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Indigenous Peoples Task Force

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Indigenous Peoples Task Force
019 Minnehaha Avenue South Suite 150
Minneapolis, MN 55406-4803
(612) 870-1723 (Phone)
(612) 870-9532 (Fax)

Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF) was created in 1990 and has been in existence since that time through funding from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. IPTF has 20 years of experience providing culturally appropriate, effective prevention and direct services for youth in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention, substance abuse prevention and tobacco cessation.

Grant Project Information

Ogitchidag Gikinooamaagad II Youth Peer Education Program
Sharon Day
(612) 870-1723


The purpose of the Ogitchidag Gikinooamaagad II Youth Peer Education Program is to address substance abuse and HIV prevention through a peer-education model. Ogitchidag will use traditional and contemporary teaching methods to provide health, education and risk prevention messages to Native youth through the development of culturally-relevant theater performances focusing on pertinent health issues selected by student participants. The target population is Native American adolescents, ages 12-17, in Minneapolis/Hennepin County, specifically the Phillips neighborhood. Ogitchidag plans to implement the following strategies/practices peer educator training, health education and risk prevention. Specific objectives include:

  • Recruiting 15 youth participants per quarter in collaboration with partners,
  • Provide bi-weekly intervention sessions for 15 youth (offered quarterly) and
  • Conduct evaluation activities to document activities each quarter, and youth response to them.
In addition, they expect to increase awareness, knowledge, skills and positive behaviors and attitudes and educate about substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and the linkages between the two problems while specifically looking at youth behavior changes, youth knowledge and attitude change and strengthening community partnerships. The project evaluation will involve process and outcome evaluation components with both quantitative and qualitative measures to monitor implementation, achievement of outputs as defined by objectives and progress on meeting outcomes. Specific evaluation activities will include evaluation surveys, an online youth survey, a youth focus group, tracking participation outputs, tracking the larger reach and a partner survey and focus group.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

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