With support from Seeds of Native Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) piloted a comprehensive program designed to improve health and nutrition in tribal communities. This NativeVision initiative is a nutrition, food access, and physical activity program that was implemented in two southwestern tribal communities over a three-year period.
The pilot program included:
- Nutrition and healthy lifestyles education in school
- Home visits from Native health coaches to teach nutrition, gardening, and physical activity to families
- Health community events and activities
- Rigorous evaluation to determine how to best expand the model to other tribes
Following these successful pilots, the program is being packaged for replication by other tribes across Indian Country.
In addition to a $250,000 grant from Seeds of Native Health, the program also received a $150,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and support from the Kullman Family Foundation.