Project Red Talon Regional Partner Network

Project Red Talon Regional Partner Network: A project of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

The Project Red Talon Regional Partner Network is coordinated by the Healthy Native Youth team at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, and includes collaborative partners who provide outreach, education, and technical assistance in their regions and nationally to disseminate best practices that address long-standing and critically emerging issues for improved STI/HIV/HCV prevention and care for American Indian/Alaska Natives.

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Project Red Talon Regional Partner Network


The primary goal of this project is to promote sexual health and wellness for American Indian/Alaska Native people by disseminating and implementing effective programs from a socio-ecological framework, addressing systems, communities, organizations, individuals and policies. The quality improvement project works with partners across the nation to:

  • Improve STI/HIV/HCV testing, screening, treatment, and reporting practices within NW tribal clinics.
  • Strengthen the capacity of tribal health educators, program managers, and clinicians to provide STI/HIV/HCV prevention services to their local community.
  • Increase community awareness about STI/HIV/HCV.
  • Increase AI/AN representation in regional and national STI/HIV/HCV workgroups.

For over 26 years, Project Red Talon has provided training and technical assistance to the NW tribes on implementing and evaluating culturally appropriate STI/HIV prevention programs. The first STI/HIV prevention project at the NPAIHB started in 1988 with an AIDS Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior (KAB) survey. This was followed by a CDC-funded HIV/STI prevention project. Over the years, NPAIHB has been instrumental, both regionally and nationally, in making HIV, HCV and STI prevention a priority issue at regional and national Indian health meetings. 

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA)
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston)
Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health | School of Medicine (JHU CIH)
Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB)
Clinical Resources, Trainings, and Screening Tools

The NPAIHB’s Clinical Resources and Screening Tools can be found on the Indian Country ECHO website and on the Board’s HIV page.

Tribal Action Plans

The Red Talon STI/HIV Coalition was active from 2005-2011. Tribal Action Plans were actively used by the NW tribes and partnering agencies to guide program planning, catalyze community outreach, and foster a coordinated response to STIs and HIV/AIDS in our tribal communities.

In 2012, Project Red Talon and THRIVE established the NW Native Adolescent Health Alliance, an inclusive, multi-functional group that now meets quarterly to discuss cross-cutting planning and prevention strategies targeting AI/AN teens and young adults (addressing tobacco, substance abuse, STI/HIV, teen pregnancy, and suicide topics). Our goal is to support regional action planning, resource development, and sharing in OR, WA, and ID.

The Alliance is guided by a multidisciplinary Action Plan: 

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