The focus of the project will be on meeting the integrated healthcare needs (health promotion, disease prevention, immunization, substance use disorder and mental health) of the American Indian/Alaskan Native population. NARA NW serves AI/AN communities residing within the Portland Metropolitan Area; including adults, youth and children. The Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, an Urban Indian Organization, Federally Qualified Health Center, as well as integrated primary and behavioral healthcare organization, located in Portland, Oregon, will continue efforts to increase its capacity to improve access/quality of care by delivering integrative services within a system that is culturally responsive and specific to Urban Indians residing in our catchment area of the Portland metropolitan area.
Key activities to achieve these objectives will be as a coordinated effort across NARA NW’s integrated healthcare system to: 1) continue tobacco cessation education and prevention programming; increase heart disease and stroke prevention education; continue partnership with breast and cervical cancer prevention team; coordinate with youth services to identify youth at risk of obesity; ensure immunization of children/youth at NARA NW sites; measles outbreak awareness campaign; staff education and training; and strengthening NARA NW’s behavioral health team’s capacity to identify, screen assess and treat mental illness disorders, as well as substance abuse disorders. NARA NW will achieve project goals by creating more capacity at all of its health facilities to implement an integrative approach in the delivery of health education, wellness promotion and disease prevention services; expand delivery of immunization services and education; and increase access to integrated health and social well-being services and the early identification of mental health, substance use and serious physical health issues, including chronic diseases.