Native Food Sovereignty

This is an all levels course offering CPH and CHES — Free
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Environmental factors and federal policies have had a large impact on the health and cultural identity of our Indigenous populations.  With increasing rates of diabetes, obesity, and cancer in Native American communities, strengthening Native food systems offers an opportunity to improve Native economies, health, and culture. This course is meant to give an overview of how health departments and public health workers can help strengthen Native food sovereignty, for the purpose of improving Native health and revitalizing Native cultures.

Reviewers say, "The training is well organized and informative" and "The guidelines are very explicit and helpful."

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

What You'll Learn

  • Identify contributing factors to the high prevalence of diet-related diseases in Native Americans.
  • Introduce how to use a Food Sovereignty Assessment to identify a community’s food system assets.
  • Identify funding sources for projects aimed at strengthening Native food sovereignty.
  • Explain how tribal food policies can be used to strengthen Native health.
  • Provide examples of how knowledge of Native foods can be used to improve food sovereignty.

Competency Terms

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Leadership & Systems Thinking Skills

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy