The Stigma of Dementia in Tribal Communities
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting the second meeting of the Brain Health Learning community Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
The overall goal of the learning community is for participants to hear from subject matter experts and discuss the Road Map for Indian Country strategies and approaches to addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.
At the previous meeting in July, participants discussed stigma as a major barrier when talking with and empowering community members. In this meeting we will focus on recognizing and addressing stigma around Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia within Tribal communities.
Participants can expect to hear from NIHB speakers on stigma and how it impacts health. The presentation will be followed by small group discussions around what stigma of dementia looks like in their own communities and share strategies for addressing negative associations with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
What: Brain Health Learning Community
When: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time
Who should attend?
All passionate Tribal public health professionals, healthcare providers, and concerned community members that wish to learn more about addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia in their Tribal community should attend.
For more information about NIHB’s Brain Health Learning Community, contact Sara Zdunek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-507-4077
Nathan Billy (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
Director of Behavioral Health Programs
National Indian Health Board
Nathan Billy serves as Director of Behavioral Health Programs for the National Indian Health Board. He is a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has previously served his nation as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Deputy Director of Behavioral Health. Mr. Billy is currently completing his PhD dissertation, which focuses on Choctaw cultural identity as a source of strength and resilience in recovery from substance use disorders.