Gluwáš’akapi project is designed to accomplish 4 goals:
1. Develop a
culturally grounded, family-based early substance use prevention intervention
tailored to a Northern Plains American Indian reservation.
- Use an
evidence-based program approach to implement a proven program (Iowa
Strengthening Families Program for Families and Youth 10-14).
- Ground the evidence-based
program within American Indian culture, using local cultural teachings as the
context for delivery of the intervention.
2. Pilot the adapted program – Thiwáhe
Gluwáš’akapi (TG) – to determine feasibility, refine details, and maximize fit
within the community.
3. Test the adapted program, using the
principles of the Multiphase Optimization Strategy for intervention evaluation
and development to determine the relative effect sizes of intervention
components and inform a final TG program that balances effectiveness and
4. Set the stage for a randomized controlled
trial of the full intervention and, eventually, the broad, sustainable
implementation of TG by the tribal health administration.
Thiwáhe Gluwáš’akapi is funded by the National Institute on
R01DA035111 (Whitesell, PI)
early substance use prevention for American Indian families