Noonaawsaang “Nursing a Child”

Noonaawsaang “Nursing a Child”

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan has been awarded an Accelerated Community Transformation Grant from the National REACH Coalition, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Affordable Care Act provided funding to support new Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) for purposes of implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities. The Accelerated Grant Program is designed to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence-base of effective prevention programming through “quick wins” in implementing changes in policies, systems and environments that support health.

As a consortium of Michigan’s federally recognized tribes, ITCM serves as a technical assistance provider and coordinating center for this collaborative effort to educate tribal decision-makers and tribal employers about the benefits of breastfeeding support policies, with the goal of supporting tribal organizations in the adoption and implementation of policies and practices that promote breastfeeding.

MPHI worked with one tribal community to conduct a policy impact assessment of their existing breastfeeding support policies. This information was used by ITCM for their Worksite Breastfeeding Policy Toolkit tailored to tribal communities. MPHI also provides technical assistance, contributes expertise to the Community Leadership Team, and serves as the evaluation consultant for the project.

Client(s): Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Funder(s): Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and National REACH Coalition

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

Project Period: 06/01/2012 - 05/13/2013

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