CDC convened tribal health leaders to increase understanding of tribal practices that strengthen physical and mental health, wellbeing, tribal identity, and connection to culture to better support the work tribes and their members do to stay healthy and well.
This 3-year Notice of Funding Opportunity supports tribal practices identified by tribal health leaders that build resiliency and connections to community, family, and culture, which over time, can reduce risk factors for chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Recipients will include up to 14 American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, or American Indian or Alaska Native tribally designated organizations. No more than two awards to tribes and tribal organizations will be made within a single Indian Health Service Area. Up to 14 Urban Indian Organizations will also be funded to address the same strategies for that portion of their patient populations that is American Indian and Alaska Native.
Recipients will address these strategies:
• Connect cultural teachings to health and wellness
• Seasonal cultural practices that support health and wellness
• Social and cultural activities that promote community wellness
• Collaborations that strengthen wellbeing
• Intergenerational learning that supports wellbeing and resilience
• Promote traditional healthy foods
• Promote traditional and contemporary physical activities
The NOFO will include evaluation to strengthen the evidence-base for this approach in tribal communities. The long-term goals are to reduce morbidity and mortality due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.