FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 31, 2019
NB3F: Cyanne Lujan; 505-867-0775, ext. 101; firstname.lastname@example.org
NB3 Foundation receives grant to pilot Indigenous Health Evaluation in local community
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM– The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation announced today the launch of a new intiative to develop an indigenous evaluation health framework to strengthen policy changes aimed at improving Native American children’s health.
“Currently, many existing evaluation approaches used in Indian Country and perhaps more importantly, the implementation practices, remain disconnected from the desired intent of tribes and Native communities,” NB3 Foundation Vice President of Programs Olivia Roanhorse said. “At the heart of our efforts is to develop indigenous-rooted approaches that fully empower indigenous communities to determine their own paths and successes based on information that holds meaning to them.”
Building on current Native-led research and the NB3 Foundation’s indigenous health framework, which includes an initial set of cross-program outcomes, NB3 Foundation will partner with one community partner (grantee) to pilot an evaluation process. The NB3 Foundation will take a focused approach to better understand the community partner’s capacity, their values and how best to create an evaluation methodology that responds to and reflects their community’s needs.
“We look forward to partnering and learning together on this initiative as well as sharing this evaluation process with broader audiences,” Roanhorse said.
This initiative is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. With this new funding, the NB3 Foundation will provide a $65,000 grant to Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) to continue their systems and environmental change work focused on improving the health of Native American youth in Zuni Pueblo. It will also help to expand and strengthen ZYEP’s current evaluation framework measuring the impact of their work.
ZYEP’s philosophy states that youth are “at-promise” instead of “at risk”. By offering empowering and enriching activities that encourage youth to grow into strong and healthy adults who are connected with Zuni traditions, ZYEP believes every child should be able to reach his or her full potential.
About Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
The Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP) believes cultural connection and expression are essential to community health. Since our inception in 2008, we have cultivated broad community support, developing close partnerships with Zuni: youth, families, Tribe, artists, cultural leaders, school system, health organizations, businesses, and other partners like the Notah Begay III Foundation to offer innovative programs to thousands Zuni youth free of charge. Through a culture- and evidence-based model, ZYEP has developed a series of year around programs that include summer camps, after school programs, and sport leagues that aim to improve the health of Zuni youth and give them a deeper connection to Zuni traditions. ZYEP has also learned that healthy youth need access to spaces that can support healthy activities. To this end, ZYEP has developed 50+ miles of walking trails, eight community gardens, and recently opened a state of the art youth center and park in the heart of Zuni’s main village. Learn more about ZYEP at: www.zyep.org.
About the Notah Begay III Foundation
The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is a national, award-winning Native American nonprofit organization dedicated to Native American children’s health. Our mission is to ensure Native children achieve their full potential by advancing cultures of Native American community health. The NB3 Foundation invests in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs that promote healthy nutrition, physical activity, cultural connections and youth development. We are committed to a vision that all youth live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. Learn more about the NB3 Foundation at: www.nb3foundation.org