The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board’s (GPTCHB), Good Health and Wellness Program (GHW), has released a revamped version of its newsletter.
The Sacred Life newsletter is intended to help GHW keep its partners, and the communities it serves informed about work the program does each day. It will also include stories about GHW’s successes and will be used to help raise awareness about health issues impacting Indian Country.
This first issue is an introduction to the new program and staff. When sub-awardees from tribal communities come on-board later this year, information from their programs will also be included.
The Great Plains Good Health and Wellness (GPGHW) program provides training, technical assistance and evaluation support to all Great Plains area tribes in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, breastfeeding, tobacco prevention, team-based care, and community-clinical linkages to support the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Established in 2014, GPTCHB’s Great Plains Good Health and Wellness (GPGHW) program, has used evidence-informed, culturally rooted health promotion and disease prevention initiatives to help Great Plains area tribes combat their high rates of obesity, commercial tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Housed within GPTCHB’s Community Health Department, GPGHW specializes in providing area tribes/ tribal programs/ tribal healthcare facilities and other tribal entities with site-specific, culturally relevant leadership, training, technical assistance and financial support in the areas of: 1) Community health needs assessments; 2) Community action planning; 3) Cross-sector coalition building; 4) Policy, system and environmental (PSE) change strategies in nutrition, physical activity, and commercial tobacco prevention; 5) Community-clinical linkages (CCL) in diabetes, heart disease, and stroke prevention; and 6) Culturally adapted health education and communication/media resources.
Earlier this year, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’ s Health Board’s (GPTCHB) Good Health and Wellness Program was awarded a Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country, Component 2 Cooperative Agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worth 4.7 million over 5 years (2019-2024).
GPGHW also hosts a monthly Community Health Webinar Series and an annual Good Health and Community Wellness Symposium to help support and sustain the PSE and community-clinical linkage strategies being implemented in the Great Plains area.