STRATEGIC PREVENTION FRAMEWORK – PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCESS – SPF-PFS GRANT (SAMHSA)

Throughout Indian Country there is an abundance of rich history, culture, values, cohesiveness and pride, especially here in the southern plains region. Those values are being integrated into substance abuse prevention through the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG), also known as the Strategic Prevention Framework Tribal Incentive Grant (SPF-TIG).  The SPF-TIG was funded in 2009 through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Through this grant the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board has been able to team up with four of its member tribes to create the Oklahoma Inter Tribal Consortium (OIC).

The four tribes that make up this diverse consortium are the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation and Comanche Nation.  Each of the Tribal Partners have utilized the sub-award funding to learn the SPF process, hire prevention staff, build capacity for prevention efforts, and affect tribal communities in a positive way.

As the OIC continued work on the SPF-TIG grant, a proposal was submitted and awarded for the follow up grant titled Partnerships For Success (PFS).  The PFS grant is a continuation 5-year award of the SPF-TIG in which the OIC will continue to build its capacity with key stakeholders within the community and leverage these partnerships to continue their developing prevention programs.

Our purpose is to reduce the effects of underage drinking and non-medical use of prescription drugs in American Indian communities in Central and South Western Oklahoma.  Our general approach is comprehensive and includes:

  • The use of the five step SPF planning model -Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, Sustainability and Cultural Competence.
  • Adherence to the Public Health approach of population level change priorities
  • The use of emergingTribal Best Practices (accompanied by evidence based practices) to better reach our Native target populations.
  • Revitalize the Tribal Epidemiology Outcomes Workgroup (TEOW) to include gatekeepers of relevant data, establish data sharing agreements, collect data regarding Native disparities and expand the TEOW’s charge,
  • Work with community law enforcement agencies in our Four Tribal Jurisdictions to enforce underage sales of alcohol laws as well as Oklahoma’s Social Hosting Law,
  • Work with existing anti-drug coalitions or create new coalitions of young adults within our institutions of higher learning,
  • Obtain feedback from the ODMHSAS Evidence Based Practices Workgroup,
  • Implement and evaluate cultural adaptations to substance abuse prevention interventions,
  • Focus on non-medical use of prescription drugs for adolescents and young adults 12 to 25 years of age.
  1. Four of the tribal partners of the Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Consortium (OIC) which include Comanche Nation, Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, and the Chickasaw Nation each had the opportunity to present their prevention programs and visit with Dr. Vivek Murthy at the first ever Surgeon General visit with the SPTHB and tribal leaders.
  2. The OIC was featured in a toolkit story titled “Oklahoma Tribes Collaborate to Understand Local Prevention Needs” posted on the Centers for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) collaboration website.
  3. The SPF-PFS OIC tribal partners presented on their prevention campaigns and programs at multiple national conferences including the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, the SPF-PFS new grantee meeting, CADCA national prevention day, CADCA mid-year conference, American Public Health Association conference, and the National Indian Education Association annual conference.

The Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Consortium Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) is a partnership of five American Indian organizations: four are federally recognized Tribes (Chickasaw Nation, Comanche Nation, the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe) and the fifth partner is the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC), one of twelve national Indian Epidemiology Centers located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Strategic Prevention Framework Tribal Incentive Grant (SPF-TIG) awarded in 2010 allowed the OIC to build substance abuse prevention infrastructure at the Tribal and Community levels while simultaneously helping the State of Oklahoma develop its capacity to address behavioral health disparities among its Native population and will continue in the next phase of the (SPF-PFS).

The project will continue to demonstrate the ability of independent federally recognized Indian Tribes to work together to achieve common prevention priorities.  With the guidance and technical assistance of Epidemiologists and prevention experts from the TEC and the Southwest Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), the Educational Training, Evaluation, Assessment & Measurement (E-TEAM) at the University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education, each OIC Tribal Partners selected a mixture of evidence based and tribal best practices best suited to their needs and resources. This approach allows each Tribal Partner to proceed at their own rate and consolidate gains made, while allowing each to make mid-course corrections without slowing overall grant progress.  The TEC meanwhile maintained focus on our two priorities; reducing underage drinking and the nonmedical use of prescription drugs.

  1. In 2016 the SPTHB/OKTEC received the 5-year Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
  2. Program staff and tribal partners have had a strong presence on the national forum. Our tribal partners have presented on their prevention campaigns and programs at multiple national conferences.

The Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Consortium Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) grant was awarded in 2014 by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

Melanie Johnson, Project Manager
Phone: (405) 652-9211
Fax: (405) 840-7052
Email: mjohnson@spthb.org