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Panel discussion Sept. 7: Harm Reduction and MAT in Indigenous Communities

August 29, 2022

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center (AI/AN ATTC) is partnering with University of Minnesota Extension, the Indian Health Board, and the Native Center for Behavioral Health to provide a panel discussion titled "Harm Reduction and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Indigenous Communities: How can we heal each other with love?" The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Central, Wednesday, Sept. 7.

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The panel will discuss barriers providers, educators, and facilitators face when introducing Harm Reduction principles in their practices and communities; what it's like for Native providers, educators, and facilitators to navigate bureaucracy and "colonizer ways"; and what Harm Reduction policies and procedures may look like in a Native facility.

Panelists from the AI/AN ATTC and Native Center for Behavioral Health Advisory Council include:

Ed Parsells, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has served as the Clinical Director for the Rosebud Sioux tribe Methamphetamine Rehabilitation Program in Rosebud, SD. He is currently employed as a senior consultant with the National AI/AN ATTC and has also been a long-time ATTC Advisory Council Member.

Jim Wikel, a citizen of The Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma, lives in Vancouver, WA, and works as Peer Support Specialist in a Medicated Assisted Treatment program operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde in Salem, OR. 

Daniel Dickerson, D.O., M.P.H. (Inupiaq) is an addiction psychiatrist and Associate Research Psychiatrist at UCLA, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). His research focuses on the development and analysis of substance use treatment and prevention programs for American Indian/Alaska Native youth and adults. He has conducted research as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on various National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies including Traditions and Connections for Urban Native Americans (TACUNA), Native American Youth Sleep, Health, and Wellness (NAYSHAW), Motivational Interviewing and Culture for Urban Native American Youth (MICUNAY) and Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA). He is a member of the AI/AN ATTC and Native Center for Behavioral Health advisory councils.

Steven G. Steine, MA CADC, National AI/AN ATTC Program Manager, is one of the moderators for the panel.

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