Providing technical assistance to Great Plains Area GHWIC programs in taking control of community health and wellness and reduce the burden of chronic disease and other health disparities; capturing the local and regional impact of GHW programming in the Great Plains.
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) is a CDC-funded initiative that works with tribes and tribal organizations to reduce chronic disease and other health disparities by creating local agents of change and empowering communities to take charge of their health and wellness (see the CDC’s factsheet for more information). GPTEC is funded to provide technical assistance within evaluation and other areas as necessary/requested to the Component 1 Tribal grantees (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) and to the Component 2 GHWIC Program at GPTCHB and their subawardees.
During FY2016-2017, GPTEC:
- Provided technical assistance to Great Plains Area Component 1 grantees as well as GPTCHB’s Component 2 Great Plains Good Health & Wellness Program and their subawardees, as needed;
- Worked with Stella Siwan Zimmerman of ACET, Inc. to prepare a 7-segment online course covering the basics of the PSE Tool offered through GPTCHB’s Online Learning Library (see below);
- Compiled performance measurement and other data for the submission of two progress reports in March and September;
- Facilitated a Diabetes Data Roundtable to discuss opportunities for coordination, collaboration, and linkage within the tracking and response to Diabetes;
- Continued the development of protocols for a qualitative study to examine the effects of partnerships established through GHWIC at the local and regional level, planned for initiation next year; and,
- Presented information about GPTEC’s role, initial region-wide evaluation data summarizing program activities and impacts, and discussed key elements of the project at GPTCHB’s Good Health and Community Wellness Symposium.
As always, GPTEC will also be available to provide technical assistance, training, and other services to its organizational and tribal partners involved in the GHWIC initiative, as needed.
Guidebook for Using the Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Tool for Community Assessment
The PSE tool was developed through CDC funding awarded to the Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control and Great Plains Partnerships to Improve Community Health programs. The PSE Tool is an adapted version of the CDC’s CHANGE Tool. Results can be used to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes.
The links below will take you to each video housed on GPTCHB’s online Learning Libraries:
- Step 1 – Forming a Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC)
- Step 2 – Identifying and Reviewing Data Sources
- Step 3 – Policy & Environment Ratings
- Step 4 – Developing a Community Action Plain (CAP)
- Change Calculator and Consolidated Grid
Calculating Sample Size
One of the more common requests that GPTEC has received from GHW grantees has been for assistance with calculating the appropriate sample size for assessment activities, which is crucial for ensuring that these assessments accomplish their goal of accurately describing the health status of the community.
Indigenous Evaluation Framework
The American Indian Higher Education Consortium has developed an excellent Indigenous Evaluation Framework (LaFrance & Nichols, 2009) that describes evaluation and establishes a process for undertaking it that seeks to incorporate the unique factors associated with tribal communities. GPTEC may be able to print copies of the framework by request, but for immediate access, check out the online version here.
Great Plains Area Good Health & Wellness Summary Report
For More Information
Please contact the GPTEC team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Good Health & Wellness Reporting
The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) has put together two excellent reports for understanding the impact of the Good Health and Wellness programs operating across the nation to date.