Tucson Indian Center: CDC Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country
The Tucson Indian Center (TIC) is an urban Indian organization that serves close to 800 American Indian / Alaska Natives (AI/AN) from over 50 tribal communities. Through the Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country (TPWIC) project, the TIC Wellness Department will implement six key strategies designed to improve a key Social Determinant of Health- social connectedness- by increasing cultural connectedness, as well as promoting wellness through cultural teachings related to healthy eating and physical activity.
These strategies will emphasize group and intergenerational activities to create shared experiences and learning that promote cultural practices and tribal history as they relate to healthy eating, physical activity, and social and mental wellbeing. Activities will include seasonal harvesting, cultural education, community events, native literacy, and numerous opportunities for hands-on learning.
Upon successful implementation of these strategies and activities, TIC participants will report an increased sense of cultural connectedness, an increased sense of social connectedness, an increase in consumption of healthy traditional foods, and an increase in physical activities. These outcomes will contribute to the long-term impact within the community of increased resilience and use of cultural practices to reduce chronic diseases, a reduction in morbidity and mortality due to chronic disease, and an increased sense of mental and emotional wellbeing among the urban AI/AN community in and around Tucson.