Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD Introduction to the Senate Committee
On September 10, 2009, APA Member Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, Director of the Indian Country Child Trauma Center and Project Making Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, testified on behalf of APA before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the 7th Generation Promise: Indian Youth Suicide Prevention Act of 2009. Dr. BigFoot's statement highlighted the critical need for federal resources to address the devastating problem of suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native youth. She also asserted the need to increase trauma services in rural and urban areas, build the pipeline of culturally and linguistically competent psychologists in Indian Country, and develop and support innovative resources to improve access to health care, including telehealth.
Other witnesses at the hearing included Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Director of the Indian Health Service, and Dr. Eric Broderick, Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.