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Through the support of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the UIHI launched a nationwide initiative to enhance public health infrastructure amongst urban Indian organizations, entitled Building Resiliency and Action to Nurture Community Health (BRANCH). BRANCH is a five-year initiative to build public health infrastructure amongst urban American Indian and Alaska Native organizations using culturally-adapted indigenous methods, frameworks, and evaluation approaches.

Through BRANCH, UIHI will release a series of funding opportunities to be awarded to the urban Indian health network, comprised of Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs) and urban Indian health and human service organizations across the country. BRANCH funding will support the establishment of sustainable chronic disease prevention initiatives that are regionally tailored by environment, culture, socio-demographic composition, as well as specific healthcare and infrastructure gaps of applicant sites.

In year 1, BRANCH funds will focus on indigenous approaches to diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus Type I and II) prevention and management and associated risk factors including, but not limited to: poor nutrition, insufficient physical activity, heart disease, depression, obesity, food insecurity, and loss of traditional/cultural wellness practices.

Priority Approaches

Funding may be used for planning new projects or for expanding on existing projects. Examples include diabetes education, prevention, and/or management activities that:

  • use cultural or regional adaptations of diabetes education program components, curriculums, toolkits, etc.;
  • reclaim traditional knowledge of nutrition and use of first foods;
  • promote access to or use of physical activity and other lifestyle modifications;
  • engage Native youth and/or elders;
  • address perceptions and beliefs and promote traditional values;
  • or activities that emphasize community-driven planning for diabetes prevention and control such as community needs assessments.

Number of Awards: 4

Funding Amount: $10,000.00 over 7.5 months (February 15th, 2018 – September 30th, 2018)

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for funding under this application, the organization must be one of the following:

  • Urban Indian Health Program (UIHP), a Title V program as defined by the Indian Health Service;
  • National Urban Indian Family Coalition Member (NUIFC Member); or
  • Urban Indian organization and/or programs receiving MSPI/DVPI funding, as defined by the Indian Health Service.

Important Dates:

  • Application released: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
  • BRANCH Community Grants Program Webinar: Thursday, January 11th, 2018
  • Funding application deadline: Friday, January 26th, 2018
  • Award notification: Friday, February 2nd, 2018
  • Award period: February 15th, 2018 – September 30th, 2018
  • Grantee orientation: TBD, Early March 2018
  • Grant awarded: Two disbursements of $5,000.00