Diné Community Advocacy Alliance

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/dineadvocacy/about/?ref=page_internal

Point of Contact: Denisa Livingston

E-Mail Address: info@dineadvovacy.org, denisaworldwide@gmail.com

Dine Community Advocacy Alliance serves as a strong voice for Dine Communities. It was formed in March 2012 as a response to the high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other health issues among those living in the Navajo communities. Their mission as a grassroot level community health advocacy hub is to raise awareness, inform, educate, and mobilize community members to combat obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health issues facing Native Americans. Ultimately, this Alliance is working towards reclaiming traditional healthy lifestyles, food sovereignty, healthier future generations, and the Navajo Nation becoming a global leader in health. Some Healthy Dine Nation Initiatives include the elimination of the Navajo Nation 5% tax on healthy foods placed into effect October 1, 2014, the Healthy Dine Act of 2014/Unhealthy Foods 2% tax placed into effect April 1, 2015, and the creation of a Community Wellness Development Projects Fund Management Plan. Through these initiatives, greater focus is placed on establishing a healthier diet and increasing access to nourishing foods. The taxes on healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and water were eliminated, and a 2% tax was placed on things such as sodas, sweets, chips, and processed foods. A special Unhealthy Foods Tax revenue account was set up and helps to fund Navajo Nation Chapter Community Wellness Projects aimed towards improving the social and physical environment of communities. This was placed into effect on April 13, 2015 and received its first disbursement in early 2016.