Tips and Tools

Websites for Educators

Websites for Youth

Resources for LGBTQ and Two Spirit Youth

  • Celebrating Our Magic Toolkit is a culturally-specific resource for American Indian/Alaska Native communities and aims to provide resources for transgender and Two-Spirit youth, their relatives, and their healthcare providers.
  • The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board has a Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health page that contains resources for youth, clinic providers, and allies.
  • Text LGBTQ2S to 97779 to receive resources via text message.
  • Order Indigenizing Love: A Toolkit for Native Youth to Build Inclusion, by the Western States Center.

Videos and Webinars

Social Marketing Campaigns

To develop health promotion messages that resonate with AI/AN youth, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board uses social marketing, an evidence-based planning process that improves the impact of health promotion messages. The model uses formative research to identify priority populations, segment the community into distinct audiences, pretest materials with the audience, and then monitors the campaign to assess its effectiveness.

We’ve used this community-driven process to design social marketing campaigns addressing health topics important to AI/AN communities, including:

  • Native. Tested. Proud: Encourages routine HIV testing for everyone 13-64 years old.
  • Native. LGBT. Proud: Is designed to reduce stigma and promote HIV testing among AI/AN LGBTQ-Two Spirit community members.
  • I Strengthen My Nation: Empowers Native youth to resist drugs and alcohol.
  • We Are Connected. We Need You Here: Provides hope to those thinking about suicide and shows there are people around them who can help.
  • Community is the Healer that Breaks the Silence: Encourages families to identify suicide warning signs.
  • Stand Up, Stand Strong: Empowers communities to stand up against bullying.
  • My Body, Mind, and Spirit are Sacred: Is designed to address and prevent sexual assault.
  • What is Done to One is Felt by All: Is designed to prevention family maltreatment, including child abuse, elder abuse, and intimate partner violence.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center developed a video series on strategic communication planning for suicide prevention. This series includes five-minute webinar clips that feature expert advice on developing a communication plan, understanding your audience, and evaluating your efforts. Speakers include Stephanie Craig Rushing, Project Director at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, on how We R Native engages tribal youth to develop suicide prevention messaging. Visit: http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/strategic-communication-planning.