Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country
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.
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
- 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
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.