The GMR office is thrilled to announce funding for the Mino Izhiwebzi (“Good Health”) project created by the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth via our Health Information Outreach award.
Description: Mino Izhiwebzi uses a multifaceted approach to address chronic disease management and improved wellness among Native American Ojibwe Elders of the Bois Forte Band of Cippewa. The project’s activities will be developed and delivered by community health educators and care providers; they are community-based, culturally-responsive and tailored to the specific needs of Bois Forte Elders. Services will center on monthly Elder gatherings addressing chronic health maintenance. These gatherings will combine learning and socialization, known to promote longevity and improve health among elderly. Selected gatherings will also foster improved health among young people through their inclusion in intergenerational bonding and culturally responsive learning activities. Health-based games and cultural arts and crafts will help maintain mental acuity and hand dexterity while stimulating socialization and sustaining interest in participation. Healthful eating is encouraged with MedlinePlus nutrition information and recipes. Elders will also be offered monthly transportation to a large supermarket stocking a variety of affordable, nutritious foods.
Objectives: The primary goals of this project are to 1) facilitate health literacy and patient empowerment through improved health, wellness, and preventive care knowledge., 2) Promote proactive self-care and improved overall health through nutrition, wellness and disease management and prevention, and 3) promote and maintain community health and wellness through culturally-responsive intergenerational learning.