Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country (WEAVE-NW)

 Wellness for Every American Indian to Achieve and View Health Equity

This project is a cooperative agreement between the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) initiative funded from 2014-2019.

This project addresses chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes, which are among the most widespread, costly, and preventable causes of morbidity and mortality for American Indian/Alaska Native populations throughout the United States.

To address chronic disease risk factors including: commercial tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet using policy, systems and environmental change approaches in the 43 federally recognized tribes of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


  • Policy, systems, and environment (PSE)
  • Culturally adapted prevention activities


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Perri McDaniel, Klamath Tribe's Food Security Program Coordinator, harvesting produce from the newly installed greenhouse in the Chiloquin Garden.

All tribes in our area can receive help from the WEAVE-NW project. Services include:

  • Public health surveillance
  • Tribe specific data collection and analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Strategic action planning
  • Commercial tobacco prevention and intervention
  • Capacity development and sustainability
  • Best-practices in prevention and management of chronic disease
  • Access to NPAIHB Trainings and Workshops
  • Cultural adaption of materials and resources

Monthly Training Topic Series

WEAVE-NW provides monthly on-line trainings that may include: Food Access, Community Gardens, Tribal Policy to Support Healthy Eating, Built Environment and the Relationship to Health, Commercial Tobacco Policies, Community Assessments, and other topics as identified by the tribes.  Please check out the Friday mailout or events page for upcoming topics, or view our latest flyer here.

Monthly trainings are the 4th Tuesday of every month from 1:00-2:00pm PST

To register, contact:
Phone: 503-416-3253

Join the “Updates from the First Annual Native American Nutrition Conference” webinar on November 30, 2016.

Join us for a presentation from WEAVE-NW sub-awardees and staff about lessons-learned and updates from the First Annual Native American Nutrition Conference. Discussion will include topics such as nutrition, research, tribal food sovereignty, and ideas to move this work forward.
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Why is changing policy, system and environment important?

Some things we can’t change like our age, gender or family history of disease. We can change diet, activity, smoking, and other practices that increase the risk of developing health problems.

Where you live affects how you live—-healthy choices are more difficult to make if healthy options aren’t available to you.  Policy, systems and environmental change make healthier choices an option for every tribal member. Changes can be made by looking at the social, economic, and physical environments that impact what we do to be healthy.

PSE changes differ from program in that they are:

  • Upstream
  • Long-term
  • Focus on change at the population level

Examples of Programs vs. Policy, Systems and Environment (PSE) Change

WEAVE-NW 2017-2018 Implementation Funding is now available to Portland Area Tribes.  This is non-competitive funding, rolling applications until funding is dispersed.
Please contact for further information.