This tool is serving prevention specialists that want to establish positive relationships with South West Asian, Northern African (SWANA) populations and those who are already working with this population and want to improve their cultural humility. The goal of this product is to help lessen the barriers that prevention specialists and SWANA populations may face when discussing substance misuse and addiction. Covered in this tool are geography of SWANA populations within new England, linguistics to consider, substances specific to this population, risk and protective factors, and New England state-specific resources for people who identify as a part of SWANA with whom prevention specialist may want to connect. This tool was written in the spring of 2021, during a time of increasing cultural awareness and humility which when incorporated into all aspects of life will benefit everyone.
This resource is specific to the New England region which includes Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. This tool speaks to some specific cultural aspects of SWANA people, often referred to as the Middle Eastern region, discussed further in the Linguistic section.