The seven tribes and three urban Indian organizations participating in Healthy, Native North Carolinians strive to develop, implement, and evaluate community changes that promote active living and healthy eating according to the initiative’s budget guidelines and guide posts illustrated here, which evolve as the evidence on community change evolves!  Throughout the capacity building workshops and consultations, these questions, guide posts, and materials included on this site are utilized to work with the participating tribes and organizations to foster sustainable and meaningful tribally-led community changes.
Keep in mind our goal is multiple signs of meaningful engagement from the tribal leaders, staff, volunteers, elders, youth, and key stakeholders because:

Tell me and I will forget

Show me and I will remember

Engage me and I will understand

A Lakota Sioux saying

HNNC Guide Post Questions

1) How will the tribe/organization’s planned activities foster making the healthy choice, the easy choice?  Examples of meaningful community changes include:

  • Incentivizing food retailers or local farmers to locate and offer healthier options within your community;
  • Working on your menus and policies in your childcare centers, schools, and worksites to ensure healthier eating and exercise options;
  • Working on safe routes to schools so your tribal students can walk, run, or bike to or from school each day;
  • Improving means for active transportation to your tribal building for walkers or bicyclists;
  • Limiting access to less healthful foods and beverages at your community events, social gatherings, or worksites; and
  • Supporting sidewalk, playground, or recreational facilities improvements.

2) If and how will the plan of action be sustained next year when there is no longer Healthy, Native North Carolinians financial support?

  • Is Healthy, Native North Carolinians support being invested to ensure the environmental or policy change implemented during years 1 and 2 can continue into subsequent years?
  • Are meaningful partnerships and ways to engage community members being fostered to facilitate long-term relationships on health promotion and disease prevention?
  • Has your activity been well documented in a progress log or step-by-step manual or guide so future youth, elders, parents, or leaders can implement the HNNC initiated activity on their own for generations to come?
  • Have activities been evaluated by key stakeholders and the broader community to ensure these investments will have the greatest potential to impact healthy eating and/or active living?
  • Have the tribe/organization demonstrated adoptions based on lessons learned from their activities as they progress over the two years?
  • Have efforts been made to disseminate your story and share your lessons learned with the HNNC team, other grantees, and within your community?
  • Have efforts been made to institutionalize an activity through a manual, tribal resolution, or infrastructural or equipment investment?

These questions help participating tribes and organizations self-assess their plans before submitting and help prepare them for our discussions during monthly consultations and capacity building workshops.

HNNC Resources for Fostering Community Changes that Promote Active Living and Healthy Eating