About the Healthy Active Native Community Project

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) started the Healthy Active Native Community (HANC) Project in 2010. The project was funded by AARA Funds by Office of the Secretary Assistant of Health (OASH) (Grant number 5U38OT000133-03).

During the 2-year project, AAIP collaborated with 12 communities to develop and implement:

  • Obesity Prevention Projects
  • Media Tools (including videos and posters)
  • A National Dissemination Plan
  • A National Native Obesity Prevention Conference
  • Collaboration with research partner Active Living
  • A Library of Tools & Resources to influence Policy, Systems and Environmental Change in AI/AN Communities
  • Change in the way that AI/AN Communities 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 the HANC project. Efforts thus far include:

Our Goal

The Healthy Active Native Communities (HANC) Project overall goal is to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity rates in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

How We're Reaching Our Goal

To reach our goal, AAIP has identified 3 primary objectives:

  1. To increase knowledge of evidence-based, CDC-recommended obesity prevention strategies among AI/AN communities;
  2. To facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention efforts that have lasting effects in the reduction of obesity;
  3. To promote and disseminate AI/AN obesity prevention efforts and share results, lessons learned, and cultural adaptation strategies with AI/AN communities and stakeholders nationwide. 

Engaging Tribal Communities through Mini-Awardee Projects

Through a competitive process, 8 Tribal Health Departments were selected to receive a $5,000 mini award to culturally adapt and implement a CDC Winnable Battles Obesity Prevention strategy.

Participating HANC Community Programs

HANC Project Partners

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

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS)
  • College of Public Health OUHSC
    • Dr. Janis Campbell
    • Dr. Amanda Janitz
  • Center for Applied Social Research University of Oklahoma
    • Gloria TallBull
    • Arian Davis
    • Paul Spicer