Home Assessments for Hopi Elders by Joe Seidenberg
Home assessments are the first step to making homes healthier and safer. Recently, Red Feather and Northern Arizona University’s Center for American Indian Resilience completed a 2-day home assessment training for Navajo Community Health Representatives. Thanks to Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Coconino Community College, Flagstaff Longevity Project, and Murdock Community Center for helping us deliver the training!
Additionally, we have been working with tribal partners on a related initiative with a particular focus on helping elders age in place.Native cultures often have a strong cultural preference to age in place within their homelands.Unfortunately, with more and more young people moving off the reservations, coupled with their rural isolation is making this increasingly risky for this vulnerable but highly respected group.This program will leverage scalable, place-based strategies that honor the tribal traditions of enabling elders to age in place.We are grateful that this program is made possible through a grant from Kendal Charitable Funds.
Hopi Community Health Representatives learn how to identify health and safety risks in the homes of those they look after.