Gathering of Pacific Islanders (GOPI) Curriculum Development Meeting

Event Summary:

Prevention professionals from across the US-affiliated Pacific Islands will come together in Palau to develop the “Gathering of Pacific Islanders (GOPI).” The GOPI will be a creation of the Pacific for the Pacific, grounded in indigenous culture, that will engage and mobilize communities in healing and planning to address community-identified issues, including substance misuse prevention.

Since 1992, Native American and Alaska Native groups have delivered the Gathering of Native Americans/Alaska Natives (GONA/GOAN) to youth, behavioral health providers, and broader tribal groups. The GONA/GOAN is recognized as an effective culturally-based prevention program that mobilizes groups towards effective prevention planning and sustainability. The GOPI will be developed following a similar process as the GONA/GOAN, starting with cultural sharing and storytelling to identify key values, lessons, and other cultural elements that can inform the framework and processes of the GOPI.


Prevention professionals from across the US-affiliated Pacific Islands nominated by their Jurisdiction SSA or NPN.



Jeri Brunoe

Alyssa O'Hair



West Plaza Hotel at Lebuu Street

Koror, Palau


Dates & Times

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

April 29-May 3, 2024



Email [email protected]

Starts: Apr. 29, 2024 8:30 am
Ends: May. 3, 2024 4:30 pm
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