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Hānai Ahu: Creating Culturally-Safe Spaces for Behavioral Health Programming

July 6, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am HST

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Join the Māpuna Lab’s virtual summer training series: Hānai Ahu: Anchoring Culture in Substance Use Treatment & Prevention Models. The series focuses on adopting cultural anchors for substance use treatment and prevention strategies. This series provides a tri-lens cultural view of substance use emphasizing “The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa. Conceptualization, V3.0” framework that recently launched with the Hawaiʻi State Plan for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Department of Health. Learn more at mapunalab.com/hanai-ahu. 

What is your ahu?
What is your pua‘a?

Artwork illustrated by Kealiʻimakamanaʻonalani Parker Poʻoloa

Creating Culturally-Safe Spaces for Behavioral Health Programming

Hawaii Opioid Initiative (HOI) Workgroup members, social workers, health care providers, and community members will come together to learn about the importance of creating culturally-safe spaces for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander communities in Hawai’i centered around SAMHSA’s Recovery Model, The 12 Core Functions of a Substance Abuse Counselor, and Papa Ola Lōkahi’s The Impacts of Colonization on ʻAhupuaʻa Conceptualization V3.0.

Learning Objective 1
Participants will engage in an immersive learning experience that will equip them to integrate and advocate for culturally and linguistically competent behavioral health care for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in line with culture component of SAMHSA’s Recovery Model.

Learning Objective 2
Participants will identify strategies to create culturally-safe spaces in their programming in line with the cultural considerations for Core Function III: Orientation in the 12 Core Functions of a Substance Abuse Counselor.

Learning Objective 3
Participants will examine The Impacts of Colonization on Ahupuaʻa Conceptualization by Papa Ola Lōkahi and understand it’s utilization in developing culturally-safe spaces of learning and healing.


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