Approach to Family Home Visiting for
American Indian Communities
Family Spirit is an evidence-based and culturally tailored home-visiting intervention delivered by American Indian nurses and paraprofessionals as a core strategy to support Native parents and their children. It was developed by and for American Indian families with Johns Hopkins University and has been rigorously evaluated since 1995. Seven of Minnesota's tribal nations have been trained in the Family Spirit program since it was implemented around the nation. Presenters from tribal nations will talk about their own experiences with the program in their communities, along with challenges and successes. Participants will learn the elements that make a program culturally appropriate, and gain knowledge of cultural adaptations used to serve the Native American population in Minnesota.
Presenters: Tonya Losh, Natasha Thompson, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe; Marissa Pigeon, Lower Sioux Community Public Health; Kathy Beaulieu-Sanders, Kari DiGiovanni, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Public Health Dept.
In This Theme: Creating Healthy Futures for Tribal Nations