January 21, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Virtual Event
Pacific Southwest PTTC (Region 9) and Northwest PTTC (Region 10)

The Roles of Culture and Collaboration in Preventing Suicide and Substance Misuse in Indigenous Communities

Webinar Overview

Both suicide and substance misuse continue to be significant issues within indigenous communities, but effective solutions are available and within our reach. Through local community partnerships and cultural practices, we can successfully reduce the multiple, shared factors that impact many health issues, including behavioral health challenges. This webinar will provide an overview of the connections between suicide and substance misuse, the necessity of community partnerships, and ways in which culture can prevent suicide and substance misuse.

Webinar Objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the ways in which suicide and substance misuse overlap
  2. Identify ways to leverage community partners for greater impact to prevent multiple behavioral health problems within the context of the Strategic Prevention Framework
  3. Describe the role of culture and cultural considerations when working to prevent substance misuse and promote mental health

Webinar Dates and Times

States and American Samoa
January 21, 2021    Time Zone
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM Mountain
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM Pacific
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM Alaska
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM Hawaii
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM American Samoa

January 22, 2021    Time Zone
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Republic of the Marshall Islands
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pohnpei and Kosrae
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Republic of Palau
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Community and state-level prevention practitioners, tribes, allied health partners and community members located in the Northwest and Pacific Southwest states and jurisdictions of Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Washington.


Gerry RainingBird

Gerry RainingBird is an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy. Gerry has been involved with American Indian/Alaska Native education, health, and wellness promotion for nearly 30 years. His professional experience includes community mobilization and capacity building, positive youth development, cultural competency, group facilitation, strategic planning, and program development. He has worked with over 200 native communities across Indian Country and the Pacific Islands. In his most recent roles, he has served as Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Program and the 7th Generation National Mentoring Project.

Continuing Education

Participants will receive a continuing education certificate of 1 hour for attending this live webinar event.


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Cost is Free!


Contact Clarissa Lam Yuen( for any questions or difficulty in registering.

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