Tribal Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit for Diverse Groups

Seven Directions, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, has produced a Toolkit for “Tailoring Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts for Diverse Groups within Tribal and Urban Indian Settings." This Toolkit provides information for supporting Native community members who also are members of LGBTQ2S+ communities, youth, elders, and / or veterans.

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Tailoring Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts for Diverse Groups within Tribal and Urban Indian Settings

Prepared by Seven Directions: A Center for Indigenous Public Health, 2022

Traditional opioid overdose prevention services might not meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) individuals who also identify as LGBTQ2S+, and/or as a youth, elder, or veteran. Finding support services that feel inclusive may be particularly challenging for those whose additional identities intersect.

Members of these diverse groups may feel unheard, unacknowledged, or face stigma and stereotypes due to their identities. The purpose of this Toolkit is to make available tailored resources, highlight possible gaps and needs, and to illuminate additional approaches to strengthen inclusive programming for tribal opioid prevention work. Those who will benefit from this work include clients, caregivers, providers, and funders within the tribal care coordination system.


Expert Interviewees & Contributors:

  1. Collette Adamsen, Ph.D., Director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, Center for Rural Health
  2. Sean Bear, Co-Director of American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), University of Iowa
  3. Dennis Donovan, Retired Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington & Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine
  4. Nathan T. Billy, M.Ed., LPC, Director of Behavioral Health, National Indian Health Board
  5. Jacque Gray, Ph.D., Principal Investigator of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative, Center for Rural Health
  6. Kathyleen Tomlin, Ph.D., LPC, LMHC, CADC-III, Cheyenne River Training & Consulting
  7. Matthew A. Town, M.P.H., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University

Seven Directions is guided by the Tribal Opioid Technical Advisory Group (OTAG) click here for a list of members.

This publication is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $800,000 funded by CDC/HHS through a cooperative agreement with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, NNPHI, CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.