Help Me Grow WA Tribal Adaptation Project Update
In April of 2022, WithinReach, the HMG WA State Affiliate, contracted with a Native-owned firm in Spokane, Kauffman and Associates Inc., to engage with tribal nations and Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) in Washington to work toward ensuring the HMG model embraces each UIO and respective tribal community in a culturally responsive way. We were inspired by the work in Alaska and Minnesota, where tribes have adapted some of the HMG components, such as child developmental screenings and family outreach messages, to align with tribe-specific values and culture, including language.
In the coming months, Kauffman and Associates will provide a recommendation report outlining adaptations to Help Me Grow, centering the voice of American Indian and Alaska Native families with young children. This will also include an outreach and engagement plan, which will be used to inform the next phase of HMG WA network design and resource navigation processes.