FHI 360 works with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the development of two books for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. With the goal of supporting the prevention of injury and violence in AI/AN communities, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is developing these books that will highlight cultural protective factors that help create safe, stable nurturing relationships and environments for AI/AN children.
FHI 360’s role on this project includes:
- Working with an artist and author from the Coquille Tribe of Oregon to develop the books, including the concept, storyline, narrative and illustrations
- Conducting iterative formative research with stakeholders (e.g., tribal leaders, teachers and parents) to ensure that the books are culturally and age-appropriate
- Developing short educator guides for each book to reinforce key messages
- Creating electronic versions with interactive enhancements to further engage readers and reinforce key concepts
- Producing promotional videos and graphics to support the dissemination of the books
These injury and violence prevention books have been inspired by the Eagle Books, a series for young AI/AN readers that highlights the wisdom of healthy eating, physical activity and diabetes awareness. CDC, Indian Health Services and the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee debuted the Eagle Books in 2006.