American Heart Association & Shakopee Tribe Join Forces for Native American Health


MINNEAPOLIS – The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) will convene a groundbreaking gathering of national philanthropic organizations in Minneapolis on October 14-15. The event will focus on the crisis in Native American nutritional health and food access and the interconnections these issues have with tribal economies and health disparities. Representatives of 40 national, regional, Minnesota and tribal funders and philanthropic organizations will discuss the possibilities for greater involvement by and coordination among funders to solve these problems.

This roundtable follows the launch in March of Seeds of Native Health, the Minnesota tribe’s initiative to improve Native American nutrition, and the recent release of Feeding Ourselves, a comprehensive report commissioned by the AHA that examines the barriers to food access and their link to health disparities in Indian American Heart AssociationCountry.


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