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Culturally-Based, Family-Centered Prevention


This intervention project is a 14-session group experiential learning program directed to Aboriginal children aged 10-12 and their parents or caretakers.

Also known as “Bi-Zin-Da-De-Dah: Listening to One Another,” the program builds on currently recognized strategies in suicide prevention supplemented with additional interventions directly addressing cultural continuity, mental health literacy, family functioning and parenting. The intervention focuses on a culturally specific approach to strengthening family interactions, teaching parenting skills (through breakout sessions for parents), teaching social skills, refusal skills, and coping mechanisms to both adolescents and parents, and re-connecting the generations through interactions and participation of community elders.

Latest Blog Post from this Project

REACH Lab's Jerreed Ivanich and Kirk Dombrowski joined University of Alaska-Fairbanks partners in collecting baseline fieldwork on the Qungasvik Project

  This volume of collected essays is a product of the 2016 Minority Health Disparities Initiative writing retreat at the University

Reducing Health Disparities: Research updates from the field (Volume 1) by Kirk Dombrowski (Author, Editor), Kimberly Gocchi Carrasco (Editor) This volume of

The leaders of the Attawapiskat First Nation, an isolated Cree community in northern Ontario, Canada, have declared a state of

Dr. Whitbeck and the REACH team will evaluate the effectiveness of a popular substance abuse prevention program for Ojibwe children and

Dr. Dombrowski was a guest on the latest episode of Health Matters with Larry Williams.  They discuss the Minority Health

Project Details


This project is funded under a grant from Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Innovation Strategy/Population Health Fund Grant (6785-15-2010/3381091).


Les Whitbeck and Devan Crawford (UNL); Lawrence Kirmayer (McGill University); Melissa Walls (UM-Duluth).