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 goal of this project is to improve health care for elders and their families by improving access to medical care; encouraging traditional and cultural health beliefs; and providing health promotion and disease prevention for this vulnerable group. The Jamestown Klallam Tribe has only recently been recognized by the federal government. It has 226 enrolled members and serves almost 400 Indians in a 2-county area on the rural Olympic Peninsula in Northwest Washington state. The elders do not seek out health care and often wait until symptoms are so serious that treatment is ineffective. A nurse and a community health representative, both part-time, will provide outreach services, including health assessments and referrals. They also will present health promotion/disease prevention information to tribal members. The innovative aspect of this project is its plan for incorporating the traditional and cultural health beliefs of the Klallam Tribe in a health promotion/disease prevention effort designed for Tribal elders.
Amount Awarded $91,440.00
Awarded on: 7/26/1990
Time frame: 9/1/1990 - 8/31/1993
Grant Number: 17021