Demonstrating the process of community innovation: The Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative

R. Dale Walker, Douglas A. Bigelow, Jessica Hope Pak Le, Michelle J. Singer

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In 2007 the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Office forMinority Health, collaborating with other federal agencies, sponsored the Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative (ICMI). ICMI was undertaken to create community-driven, culture-based best practices in methamphetamine prevention and treatment which could then be disseminated throughout Indian Country. The ICMI ultimately involved ten tribes and five national organizations. Each tribe established a coalition of community government, nongovernment agencies, and elements of civic society to develop a comprehensive assessment, plan, and then to implement the plan. Each tribal coalition planned a complex array of activities including treatment programs, public education and mobilization, law enforcement strategies, and other intervention strategies, each intervention described within a logic model. These interventions focused on logic modeling; coalitions; capacity development and service system optimization; law enforcement and justice; individual and family treatment; public information, awareness, and education; community mobilization; and a very popular ICMI strategy, cultural renaissance. It was concluded that worthwhile activities were conducted under ICMI sponsorship, but that the specific aim of demonstrating community-driven, culture-based innovations in a manner suitable for dissemination was achieved only to a limited extent. Based on this outcome together with similar experiences, recommendations for future initiatives are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of psychoactive drugs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Best practices
  • Culture-based interventions
  • Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative
  • Methamphetamine
  • Nationwide initiatives in Indian Country

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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