Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (GP-TMIECHV)

Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (GP-TMIECHV)

Tiospa Unyusutapte Hehan Wasagunyapte - Strengthening and Encouraging Families (SEF)

What We Do

Strengthening and Encouraging Families (SEF) supports and engages parents, caregivers, and community members to empower family resilience by strengthening Dakota culture, kinship, and other protective factors for lifelong health and wellness.  Great Plains Tribal Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (GP-TMIECHV) is a five-year grant that provides home visits to eligible families on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. This includes expectant mothers, parents, family members, and/or other caregivers of children ages 0 to 5 years old. This is a voluntary home visitation program designed to work and provide parents with health & life skills education, social support, and referrals to community resources & services, home safety, and positive parenting. 

Our program’s vision is to support and engage parents, caregivers, and community members to empower family resilience by strengthening Dakotah culture, kindship, and other protective factors for lifelong health and wellness.

The goals of SEF are:

  • Increase positive parenting/caregiving skills;
  • To support parents and their children with age-appropriate development and skills that promote resilience;
  • Provide learning opportunities for children 0 to 5 that support Dakota culture, family and community resilience.

SEF utilizes two evidence-based home visiting curriculums developed for and with Native families

Staff

  • Terri Rattler, Program Manager
  • Mariah Foster, Program Assistant
  • Kristin Wanna, Community Health Worker
  • Leona Iyarpeya, Community Health Worker

*Tribal MIECHV is supported by funds from the Administration for Children and Families (HHS-2018-ACF-OCC-TH-90TH0045) and was awarded to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. The program is being implemented in partnership with the Sisseton –Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation.

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Member Tribes

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Flandreau Sioux

Flandreau Sioux

Lower Brule Sioux

Lower Brule Sioux

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Yankton Sioux

Yankton Sioux

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Meskwaki Nation

Meskwaki Nation

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Trenton Indian Service Area

Trenton Indian Service Area

Santee sioux nation

Santee sioux nation

Standing Rock Sioux

Standing Rock Sioux

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Spirit Lake Tribe

Spirit Lake Tribe

Omaha Nations

Omaha Nations

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