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Wisdom Steps: Preventive Health Services for Native American Seniors

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

The Wisdom Steps Program was awarded the National Indian Council on Aging's Patrick Stenger Award for excellence and innovation in elder care programs at the NICOA 2000 Conference. The program is also one of 12 programs within the United States and Canada to receive a 2000 SHARE Award. The SHARE Awards are designed to enhance the health and well being of culturally diverse elders by promoting culturally appropriate and competent approaches that improve health care access and delivery. The program is a partnership between 11 Minnesota tribes, several urban Indian programs and the Minnesota Board on Aging. The program encourages Minnesota elders to take steps toward improving their health by participating in health screenings, attending a health education class, setting goals to improve their health and promotes regularly exercise. Elders are honored at a Wisdom Steps feast yearly. To participate in Minnesota's Wisdom Steps please contact your tribe’s elder Indian program, tribal health service or elder center.

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Name: MN Board on Aging-Indian Elder Desk
Site or Location Name: Wisdom Steps - Preventative Health for American Indian Elders
444 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (800) 882-6262