Seva NACH Program Adaptation Looking closer at our new methods
After more than 25 years supporting Native American Community Health Projects, Seva has reflected on community input and strategically adapted our method of support.
We listened! As a result of a comprehensive and thoughtful Program Review process in 2009, we are putting many of the major lessons directly into action:
What we heard: Keep focusing on grassroots organizations, but partner differently We found that our grant start-up support of grassroots health projects often leads to big impact. We also discovered that when we partner long-term and build capacity, it always does. Grants are important, but so are trainings and other forms of support.
What we are doing: Our new program goal targets building capacity and engaging in multi-year partnerships to help community health strategies become sustainable. Seva's model of support to reach this goal is now an integrated approach of resource-based partnerships (i.e. grants), technical assistance, and knowledge-sharing. Learn more >
What we heard: Help make Native wellness strategies measurable Native community wellness strategies are impactful, but too often indigenous and Western health perspectives are seen as incompatible. There is a struggle to have 'evidence-based' indicators of success.
What we are doing: With indigenous evaluation specialists at Bowman Performance Consulting and the full participation of our program partners, we are co-creating measurement tools that bridge this gap. More details will be posted soon.