Community Sobriety Events Gain Popularity

Thursday, August 11, 2022
GPTLHB staff greeting relatives.
GPTLHB staff greeting relatives.

RAPID CITY –Rapid City Native American community members have come out in droves to a recent series of community sobriety events hosted by the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board.

It can be challenging for many families to find alcohol-free local activities. When community members began suggesting that events and programming should be available to them in a sober environment, several health board programs banded together to start hosting a monthly community sobriety event. The first event was a sobriety dance held at the Ramkota hotel.

This past Tuesday, the Trauma & Violence Prevention Program, the We Are Warriors EOC, and members of the Health Board's Community Behavioral Health teams came together to host a free Swim Event at the Horace Mann pool in Rapid City. More than 300 relatives from across the city gathered to escape the near-100-degree heat.
"We gave out shoulder bags with hand sanitizer and wipes, beach towels, an indigenous children's book on coping with the pandemic, and sunscreen. We also shared food and drinks. There was an overwhelmingly positive response from the participants. They appreciated the chance to swim after the 100-degree day. Many uncis (grandmothers) with their takojas (grandchildren). The pool staff voiced their appreciation for us being there and cleaning up afterward," said Deanna Schoup, Director of the Trauma & Violence Prevention Program at the Health Board.

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 *Established in 1986, the Great Plains Tribal Leaders' Health Board represents the 18 tribal communities in the four-state region of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Serving as a liaison between the Great Plains Tribes and the various Health and Human Services divisions, including the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service, GPTCHB works to reduce public health disparities and improve the health and wellness of the American Indian people.

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