Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Cultural Humility in Practice: Promoting an Inclusive Environment for Those We Serve

This webinar took place on June 9th, 2021, with Dr. Gary Ferguson.

As we work to address health equity, many of us strive to be culturally competent. Framing our efforts through the lens of cultural humility enriches our mission to be as inclusive as possible. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines cultural humility as “a life-long process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another’s culture, but one starts with an examination of their own beliefs, and cultural identities.” In this talk, we will explore how to apply this perspective to the work we do in promoting healthy communities.

Dr. Ferguson, ND (Unangax/Aleut) serves as Faculty and Director of Outreach & Engagement at Washington State University’s Institute for Research and Education to Advance  Community Health (IREACH) located in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Relationship between Prenatal Alcohol, SIDS and Stillbirth: The Safe Passage Study

On July 29, 2020, Dr. Amy Elliott and Ms. Jyoti Angal provided an overview of the study design, methods, and primary outcomes from the Safe Passage Study, the largest international prospective study of the relationship between prenatal alcohol exposure, stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome. They highlighted unique cultural and ethical aspects of conducting research in American Indian communities and presented strategies for dissemination of results in scientific and non-scientific communities.

Dr. Elliott is Chief Clinical Resource Officer for Avera McKennon Hospital and a Professor/Co-division Chief in the Department of Pediatrics, University of South Dakota School of Medicine.
Ms. Angal is the Director of Clinical Research for the Avera Center for Pediatrics and Community Research and project director for the Safe Passage Study.

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.

Transition to Recovery Webinar

In this webinar (presented October 30th, 2019), project members described the intervention including motivational interviewing sessions and the patient navigation support commonly provided to participants. In addition, they will discussed the challenges to facilitating transitions to recovery for particularly vulnerable consumers including those experiencing chronic homelessness.

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.

Pilot Project Grant Program: Call for Applications

In this webinar, presented on September 4th, 2019, Dr. McDonell reviewed applicant eligibility, requirements for the letter of intent and the grant application, and answered webinar attendee’s questions.

*2021 Applicants, please note:

  • An NCARE liaison is no longer required to apply
  • Project must be completed in 18 months or less
  • This is the final NCARE call for applications
  • LOI due May 28, 2021 to
  • Full application due July 30, 2021 to

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.

Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy (AEP) in American Indian Communities: A Pre-conception Approach

In this webinar Drs. Michelle Sarche and Jessica Hanson explained the importance of a preconceptual approach to alcohol-exposed pregnancy prevention, detailing efforts to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancy in American Indian communities in particular. They discussed how these efforts have informed the design and implementation of a new randomized controlled trial of Native-Changing High-risk Alcohol Use and Increasing Contraception Effectiveness Study (Native CHOICES) (an adaptation of CHOICES) with one Northern Plains American Indian community.

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.

Contingency Management as a Tool for Alcohol Use Disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native People Webinar

Presented February 19th, 2019

In this webinar Dr. Michael McDonell discussed contingency management as a treatment for alcohol use disorders. Contingency management (CM) is an intervention in which tangible reinforcers (rewards) are provided when a patient demonstrates abstinence assessed by urine drug tests. Two projects evaluating CM as a tool for intervening in alcohol use disorders among AI/AN people are currently ongoing.

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.

Harm Reduction Talking Circles (HaRTC) for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives with Alcohol Use Disorder Webinar

The Harm Reduction Talking Circles (HaRTC) project is a collaboration between researchers, patients, traditional healers, and the Seattle Indian Health Board to integrate a harm-reduction approach with the Native tradition of the talking circle. In this webinar, the project co-leaders, Drs. Lonnie Nelson and Susan Collins, discussed the project’s aims, development, and implementation.

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded here.