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NB3 Foundation Awards Six Water First! Grants to Support Increased Consumption of Healthy Beverages

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NM–September 14, 2018–The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, funded by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Seeds of Native Health Initiative has awarded six grants of $15,000 each to the following Minnesota and Washington tribes Native American-led community partners (grantees):

  • Lower Sioux Indian Community (MN)
  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa (MN)
  • Native American Community Clinic (MN)
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama (WA)
  • Puyallup Tribal Health Authority (WA)
  • Sauk Suiattle Indian Tribal Clinic (WA)

“We are looking forward to learning from and working closely with these communities. They are developing or implementing strategies that build on the cultural value of water and other healthy beverages, such as indigenous teas and breastfeeding in their communities. We are fortunate to have them join our growing network to promote healthier alternatives,” said Olivia Roanhorse, Vice President of Programs for NB3 Foundation.

The high consumption of SSBs has been linked to obesity and nutrition related diseases. Native American children, in particular, have been disproportionately affected. The Water First! grant focuses on changing this trajectory by reducing sugary beverages from Native children’s diets and creating healthy habits for children.

“Native American children are consuming a large amount of their daily calories from sugary drinks today representing the biggest source of added sugar in children’s diets,” said Justin Huenemann, President and CEO of the NB3 Foundation. “It is critical that our children drink more water daily and decrease their sugary drink intake.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), such as soft drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened milk and any other beverages to which sugar has been added – are the largest source of added sugar with no nutritional value and a major contributor of calories in the U.S. diet.

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Red Lake Announces Partnership for Medical Care for Franklin Hiawatha Encampment

Agreement brings Livio Health Group mobile care services to homeless camp

September 18, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is partnering with the Native American Community Clinic (NACC) and Livio Health Group to secure health services and medical treatment for occupants of the Franklin Hiawatha encampment. Following the recent approval of a resolution by the Red Lake Tribal Council to implement a delivery model, service provision began today with nurse practitioners and community health workers identifying and treating patients directly at the camp location. These health professionals will maintain a regular presence at the camp.

“There is a critical need for health care for all homeless residents of the Franklin Hiawatha encampment, most of whom are American Indian,” said Samuel strong, Tribal Council Secretary of the Red Lake Nation. “We wanted to reduce barriers for getting that health care by bringing services directly to people where they are.”

The partnership between the Red Lake Band, NACC and Livio marks the first coordination of medical care for encampment occupants made by a Native American Tribe. All people living near the Franklin-Hiawatha corridor now have access to regular on-site medical services provided by Livio, a Minneapolis bases mobile health care provider that specializes in addressing common, urgent and complex medical issues in onsite settings. Livio, the Red Lake Nation and NACC also will collaborate to ensure Medicaid eligibility and enrollment. The partnership has been endorsed by the Minneapolis Urban Indian Directors (MUID).

“This is a very important first step,” said Dr. Anthony Stately, chief executive of NACC. “We are connecting very vulnerable people to the care they need without asking them to leave the camp, their belongings and the people they trust to keep them safe. This model will give us the tools we need to stem a growing health crisis.”

For more information:

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians: http://www.redlakenation.org

Native American Community Clinic: http://www.nacc-healthcare.org

Livio Health Group: http://www.liviohealth.com

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