Online Program

Makah ways of wellness

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Mel Melmed, MPH, MSN, CHES, Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center, Neah Bay, WA
Rosina DePoe, BA, Public Health Division, Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center, Neah Bay, WA
Background/Purpose: Using a Community Transformation Grant, the Makah Tribe is building a solid foundation to prevent illness and premature death due to preventable chronic diseases. In Washington State, 186 in 100,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) die annually from heart disease, compared with 125 in 100,000 among all populations. The purpose of our work is to address the health inequity among (AI/AN) and to decrease disease and early death due to chronic disease among Makah Tribe community members. Methods: Establish and strengthen multi-sectoral partnerships to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease; conduct community health assessments; use findings to implement pilot projects with specific health-impact measures. Partnerships with tribal, state, federal, and non-profit organizations have augmented our work. Results/Outcomes: Makah CTG has successfully developed and sustained multi-sectoral partnerships, including our Leadership Team and Transformation Coalition. Community members are engaged using participatory assessment techniques such as walking audits and photographic assessment ensuring that chosen wellness strategies are meaningful and culturally relevant to the community. Involving Makah youth as CTG Interns expands our reach and effectiveness. Using assessment and prioritization findings we have allied our efforts with non-traditional partners, such as the Chamber of Commerce and ArtPlace, to leverage our work with programmatic and infrastructure funding from other sources. Conclusions: Building capacity is an essential first step for effective community prevention efforts. Makah CTG now has a broad base of support and increased ability to effect culturally relevant policy, systems, and environmental changes that support chronic disease prevention.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Describe three community assessment tools that can be used to engage coalition and community members in the assessment process Identify chronic disease prevention funding resources

Keyword(s): Native Americans, Wellness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Makah Tribal Member who has worked for the past two years with our Public Health Division on Makah Community Transformation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.