Advancing comprehensive tobacco-free and tribal wellness policies on the Navajo Nation

The Foundation's initiative, Tobacco Policy Change: A Collaborative for Healthier Communities and States, was designed to provide resources and technical assistance for community, regional, and national organizations and tribal groups interested in advocating for effective tobacco prevention and cessation policy initiatives.The Tobacco Policy Change Special Solicitation builds on previous success in attracting new and diverse partners whose constituencies are most directly affected by tobacco use and exposure. Grantees will be expected to apply their advocacy skills and experience to advance tobacco policy and other public health policies in their communities. Increasing rates of commercial tobacco use and Type II diabetes mellitus are becoming a major health threat to the Navajo Nation. The purpose for the tobacco policy component of this project is to establish and effectively implement a comprehensive tobacco-free ordinance on the Navajo Nation. In addition, the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH) will address diabetes mellitus on the Navajo Nation by developing and implementing tribal employee wellness policies. BHCAIH will collaborate with the Southwest Tobacco Education Prevention Project Coalition and the Navajo Nation Division of Health.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $49,969.00

Awarded on: 12/7/2007

Time frame: 1/1/2008 - 6/30/2008

Grant Number: 63588


Black Hills Center for American Indian Health

701 Saint Joseph Street, Suite 204
Rapid City, 57701-2776


Patricia Nez Henderson
Project Director