The United Indian Health Service (UIHS) is a non-profit Tribal organization that serves approximately 18,000 American Indians within the Del Norte and Humboldt counties of the Northern Coastal California region. Services are provided through clinical and community based programs that incorporate values and beliefs of Tribes within their service area, with the philosophy that the health of the individual is directly related to the health of the community, culture and environment in which they live.For the past nine years? UIHS has experience working with the CDC on improving health and wellness in Indian County. We have worked closely with regional Tribal leaders to determine what lifestyle interventions and activities will resonate with our Tribal people. They all are deeply rooted in cultural and traditional practices which require intergenerational community wide teaching and participation. At the core of UIHS?s mission and vision is to enhance Tribal traditional practices that promote wellness and address needs of reducing risks chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke, obesity and cancer. UIHS proposes to work with each of our regions nine Tribes to conduct workshops and activities that will spread lifestyle changing cultural practices.UIHS, in conjunction with the nine Tribes, have chosen the following three strategies as our focus: 1.Family and community activities that connect cultural teaching to health and wellness,2.Intergenerational learning opportunities that support wellbeing and resilience; and3.Traditional and contemporary physical activities that strengthen wellbeing.Activities we are proposing to meet include:?Conducting eight workshops per year that include making traditional tools for food gathering; gathering and processing traditional foods; and gathering regalia materials and cultural supplies which requires an extensive amount of physical activity.?Capturing knowledge from our key community lead
ers and Elders in each Tribe to assure we are passing on traditional practices and activities in the appropriate manner to our youth. ?Documenting these activities and practices by creating a ?Traditional Food Guide and Activities? book, which will be written in each of the Tribal languages in our region; and?Capturing on video by training within each Tribe videographers to assure that the cultural practices and activities promoted as a result of this grant opportunity can continue to be passed down and taught beyond this funding opportunity.We are humbled to have the opportunity to continue growing and spreading programs and projects that lead to healthy lifestyle changes in the nine Tribes that we serve and continue to promote the connection between community, environment and culture as a means of providing preventative healthcare and reducing morbidity and mortality from preventable chronic diseases.