Establishing Effective Community Partnerships
in Indian Country

In an environment where resources are decreasing and demands are increasing, building effective community partnerships is becoming essential to ensure services are available to community members. Some tribes and communities may be losing sight of their own capacity or belief in their own abilities to solve problems and meet the needs of tribe members. Cooperation and collaboration can strengthen and empower communities, families and individuals. The purpose of building community partnerships is to increase capacity, communication and efficiency of the tribe and community while improving outcomes for families and individuals.

Partnerships help the community enhance the ways and means people utilize to care for each other, develop talents and leadership skills that affect the quality of tribal life, and discover ways to address problems plaguing communities, such as resource imbalances and lack of leadership.

Our expert instructor will teach you how to build partnerships to assess community needs, create goals and objectives, encourage leadership, build relationships, collect and evaluate data for evaluation and efficiently communicate outcomes with the tribal community.

You and your tribal community can’t afford to miss this class — register today.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Building the Partnership and Identifying Community Needs
  • Determining issues currently affecting tribal members:
    • Children
    • Parents
    • Elders
    • At-risk youth
    • Service providers
  • Who to include in the partnership
  • How to conduct a survey/needs assessment and keep it simple
  • Defining what support services are available
  • Identifying which services are unmet or limited
  • Determining who effectively provides services and support
  • How to link resources with community members.
  • How to create and maintain a straightforward and practical Mission & Vision statement
Ramifications of Unmet Needs and Insufficient Support
  • Effects on children and families
  • Consequences for elders
  • Community isolation
  • Long-term consequences for the tribe
Choosing Effective Strategies: Prevention and Intervention
  • Learning steps to building lasting partnerships
  • Setting meaningful goals and objectives
  • Assessing local needs
  • Building local capacity to meet community needs
  • Gaining useful tips for organizing and conducting effective meetings
  • Learning how to involving a variety of stakeholders
  • Understanding the power of effective communication

Prevention Efforts: Actions and Programs Designed to Prevent Problems Before They Occur
  • Increasing community involvement and awareness:
    • Informing the community of problems and what "the surveys says"
    • Communicating goals and objectives
    • Enhancing a culture of safety and respect
    • Developing community leaders
    • Effectively marketing community resources
  • Building community support for options and interventions
  • Learning how to gather and analyze community concerns:
    • Identifying effective resources
    • Increasing awareness of resources
Intervention Efforts: Designed to Reduce or Eliminate Existing Problems
    • Communicate intervention efforts
    • Build capacity

    *Topics subject to change.

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