In the Pursuit of Health Equity
for Indigenous Peoples: The Role of Community Mental Health Workers in Promoting Health & Wellness in Tribal
with Carole Cadue-Blackwood, LMSW, CTTS,
Indian (AI) and Alaskan Native (AN) peoples suffer from significant health disparities, including nutrition related chronic
diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. The risk factors and social determinates of these diseases are
often rooted in the unique histories in the American Indian and Alaskan Native populations, including the history of genocidal
practices, cultural assaults, and ongoing oppression, which also contribute to high rates of mental health and substance use
disorders. Learn how Native Community mental healthworkers, alongside a growing workforce of Indigeneous mental health
professionals, can create balance and overall wellness, in alignment with Native worldviews and healing
attending this session, participants should be able to:
lack of resources within the American Indian and Alaskan Native community creates barriers to mental healthcare and other
historical trauma may affect and challenge the therapeutic relationship and how local mental health workers can be of
mental health professionals, plus community mental health workers who understand local traditions, customs, and challenges,
can work in concert to overcome barriers to mental health treatment.
About the Presenter
Carole Cadue-Blackwood is a licensed social worker and Case Manager at The Kansas City Indian Center and
liaison to the United States Attorney General’s Office for the Western District of Missouri for Missing and
Murdered Indigenous Peoples. Carole is the first Indigenous USD 497 Lawrence Board of Education member to
have attended Lawrence public schools, K-12, and holds degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University, a B.A.
in political science from The University of Kansas along with a Master’s of Social Welfare with a clinical
focus. She is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas and affiliated with the Prairie Band
Her career and passion for public education grew as a stay-at-home mom and military spouse while volunteering
for The Willow Domestic Violence Center where Carole realized that getting to the root of unique
systemic risk factors can shake social, emotional, and mental well-being for improving achievement and outcomes
Carole is a 2016 recipient of the United Way’s Wallace Galluzzi Outstanding Volunteer for direct
and indirect service for The Willow Domestic Violence Center and a 2018 recipient of the National Indian
Education Association’s Parent of the Year award for her efforts to re-name Billy Mills Middle School
and advocacy for the Kansas House Bill 2498, known as the Regalia Bill, a measure that prohibits schools
or government agencies from barring students from wearing traditional tribal regalia at public events.
Kansas is only the third state in the nation to have such a law protecting this important right.
Other notable recognitions include a 2022 nomination for the YWCA of Northeast Kansas's Woman of the
Year Award and a December 2022 feature in the Lawrence, Kansas Business Magazine as a Women of
Carole was recently re-elected to serve on the Board of Education for Lawrence Public Schools for another
four-year term where she continues her work as a tireless advocate for the most marginalized students.
Appointed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to serve on the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention
Committee, Carole advocates for more public dollars for classroom funding, increased neighborhood
enrollment, community schools, anti-racist policies, and racial and social justice, as well as equity in our
schools and communities.
7:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. Central Time
is free and open to the public.
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