Division of Indian Work's Health Services operates a culturally specific food shelf, counsels pregnant women about raising healthy babies and educates them on child development. This program area also advocates for American Indian elders throughout the seven-county Twin Cities metro area to ensure that they are not neglected and that care is provided for their health and well-being.
women of traditional birthing
Women of Traditional Birthing (WTB) helps expectant mothers adopt healthy lifestyles that foster healthy babies by providing support for pregnant American Indian women through mentoring, education and community outreach. This program provides prenatal education and classes on Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) for expecting mothers.
WTB also helps women through mentoring, doula care, community outreach and other resources. Weekly group meetings consist of a healthy meal, childcare, transportation assistance and a gift card for completion. The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) provides multi-year grants to support the FASD-prevention activities of Women of Traditional Birthing.
HORIZONS UNLIMITED FOOD SHELF
Horizons Unlimited (HU) addresses hunger by providing the only culturally-sensitive food shelf in the west metro serving the urban American Indian population. HU has been offering services since 1952. The food shelf is open three days a week for three hours a day, providing families and seniors with access to fresh food including meats, fruits, vegetables and non-perishables. This means healthier food options for those with diet-sensitive issues such as diabetes.
Horizons Unlimited also helps with food delivery for elders with limited transportation and/or mobility issues as well as free gift baskets of food, clothing and toys during the holiday season. HU also partners with Second Harvest in support of nearly 700 tribal members of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation.
Horizons Unlimited accepts donations of non-perishable food, unopened hygiene products, and cash or check. Check out Horizons Unlimited's Amazon wish list here. To view Horizons Unlimited's hours, please visit our information page.
Senior Services Program
Senior Services Program (SSP) provides American Indian elders with the support they need to maintain their health and wellness. Services include transportation for elders with mobility issues, access to nutritious food and other commodities, connections to community through social events, support during difficult times, and assistance with applying for or accessing other community resources.
ClearWay Tobacco Cessation Program
American Indians face the highest cancer mortality and addiction rates associated with tobacco use among all American populations. Working in partnership with ClearWay QUIT Plan to reduce commercial tobacco use while maintaining the cultural significance of traditional tobacco amongst the Minnesota Native American population, this program aims look to curb commercial tobacco abuse through culturally specific support and direct community interaction.
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