Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Service Native Youth Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation

Status: current

Project Description: The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s THRIVE project (Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone) provides suicide prevention training and technical assistance to the 43 federally recognized tribes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho (NW). In collaboration with the NW tribes, tribal clinics, and regional partners, the project will build regional suicide-prevention capacity and prevent suicide among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth 10-24 years old. THRIVE activities will increase the availability and use of culturally-appropriate services, resources, and messages that meet the unique needs of AI/AN youth, their families, and communities.

Evaluation: The NPC evaluation team works closely with THRIVE staff, tribal partners, and SAMHSA to ensure that the evaluation addresses the information needs of all stakeholders, while at the same time attending to the unique nature of the proposed project. Because of the importance of trusted relationships, NPC Research will use a participatory framework to gain the trust and cooperation of THRIVE program partners for required national cross-site evaluation, SAMHSA performance measure data collection and reporting, as well as local evaluation and reporting. NPC’s goal is to design processes and tools to make data collection and reporting accurate and efficient.

Project Design: This is a multi-method study, with process and outcome evaluation components. Process information is gathered through a series of key stakeholder interviews and data reporting tools submitted monthly by tribal staff. The outcome evaluation involves working with tribal staff to collect training data, information on youth identified as being at risk for suicide, and information about referrals to mental health and other services. Local evaluation design and implementation will be closely coordinated with THRIVE staff to ensure that it is both useful and timely. One local evaluation component involves a pre-post survey for tribal youth participating in evidence-based interventions as a result of the grant.

Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Start Date: Original grant began October 1, 2014; the second award began July 2019

Project Team

Principal Investigator

Juliette Mackin, Ph.D.

Project Director

Tamara Perkins, Ph.D.


Leanza Walker, M.S.

Project Staff

Kim Corbett

Reports and Publications:

Perkins, T., Mackin, J.R., Ho, T., Partipilo, C. (April 2020) Healing of the Canoe Survey Results: Detailed Aggregate Report 2018-2019 Portland, OR: NPC Research
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Perkins, T., Mackin, J.R., Ho, T., Partipilo, C. (05/01/2020) 3-Site Healing of the Canoe Survey Results, 2018-2019
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