Great Plains Partnerships to Improve Community Health (GPPICH) Program
In September 2014, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board received a Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) cooperative agreement for three years. PICH awardees are part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending. PICH is supported by funds from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
PICH funding will be used to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, improve nutrition, increase physical activity and improve access to programs for preventing and managing chronic diseases with tribal partners from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.
Tribal partners and GPTCHB will collaborate to implement culturally-appropriate, evidence-based policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change approaches in program activities. GPTCHB will provide tribal partners with financial and technical support in the assessment of tribal capacity, partnership development, policy development, identifying community linkages and PSE change training sessions.