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The Newsletter of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation OCTOBER 2017  



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New PIRE Website Provides Technical Assistance to Native American Grantees

by Roland Moore

NATAP websiteAs the Native American Technical Assistance Provider for CRDP Phase II, the PIRE team has created a website with resources and calendar entries for the grantees.

The California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity has rolled out the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP), Phase II. The Mental Health Services Act of 2004 funded CRDP to reduce or eliminate mental health disparities and improve mental health for five populations in California: African American; Asian Pacific Islander (API); Latino/a; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ); and Native Americans (Native Californians and other American Indians and Alaska Natives). Aimed at prevention of mental health problems in a culturally responsive way, CRDP Phase II is an ambitious effort, funded by $60 million of the Mental Health Services Act fund (resulting from a ballot initiative in which Californians making over $1 million are taxed 1% for prevention and early intervention programs).

A cross-site PIRE team won a contract at the outset of this year to serve as Native American Technical Assistance Provider (NATAP) for CRDP Phase II. As such, the PIRE team primarily works with the seven pilot projects with community-defined effective practices (CDEPs) that support California American Indian and Alaska Native communities. We will work intensively with the pilot projects to promote strategic planning, effective implementation, rigorous evaluation, successful scaling-up, and ongoing sustainability, from 2017 to 2022. A diagram of many of the skilled team members, both from PIRE and beyond, who work on this complex project, is below.

As part of technical assistance provider service to seven nonprofit grantee organizations representing American Indians and Alaska Natives, the PIRE team has created a website with resources and calendar entries that we would like to be useful for the grantees. Although it is still a work in progress, http://natap.pire.org features links to programs, publications, and the team members, who include people inside and outside of PIRE. You are welcome to check this site out and offer suggestions for improvement to PI Roland Moore (roland@prev.org) and/or web development team members Tchikaya Brooks (tbrooks@pire.org) and Joey Dacanay (dacanay@pire.org).

NATAP org chart