The Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA
In the fall of 2015, The Denan Project began working with The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (JHCAIH) in the small towns of Chinle, Tsaile, and Pinon, Arizona, supporting a program in maternal and child health care. Forty-three percent of the population in these towns live below the poverty line.
Medical Projects in Chinle
Working with The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in Chinle, Tsaile, and Pinon, Arizona, we are supporting the “Family Spirit” program – a home-visiting initiative designed for Native American families that promotes optimal health and well-being for mothers and their children. With our support, staff members from the Public Health Nursing Department at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility will receive the necessary training and certification to teach the “Family Spirit” program. In the first year alone, our funding covered the training of 21 medical staff and volunteers, which will greatly benefit 250 at-risk families and the remote communities where they live.
Native American paraprofessionals will work to support young Native parents from pregnancy to 3 years post-partum, giving the parents knowledge and skills in their own homes. The program will help the parents and their pre-school-age children across the domains of physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language learning, and self-help. The use of Native paraprofessionals is essential in reservation communities, where there is a shortage of nurses and where there are cultural barriers to non-Native home visitors. Results of a randomized control trial published in 2015 showed that children of mothers who had a trained home visitor through Family Spirit were less aggressive, impulsive, anxious, and fussy than those from similar families, despite living in the poorest and most stressed communities in America.
For more information about the Family Spirit program, we invite you to watch this video.
Our Partners in Chinle
Facts & Figures
Aiding a community where 43% of the population lives below the poverty line
More than 250 at-risk families being reached in 2017