Model Programs
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Model Programs


​​Following are descriptions of model programs in use to promote American Indian/Alaska Native child health:

Family Spirit
Family Spirit is a unique, evidence-based home-visiting model with a reputation for success: dependability with flexibility.  Family Spirit addresses intergenerational behavioral health problems, optimizes local cultural assets, and overcomes deficits in the professional health care workforce in low resource communities. It is the only evidence-based home-visiting program ever designed for, by, and with American Indian families, with key significance in communities experiencing stressed resources and behavioral health disparities.

Health Promotion and Diabetes Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities—Traditional Foods Project, 2008-2014
This report highlights observations from the Traditional Foods Project (2008–2014) that illustrate tribally driven solutions, built on traditional ecological knowledge, to reclaim foods systems for health promotion and prevention of chronic illnesses, including diabetes. 

Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
The mission of the ZYEP is to promote the development of healthy lifestyles and self-esteem among Zuni youth living in Western New Mexico.  This is done by offering empowering and enriching activities that encourage youth to grow into strong and healthy adults who are connected with Zuni traditions.  Activities include summer camps, sports leagues, after-school opportunities, and garden-based education.

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