The HANC Project first started in 2010 with funding from the AARA Funds by Office of the Secretary Assistant of Health (OASH) (Grant number 5U38OT000133-03). In the 2-year project, AAIP collaborated with and provided technical assistance to 12 communities during development and implementation of obesity prevention projects, developed media tools including videos and posters (checkout the obesity monster…), implemented a national dissemination plan, coordinated and convened a national Native obesity prevention conference, collaborated with research partner Active Living, developed a library of tools and resources to influence policy, systems and environmental change in AI/AN communities, and facilitated change in the way that AI/AN addressed obesity prevention to focus on long-term systematic change.
In 2013, AAIP was awarded funding under an umbrella cooperative agreement from the Office of State, Tribal, Local, Territorial Support (OSTLT) to continue HANC efforts (Grant number 5U38OT000133-03). Efforts thus far include: partnering with Tribal Health Departments to address obesity utilizing culturally adapted CDC Winnable Battles strategies, sharing successes and lessons learned from the many HANC partners on the HANC On-Line Resource Guide, and implementing a national dissemination plan.
The Healthy Active Native Communities (HANC) On-Line Resource website is a hub for partners, Tribal health workers, and public health providers to access in order to learn about the Community Guide and CDC recommended strategies, evidence and practice based approaches to implementing these strategies in AI/AN communities, and an ‘on line community’ where people can share their contributions to preventing obesity in Indian Country. Our goal is to increase awareness of (and the documentation of) successful, culturally specific obesity prevention programs. The guide will add to the practice-based literature for adaptation and tailoring to various Tribal communities. Dissemination of the successful intervention strategies will have a positive impact on Tribal health departments and communities nationwide and will help to facilitate sustainable nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention efforts that have lasting effects in the reduction of obesity. Share your story here and be featured on the HANC Website!!