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Chinle Service Unit Community Nutrition Department

Program Type: Promising Practice -Programs not formally evaluated (or formal evaluation is not yet complete) but identified by experts as programs with results suggesting efficacy and worthy of further study in broader pilot implementation efforts.

The CSU Department of Community Nutrition is a program that has been developed over the past six years focusing on public health nutrition and wellness. The department utilizes the socio-ecological model and subscribes to the concept of family centered and community based public health capacity building as a foundation for affecting positive, healthy population based behavior change. We believe that, depending upon the situation, time, readiness, and resource availability, we can lead, facilitate, or assist communities along their path to wellness. Our strategies are multilevel and utilize multiple technical and professional skill sets within our staffing structure.

These strategies include:

Our partners include: The staffing has grown from one Registered Dietitian/Public Health Nutritionist FTE to four Registered Dietitian/Public Health Nutritionist FTEs, one Office Assitant, two FTE permanent Health Technicians, and two-three FTE term Health Technicians. The IHS RRM recommends ~11 PHN/RD FTEs for a service area the size of the Chinle Service Unit. The CSU Community Nutrition department is the primary facilitator of public health nutrition efforts at the community level, and continues to work hard towards increasing and enhancing community partnerships in order for the communities within which we work and live to create an environment that easily supports making the healthiest food choices.

Age Group(s):

Site Type(s):
Community, Clinic/Health Center, Hospital, School, Work site

Health Indicator(s):
Cardiovascular Disease , Diabetes , Healthcare Access , Nutrition

Service Area:


Overall Cost: $300,000.00

Name: CDR Graydon Yatabe, RD, MPH
Site or Location Name: Chinle Service Unit
PO Drawer PH
Chinle, AZ 86503
Phone: 928.674.7488