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IHS and the Native Services Unit Partner to Deliver SMART Training

Dr. Beverly Cotton, the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services at Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters, spent the morning with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services Unit team members and National Director, Carla Knapp, to attend their SMART Moves training in Atlanta, GA!

In attendance were four of IHS’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Purpose Area 4 grantees: Bay Mills Indian Community, MI; Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Community, NM; Aroostook Band of Micmacs, ME; and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, KS.

This training day for the SMART Moves/Meth SMART program was hosted at BGCA’s National Headquarters. The goal of the course is to help Clubs members develop healthy lifestyle through the implementation of the SMART Moves program, which is designed to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as assist in postponing sexual activity. By the end of the workshop, participants were able to convey the philosophy and importance of SMART Moves, assess individual knowledge and attitudes, identify the program components, develop a plan to implement SMART Moves, and utilize the SMART Moves Evaluation guide and tools.