Del Norte &

Adjacent Tribal Lands

Background

Background

The Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands (DNATL) Building Healthy Communities initiative is a collaborative of residents, community organizations, and service providers that are working together to make DNATL the model of a healthy rural community. The Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands (DNATL) area includes approximately 29,000 people and is located in the northwest corner of California. The DNATL BHC site includes four federally-recognized tribes: Elk Valley Rancheria, Resigini Rancheria, Smith River Rancheria, and the Yurok Tribe.

Despite the abundant natural resources, DNATL is facing many challenges, including high rates of substance abuse, low rates of high school graduation and post-secondary degrees, and high unemployment.  It is against these odds that residents and other stakeholders are coming together to create a healthier DNATL—a charge being led in large part by the youth.

DNATL believes children should dream about their futures—and those dreams should be framed by family, health, safety, economic security, education, and hope. Their dreams are the community responsibility and early intervention and prevention are the critical keys to strengthening families, ensuring the economic assets of the families, preventing families from entering the justice and child welfare systems, instilling a life-long love of learning, and enhancing the health of every resident.

 

Del Norte & Adjacent Tribal Lands Community

 

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • The Yurok Tribe has the highest membership of any tribe in California.
  • In Del Norte County one of every five people 25 years or older has less than a high school diploma.
  • For single adults with children, jobs paying wages above the self-sufficiency standard (wage sufficient for meeting minimal basic needs) are limited.
  • Approximately a quarter of low-income families experience food insecurity in Del Norte County.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Residents and partners in DNATL are driving change across many systems and issues. The map below gives a snapshot of the breadth of their actions (click the boxes under each category to learn more), followed by more information on our top four priorities for the coming year.

Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
  • Zero Tolerance/Push Out Alternatives
  • Boys and Men of Color
  • Youth Leadership
  • Increasing Attendance
  • Anti-Bullying/Code of Conduct
  • Equity Coaching
  • Restorative Practices
School Wellness
Health Happens in Schools
School Wellness
  • Nutrition and Water Policies
  • School Gardens
  • Salad Bars/Healthy Meals
  • Hydration Stations
  • Parent Engagement
  • Wellness Policy Committees
  • Physical Activity
  • Farm to School (Harvest of the Month)
Comprehensive Supports
Health Happens in Schools
Comprehensive Supports
  • School Based Dental Services
  • School Systems Change/Pipeline to Health and Other Local Careers
  • Business Community Engagement
  • Mentorship
  • LCAP Parent and Resident Engagement Support
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
  • Community Gardens
  • Community/Recreational Facilities
  • Joint Use
  • Health Element of the General Plan Update
  • Health in All Policies
Safety
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Safety
  • Youth Leadership
  • Youth Media
  • Boys and Men of Color
  • Neighborhood Safety/Disaster Preparedness
Food Access
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Access
  • Food Policy Council
  • Healthy Food/Eating Promotion
  • Cooking/Preparation Education
  • Farmers Markets
  • Local Healthy Food Access
Transportation
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Transportation
  • Safe Routes to School
Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
  • Public Health Analyst/Health in All Policies
  • Cross Sector Leadership Development for Equity
ACA Outreach and Enrollment
Health Happens in Prevention
ACA Outreach and Enrollment
  • ACA Enrollment
  • Public Benefit Awareness
  • ACA Education
ACA Implementation
Health Happens in Prevention
ACA Implementation
  • Healthcare Access Policy Roundtable
  • Healthcare Workforce Training
Health Homes
Health Happens in Prevention
Health Homes
  • School Site Partnership
Health Care Services
Health Happens in Prevention
Health Care Services
  • Children’s Oral Health, Workforce Wellness

 

 

  • Improving Student Success: The School System Implementation Team builds a healthier Del Norte County through a strategic partnership with a shared commitment to guarantee that all students are contributing community members prepared for college and careers. The team educates students and parents about educational achievement and school health outcomes, and ensures community voices are heard in District decision-making and the Local Control Accountability Plan. In partnership with the school district, the School Team hosted multiple community forums in 2014 to support student and family engagement. See here and here.
  • Youth Leadership and Empowerment: The Youth Strategy Team connects and supports groups, programs and organizations that provide leadership development and empowerment to youth. Through the BHC Youth Training Academy, youth are provided with modules that support healthy behaviors, civic engagement, job, and personal skill development and real-world experiences.
  • Building People Power: True North Organizing Network leaders have earned victories in school health, access to neighborhood recreation, preserving cultural practices, and reducing access to alcohol.  True North leaders hosted a non-partisan forum for Del Norte County Unified School Board candidates. To learn more click here.
  • Growing Community Capacity and Support for a Healthy Food System: The Community Food Council for Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands works to improve access to healthy foods and beverages in neighborhoods and schools; builds resident capacity to grow and prepare their own food; increases economic opportunities for the local food system; and educates the community about food- and nutrition-related issues that impact lives.

 

Connect

Get Connected

Geneva Wiki
Program Manager, Del Norte County and Adjacent Tribal Lands

Geneva Wiki joined The California Endowment in January 2016 as program manager serving Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands under The Endowment’s 10-year, multimillion dollar initiative Building Healthy Communities (BHC).

Prior to joining The Endowment as a program manager, Wiki served as the BHC Hub Manager during the first years of BHC. Subsequently, she relocated to New Zealand to consult with the New Zealand government as an Executive Designer with ThinkPlace, a human-centered design consultancy aimed at improving systems and policies to work better for people and the public good. While there, she was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the national Centre for Social Impact.

Previously, Wiki was also the Executive Director of the Yurok Indian Tribe of California – of which she is a member – and Founding Director of a community-driven, non-profit charter high school on the reservation. Named one of America’s 37 Innovators under the age of 36 by the Smithsonian Magazine, Wiki’s work has also been recognized by the US Department of State, High County News, and Native Americans in Business and Enterprise.

Contact
Name
Michelle Carillo
Title
Initiative Director
Address
879 J Street, Suite 1 Crescent City, CA 95531
Phone
(707) 465-1238
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