A Qualitative Evaluation of a Community Based, Culturally Relevant Intervention to Promote Healthy Food Access in American Indian Communities

Katie Cueva, Ventura Lovato, Danya Carroll, Jennifer Richards, Kristen Speakman, Nicole Neault, Allison Barlow

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In response to a need for healthy, affordable food, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and three rural indigenous communities launched the “Feast for the Future,” (FFF) to promote access to healthy foods and the transfer of traditional food-based knowledge from farmers/elders to youth. To assess program impact, 43 in-depth interviews were conducted with participating farmers, elders, and Community Advisory Board members. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed in Atlas.ti. Common themes from qualitative analyses included: FFF programs support farming/gardening revitalization and cultural connectedness/identity; FFF has supported positive behavior change among interviewees and their families; There is a need to revitalize traditional food systems; Farming/gardening is central to cultural identity; and Responsibility for food choices. The interviews revealed that the community-based program is perceived by key stakeholders as reaffirming cultural identity and promoting healthy eating. As a CAB member shared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-464
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020



  • American Indian
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Food security
  • Qualitative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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