Wellness through Culture and Community Connections

Research and Evaluation

California Reducing Disparity Project (CRDP)

The Native American Drum, Dance and Regalia program (NADDAR) was created in 2005 recognizing the need to reduce mental health disparities among urban American Indian/ Alaskan Native Families in Los Angeles County by incorporating culturally sensitive and community based methods to reduce mental health issues and increase community connectedness. The NADDAR Program has been selected to participate in the California Reducing Disparities Project- Phase II (CRDP-II), Statewide Evaluation (project number is 2017-013). The aim of the CRDP-II project is to conduct a statewide investigation on the effectiveness of cultural interventions to reduce health disparities among minority populations across California. NADDAR is one of 35 culturally responsive, innovative Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs) across the State of California working in five population groups that have experienced intergenerational mental health disparities: African American; Latino/x; Asian and Pacific Islander; Native American; and LGBTQ+. The NADDAR Program provides alternative coping skills and strategies to address mental health issues through 8-week programs on health and cultural education led by cultural leaders in the community.

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