Our approach to health systems transformation draws from an Indigenous model of healing and proposes a community-centered, public health approach. This ensures we can holistically address multiple factors that either support or hinder our ability through processes informed by Indigenous values and concepts of wellness.

Becoming Butterfly: An Indigenous Approach to Transformation

The Becoming Butterfly framework was inspired by the Community Involvement to Renew Commitment, Leadership, and Effectiveness (CIRCLE) process for capacity development. CIRCLE honors the concepts found in the Gathering of Native Americans curriculum, a culture-based planning process built upon an Indigenous theoretical framework to address community-identified issues.   We apply the Becoming Butterfly framework in all of our work. It reflects the […]

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Aligning Systems for Health

We work with communities to take a high-level, holistic view of how partners can work together to improve coordination, cooperation, and effectiveness. Red Star, Seven Directions, A Center for Indigenous Public Health at the University of Washington and 5 Tribal Nations in the U.S. are partners in a practice-based study of how health care delivery, […]

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Transforming Performance to Improve Health

Performance management, in its simplest terms, is a deliberate process of measuring, monitoring and reporting progress toward strategic goals and objectives.¬†We have woven the Becoming Butterfly with an adapted performance management model from the Montana State Public Health and Safety Integrated Performance Management System to provide a¬†practical approach to identify culturally aligned performance targets, monitor […]

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First Indigenous Public Health Institute

Red Star created the first public health institute in the United States to focus solely on Indigenous health and wellness. We had a vision to create greater connectivity across the national tribal health system, which includes the many tribes, communities and organizations dedicated to the health and wellness of American Indian and Alaska Native people.  […]

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Tribal Public Health Accreditation

Red Star is a national leader and trainer for tribal public health accreditation. We have provided education, training and capacity building assistance to tribes, tribal organizations and the Pacific Island territories since 2008. Red Star had an important role in facilitating the development of the Tribal Standards and Measures version 1.0 for the Public Health […]

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