Community Programs

HANC Project Community Partners

Through its HANC project, AAIP supports innovative, culturally sensitive, effective approaches to prevent obesity and improve nutrition and physical activity in American Indian communities. AAIP opened a comprehensive grant opportunity for program proposals that would result in environmental, systematic, and/or policy change so that the results are sustainable, rather than one-time events. Mini-grants were awarded to Tribal Health Departments to adapt and implement the CDC Winnable Battles Strategies and/or The Guide to Community Preventive Services ‘Recommended Strategies’ to engage their community in improving health.

What We Learned through the Community Programs

For the CDC Winnable Battles Strategies and Guide to Community Preventive Services 'Recommended Strategies' to be successful in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, we must implement and recognize these four key areas: 

  • Accessibility 
    Barriers such as financial, environment, and daily routine challenges must be addressed alongside obesity prevention efforts.
  • Education 
    Policy, systems, and environmental change is not ‘enough,’ you must provide education alongside these changes.
  • Cultural Strengths 
    Include entire family and community in your project. Cultural and traditional components positively impact project’s success.
  • Native Pride 
    It's time to reclaim our relationship with food and physical activity and to live and promote our ancestors’ way of life for the health of future generations.

Previously Awarded Community Programs

Our partners are the key to our success. The Healthy Active Native Communities project is proud to partners roving the health of Native communities. Keep up the great work! Together, we have a positive impact on the health of our community.

2014-15 HANC Mini Awards

  • OKC Indian Clinic
  • Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Health
  • Absentee Shawnee
  • Igiugig Village Council
  • Sacramento Native American Health Center

2011-12 HANC Mini Awards

  • Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Center for Cherokee Plants
  • Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Hoonah City School
  • Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • White Earth Reservation Tribal Council
  • Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
  • Jemez Pueblo