HealthyNativeYouth.org, produced in collaboration by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, provides resources for culturally-appropriate sexual health programs to AI/AN youth. Stakeholders from adolescent health and Indian Country were consulted to build connections, offer input and provide insight.
The site can be used by tribal health educators, teachers and parents. It’s designed to provide the training and tools needed to promote age appropriate education. The available curriculum includes sexual risk reduction, HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention programs, safer sex instruction, and healthy relationships training. Searching is possible by category, age group, LGBT inclusive, and program setting (e.g. in-school, after school, community-based, clinic-based).
Additional resources are also provided on such topics as suicide and substance abuse prevention, responding to concerning posts on social media, and getting students involved in their own health at a young age. Tips and Tools for making a clinic teen-friendly, creating a safe environment for LGBT youth, and answering sensitive health questions are available. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board also shares their successful social marketing campaign recommendations.
Healthy Native Youth is a valuable resource for anyone working with American Indian/Alaska Native populations.