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March 14th: World Kidney Day

Unmanaged diabetes and hypertension can lead to chronic kidney disease. March 14th is World Kidney Day and this year’s theme is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere! Check out this social media toolkit from World Kidney Day that provides information about World Kidney Day and how to promote #worldkidneyday online. Additional resources can be found here.








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

The video and presentation slides from our latest webinar, Contingency Management as a Tool for Alcohol Use Disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native People, with Dr. Michael McDonell are now available to view. The presentation from this event as well as our previous webinars can also be viewed here.


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

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Join us on February 19th, 12 – 1pm PST for our next webinar in the NCARE Series.

Although American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities have some of the highest alcohol abstinence prevalence rates compared to the general U.S. population, alcohol-related health inequities disproportionately impact AI/AN communities. Despite the need for evidence-based treatment options, little is known about effective alcohol treatments for AI/AN people. In this webinar we will discuss 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. The CM intervention has been implemented in alignment with existing cultural and community practices and with Elders and community leaders as champions of the intervention. The CM intervention provides rewards that are culturally tailored, specific and practical.

This webinar is free, but registration is required.

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Psychiatry and Addictions Case Conference Series

Partnership for Native Health’s research center, the Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) and University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Integrated Care Training Program are pleased to offer free weekly case conference sessions for behavioral health practitioners.

UW Psychiatry and Addictions Case Conference series (UW PACC-ECHO) is a CME-accredited* program for providers who want to improve the mental health and addictions care for their patients.

The free weekly sessions are held every Thursday from 12:00pm-1:30pm PST via Zoom conference or telephone. You can register for the series here.

*CME credits currently not available in Alaska


WSU Insider: WSU research center to help Native people fight alcohol abuse

WSU Insider published a recent article highlighting our work addressing alcohol abuse in Native communities. In its first year, Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) will comprise of three major research projects based in Washington, Alaska, and South Dakota.

Partnerships for Native Health will be working closely with our community partners at Fairbanks Native Association, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Seattle Indian Health Board, and Downtown Emergency Service Center. We will also continue our strong partnerships with University of Colorado, Denver, Southcentral Foundation, and Sanford Health.

Read the full article here

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

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Join us for Harm Reduction Talking Circles (HaRTC) for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives with Alcohol Use Disorder on November 14th, 12 – 1pm PST.

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, will discuss the project’s aims, development, and implementation.

Registration Now Closed





2018 Native-CHART Annual Meeting

On November 8th and 9th, Partnerships for Native Health hosted the third annual meeting for Native-Controlling Hypertension and Risk Through Technology (Native-CHART) in Seattle, Washington. Some highlights from the gathering include the following:

  • Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, Professor and Chair of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, presented his research on race, discrimination, and blood pressure.
  • Jason Umans provided training and guidance on the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Hypertension Guidelines.

Attendees also received updates on Native-CHART’s three current projects:

  • Our partners at Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, discussed their progress with Blood-Pressure-Improving Control among Alaska Native People (BP-ICAN).
  • Washington State University researchers presented an update on Engaging Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders and Activating Communities to Take Steps (ENACTS).
  • Our partners from the Chickasaw Nation and the University of Oklahoma updated attendees on the Chickasaw Healthy Eating Environments Research Study (CHEERS).

Native-CHART Webinar Series: The Effects of Racism on Hypertension in Native Hawaiians

Join us on October 1st at 12pm PST for the second webinar in our Native-CHART Webinar Series. 

This presentation will provide a brief sociohistorical overview of Native Hawaiians and detail their social and cultural determinants of health. Dr. Kaholokula will review several empirical studies that elucidate the adverse effects of racism on hypertension risk and other related conditions, including psychophysiological processes.

He will discuss the pathways by which racism leads to the development of chronic diseases among Native Hawaiians and present preliminary findings on an intervention that is culturally grounded in hula, the traditional dance of Hawai’i, to improve hypertension management.

Dr. Kaholokula’s presentation will illustrate the importance of culturally grounded interventions for improving clinical and sociocultural outcomes among Indigenous peoples.

To register for this webinar, click here