South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency

3104 S.E. Old Olympic Hwy. Shelton, WA • (360) 426-3990

Community Services

Carmen Kalama
Carmen Kalama
Program Manager

Community Services programs address a variety of needs within each tribe’s community, but share one common element: improving the health and wellness of every community member.

  1. Food Distribution – The nationally recognized Food Distribution Program (FDP), a member of the National Association of Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations, make monthly food deliveries to four consortium tribes as well as to Port Gamble S'Klallam.
  2. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) – Provides culturally competent services to eligible women, infants, and children. Outreach services are provided to inform and educate breast-feeding women so they know how to maximize the the vouchers for cheese, milk, eggs, juice, baby formula, and farmers market checks they receive. The education component involves a registered dietician. This program serves the five SPIPA tribes as well as the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.
  3. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Through outreach activities assist low-income eligible households to meet their energy costs, particularly households paying a high proportion of household income for energy. Remember to have the following items ready: 12 months of power bills, income for everyone in the household 18 and up, and must have proof of income.
  4. Home Weatherization Project Low-income households receive an energy audit and receive products and services to improve the energy efficiency of their home
  5. Emergency Food Vouchers – This program is administered at local tribal center offices. The Tribal Vouch Voucher Program was designed to distribute food vouchers to eligible families and individuals according to the Food Assistance Program Policies and Procedures.
  6. Native Women's AIDS Prevention Program. – This program serves only the Nisqually and Squaxin Island Tribes. The goal: to educate Native American women about the risk of being HIV-sero positive, targeting women 14-87at these two tribes.
  7. Debbie Gardipee
    Debbie Gardipee coordinates
    the WIC, LIHEAP, Food Voucher
    and Native Women's AIDS
    Prevention Program, as well
    as CITGO
  8. Senior Meals Program (Title VI) – USDA funds provide food for this program which is administered through AOA. The meals serve to supplement our Elders diets, but also function as a time for social gathering.
  9. Community Services Block Grant – The goal: reduce poverty by addressing problems of inadequate nutrition, isolation or being homebound, and offer some recreation opportunities.
  10. Caregiver Support Program (Title VI), Home Care for the Elderly and Disabled – This program provides supportive services, as well as some respite, for family members who are sole caregivers of grandchildren, children with developmental disabilities, or older adults.
  11. The Johnson Family at a Native Women's Wellness Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
    Johnson family at a NWWP
    Breast Cancer Awareness Wal
  12. Native Women's Wellness Program – Among the first programs funded in 1994 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under the American Indian/Alaskan Native Initiative. Funds female health providers at Tribal health clinics who conduct breast and cervical cancer screenings to Native women, spouses, and partners. Referrals are made as needed. Outreach informs community members about services, increase screenings, and track treatment timeliness.
  13. Maternal, Child & Early Childhood Home Visiting – (Healthy Families) Provides services to improve child and family outcomes including health & development, parenting practices related to development, improved school readiness, coordination of referrals to community resources and supports and reduced incidence of injuries, crime and domestic violence.
  14. HIV/AIDS, Expanding the Circle of Care and
    Tribal B. E. A. R.
    – The Building Effective Aids Response project provides clinical training to tribal health care providers who serve Native American communities in order for them to treat their HIV patients on the reservation in a culturally competent manner using the most current guidelines. This grant is funded by HRSA and supported by the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center at the University of Washington (UW). The Tribal Bear Project works with 15 tribes in both Washington and Oregon state and hosts an annual Medical Update Conference. With the support of other grants, the Tribal Bear staff has offered such activities as community dinners on Hepatitis C and HIV prevention as well as regional training session on the use of the rapid HIV test.
  15. Heidi Brown
    Heidi Brown is our,
    CCCP Coordinator

    John Simmons

    Bobbie Bush,
    Colon Health Program
  16. The Cancer Project This program creates and implements awareness activities for the prevention and screening of cancer. This award-winning program has received national attention and has been used as a model by other programs and agencies. In addition, this program works with tribal youth to create a Power Youth Conference that raises awareness among our youth about how lifestyles (diet, exercise, regular health care, screenings) impact cancer. The goal: to help ease cancers risks in our communities through healthy living. This conference, the last to be facilitated by former CCCP Coordinator John Simmons, was essentially youth led, not only raising cancer awareness, but also giving our youth the opportunity to gain leadership experience. John Simmons has now moved on to serve his own Tribe, Nisqually.
  17. The Colon Health Program The focus is to increase the colorectal screening rate for all people age 50-plus with a goal of providing screening and follow-up to at least 800 eligible patients per year. This program also funds a half-time Patient Navigator at each of the seven participating tribes. Participating tribes include the Five Tribes (Chehalis, Nisqually, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, and Squaxin Island), plus the Quinault and Cowlitz. This program works closely with both Native Women's Wellness and the Cancer Project.
  18. Prostrate Cancer Informed Decision Making for Native American Men Informed Decision Making for Native American Men – Improved outcomes for prostate cancer patients through informed decision making in a culturally appropriate manner, consistent with their personal values, to achieve better outcomes for the patients.

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