Project Abstract Summary
Project Title: American Indian Health & Services (AIH&S) Tribal Practices for Wellness In Indian Country
Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control, Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country
Applicant Name: American Indian Health & Services (AIH&S) FOA: CDC-RFA-DP22-2201
Address: 4141 State St, Suite B-11, Santa Barbara, CA 93110-1898
Phone: 805-681-7144 Website: www.aihscorp.org./
Project Contact: Scott Black Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Request: $ 149,996 first year; $749,980 total for the 5-yr performance period
Proposed Site (main): 4141 State St, Suite B-11, Santa Barbara, CA 93110-1898
Description of Proposed Project: The AIH&S TPWIC program purpose is to reduce the long-term morbidity and mortality of Urban AI/ANs that live within Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. We utilize a socio-ecological prevention and healing approach for reducing risk factors and promoting protective factors through the implementation of our Changing Tides System of Care model and Changing Tides Practice-Based Evidence. The workplan and narrative are guided by three main strategies, which are: 1) Seasonal cultural and traditional practices that support health and wellness; 2) Social and cultural activities that promote community wellness; 3) Intergenerational learning opportunities that support wellbeing and resilience. Within this framework, we intend to complete the following activities: 2A Establish an annual community calendar; 2B Community Celebrations; 2C GONA Community Celebration; 3A Cultural Teachings Workshops; 3B Tomol Activity; 4A Beading Circles; 4B Tomol Teachings; 4D Talking Circles. We will utilize a mixed-methods evaluation plan guided by these key evaluation questions: 1) To what extent did recipient communities demonstrate an increased sense of cultural connectedness? 2) To what extent did recipient communities demonstrate an increased sense of social connectedness? 3) To what extent was there increased sense of safety and engagement? 4) To what extent was there increased knowledge of cultural values and holistic wellness practices? 5) To what extent was there increased use of coping and leadership skills? 6) To what extent was there increased sense of wisdom and intergenerational connection?
Needs to be Addressed: The AI/AN population of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties suffer from health disparities compared to their local Non-Hispanic White (NHW) counterparts, with respect to mental well-being, depression, suicidality, COVID19 rates, and diabetes. Other social and economic disparities are inextricably linked to morbidity and mortality. AI/ANs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties suffer from higher poverty rates and lower rates of health insurance compared to NHW.
Population to be Served: AIH&S’s specific target population are AI/ANs adults, children and families that reside in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, which is in the heart of the ancestral territory of the Chumash peoples. AIH&S’ relationship to the target population is as direct service provider as an Urban Indian Health Organization that offers comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health Services. Housed within the BH Department is the Community Wellness Department, which offers holistic wellness (mind/body/emotion/spirit) and resiliency-building cultural programs and services. The Community Wellness Department engages in targeted outreach and partnership building with local organizations, to reach and engage the AI/AN population of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in these services.