Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network Strategic Planning

Developing an action plan to reduce commercial tobacco-related health disparities

Full Project Name:Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network Strategic PlanningPrimary Community Organization:Mashkisibi Boys & Girls Club/WNATNAward Amount:$9,515
Award Date
May2017
Project Duration:12 months

Project Description Narrative:


Native Americans in Wisconsin have the highest rates of cancer, cancer mortality and tobacco use in the state. The Wisconsin Native American Tobacco Network (WNATN) was formed in 2005 to promote smoking cessation, prevent early commercial tobacco use, and eliminate secondhand smoke. While they have seen a number of successes as a result of their work, disparities continue to persist and WNATN partners recognized the need to focus their efforts toward implementing effective strategies across all member tribes. This project aimed to develop a five-year strategic action plan for WNATN to prioritize and align efforts to reduce commercial tobacco-related health disparities among American Indians in Wisconsin.

Project partners:

Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Forest County Potawatomi Community, Great Lakes Inter─Tribal Council, Inc., Ho─Chunk Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Mashkisibi Boys & Girls Club, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Stockbridge─Munsee Community

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Developed the first culturally-focused and community-driven strategic action plan for WNATN and its 11 member tribes across Wisconsin

• Engaged additional Wisconsin tribal communities, tribal government, and health leaders to actively participate in WNATN as well as strengthened support from national organizations and funders as a result of the planning process

• Secured tribal resolutions of support from three member tribes to implement the strategic action plan

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