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Johns Hopkins: Center for American Indian Health’s Family Spirit Program Named One of Three Finalists for $100,000 2020 Hearst Health Prize

An evidence-based program built around home visits in Native American communities has been named one of three finalists for the 2020 Hearst Health Prize. The $100,000 prize is sponsored by Hearst Health to recognize organizations and individuals that have made outstanding achievements in managing or improving population health.

The program, Family Spirit, was developed and is run by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with Native American communities. The goal is to reduce health disparities facing Native Americans, with a focus on pregnant and parenting Native American families.

Family Spirit has been proven successful across three randomized controlled trials to improve parenting knowledge and self-efficacy; reduce parenting stress and maternal psychological risks that could impede positive parenting; and improve children’s social, emotional, and behavioral development. 

The two other finalists are Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families, based in Columbus, Ohio, and Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute – Project Dulce, which works in several California counties.

Hearst Health Prize applications were evaluated by Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson College of Population Health faculty and a distinguished panel of judges. The winner will be announced March 31 at Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health’s 20th Annual Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia. The winner will receive a $100,000 award and the other two finalists will each receive $25,000.

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