Strengthening Native Food Sovereignty to Preserve Native American Culture and Improve Community Health

Course Summary:

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.

Course Objectives:

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

Continuing Education Information: 1.0 CECH; 1.0 CPEU

CPEU Accredited Provider number: 21216

CHES Provider number:  99036

Disclosures:  The planners, reviewers, and authors have no declared conflicts of interest

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