$10 Million Grant Awarded for Indigenous Food Sovereignty Programs


November 20, 2023

A young girl picks squash at the Osage Nation's Harvest Land Farm in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. (Photo/OSU Center for Health Sciences)

The Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy (CIHRP) at OSU Center for Health Sciences was awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to expand and grow health and nutrition initiatives in Native communities across the country by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health.

The initial grant awarded by the Office of Minority Health was for $2 million over two years to develop the Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (CIIHE) and included four Native tribes and organizations - the Choctaw Nation and the Osage Nation in Oklahoma and the Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska and the University of Alaska's Center for Alaska Native Health Research.

American Indians and Alaska Natives experience higher mortality and morbidity rates, poorer overall health status, and shorter life expectancies than their non-Indigenous counterparts. High rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and hypertension among American Indians and Alaska Natives contribute to a life expectancy that is seven years less than that of the general population in the U.S., according to a 2021 mortality profile study.



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