The Missoula Urban Indian Health Center’s Missoula Native Connections program is aimed at reducing the incidence of suicide and substance abuse among American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) youth ages 15 to 24 in Missoula County through the development and implementation of data- and community-driven, culturally appropriate interventions.
Goal One: Increase the capacity of MNC partner agencies to design and implement effective, culturally appropriate youth suicide and substance abuse prevention and intervention strategies.
Goal Two: Develop a data- and community-driven, culturally appropriate plan to guide the implementation of project interventions aimed at reducing AIAN youth suicide and substance abuse.
Goal Three: Increase the capacity of Missoula Native Connections partner agencies to identify and engage AIAN youth at risk of suicide or substance abuse through culturally-adapted, evidence-based prevention or intervention activities.
Goal Four: Using a community-driven evaluation process, develop a Missoula Native Connections Sustainability Plan that provides for seamless transition from direct SAMHSA funding to sustainable, long-term funding.
All data collection, analysis, and evaluation methods will be guided by Indigenous Research Methodologies principles. Specifically, the 4 R’s of Indigenous Research—Respect, Responsibility, Relevance, and Reciprocity—will be instituted throughout the project to ensure that indigenous values and world-view are reflected in all work products.