U.S. DHHS awards close to $1.8 Million for Prevention Fa’asamoa Partnership Project

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US-DHHS) has awarded $1,782,791 to the American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services (AS-DHSS) for the Prevention Fa’aSamoa Partnership Project. 

The grant, awarded through US-DHHS’ Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Cooperative Agreement that will fund the community-based project for a three-year period starting September 30, 2012 and ending September 29, 2015. The grant will fund the community-based Prevention Fa’aSamoa Partnership Project, which is headed by Project Director Louisa Te’o Tuiteleleapaga and Project Manager Tu’umafua Maiava of AS-DHSS. 

As part of the project, twelve community coalitions were organized throughout American Samoa tailored to meet the specific needs of their villages. The Strengthening Samoan Families (SSF) component of the program brings AS-DHSS staff into the villages to work directly with families in substance abuse prevention education. Another component of the program called Life Skills Program focuses on youth 10-14 years of age. 

The project, originally funded in 2011 through the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG), was also highlighted at the US-DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 8th annual Prevention Day this past February in a brief documentary showcasing the program’s successes in American Samoa.

The documentary, produced by SAMSHA, highlighted the project’s unique capabilities to carry out comprehensive and culturally competent substance abuse prevention strategies that reflect Samoan traditions and culture.

“I am pleased to know that this program will assist the American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services in supporting individuals, families, youth, and villages in substance abuse prevention efforts,” Cong. Faleomavaega Eni stated in a media release from his office.

Source: Media release, Cong. Faleomavaega’s office


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