Fierce Healthcare June 7, 2024
Anastassia Gliadkovskaya

Navajo veterans can now access in-person and virtual peer support groups thanks to a partnership between Televeda and the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration.

The support groups take the form of talking circles, deeply rooted in the traditional practices of Indigenous people. While not a clinical intervention, talking circles are evidence-based and an effective way to combat social isolation in a community where mental health is stigmatized, experts say.

Televeda was founded as a platform to combat social isolation in vulnerable communities. After a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring broadband to rural communities, the organization decided to design a resource for Indigenous communities. It won a VA grant in early 2023 to build out...

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