2021 Fellowship Program Product - AMERICAN INDIAN: SUBSTANCE MISUSE PREVENTION WITH NEW ENGLAND NATIVE POPULATIONS
AMERICAN INDIAN: SUBSTANCE MISUSE PREVENTION WITH NEW ENGLAND NATIVE POPULATIONS
A toolkit to provide Prevention Specialists who work with Native American communities the ability to better understand the culture, use data for future funding specific to Native communities, and carry out the implementation of evidence-based programs that are inclusive of their culture. It also addresses and provides guidance on health disparities within the Native American Tribes.
RHODE ISLAND FELLOW
Kathy L. Gardner, MPS, ACPS
Kathy is a very versatile, compassionate, and reliable Certified Prevention Specialist and has 15+ years of experience to offer. Kathy followed her passion for working with youth later in life and returned to school to complete her Bachelor’s in Social Services and Health at Roger William’s University. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Prevention Science at the University of Oklahoma. Currently, Kathy is the Project Manager of a Partnerships for Success Grant covering the South County area of Rhode Island. Prior to her current position, Kathy had the opportunity to implement and manage a variety of Federal grants over the years; Drug Free Communities, STOP Act, as well as RI state grants. Kathy has been trained in an extensive list of Evidence Based Programs from Substance Abuse Prevention, Suicide Prevention, RX360, and programs specific to the American Indian Population. The love of building coalitions, establishing relationships with stakeholders, and mentoring young people keeps Kathy excited about her work. One of Kathy’s main goals is to recruit more young people to follow their passion through the prevention field.