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Bilingual Hearts Consulting Community Event at

Ute Mountain Ute

The Positive Directions for Native Health Staff collaborated with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup and Mógúán Behavioral Health Services (MBHS) to host the Bilingual Hearts Consulting Community Event at the Ute Mountain Ute Community Center in Towaoc, Colorado on September 22, 2023. The guest speakers, Liliana Spurgeon and Ruth Yáñez, shared their experiences as leaders in community- and culture-driven innovation, connecting economically marginalized communities to find hope, healing, and empowerment for themselves.

As Latina experts in their field, they discussed several types of peer support for Indigenous people and those with Indigenous Heritage, Latinx, and other communities in need of cultural healing. CHERP Staff assisted Liliana and Ruth as they offered support to Ute Mountain Ute community staff and members utilizing their humor, humanization, relationship building, and resourcefulness in empathizing with attendees. Many of those at the presentation were drawn into the presenters’ storytelling and abilities to improve health, equity, access, and training for communities alike.

Photo with Guest Speakers Liliana Spurgeon and Ruth Yáñez presenting at the Ute Mountain Ute Community Center in Towaoc, CO

National Week of Action Against School Pushout

Each October, grassroots organizers and education advocates join the Dignity in Schools Campaign to raise awareness about school pushout and the ways in which it carries severe and lasting consequences for students, parents, schools, and communities. School pushout refers to the multitude of systemic factors that hinder or discourage young people from staying on the path to completing their education. Education level is a major social determinant of health and has long term impacts on the health of individuals and communities. Some of these factors that school pushout refers to include, but are not limited to, an excessive reliance on zero-tolerance policies and punitive measures such as suspensions and expulsions, an overemphasis on law enforcement tactics and the delegation of disciplinary authority to law enforcement, and a history of systemic racism and inequality.

The theme for this year’s week of action, “Educate, Liberate, Elevate!” emphasizes that students thrive when there is a strong foundation of culturally responsive and caring adults in schools who can support their needs. In addition to ensuring that students have caring adults in their lives, it is also important to advocate for policies that will end the harmful practices that lead to school pushout and instead focus on positive approaches to school discipline such as positive behavior supports, restorative practices, and trauma-informed practices.

Some of these topics, including positive approaches to school discipline, restorative practices, and trauma-informed practices, will be explored at the upcoming Reimagine Youth Wellness: A Caring Adults Summit in Santa Fe, NM. Visit for more information about the summit (registration closes on Friday, October 27, 2023), and visit to learn more about the National Week of Action against School Pushout. 

World Aids Day 35: Remember and Commit

In 1988, World AIDS Day became the first international global health day. Each year, December 1 serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to honor those we lost, and a rallying cry to continue working toward a day when HIV no longer affects our communities. 

In 2023, the theme is “World AIDS Day 35” Remember and Commit” to commemorate 35 years of significant progress in addressing HIV/AIDS through medical research advancements, increased access to treatment and prevention, and a broader understanding of the virus. Through remembrance, we draw strength and determination to increase our efforts in fighting HIV and providing support to individuals living with HIV. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of compassion, empathy, and solidarity in the face of adversity.

The other aspect of the theme, “commit” emphasizes our collective responsibility to act. Each of us can make a difference in our communities, whether through working to improve health equity by increasing access to prevention, care, and treatment; promoting accurate education and awareness; or supporting programs that work tirelessly to serve those at risk and living with HIV. “Remember and Commit” reinforces the need for our whole society to respond to eliminate HIV.

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Online Supply Orders

The Community Health Education and Resiliency Program provides safer sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, lube), HIV Self-Test Kits, Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches to individuals and organizations in the IHS Albuquerque Area. Please use the links below to order your supplies.


Safer Sex Supplies and HIV Self-Test Kits:

Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches:

For more information about online orders, contact Kurt at


2024 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit

April 19-20, 2024

Seattle, WA

The 2024 Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit is headed to Seattle, Washington, April 19-20. In it's eight year, the Summit continues to focus on the implementation of biomedical tools in our prevention and treatment efforts to ultimately end the HIV epidemic in communities.

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Reimagine Youth Wellness: A Caring Adults Summit

The Community Health Education and Resiliency Program (CHERP) at the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc. (AAIHB), will host the Reimagine Youth Wellness: A Caring Adults Summit, from November 8-9, 2023 at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

The summit will focus on innovative ways to support youth in Native communities with the underlying goal of reducing risks related to suicide and substance use. The purpose of the summit is two-fold: 1) to educate adults who work with Native youth about programs, strategies, models, and frameworks that promote positive outcomes for youth; and 2) to build community and strengthen our networks for supporting each other in this work.

Presenters have been selected for their expertise in issues that impact Native youth, and alternative approaches that are strengths based and trauma informed. We are building an engaging, informative, and motivating agenda, that will provide new tools and insights that will help adults improve their ability to support and care for our youth.

Any adults who work with youth are welcome to attend including teachers, administrators, coaches, after-school program staff, social workers, and more.

Any adults who work with youth are welcome to attend including teachers, administrators, coaches, after-school program staff, social workers, and more. Summit registration is free for all participants. Additional information, including registration and lodging, can be found on the summit website:

NM Community Planning and Action Group Meetings - Friday, November 3, 2023 beginning at 9:30 am.

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