Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 12, 2016
Annually, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) recognizes the local, regional, and national contributions and achievements of individuals, community organizations, Tribes and Tribal organizations, toward advancing and improving American Indian and Alaska Native health.
Recently, NIHB named Albuquerque non-profit, Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (NAPPR) as the recipient of the 2016 NIHB Local Impact Award, this award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual, organization or Tribal program in the area of Tribal Health. The Local Impact Award acknowledges an individual or organization whose work has affected change or impacted health care at the local and/or Tribal level.
NAPPR, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was founded in 1981 as a joint project between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the New Mexico Department of Health to provide early intervention services to Native American families with young children experiencing developmental delays. Since 1981, NAPPR has grown from one program serving 30 Native American children from local families to more than 700 clients across four counties in New Mexico.
Early Intervention serves children with developmental delays through these therapy services: speech, social work, music, physical, occupational, and equine. The Early Childhood Education Program serves children 6 weeks to 5 years to with school readiness education. The Tribal Home Visiting Program provides in-home support to Native families who have children from birth to 5 years old with a range of developmental and wellness screenings, referrals to resources and socialization opportunities. The Dental Support Center provides dental education classes, development and distribution of oral health materials, and assists local clinicians to improve the oral health status of Native Americans. NAPPR continues to grow and make a positive impact to the health and wellbeing of Native American families and children.
NIHB describes its award recipients as, “true heroes in Indian health and with this award, NAPPR demonstrates how they are impacting Tribal communities across New Mexico at the grassroots level by serving their Native American families and children.”
Elaine Nolan, NAPPR Board Chair has this to say, “NAPPR is truly proud to receive the Local Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board, it validates our hard work and passion for building healthy Native American families.”
Ms. Nolan and NAPPR CEO, Michael A. Rivera will accept the award at the NIHB 2016 Annual Gala on September 21, 2016 during the Annual NIHB Consumer Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.