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Sustaining Efforts

Many people equate sustainability with finding continued funding for programs and services. However, a broader view of sustainability entails supporting Native communities in capacity building, leadership development, partnerships, and networking so that Native communities realize their own vision of wellness.

Walking Softly and Listen Carefully: Building Research Relationships with Tribal Communities

This document seeks to strengthen partnerships with researchers by providing insight about how culture, sovereignty, and experience matter in research with Native communities. It was produced with insights from those involved with tribal research in Montana and elsewhere governments.

Circles of Care

This program supports American Indian and Alaska Native communities to plan, design, and assess the feasibility of implementing a culturally appropriate mental health service model with children who have Serious Emotional/ Behavioral Disturbances and their families.

Leaving a Legacy – Our Vision

Planning for program sustainability from the beginning enhances the chances of success, and visionary leadership will draw collaborators together to meet common goals. Sustaining a program requires action and creativity in one or more of eight possible realms, which are represented in the “Legacy Wheel.”

Model Tribal Research Code

This document is intended to help Indian tribes providing a framework within which the tribe's expectations will be clearly articulated to would-be researchers, governments, and other funding agencies, and a clear process for compliance.

Social Marketing for Community Change

Healthy Native Communities Partnership Inc. (HNCP) is a non-profit organization that supports capacity building, leadership development, partnership, and networking so that Native communities realize their own vision of wellness.

Telemental Health

The guide is designed to serve as a resource for developing, implementing, and using mental health services delivered through the use of videoconferencing.

Urban Indian Health Centers Resource Guide 2: Formalizing Partnerships through MOUs

Urban Indian Health Institutes provides guidance in writing MOAs (Memorandum of Agreement) and MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) as a statement of cooperation or understanding about a specific or general topic between two (or more) parties.


These web pages are designed specifically for individuals working with Native populations. Our aim is to enhance resources and knowledge specific for American Indian and Alaska Native populations to support suicide prevention and mental health promotion. We welcome your feedback. Send suggestions to