Our Nations, Our Journeys

Indigenous Public Health Forum Schedule

Thank you for attending ONOJ 2020.

Our virtual four-day forum is designed for Indigenous public health leaders, public health workers, professionals, students working with or in Indigenous communities. Our expert-led sessions will cover a range of topics from how we can improve public health data infrastructure in our communities to how we can aid the fight against the opioid epidemic.

View the schedule below to access resources and full session recordings.

Day 1: Monday, November 9, 2020

Indigenous Pathways to Health

9:00 am

Keynote - Indigenous Pathways to Health

Camie will discuss intergenerational trauma and how it affects parenting practices specifically breastfeeding in Native communities.

11:00 am

Workshop - Culturally-Centered Tribal Promising Practices for Opioid Use Disorder Prevention & Treatment

In this workshop Seven Directions will present a tribal opioid overdose prevention care coordination framework that was developed based on key informant interviews, literature review, lessons learned from technical assistance with tribes and the national Opioid Technical Advisory Group’ guidance.

1:00 pm

Workshop - Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pacific Islanders in Washington State: Uplifting Community Voices for Resilience and Economic Recovery

We present preliminary findings from our study of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the physical, psychosocial, and economic wellbeing of Pacific Islanders (PI) in WA. We provide quantitative data on Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders (NHPI), as well as qualitative data from focus groups with specific ethnic PI communities (Fijian, Micronesian, Tongan, Samoan) and Pacific Island youth that illustrate both the stressors and roads to recovery for the PI communities in WA.

5:00 pm

Gathering Grounds Wellness Session - Fight for our Future: StorySlam

A StorySlam is a live storytelling competition where stories are told, not read. You will have four minutes to tell a story. Judges will select winners based on creativity and time. First prize winner will receive a blanket from the Eighth Generation. The event will be hosted by Amber McCrary (Diné), MFA and Chael Moore (Diné).

Day 2: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Performance & Innovation

9:00 am

Keynote - Performance and Innovation

Keynote by Lisa Pivec, Senior Director of Public Health for Cherokee Nation Health Services

11:00 am

Workshop - Re Imagining Tribal Health Systems: An Indigenous Public Health Performance Model

This presentation focused on an emerging Indigenous performance management model and its application within the context of the pandemic.

1:00 pm

Workshop - Building a Circle of Healing: Supporting and Advocating for Peers in Indian Country

This presentation discussed the key role that peers, sometimes known as Peer Recovery Support Specialists, play in opioid overdose prevention and recovery support.

5:00 pm

Gathering Grounds Wellness Session - Yoga with Julie

We will be doing a breath centered yoga practice that will offer adaptations to make it accessible for your body.

Day 3: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Data as Knowledge

9:00 am

Keynote - Data as Knowledge

Dr. Michele Suina - Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

11:00 am

Workshop - The Alaska Tribal Health Network

This presentation will look at the Alaska Tribal Health Network, and online system we developed to address the ongoing challenge to track health services all over Alaska.

1:00 pm

Workshop - Data as Knowledge: Monitoring COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Outcomes for Northwest Tribal Communities

This presentation will provide an overview of the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center’s use of data to monitor COVID-19 and the behavioral health impacts of the pandemic for AI/AN communities in Oregon and Washington. We will provide an overview of the data sources and indicators being monitored, the development of data dashboards to communicate findings, and an overview of key findings to date.

5:00 pm

Gathering Grounds Wellness Session - Reclaiming our Journey through Holistic Wellness

This session aims to guide participants to reflect on their holistic wellness in spite of a chaotic and oppressive external world. Using one of the Seven Direction principles, participants will discuss collective grounding techniques, and learn about ways to use holistic wellness as a powerful tool in advocating for collective wellness, increased health outcomes, and combating political chaos.

Day 4: Friday, November 13, 2020


9:00 am

Keynote - Tribal Data Governance and Informational Privacy: Constructing Indigenous Data Sovereignty

Professor Tsosie will discuss the challenges of Indigenous data sovereignty during the current pandemic, highlighting the need for new structures of governance to respond to the needs of tribal governments and their citizens.

11:00 am

Workshop - The Opioid Epidemic in Indian Country: What Tribal Leaders in Arizona Need to Know

This presentation highlights important areas of concern related to the opioid crisis in Indian Country and the tragic increase in opioid overdoses and deaths in Arizona.

1:00 pm

Workshop - Transform Indigenous Governance to Improve Health

Transforming health governance lies at the interface between cultural and political sovereignty, and a community-centered approach to governing based on nation building principles. This interactive workshop aims to 1) describe an approach to strengthening self-determination through health governance; 2) discuss the importance of tribal public health authority; and 3) highlight practical strategies for engaging leadership and key stakeholders in building legal competency.

5:00 pm

Gathering Grounds Wellness Session - Visual Art as a Tool of Resistance

Mikayla will provide workshop participants with an overview of the critical history of the power of protest art in the Civil Rights, Red Power and American Indian Movements

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