The Lac du Flambeau and Menomonee Indian tribes were two of eight winners across the country awarded a $25,000 Culture of Health grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Both tribes were chosen for their dedication to implement change to achieve a healthy community. Program Officer Abbey Cofsky says building a culture of health means providing equal opportunity.
“…it’s exciting to see both the unique approaches these communities are taking to creating the opportunities for health, but also the common themes of partnership, the importance and power of data, and the notion that health isn’t just happening at the doctor’s office, but in our schools, our communities and with our families.”
Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe culture and language teacher Wayne Valliere says keeping culture specific traditions alive for future generations will continue to improve positive self-identity, health and knowledge in the community.
“…Another way good health is showing is through education of young people. Five or six years ago our high school graduation rate was only 52% of the students that going to high school were graduating. How that’s showing, last year we had an upwards of 87% graduate high school. And also we only had 24 people attending post secondary education, this year we have 152 tribal members in college and pursing degrees. “
Valliere says half the grant money will go to Lac du Flambeau Public School with the remaining dollars staying with the tribe. He says how the grant dollars will be used hasn’t been decided yet, but will be put towards achieving a healthier future for their kids.
For more information visit rwjf.org/prize