In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion implemented A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC). A five year initiative, GHWIC funds tribes and tribal organizations to support chronic disease prevention and community wellness. The approach includes a combination of policy and environmental approaches, links between community programs and clinical services, and health systems interventions to:
- Reduce commercial tobacco use and exposure,
- Improve availability of traditional and other healthy foods and beverages,
- Improve opportunities for physical activity,
- Increase culturally relevant health education, and
- Promote prevention and self-management of diabetes and hypertension.
The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) is funded through a cooperative agreement between
the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the CDC to serve as the National Coordinating Center for the evaluation of GHWIC. The core values in the Indigenous Evaluation Framework (LaFrance & Nichols, 2009) serve as a guide to the GHWIC initiative evaluation, along with the CDC outlined initiative priorities.
Updated: November 2, 2017
This combined package of Regional Updates showcases the breadth and depth of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) initiative through a regional lens. Within this package are two-page summary documents crafted by Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs). Each Regional Update corresponds with an Indian Health Service (IHS) Area and profiles the work of Tribes, Tribal-serving health organizations, and TECs as they promote chronic disease prevention among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people through policy, systems, and environmental changes. These documents showcase a diversity of work conducted by GHWIC grantees to improve the health of AI/ANs through sustainable interventions and community change. TECs engage and guide GHWIC grantees within their regions on evaluation activities that reflect local community assets and complement cultural strengths.
By leveraging the role of TECs, GHWIC is able to capture meaningful program information on chronic disease prevention outcomes and progress in addressing AI/AN community interests and needs.
Updated: August 24, 2017
This two-page brief highlights the values, strategies, and scope of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program to give potential collaborators a better understanding of the initiative’s goals and strategies. (August 2017)
Updated: August 22, 2017
This in-depth report summarizes the first two years (2014-2016) of community assessment and strategic planning performed by grantees under the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program. This report includes summary findings from GHWIC grantee community health assessments, highlights of grantee activities and successes, and early efforts with cross-sector workgroups. (August 2017)