Culturally relevant maternal child health services

The Foundation's Improving the Health of Native Americans program was designed to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to develop innovative, culturally relevant projects to address their major health care needs.The principal goal of this project is early identification of pregnant women in order to get them into prenatal care as soon as possible, and follow them and their babies through the first year of life. Educational programs for teenagers encouraging prevention of first or repeat pregnancies also will be carried out. Rural America Initiatives is a nonprofit organization with offices located 10 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. This organization provides direct services to the Rapid City Indian community, as well as to surrounding Indian communities on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Using specially trained volunteers, the project will serve Native American families in Rapid City who have babies delivered through the services of Sioux San Hospital and to geographically isolated families on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Comprehensive services will be provided to 1,000 adults and infants. Through specific activities based on traditional values, the project will teach prospective and young Indian parents bonding, parenting, and infant care skills to promote the health and well being of the entire family.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $129,600.00

Awarded on: 7/26/1990

Time frame: 9/1/1990 - 9/30/1993

Grant Number: 17026


Rural America Initiatives

919 Main Street, #112
Rapid City, 57701-2662

Bruce Long Fox
Project Director