Healthy Native Communities, Healthy Native Babies

Healthy Native Communities, Healthy Native Babies

MPHI partnered with the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM) to support development of a project to enhance key aspects of ITCM’s Maajtaag Mnobmaadzid (“Healthy Start”) program. Maajtaag Mnobmaadzid works to address disparities in perinatal health by reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, provide services, education, and support for Native American families, and promote development of perinatal systems based on a family-centered, community-based maternal and child health care model that works for Native families.

Recognizing that systemic and environmental factors affect maternal and infant health in ways that cannot be addressed solely by providing direct services, MPHI applied to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health – Communities Organized to Respond and Evaluate” program on behalf of Maajtaag Mnobmaadzid, and received funding for the two-year “Healthy Native Communities, Healthy Native Babies” project. MPHI and ITCM engaged seven Native American communities in a community health needs assessment and health improvement planning initiative aimed at identifying and addressing the root causes of health disparities. MPHI provided training and technical assistance to the communities to complete the “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships” (MAPP) process, a community-driven approach to assessing community health. Each community is:

  • Developing a local consortium of public health system partners and community members
  • Conducting a visioning process and identified core values.
  • Completing assessment tools to identify community themes and strengths, assess the performance of the local public health system, describe the community’s health status, and identify forces of change
  • Identifying evidence-based, culturally appropriate strategies to address priorities.
  • Developing a comprehensive community action plan (CAP) driven by the assessment results.

Client(s): Native American communities

Funder(s): Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Partner(s): Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and Native American communities

Project Period: 09/30/2010 - 09/29/2012

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