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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 


Component 1: 

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Sault Ste. Marie

Other funded tribes outside the Bemidji Area


Additional Components:

Bemidji Area Ready to End Commercial Tobacco (BARECT)

Special evaluation funding


The purpose of the BALAC program is to reduce chronic disease
in American Indian communities
through policy, systems and
environmental (PSE) changes. 

Our Partners: Community coalitions, healthcare providers,
community partners, including spiritual leaders, medical providers, mental health and AODA professionals, law enforcement, elected officials, informal leaders and others.

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, tlaplaunt@glitc.org







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