Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country

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.

GHWIC Org Chart


This project is funded solely by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Fund.

LaFrance, J., & Nichols, R. (2009). Indigenous evaluation framework: Telling our story in our place and time. Written for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

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