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CDC: Preventing Suicidal Behavior in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Health Equity Issue, March 19

Join us in person or watch via live webcast from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, Open captions are provided.

We are pleased to announce the next session of Public Health Grand Rounds, Preventing Suicidal Behavior in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Health Equity Issue,” on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and suicide rates have increased more than 30 percent since 2000. Among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI and AN) communities, suicide rates are even higher than among the general population, and they are highest among youth and young adults, ages 15–34. Focusing on subgroups at risk, including youth among AI and AN communities, and implementing evidence-based prevention strategies is a key approach to reducing suicidal behaviors and may help reduce this health inequity.

Join us for this session of Public Health Grand Rounds to learn about prevention approaches, such as screening during healthcare visits and targeting risk and protective factors at community, relationship, and individual levels. This Grand Rounds also will examine successful school-based life-skill programs and the role employment and job quality can play in health.

CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:

Preventing Suicidal Behavior in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities:
A Health Equity Issue

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Global Communications Center ( Building 19)

Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium

Presented By:

Alex Crosby, MD, MPH


Division of Violence Prevention

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC

“Understanding Suicide in American Indian and Alaska Native Youths”                                                                                                

Teresa LaFromboise, PhD

Professor, Developmental and Psychological Sciences Stanford Graduate School of Education

Chair, Native American Studies

Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity

Stanford University.

“Suicide Prevention in Educational Settings with American Indian Youth”     


Spero M. Manson, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry

Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health

Colorado Chair in American Indian Health

University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

“Detection and Management of Suicide in Primary Care: Translating an Evidence-based Practice in Native Health Settings” 


 Michael Flynn, MA

Coordinator, Occupational Health Equity Program

Training, Research, and Evaluation Branch

Education and Information Division

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC

“An Occupational Health Perspective on Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native Youths”   


Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

For questions about this Grand Rounds topic:
Feel free to e-mail your questions before or during the session.

Our sessions are open to the public:

A live webcast will be available on our website. Open captions are provided. The link will be live five minutes before the presentation. Sessions are posted 3-4 days after each presentation to the On Demand page of our website.

For non-CDC staff who want to attend in person:

Non-CDC staff must have prior security clearance. US citizens must submit a request to the Grand Rounds Team.  A U.S. state-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, US passport) is required.

Non-U.S. citizens must submit their requests 20 days prior to the session to the Grand Rounds Team, and additional information will be required.

Free Continuing Education is available for Grand Rounds Sessions

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for Public Health Grand Rounds sessions, please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps. To find our courses use the search term “Public Health Grand Rounds”. To receive continuing education you must complete the online seminar evaluation and posttest. Continuing education will be available for up to 2 years and 1 month after the initial session offering.

Target audience: physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, pharmacists, veterinarians, certified health education specialists, laboratorians, and others.


  1. List key measures of burden of disease involving morbidity, mortality, and/or cost.
  2. Describe evidence-based preventive interventions and the status of their implementations.
  3. Identify one key prevention science research gap.
  4. Name one key indicator by which progress and meeting prevention goals is measured.

CE certificates can be printed from your computer immediately upon completion of your online evaluation and posttest. A cumulative transcript of all CDC/ATSDR CE credits obtained through the TCE Online system will be maintained for each user. We hope that this will assist you in fulfilling the requirements for your professional licenses and certificates.