November 17, 2015
Posted by AAIP News on 11/17/2015

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HANC Funding Webinar – AAIP

Wed, Oct 28, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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Healthy, Active Native Communities



The Association of American Indian Physicians’ (AAIP) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Healthy, Active Native Communities Mini-Awards! AAIP’s mission is to support innovative, culturally sensitive, effective approaches to prevent obesity and improve nutrition and physical activity in American Indian communities. Mini-awards are available to Tribal Health Departments that use the monies to adapt and implement the CDC Winnable Battles Strategies and/or The Guide to Community Preventive Services ‘Recommended Strategies’ to engage their community in improving health. (**Refer to Attachment 1 for a list of allowable strategies) The AAIP intends to fund proposals that result in environmental, systematic, and/or policy change so that the results are sustainable, rather than one-time events.

THREE Tribal Health Departments will be awarded at $5,000 each.

Enclosed is the Healthy, Active Native Communities Mini-Award Application form. The application period is open from until November 20, 2015. Applications must be submitted by November 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

A Funding Opportunity Webinar will be hosted by AAIP to discuss the application requirements, the recommended strategies, the application process, and to answer any questions from applicants. The webinar will be held Wednesday, October 28 at 1:00 PM CDT (2:00 PM EDT, Noon MDT, 11:00 AM PDT, and 10:00 AM AKDT).

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (872) 240-3412

Access Code: 282-449-637



What are the CDC Winnable Battles and the Community Guide to Preventive Services Recommended Strategies?


CDC’s Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and with known, effective strategies to address them. CDC has identified nutrition, physical activity, and obesity as Winnable Battles. The CDC Guide to Increase the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables and the CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase Physical Activity in the Community each describes 10 strategies including the definition, rationale, evidence of effectiveness, key considerations, action steps, program examples, and additional resources.  Follow the links below to download the PDF version of these documents.


The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. The Community Guide is a website that houses the official collection of all Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based. The Community Guide is a credible resource with many uses because it is based on a scientific systematic review process and answers questions critical to almost everyone interested in community health and well-being such as:

  • What interventions have and have not worked?
  • In which populations and settings has the intervention worked or not worked?
  • What might the intervention cost? What should I expect for my investment?
  • Does the intervention lead to any other benefits or harms?
  • What interventions need more research before we know if they work or not?

The Community Guide defines and recommends strategies for obesity, nutrition and physical activity. To view these strategies follow link:


Why should you adapt the obesity prevention CDC Winnable Battles and Community Guide to Preventive Services Strategies?


First, the recommended strategies have been tried and tested to be effective in addressing obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. They draw on peer-reviewed literature and practice-based programs, and utilizing these strategies will increase the likelihood of your program’s success. Second, there are lots of strategies to choose from, so you have the opportunity to determine which strategy will best work in your community. Since the majority of these strategies are not designed to be culturally specific for American Indian communities, you will be able to tailor the strategy to meet your community’s needs.



WHY should YOUR organization apply for a mini-award?


  • Your community needs you! The prevalence of overweight and obesity in AI/AN preschoolers, school-aged children, and adults is higher than the respective US for all races combined. AI/AN low-income, pre-school children were the only ethnicity with rates higher than 20% and the only group with increasing rates.
  • Your community will be recognized nationally as leading the way for AI/AN obesity prevention efforts.
  • All awarded programs will be acknowledged on the AAIP website and if funds allow will receive a paid trip, for one (1), to the AAIP Annual Meeting and Health Conference to share your community’s success story.


WHO is eligible to apply?


The Healthy, Active Native Communities mini-awards are available for Tribal Health Departments. This includes urban health clinics, health boards, AI/AN epi centers, and contracted clinics. A Tribal health department is defined, as a federally recognized Tribal government [1], Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortium, as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended. Such departments have jurisdictional authority to provide public health services, as evidenced by constitution, resolution, ordinance, executive order, or other legal means, intended to promote and protect the Tribeʼs overall health, wellness and safety; prevent disease; and respond to issues and events. Federally recognized Tribal governments may carry out the above public health functions in a cooperative manner through formal agreement, formal partnership, or formal collaboration.

1. As evidenced by inclusion on the list of recognized Tribes mandated under 25 U.S.C. § 479a-1. Publication of List of Recognized Tribes.


Important Dates


  • Optional Funding Opportunity Webinar Wednesday, October 28 at 1:00 Pm CDT.
  • All mini-award applications must be received by Friday, November 20, 5:00 p.m. CDT.
  • Awardee recipients will be notified by November 30, 2015.
  • Mandatory Awardee Webinar Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM CDT for funded partners to learn the responsibilities of AAIP and awardees as well as to share project information.
  • Funds will be distributed by December 4, 2015.
  • Project period is December 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
  • Required group conference calls to share lessons learned, suggestions, and discuss any challenges (February and April, Time and Date TBD).
  • Mid-Project Check-in (Brief Survey Monkey) is due March 15, 2016.
  • End of Project Success Story (template provided) and Photos due June 30, 2016.
  • If funds allow, travel to present at AAIP Annual Meeting and Health Conference (July 2016)



Criteria Used in Determining Mini-Grant Recipients: (40 Total Points)


  • Eligibility Requirements and Formatting Guidelines:  Tribal Health Departments (THD) are eligible to apply. Only applications that propose a CDC Winnable Battle Strategy or Community Guide Recommended Strategy will be reviewed. Applications must adhere to the page limit and formatting requirements for consideration. (5 points)
  • Project Feasibility: How feasible and realistic is project? Does applicant have the staff, knowledge, and resources to carryout project effectively? (5 points)
  • Impact and Cultural Appropriateness: How broad and great of an impact is proposed by applicant? How many people will be reached by project? Is project tailored for community and culturally appropriate? Do proposed project outcomes have long-lasting effect? (10 points)
  • Policy, System, and/or Environmental Change: The likelihood that the proposed project will have a lasting effect on policies, systems, and environments of the target population. (10 points)
  • Project Development and Work Plan: The extent to which the THD has effectively planned for the proposed initiative. Are the project goals, objectives, activities, and timeline interrelated and clearly described? (10 points)


Complete enclosed application and submit to AAIP by November 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. All Applications must be a PDF and emailed to Echo Duerksen at Subject line should read ‘HANC Mini-Grant Application’. Ms Duerksen will respond to email that application was received. If you have any questions during the application process contact Echo Duerksen at 405-946-7072 or