This Gathering Grounds session provides a tribal entity/organization’s perspective on conducting organizational self-assessments during the pandemic.

The Peer Support Approach to Opioid Use Disorder in Tribal Communities: The Pascua Yaqui Tribe Model (04/13/21)

This meeting focused on the Peer Support approach, a promising practice for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

The Integrated Healthcare Approach for Opioid Use Disorder in Tribal Communities: The didgʷálič Wellness Center Model (02/09/21)

This recorded session on the Integrated Health Care approach, a promising practice for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) includes presentations from Dawn Lee and Danielle Eakins.

Gathering Grounds Wellness Session with Acosia Red Elk

For our first session of the year we were joined by Acosia Red Elk who guided us through Powwow Yoga.

Get to know Gathering Grounds: An Indigenous Community of Practice

This video was originally presented at the 2020 International Indigenous Research Conference. The video discusses what Gathering Grounds is and the principles that guide this community of practice.

Gathering Grounds Meeting for Health Workers & Students - How to Engage in the 2020 Election (10/06/20)

This meeting focused on increasing health and public health worker non-partisan engagement in the election. We heard from organizations about their current work and provided ways for health workers and students to participate in the upcoming election.

Setting up Hotspots and Mapping the Movement of the Virus through Northern New Mexico (09/10/20)

During this Gathering Grounds Session, Dr. Duarte provided a glimpse at work she is currently doing with pueblos in northern New Mexico to establish hot spots and identify the relationship between digital inequities and COVID-19.

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