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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.

Snapshot: Setting a Foundation for Innovation
Snapshot: Setting a Foundation for Innovation
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)

Setting a Foundation for Innovation: A Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Progress Report
Setting a Foundation for Innovation: A Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Progress Report
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)


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