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The Healthy Native Communities Fellowship

The Healthy Native Communities Fellowship develops and supports teams of change agents who wish to deepen their ability to promote wellness in Native communities. 


The Fellowship is the beginning of a life-long journey to create healthy community change. Fellows have the opportunity to experience and try new tools, practice new skills, and nurture new leadership actions at multiple levels. Fellows are encouraged to take risks and “stretch” their images and perceptions of themselves, their Fellowship Team, and their communities.


The Team Approach

We are looking for teams made up of 3 community members representing different sectors of the community.   For example, grass-roots activists, law enforcement, education, youth, elder,  arts, health, traditional/non-traditional leaders, business, spiritual/cultural leaders, political leaders and others who can demonstrate they are working together towards community change and wellness.  This approach ensures that fellows have a strong community base when they return home.


The Home Team

The team members applying for the Fellowship need to be part of a on-going community group working towards community wellness. This group will be your community-based “home team”  (examples - community wellness coalition, health board or other community wellness initiative).


Team Member Commitments

• Will commit one year to attend all Fellowship events and apply skills and knowledge learned from the Fellowship back home in an action learning process;

• Demonstrate personal commitment to improve the health of the whole community, not just the clients served by their particular organization;

• Demonstrate they are part of a team or community group that is working together with Tribal members across organizational boundaries to address broad community problems;

• Have access to a computer, printer and internet and have basic computer literacy.


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