MONDAY NIGHT SEMINAR - To be rescheduled

 on Zoom


In the Pursuit of Health Equity for Indigenous Peoples:  The Role of Community Mental Health Workers in Promoting Health & Wellness in Tribal Communities

with Carole Cadue-Blackwood, LMSW, CTTS, MAADCII


The American 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 traditions.



After attending this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe how lack of resources within the American Indian and Alaskan Native community creates barriers to mental healthcare and other healthcare services.
  2. Explain how historical trauma may affect and challenge the therapeutic relationship and how local mental health workers can be of assistance.
  3. Discuss how 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.




Carole Cadue-Blackwood


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 Potawatomi Nation.


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 for folk.


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 Impact.


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.




To be rescheduled

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Central Time



This seminar is free and open to the public.


 Click HERE to Register      


The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on February 16th.



1.5 CMEs/CEUs are available for this seminar.

Certificates of attendance are FREE for Center members,

$30 for non-Center members.


(Details about how to receive CMEs/CEUs will be provided during the seminar.)


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Continuing Medical Education Credits


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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-Updated July 2021-




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