Healthy Children, Healthy Nations

Charting Pathways on Early Childhood Development and Nutrition for Minnesota’s Native Children

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The Healthy Children, Healthy Nations initiative is a collaboration of the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign, Better Way Foundation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota’s Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) to develop a strategic plan to improve early childhood development (ECD) and childhood nutrition in Minnesota’s Native communities.

Healthy Children, Healthy Nations will host three convenings with stakeholders to identify best practices and promising models in Native ECD and nutrition; determine critical needs around these issues in Native communities; and build consensus around strategies and funding recommendations to improve the well-being of Minnesota’s Native children and future generations. This project will result in the production of an action plan in late 2017 to strengthen Native ECD and childhood nutrition efforts in Minnesota. This plan may eventually serve as a model for others in Indian Country.


  • Native early childhood development and nutrition stakeholder | May 10-11, 2017
  • Funders convening | July 11, 2017
  • Tribal leaders convening | August 15, 2017