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Public Health

Missouri Breaks is committed to improving the health of the people in the tribal communities we serve by advocating for public health policies and providing community health education.


Many of our public health initiatives and community health education materials are driven and informed by results from our research projects. We believe the data belongs to the people and work hard to give it back to the community in meaningful ways.

  • Community presentations during our Annual Research Symposium and other public events

  • Stakeholder presentations to local industries, like health care providers, cultural leaders, environmental professionals, etc.

  • Multimedia efforts - social media, videos, posters, radio shows or newspaper articles

  • Tribal Council - sharing results and how they can be used to inform tribal system, program, or policy changes

  • Study participants often receive their individual results overall study results as we learn new information

Actual presentations and summaries of study results can be found on our Projects page. 

One of our most notable public health endeavors was establishing the Čaŋlí Coalition of CRST. Čaŋlí, pronounced CHUN-lee, is the Lakota word for commercial tobacco. Together, this coalition successfully advocated to CRST Tribal Council for a comprehensive smoke-free air policy that was passed in 2015. This policy made CRST the 1st reservation in SD and the 3rd in the nation smoke-free in all indoor public places. Refer to the Canli Coalition’s Toolkit and framework.​

The Čaŋlí Coalition's Framework to advance tribal public health 

Canli Coalition Framework Color Venn Diagram.
Missouri Breaks employee meeting with community members.
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