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Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country

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Launched in May 2018, this 3-year program will support tribal practices that promote wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The approach was guided by the CDC Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) and refined over a year of discussions with Native cultural advisors.

For American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and communities, cultural and traditional teachings and practices are important protective factors that build strength and resilience and support healthy lives. Tribal leaders suggested that these practices are not widely understood by federal agencies and are often not supported with financial and technical resources. In response to tribal leaders, CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) hosted convenings with tribal cultural leaders in 2015 and 2016 to better understand these tribal approaches.

During the convenings, tribal leaders and cultural advisors identified practices that strengthen connections to community, family, and culture, which can reduce risks for chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives. These practices were incorporated as strategies that awardees will implement as part of the Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country program.

This program will award about $5 million a year to 21 American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages or tribally designated organizations that work with tribes and 15 urban Indian organizations.

Recipients will address the following strategies through a variety of activities:

  • Connect cultural teachings to health and wellness.
  • Support seasonal cultural practices that support health and wellness.
  • Implement social and cultural activities that promote community wellness.
  • Establish and maintain collaborations that strengthen well-being.
  • Support intergenerational learning that supports well-being and resilience.
  • Promote traditional healthy foods.
  • Promote traditional and contemporary physical activities.

The program will include an evaluation component to strengthen the evidence base for this approach in tribal communities.

Funding Totals for Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country
Urban Indian Health Centers
American Indian Assn of Tucson dba Tucson Indian Ctr, Tucson, AZ $150,000
American Indian Health & Family Services, Detroit, MI $150,000
American Indian Health & Services, Inc, Santa Barbara, CA $150,000
Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council Inc, Oklahoma City, OK $148,014
Denver Indian Health & Family Services, Inc, Denver, CO $150,000
First Nations Community HealthSource, Albuquerque, NM $140,000
Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Inc, Minneapolis, MN $150,000
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, CA $150,000
Indian Health Council, Inc, Valley Center, CA $150,000
Native American Rehabilitation Assn of the Northwest, Portland, OR $140,000
Native Americans for Community Action, Inc, Flagstaff, AZ $150,000
Native Health (Phoenix), Phoenix, AZ $140,000
Sacramento Native American Health Ctr, Sacramento, CA $140,000
Seattle Indian Health Board, Seattle, WA $140,035
United American Indian Involvement, Inc, Los Angeles, CA $150,000
Tribes
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Assn, Inc, Anchorage, AK $150,000
Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK $150,000
Hualapai Indian Tribe, Peach Springs, AZ $150,000
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Sequim, WA $150,000
Kickapoo Tribe, Horton, KS $140,464
K’imaw Medical Center, Hoopa, CA $138,600
Northern Arapaho Tribe, Fort Washakie, WY $138,942
Oneida Nation, Oneida, WI $138,230
Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson, AZ $150,000
Pueblo of Santa Ana, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM $122,018
Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT $150,000
San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Carlos, AZ $149,967
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, MI $150,000
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Hollywood, FL $149,975
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, ID $90,550
Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK $150,000
Thunder Valley Community Development Corp, Porcupine, SD $150,000
United Indian Health Services, Arcata, CA $150,000
Wabanaki Health and Wellness, Bangor, ME $140,000
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Winnebago, NE $139,985
Zuni Youth Enrichment Project, Zuni, NM $139,985


Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country: FY 2018 Map. Tribes (represented by red) and Urban Indian Health Centers (represented by blue) are listed below

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Urban Indian Health Centers

  1. American Indian Assn of Tucson dba Tucson Indian Ctr, Tucson, AZ
  2. American Indian Health & Family Services, Detroit, MI
  3. American Indian Health & Services, Inc, Santa Barbara, CA
  4. Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council Inc, Oklahoma City, OK
  5. Denver Indian Health & Family Services, Inc, Denver, CO
  6. First Nations Community HealthSource, Albuquerque, NM
  7. Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Inc, Minneapolis, MN
  8. Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, CA
  9. Indian Health Council, Inc, Valley Center, CA
  10. Native American Rehabilitation Assn of the Northwest, Portland, OR
  11. Native Americans for Community Action, Inc, Flagstaff, AZ
  12. Native Health (Phoenix), Phoenix, AZ
  13. Sacramento Native American Health Ctr, Sacramento, CA
  14. Seattle Indian Health Board, Seattle, WA
  15. United American Indian Involvement, Inc, Los Angeles, CA

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Tribes

  1. Aleutian Pribilof Islands Assn, Inc, Anchorage, AK
  2. Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK
  3. Hualapai Indian Tribe, Peach Springs, AZ
  4. Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Sequim, WA
  5. Kickapoo Tribe, Horton, KS
  6. K’imaw Medical Center, Hoopa, CA
  7. Northern Arapaho Tribe, Fort Washakie, WY
  8. Oneida Nation, Oneida, WI
  9. Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson, AZ
  10. Pueblo of Santa Ana, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
  11. Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT
  12. San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Carlos, AZ
  13. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  14. Seminole Tribe of Florida, Hollywood, FL
  15. Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, ID
  16. Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK
  17. Thunder Valley Community Development Corp, Porcupine, SD
  18. United Indian Health Services, Arcata, CA
  19. Wabanaki Health and Wellness, Bangor, ME
  20. Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Winnebago, NE
  21. Zuni Youth Enrichment Project, Zuni, NM

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