Denan Project announces medical training

12/17/2015 01:00 PM
WOODBURY, Conn. – As part of its support for young mothers and their families at the three Navajo communities of Chinle, Pinon and Tsaile in Arizona, the Denan Project recently announced the training of more than 20 American Indian medical community health nurses, paraprofessionals and health technicians, which began on Dec. 7.

The Denan Project, a Connecticut-based nonprofit, has committed financial resources for more than two years to support the Family Spirit program of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. This home-visiting initiative promotes optimal health and well being for new parents and their children. After nearly 12 years of operation in Africa, Asia and Latin America, this marks the first program The Denan Project supports involved in within the United States.

“Given our mission to provide health and development assistance to the world’s most under served people in its remotest and poorest places, we felt it was right to work closer to home and identified the family spirit initiative as an excellent partner,” said Dick Young, Denan Project founder and president. “Together we chose Chinle, Arizona as the place to start.”

Once trained, these health workers will provide a series of home-based lessons to expectant and young mothers. By the end of the first year, the program is expected to support 150 at-risk families in their homes.
The staff members from the Public Health Nursing Department at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility will receive the necessary training and certification to support young Native American mothers from pregnancy to three years postpartum, providing them the knowledge and skills to help their children achieve optimal development through preschool.

“This project was chosen based on identification of a specific health need, which is both the key characteristic we seek in selecting all of our projects and the core of the support The Denan Project provides,” said Jarret Shechter, Denan Project vice president. “It also fits well with our desire to create the opportunity for a better life for impoverished and minority communities.”


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