Today we present a live episode of the Debunked podcast. Host Tom Williams and Debunked Podcast host Don Lyons welcome Mary Jo McMillen, Executive Director of USARA (Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness) and Ashanti Moritz, Director of Outreach for the Skull Valley Band Warrior Spirit Recovery Center of Goshutes to debunk the myth “Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups cannot work together to solve social problems.”
This episode will discuss the misconception that cross-cultural groups are not interested in working together to solve common societal problems, and that culture is an impossible obstacle to remove when it comes to improving well-being. from the community. Our guests provide concrete examples of building healthy communities based on empathy, desire for understanding, and cultural sensitivity in all endeavors.
The Debunked Podcast was created by Utah State University’s Office of Health Equity and Community Engagement and the Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative, which are hosted at USU Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, and USU Extension. The program is made possible by SAMHSA, Utah Public Radio and community partners.
Mary Jo McMillen is a Certified Addictions Counselor who has worked with people in treatment and recovery since 1987. Mary Jo has been in long-term recovery since 1985 and is passionate about empowering others to celebrate their own recovery. In 2007, she worked with colleagues and recoverers to establish USARA as a not-for-profit advocacy organization. In 2010, Mary Jo became Executive Director and USARA became a statewide peer-managed Community Recovery Organization (RCO) that serves all communities and cultures in Utah.
Ashanti Moritz is from Neah Bay Washington, Tlingit of Kake, Alaska and Shuswap of Kamloops, British Columbia. She is currently the Outreach Director for the Warrior Spirit Recovery Center (WSRC) of the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes located in Tooele, Utah. WSRC is an outpatient and residential treatment program specializing in helping people with substance abuse problems. WSRC provides a balance of spiritual, mental, physical and emotional healing through Native American traditions and healing ceremonies. Ashanti is certified in Wellbriety, as well as Survivors of Homicide. She is an active member of the Salt Lake community, volunteering for Young People in Recovery, League of Women Voters, and Utah Youth Initiative.