Bemidji Leaders Acting for Change (BALAC)
The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) launched the Bemidji Area Leaders Acting for Change (BALAC) initiative in 2014. BALAC’s role is to assist American Indian communities in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to address health disparities and ultimately aid in the prevention of chronic disease. The Bemidji IHS area includes 34 Tribal Nations in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and urban areas including Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit and Milwaukee.
GOOD HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN INDIAN COUNTRY
Component 2 Subgrantees:
Bay Mills Indian Community
American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Sault Ste. Marie
Other funded tribes outside the Bemidji Area
Bemidji Area Ready to End Commercial Tobacco (BARECT)
Special evaluation funding
The purpose of the BALAC program is to reduce chronic disease
Our Partners: Community coalitions, healthcare providers,
GLITEC Provides: Training, tools, technical assistance and other resources to increase local capacity and empower citizens to address the burden of chronic disease.
Approach: The resource network will focus on shifting social norms within the context of indigenous culture to address the underlying issues relevant to sustainable, holistic health.
Funding for this project comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A -Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grant.
The CDC’s three long-term goals of Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country are to:
• Reduce rates of death and disability from tobacco use.
• Reduce prevalence of obesity.
• Reduce rates of death and disability from diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
For more information contact Tyler LaPlaunt, MS, firstname.lastname@example.org
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