Mission: Cope's vision is to eliminate health disparities and improve the well-being of american indians and alaska natives. We believe that the power to overturn long-standing, historical health inequalities lies inherently in native communities themselves. Cope strives to promote healthy, prosperous, and empowered native communities through three collaborative approaches: 1. Robust, community-based outreach; 2. Local capacity building and system-level partnerships; and 3. Increased access to healthy foods.
Programs: Food access activities made up the largest portion of the fy2017 budget in terms of expenses. In fy2017, cope continued to work with a coalition of multi-sectorial individuals and organizations to promote access to healthy food on navajo nation. We worked with growers and stores to increase access to healthy foods on navajo nation and implemented a "fruits and vegetables prescription" program to help families purchase fruits and vegetables from local retailers.
training and outreach activities made up the second largest portion of the fy2017 budget in terms of expenses. Training and outreach activities included development of patient education materials as well as numerous training activities across navajo nation. Cope also provided educational materials including flipcharts, patient incentives, and materials for food demonstrations to healthcare providers to use with their patients.
program evaluation and partnership activities in fy2017 comprised the third largest portion of the fy2017 budget in terms of expenses. Program evaluation focused on evaluating the impact of training and outreach and food access services. Cope analyzed outcomes of individuals participating in the fruit and vegetable prescription program, the impact of the healthy navajo stores initiative, and the lessons learned of forming inter- professional teams. Partnership activities included programs for promoting youth leadership and activities to support strong coalition-based participation among community members and diverse stakeholders.