Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country

The AASTEC Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Program aims to provide leadership, technical assistance, training, and resources to the 27 American Indian Tribes, Bands, Pueblos, and Nations within the IHS Administrative Area to promote effective community chosen and culturally adapted policies, systems, and environmental improvements to prevent heart disease and prevent and manage type 2 diabetes and associated risk factors, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet.  This 5-year project is funded by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.  Learn about our specific strategies to achieve these aims by clicking the links below.
Tribal Subawardees

A major component of the program is the dissemination of ten (10) tribal sub-awards to support the design/adaptation, implementation and evaluation of community chosen, culturally relevant interventions at the policy, health system and environmental level that aim to prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and affiliated risk factors – commercial tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet. Proposed projects will focus upon one or more of the following categories:

1) Increase access to and use of traditional and other healthy foods and beverages;

2) Improve opportunities for physical activity; and/or

3) Reduce commercial tobacco abuse and eliminate second-hand smoke exposure.

Click map to see subawardees

Partners in Good Health and Wellness Training

A Skills and Knowledge Based Training to Prevent and Manage Chronic Disease

The Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) in collaboration with Project ECHO® at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center is offering a chronic disease prevention/management training for CHRs, SDPI staff, and other tribal health advocates from the 27 Albuquerque Area Tribes and Pueblos.

The purpose of this training is to enhance knowledge and skills related to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and their risk factors (poor nutrition, physical activity and commercial tobacco).  This training is a culturally adapted and expanded version of Project ECHO’s Diabetes Community Resource Education Worker (CREW) Training.


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Tribal Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control Project

The aim of this initiative is to strengthen tribal capacity to address the burden of commercial tobacco within the 27 Tribes in the Indian Health Service (IHS) Albuquerque Area.  AASTEC will provide leadership, technical assistance, training and resources to promote effective community-chosen and culturally adapted interventions that target policy, systems and environmental improvements to commercial tobacco prevention and control.

Key activities include:

  • Inform stakeholders about the burden of commercial tobacco use, while honoring sacred uses of traditional tobacco
  • Convene a multidisciplinary tribal tobacco coalition in the IHS Albuquerque Area
    • Learn about the Southwest Tribal Tobacco Coalition
  • Assess existing strengths, needs, and capacity for commercial tobacco control/prevention activities
  • Offer trainings on best practices for commercial tobacco prevention and control
  • Develop/adapt/disseminate culturally appropriate small media to promote commercial tobacco prevention and control
    • Postcard and Posters are available for ordering. Click on images to view.
    • Request Materials
  • Provide tribal mini-grants to pilot test, implement, and evaluate commercial tobacco prevention and control initiatives that:
    • Increase the number of tribal members protected from second-hand commercial tobacco smoke
    • Decrease exposure to commercial tobacco marketing and availability of commercial tobacco products

Health Communities, Healthy Ways, Keep Tobacco Sacred: An eGuide for Tribal Communities

tobacco-eguide This Keep Tobacco Use Sacred eGuide was designed to assist tribal communities and organizations to identify resources, learn established best practices, and take action to implement comprehensive community-based, commercial tobacco prevention and control initiatives.


More Information
Michele Suina
Good Health and Wellness Program Director
(505) 764-0036

Janna Vallo
Commercial Tobacco Control and Prevention Coordinator
(505) 764-0036