Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country
Project Abstract Summary
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), an urban clinic serving over 20,000 patients in central Oklahoma, proposes to improve the overall health and resiliency of our American Indian patient population by creating and implementing programs that address cultural connectedness, social connectedness, intake of healthy traditional foods and increase in physical activity both traditional and contemporary. We plan to do this through programs offered in-person, virtually, one-on one and in group formats. Activities will include traditional and cultural events such as shawl making, beading and pinch pots. Activities will also include opportunities to improve dietary intake through learning the significance and preparation of healthy traditional foods and opportunities to increase physical activity through participation in traditional and contemporary physical activity events. Program staff will consist of seasoned nutrition and physical activity professionals and tribal members with strong connections to their tribal culture and history. Each of the proposed programs will be assessed for cultural and social connectedness, healthy traditional food intake and participation in physical activity using age-appropriate and validated evaluation tools. OKCIC has a strong organizational capacity to support proposed programs and stands ready to comply with all post award requirements.