Demonstrating the process of community innovation: The Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative

Roger (Dale) Walker, Douglas A. Bigelow, Jessica HopePak Le, Michelle J. Singer

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In 2007 the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Office forMinority Health, collaborating with other federal agencies, sponsored the Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative (ICMI). ICMI was undertaken to create community-driven, culture-based best practices in methamphetamine prevention and treatment which could then be disseminated throughout Indian Country. The ICMI ultimately involved ten tribes and five national organizations. Each tribe established a coalition of community government, nongovernment agencies, and elements of civic society to develop a comprehensive assessment, plan, and then to implement the plan. Each tribal coalition planned a complex array of activities including treatment programs, public education and mobilization, law enforcement strategies, and other intervention strategies, each intervention described within a logic model. These interventions focused on logic modeling; coalitions; capacity development and service system optimization; law enforcement and justice; individual and family treatment; public information, awareness, and education; community mobilization; and a very popular ICMI strategy, cultural renaissance. It was concluded that worthwhile activities were conducted under ICMI sponsorship, but that the specific aim of demonstrating community-driven, culture-based innovations in a manner suitable for dissemination was achieved only to a limited extent. Based on this outcome together with similar experiences, recommendations for future initiatives are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume43
Issue number4
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StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Keywords

  • Best practices
  • Culture-based interventions
  • Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative
  • Methamphetamine
  • Nationwide initiatives in Indian Country

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Demonstrating the process of community innovation : The Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative. / Walker, Roger (Dale); Bigelow, Douglas A.; Le, Jessica HopePak; Singer, Michelle J.

In: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Vol. 43, No. 4, 10.2011, p. 325-330.

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Walker, Roger (Dale) ; Bigelow, Douglas A. ; Le, Jessica HopePak ; Singer, Michelle J. / Demonstrating the process of community innovation : The Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative. In: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 2011 ; Vol. 43, No. 4. pp. 325-330.
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