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A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health (posted 9/1)

Posted: September 01, 2010

Watch this recording of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Grantmakers in Health webinar, "A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health" to learn about how organizations can create more compelling, effective and persuasive messages about the importance of social determinants of health that resonate across the political spectrum.

The webinar took place on July 29, 2010 and features the findings of an iterative research and message development process that took place over the course of four years and utilized both traditional and nontraditional research techniques.  Users can watch the recording of the webinar and download the slides and all resources presented during the call. For more information click here.

A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health

NNED Launches New Community of Practice: Project Venture (posted 9/1)

Posted: September 01, 2010

The NNED is pleased to announce the launch of our second Community of Practice: Project Venture.  NNED Communities of Practice (CoP) are professional development opportunities for NNED Members to receive training on a specific promising practice that can be implemented in diverse communities. Members will ‘meet’ regularly using virtual learning platforms to receive training, discuss common practice challenges and successes, and share information about strategies and resources.

The NNED and the National Indian Youth Leadership Project have partnered to offer 20 NNED Members training and continued coaching on Project Venture, an outdoors experiential youth development program designed for high-risk, middle school-aged American Indian youth.  

Key Steps & Dates

  • August 31st - Introductory NNED Forum Call on Project Venture.  Watch the recording.
  • September 21st - First CoP Training Session at 1:00-3:00pm ET. 
  • Training Sessions will take place every Tuesday from September 21-November 9th.
  • Monthly follow-up coaching sessions will take place from December - June every second Tuesday of the month from 1:00-3:00pm ET.

Empowering Native Youth Through Experiential Education

Posted: September 01, 2010

Empowering Native Youth Through Experiential Education

This NNED Forum Call that took place on August 31, 2010 featured Project Venture, an evidence-based practice for high risk middle school-aged American Indian youth. Project Venture is an outdoors experiential youth development program that relies on American Indian traditional values to help youth develop positive self-concept, effective social skills, a community service ethic, internal locus of control, and increased decision-making and problem-solving skills.  This unique program has been recognized by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices (NREPP) as the first Native American model program. 

Video Recording:



  • Beth Wonson, National Director of Operations, National Indian Youth Leadership Project
    Ms. Wonson is also a trainer and consultant for sites seeking to implement Project Venture. Beth has nearly 20 years experience in youth development, juvenile justice, education, outreach and communications. A graduate of Salem State College, Salem MA, Beth has held positions both in special education and school administration, served on the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) board of directors and was a member of the senior management team at Project Adventure (PA), an international non-profit training and consulting organization for 11 years and was responsible for development and implementation of whole-school and whole-agency professional development programs.  In addition to training, Beth oversees NIYLP’s replication, implementation, publications, outreach and communications and development strategies.

Interested participants can now apply to join the newest NNED Community of Practice (CoP) to receive further training on how to implement this program in their communities.

NNED Forum Call & New Community of Practice: Empowering Native Youth Through Experiential Education from Rachele Espiritu on Vimeo.

New Survey on Childhood Violence in Indian Country (posted 8/31)

Posted: August 31, 2010

A survey project believed to be the first of its kind is asking participants about their experience with childhood violence in Indian country. Dire statistics of violence and high rates of incarceration has led to two online surveys: One for young adults to share their perspectives of violence in their childhood, and a survey for caregivers and adults who are making decisions and affecting the lives of Native youth. It is hoped the data from these anonymous surveys will help improve the understanding of childhood victimization and its impact on juvenile delinquency to help reduce those experiences in tribal communities. The survey project, 'A Hand to Hold Onto' was launched in June during the National Congress of American Indian’s Mid-Year Conference in Rapid City, S.D. The two online surveys are now available for participants. To read the full article from Indian Country Today click here. For more information click here.

New Federal Website on Health Disparities Research (posted 8/31)

Posted: August 31, 2010

Check out the new web page for the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research (FCHDR). FCHDR was established to engage a wide range of federal agencies in cross-agency research partnerships to promote more coordinated efforts that target health improvement in populations disproportionately affected by disease, injury and/or disability. Research developed through the FCHDR will lead to new or better programs, policies and practices to reduce or eliminate health disparities. FCHDR's new website features publications and reports on health disparities, online health disparities data and resources, funding opportunities specific to eliminating disparities in behavioral health, a calendar of upcoming events, and a discussion forum.  To visit their new website click here.

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