To engage Native American youth and elevate their voices on issues related to healthy equity, technology, and innovation.
WASHINGTON –– The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) recently received a $75,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to gather youth perspectives on improving health outcomes and access to care in Indian Country. The funding will support CNAY’s ongoing outreach and advocacy efforts with the goal of lifting up community voices and ideas from youth to identify innovative healthcare solutions for the 2.1 million American Indian and Alaska Native youth across the country.
“We are excited about our new partnership with the Aetna Foundation,” said Erin Bailey, executive director of the Center for Native American Youth. “Aetna’s expertise and leadership will be an important contribution to our efforts in addressing suicide prevention and other health challenges faced by our youngest First Americans.”
With this funding, CNAY will reach out to tribal and urban Indian communities and directly engage youth in discussions on health issues impacting them and their peers throughout Indian Country. CNAY’s team will produce a report with actionable information about youth-identified resources and technology for improving health outcomes. CNAY hopes this will be a first step, ultimately working to incorporate youth priorities in national policy and advocacy efforts.
Over the last four years, CNAY has facilitated 101 roundtables with Native youth throughout Indian Country on a variety of issues and priorities. Those conversations are summarized in CNAY’s Voices of Native Youth reports, which can be found at http://cnay.org/CNAY_Publications.html.