September 28, 2016
in Healthy Food Access
A food access and dietary health crisis exists across Indian Country.
Without a major, sustained effort to change health trends, the future well-being of Native peoples and tribal nations is in great jeopardy. To meet this crisis, the American Heart Association and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community convened Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health in May 2016.
This three-day conference brought together nearly 200 Native leaders, Native youth advocates, and national philanthropic organizations to discuss the opportunities for new policy work relating to nutrition, food access, and health outcomes within Native communities.
The Fertile Ground II final report summarizes key discussions and learnings from the event, and is designed to reflect the voices of participants to create a strategic framework and roadmap for Native-led change to improve nutrition and Native American health.