Health disparities among First Americans are well-documented and must be addressed in order for tribal communities to thrive now and into the future. The Chickasaw Nation Department of Health (CNDH) addresses this need through both conventional health care services and community health programming operated by the Division of Research and Public Health (DRPH). Leveraging CNDH’s experience and successes in assembling multidisciplinary teams and engaging communities, the proposed project will provide opportunities for First American families to protect and enhance their health through building connections to community, family and culture. Ten families per quarter will be recruited to a program comprised of weekly gatherings to learn together and practice culturally-relevant health and resilience practices to support belongingness, cultural connectedness and positive health behaviors. Monthly opportunities will be provided for all cohorts to participate in community-based wellness activities such as traditional games, 5Ks or hikes. This is intended to support long-term maintenance of program gains as well as develop a visible cadre of community-based, culturally connected health champions. Evaluation activities will measure program outcomes for cultural connectedness using the Chickasaw Enculturation Scale, social connectedness using social network analysis, increased consumption of healthy traditional foods and increased physical activity using healthy living indices from a previously developed DRPH survey, and family resilience using the Family Resilience Inventory. Process measures of attendance, participant satisfaction and other items will inform continuous quality improvement (CQI) throughout the project. An Advisory Council will guide program development and activities. DRPH will participate in the TPWIC Community of Practice and seek other venues to share project learnings.