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Tools for Healthy Tribes Improving Access to Healthy Foods in Indian Country


Using community-based participatory research and informed by the Social Cognitive Theory and ecologic frameworks, the American Indian Healthy Eating Project was started in fall 2008 and has evolved through five phases: (1) starting the conversation; (2) conducting multidisciplinary formative research; (3) strengthening partnerships and tailoring policy options; (4) disseminating communitygenerated ideas; and (5) accelerating action while fostering sustainability. Collectively, these phases helped develop and disseminate Tools for Healthy Tribes—a toolkit used to raise awareness among participating tribal policymakers of their opportunities to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Formal and informal strategies can engage tribal leaders in the development of culturally appropriate and tribe-specific sustainable strategies to improve such access, as well as empower tribal leaders to leverage their authority toward raising a healthier generation of American Indian children.


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Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Health Equity, Nutrition, Obesity


Institutional Author:

Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, Randi R. Byrd, BA, Gowri Ramachandran, BS, Maihan Vu, DrPH, Amy Ries,





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