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ESR Native Connections (Year 1 report pending July 2021, Empowerment Plans)

Empowerment compared to crisis. This was a discussion that we had for many months. As the evaluation team providing support for a suicide prevention grant, we wanted to move away from crisis and think upstream, yes that is right, upstream. We know crisis protocols are important and even outlining what will happen post-vention, who to call, what to do, what to watch for, and what next… but these empowerment plans change the game because they encourage the community to begin thinking about what is happening in the community, self-regulation practices, safe places in the community to go when in need, and people and programs available before a crisis exist. A foundation of this empowerment approach is moving from an individual crisis plan to a community empowerment plan. Our partnership with ESR, OUSHC, and SPRC made all of this possible. #Empowermentovercrisis

Eastern Shoshone Recovery Strategic Plan 2021-2022

Every year ESR hosts a retreat for staff and invites the AKA team to join in a 2-3day planning session that captures accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year. These retreats are not what you would expect. This year we met at a remote cabin in Wyoming and enjoyed lots of laughs, excellent food, walks in nature, and we even watched Reservation Dogs. Over three days’ conversations shifted from our favorite movies and concerts to more serious topics like unresolved trauma, grief, loss, abstinence, and even paradigmatic differences in how people heal and recover. Our role is to advocates and support ESR’s overall strategic plan. We capture what is being said, identify strengths and weaknesses for each of the Medicine Wheel domains, and create recommendations and strategies that link the various ESR programs and funding with what staff need to be successful in the upcoming year. This report does not do the strategic planning retreat justice (you had to be there) but it does help ESR and our team be intentional in the work that we do and how we do it. #recovery #prevention

ESR Native Connections Year 1 Report
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