Fertile Ground Grant Program
Welcome to the Fertile Ground Grant Program page! We are excited to be part of this project alongside the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC)
Welcome to the Fertile Ground Grant Program page! We are excited to be part of this project alongside the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), the Voices for Healthy Kids (AHA), and most importantly, YOU!
This grant opportunity was inspired by the 2016 Fertile Ground II Policy Convening participants, who voiced strong interest in strategies that could empower planning, organizing and building support for Native-led advocacy and policy change at local and regional levels. This grant opportunity is intended to allow for thoughtful planning and engagement with strategic approaches to a policy change for sustainable community health improvements.
Cancer is the leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women and the second leading cause of death for men. Prevention of many cancers is achievable through the practice of healthy lifestyle choices — avoiding commercial tobacco, drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all, maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly. However, behavioral change is not the only factor to consider on this healing journey. The places we live can be determinants of how we learn, work, exercise, and eat; influences within our environments are what determine if a person, family or community is healthy. Policy, system and environmental (PSE) change strategies present solutions to achieve positive health outcomes in Indian Country.