Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s largest investment to improve American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) tribal health, focused on health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country allows Tribal communities to take their health promotion and disease prevention programs into their own hands, using traditional knowledge, community engagement, and culturally relevant programs and materials.
GHWIC continues to support healthy behaviors for AI/AN and emphasize strategies to reduce risk factors in Native communities to attain long-term goals by:
- Supporting a coordinated and holistic approach to healthy living and chronic disease prevention;
- Reinforcing the work already underway in Indian Country to make healthy choices easier for American Indians and Alaska Natives;
- Continuing to support culturally appropriate and effective public health approaches;
- Working with more tribes and extending the program’s reach and impact through tribal organizations, including Urban Indian Organizations.
GHWIC.org has the purpose of sharing the successes of our GHWIC programs with our Tribal community members, stakeholders, and the general public, while demonstrating best and promising practices in disease prevention programs within Indian country.
Who does the work?
Component 1 Recipients
Directly-funded Tribes and Urban Indian Organizations
Sixteen recipients who work on community-chosen, culturally adapted initiatives to promote the four focus areas and strengthen the link between community programs and clinical services.
- Catawba Indian Nation
- Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council, Inc.*
- Cherokee Nation
- Fort Peck Community College (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes)
- Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc.*
- Native Americans for Community Action, Inc.*
- Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives
- Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
- Pinoleville Pomo Nation
- Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska
- Santo Domingo Tribe-Kewa Health Outreach Program
- Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
- Three Affiliated Tribes
- Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake*
- Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
- Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
* Urban Indian Organizations
Component 2 Recipients
Regional Tribal and Urban Indian Organizations
Eleven recipients who provide funding and technical assistance to 90+ additional sub-awardees within their Indian Health Service Area.
- Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
- Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board
- California Rural Indian Health Board Inc.
- Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
- Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
- Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
- Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
- Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council
- Seattle Indian Health Board – UIHI
- Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Foundation
- United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.
Coordinating Center for GHWIC (CCG)
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium serves as the national coordinating center. The Center is responsible for communications, evaluation and community of practice for National GHWIC Program in partnership with the CDC.