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SNAHC Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Prevent Substance Use and Abuse Among American Indian/Alaskan Native Youth

Sacramento, California – September 16, 2019 – Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC) has received a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, through the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success program.

With this grant, SNAHC will build community capacity to prevent substance use and abuse among Native youth 9-20 years old over the next five years. Using strength-based, systematic, collaborative, culturally-based and data-driven approaches, we aim to reduce the onset and progression of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use among Native youth. SNAHC will work to fill the services gaps in the Native community, including a lack of data on AI/AN populations, lack of resources to address the issue, lack of community knowledge about the issue, and the need for a youth safe space where they can find resources to help them and opportunities to become involved in their community in a healthy way.

This grant will support us in creating a space for youth where they can also access youth-friendly services from therapists who can offer multiple prevention options on an individual’s path to wellness and success. This proposal was written as a response from the community, based on their priorities.

Sacramento Native American Health Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center committed to continue and share the legacy of a healthy American Indian / Alaska Native community based on cultural values delivered through a traditional, innovative and accessible patient-centered health home. SNAHC offers primary care, oral health, behavioral health, specialty, and supportive services in midtown Sacramento. For more information on SNAHC, visit www.snahc.org.

Amanda Aguilar

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