Since its formation in 1997, Wind Hollow has participated in the following activities within the four areas of focus:
Outreach activities include presentations at over 30 conferences, including Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Society of Behavioral Medicine, American Statistical Association, National Association of School Nurses, National Rural Health Association, Intercultural Cancer Council, The New York Academy of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Promotion Department, Catoctin Center for Regional Studies, Alabama Department of Public Health, Arizona Public Health Association, United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Cancer Institute, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, National Council of State Legislators.
Wind Hollow has assisted the Universities of Maryland and Arizona in attracting qualified Native American students. It has also provided scholarships and travel allowances to allow Native people to attend educational conferences.
Wind Hollow prepared and received a grant from the Beaumont Foundation to equip a Community Centered Computer Lab for the Native American Service Agency of Syracuse, New York focused on four areas: (a)Teaching disabled children and adults who have no computers at home, (b) Tutoring High School students with homework when computers are not available at home and facilitating their job and scholarship/education application processes, (c)Teaching welfare mothers job skills necessary to return to work including vocational basics such as on-line job search, job application, and basic computer skills for the job market, (d)Teaching elders, building their self-esteem and then encouraging them to “mentor” grandchildren and community children at the computer lab.
Wind Hollow prepared and received two grants from the National Cancer Institute to study attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors surrounding ceremonial and commercial tobacco use among American Indians in Arizona. In partnership with the Native American Community Health Center and University of Arizona, Wind Hollow prepared collected and analyzed over 2,000 questionnaires and conducted and analyzed 10 focus groups. Research involved a blended methods model (quantitative and qualitative) to understand where, when, how and if the switchover occurs from sacred ceremonial tobacco use to commercial everyday tobacco use. This information will be used to develop more effective tobacco control programs targeting urban Native population.
In partnership with Native Images, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, Wind Hollow prepared and was funded for a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency to develop an integrated service plan for the prevention of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among urban and/or imprisoned American Indians/Alaskan using a combination of scientific concepts and tribally-based “traditional health” concepts resulting in culturally relevant, traditionally centered programs relevant to the diverse needs of AI/AN families and community members.
In partnership with the Native American Community Health Center of Phoenix, Arizona, Wind Hollow prepared and was funded by the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, inc. (ITCA) and Centers of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health grants to perform direct interviews for adult tobacco survey. This survey seeks to understand, document, and define commercial tobacco use and explore views concerning commercial (daily recreational) tobacco use. This project will incorporate findings and experiences from past data collection using both qualitative and quantitative research that NACHC along with Wind Hollow Foundation, Inc. and the Native Vision Tobacco Coalition has conducted. We will develop a broader adult tobacco use database and focus on cessation resources among distinct groups of urban American Indians in Arizona.
Wind Hollow has an ongoing relationship with Kanatsiohareke to plan, develop and fund projects that strengthened this self sustaining community. Kanatsiohareke is an independent Mohawk community committed to developing programs for Native and Non-native people that will keep the spiritual traditions, language and culture of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) alive. The facilities include an abandoned county almshouse and farm that has required substantial repairs and renovation in the past and will require additional expenses in the future. To assist in this effort, Wind Hollow prepared a grant and was funded by the Seventh Generation Fund to repair the historic buildings to retain historical aspects in order to attract tourists and support the community. In addition, we are also developing plans for a Mohawk Educational Center that would provide facilities for programs on Native health, social, and spiritual issues and provide housing and other facilities to host work exchange programs for both Native and non-Native groups. Wind Hollow focuses on community planning and identifying funding sources that can be used to support the community goals.
Wind Hollow has worked with Native American Service Agency (NASA) of Syracuse, New York to develop strategic plans to identify program and funding needs for supplying various services to urban Indians in the central New York area. As noted previously, these activities included obtaining computers and equipment for a community computer lab. In addition, Wind Hollow has conducted Planning meetings for NASA employees and board members and has identified funding sources for their programs.
Wind Hollow has conducted seminars through the University of Oklahoma Health Promotion Department to assist Native people in managing their money and planning for their financial future. Also included have been training sessions on needs assessments and data base development strategies.
Wind Hollow sponsored and promoted the “Peace through Unity” Pow Wow concert and trade show in western Maryland. This provided an opportunity for Native artists and performers to reach out to the communities in the region at no cost to the artists.
Wind Hollow provided funds to assist in the creation of a recording studio of Skydome Records, owned and operated by Howard Lyons (a noted Native American musician and Nammy Award nominee). In addition, Wind Hollow has assisted Lyons in performance tours and other outreach programs throughout the nation.
Wind Hollow has assisted Spirit World Productions in the funding for the documentary film “American Holocaust” that seeks to examine Native American Holocaust and historical experience and its parallels to the Nazi Holocaust. The film has won numerous awards in film festivals and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001.
Wind Hollow has assisted Red Nations in the funding of the annual Los Angeles Red Nations concerts and the 2004 Warriors Against AIDS concert. In addition to grants for various concerts, Wind Hollow has also provided computer equipment, identified funding sources, assisted in grant preparation, and continues a mentored relationship as an American Indian Performing Arts Center is currently under development in Los Angeles.
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