Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country
Abstract: Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center: Healthy Natives MKE
The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has served American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) living in urban Milwaukee for 20 years. The Health Center is pleased to present this application to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Healthy Natives MKE, which hopes to reach at least 1,545 AI/AN people living in and around Milwaukee each year for the next five years (both current patients and non-patients who are potential program participants), for a total of at least 7,725 people or 42% of the entire AI/AN population in the area (estimated at 18,239 people). The individuals reached will have an opportunity to participate in health and wellness activities specifically focused on prevention of obesity, cessation of commercial tobacco use, and reducing the risks of developing diabetes, stroke risk, or cardiovascular diseases by becoming involved in prevention activities. Patients in highest risk categories, such as elders, will be offered screening and program participation most frequently, but the activities will not be age-limited. Many programmatic outreach activities are geared toward the entire family.
The purpose of the Healthy Natives MKE Program is to reduce the rates of death and disability from tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and to reduce obesity among urban American Indians and Alaskan Natives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Woven into this purpose will be the twenty years of history of successfully working with AI/AN in Milwaukee to address the unique health, cultural, and community needs of this urban population. Patients who seek services at our clinic come from the 11 recognized tribes within Wisconsin but also represent members of other federally recognized tribes.
Proposed Outcomes for the five-year project period include:
1. Increased number of places offering healthy foods (e.g., fresh produce, low sodium options) and beverages in service area.
2. Increased percent improvement in number of places offering healthy foods (e.g. fresh produce, low sodium options) and beverages in service area.
3. Increased number of commercial tobacco-using patients who receive commercial tobacco cessation interventions.
4. Increased percent improvement in number of commercial tobacco-using patients who receive commercial tobacco cessation interventions.
5. Increased number of community members at high risk for diabetes enrolled in CDC- recognized type 2 diabetes prevention programs offered in AI/AN communities.
6. Increased number of patients with high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol engaged in self-management and treatment programs.
7. Increased percent improvement in number of patients with high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol engaged in self-management and treatment programs.
The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center is pleased to offer these expanded opportunities for urban AI/AN people to become healthier in ways that are respectful of their cultural traditions.