NIH project models culturally appropriate alcohol use and suicide preventions for youth in Alaska Native and Other Indigenous Communities
Webinar will highlight ongoing NIAAA intervention research.
What: Developing culturally appropriate interventions to prevent alcohol-related problems among American Indian and Alaska Native communities is a high priority for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the NIH. This webinar will present a case study of one such NIAAA-supported project now underway. Led by NIAAA grantee Dr. Stacy Rasmus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in collaboration with the Yup’ik Native Alaskan community, the project examines how tapping into a community’s culture can provide a cornerstone for youth substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. Such culturally appropriate and community-based principles may be applicable in youth prevention efforts in similar communities across the country. Discussants will include Dr. Rasmus, NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob, and members of the Yup’ik community.
Who: NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D., is available to comment on this research.
Funding: This research is funded by NIAAA grant R01- AA 023754: QUNGASVIK (TOOLBOX): PREVENTION OF ALCOHOL/SUICIDE RISK IN ALASKA NATIVE YOUTH.
About the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary U.S. agency for conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorder. NIAAA also disseminates research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences. Additional alcohol research information and publications are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.