The Healthy Native North Carolinians Network (HNNC) facilitates sustainable community changes around healthy eating and active living within North Carolina’s tribes and urban Indian organizations by leveraging common goals and resources.  Since 2011, HNNC has created a successful model for developing organizational capacity, tribal self-determination, and intertribal collaborations.

The HNNC capacity-building grant is administered by the UNC American Indian Center and generously supported by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

There are 4 key components of HNNC.

Support for Self-Determined Action Plans. Financial support for self-determined initiatives enables communities to create and administer the change they wish to see in their communities. Self- determined activities have included the creation of community gardens, walking trails, annual 5Ks, farmers markets, fruits and vegetable powwow concessions, and more.

Capacity-Building Consultations and Workshops. The American Indian Center provides tailored technical assistance to Native community leaders in the development, implementation, and evaluation of action plans and budgets to promote sustainable community change. Capacity-building workshops and webinars are provided around community interests, needs, and goals.

Cross-Community Collaborations. Participants are encouraged to share their stories, challenges, cultures, and successes at annual capacity building workshops and by visiting other communities to learn and share with one another.

Student Internships. HNNC offers paid summer internships to American Indian students to support healthy eating and active living activities. The internship program builds human capital in tribal communities and provides professional development to Native youth.

2016-2018 HNNC Community Partner Grant Recipients:

  • Coharie Tribe
  • Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
  • Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
  • Sappony
  • Waccamaw Siouan Tribe
  • Metrolina Native American Association
  • Triangle Native American Society

For more information visit:

Listen to this radio podcast featuring Healthy Native North Carolinians:

HNNC Webinar, February 25, 2016:  “”Connecting People to the Land through Triple Bottom Line Partnerships”

Co-hosted by the UNC American Indian Center & The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program. Click here to watch the archived webinar.


Check out our new video series, One Step at a Time, created by our Health Careers Connection Intern, Harley D. Locklear (Lumbee; Junior; Exercise & Sports Science Major).

Episode 1: Setting Healthy Goals

Episode 2: Setting Healthy Eating Habits

Episode 3: Advocacy Through Sharing Our Stories 


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For more information contact:

Randi R. Byrd

Community Engagement Coordinator

919.843.5927 (P)    919.843.4024 (F)