Building Capacity to Increase Health Promotion Funding to American Indian Communities: Recommendations From Community Members

Maja Pedersen, Suzanne (Christopher) Held, Blakely Brown

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Abstract

Foundations and government agencies have historically played a critical role in supporting community-based health promotion programs. Increased access to health promotion funding may help address significant health issues existing within American Indian (AI) communities, such as childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Understanding the capacity of AI communities to successfully apply for and receive funding may serve to increase resources for health promotion efforts within AI communities in Montana. This exploratory qualitative study completed 17 semistructured interviews across three AI reservations in the state of Montana. Dimensions of community capacity within the context of the funding application process and partnership with funding agencies were identified, including resources, leadership, community need, networks, and relationship with the funding agency. Dimensions of AI community capacity were then used to suggest capacity-building strategies for improved partnership between AI communities in Montana and the funding agencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-914
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • American Indian
  • community capacity
  • grants
  • health

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