ENV Conference: Whole Health Strategies: Integrating Behavioral [...]

ENV Conference: Whole Health Strategies: Integrating Behavioral [...]

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Whole Health Strategies: Integrating Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice and Indigenous Culture for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 17-18, 2022

6:45 AM AKT | 7:45 AM PT | 08:45 AM MT | 9:45 AM CT | 10:45 AM ET

Location: Virtual Conference

AI/AN are over-represented in our Federal, State and local prisons and jails. While the understanding of trauma in our criminal justice system needs substantial development, the understanding of historical trauma, particularly as it impacts the AI/AN community, is minimal. Failed recovery and rehabilitation while in custody leads to re-incarceration and rippling negative impacts on the individual, family, and community. This webinar will help you develop strategies to incorporate indigenous culture into the recovery and rehabilitation process that may help decrease incarceration for AI/AN. The duration of the webinar is a day and a half.


  • Staff who work with incarcerated AI/AN in criminal justice or behavioural health settings, in Tribal or urban communities;
  • All who are interested in having the criminal justice and behavioural health systems better support and serve the needs of AI/AN individuals and communities;
  • All who are interested in integrated health.


  • Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, will speak on Restorative Justice;
  • Michael Yellow Bird, Ph.D., author of Decolonizing Pathways Towards Integrative Healing in Social Work, will speak about his work;
  • Patti LaBoucane-Benson, author of The Outside Circle – a valuable resource to anyone working with justice-system involving AI/AN;
  • Five additional speakers, four-panel discussions, and three presentations of traditional dance, music, and drumming.


Opening soon. This event will be free and open to all. Some sessions will be recorded and freely available online after the event.


The Traditional and Indigenous Medicine Committee, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
National Institutes of Health, Tribal Health Research Office (THRO)
The Ohio State University
Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH), Colorado School of Public Health

Questions: [email protected]

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