Circle of Harmony Goal 1: Educate, increase knowledge and awareness of the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS among Native Americans, their friends, family, elders, youth, and communities.
Objective: Through plenary presentations, ceremonies and breakout sessions participants will learn about the multiple and complex behavioral factors associated with HIV infection; sexual orientation, substance abuse, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, stress, and historical trauma – which may lead an individual to risk behaviors.
Circle of Harmony Goal 2: Increase knowledge and awareness to prevent the use and abuse of legal and illegal substances among Native Americans.
Objective: Through plenary presentations, ceremonies and breakout sessions, participants will come to understand the interconnectedness between substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.Further attention will be placed on intergenerational trauma including historical trauma as it relates to risky behaviors including substance abuse.
Circle of Harmony Goal 3: Prevent the infection and transmission of HIV/AIDS among Native Americans, their friends, family, elders, youth and communities. For individuals infected with HIV, prevent transmission of HIV infection and provide education and training necessary to facilitate the making of good and healthy lifestyle choices.
Objective: Through plenary presentations, ceremonies and breakout sessions participants will learn about and experience a variety of healthy behaviors – exercise, nutrition, communication, and medication adherence, safer sex – presented by traditional and contemporary educators, community members and community leaders who can provide healthy role models.
Circle of Harmony Goal 4: Educate individuals who work with Native Americans including clinicians and providers, either in HIV prevention, HIV treatment and/or substance abuse treatment, in the delivery and dissemination of culturally appropriate education and services to promote cultural understanding and fluency.
Objective: Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions, and Talking Circles, which help to develop cultural understanding and fluency among the Non-Native conference participants.
Judging by conference attendee’s anecdotal date and evaluations, the conference has not only been well received, it is a highly anticipated event.