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The. Gila River Indian Community. Community Action for a Renewed Environment Level I (Pilot) Project (GRIC CARE). Marti Lindsey Maureen King Leroy Williams. Building Partnership 1 (23 + Partners). Community members Public Health Nursing Community Leaders Gila River Farms

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gila river indian community


Gila River Indian Community

Community Actionfor a

Renewed Environment

Level I (Pilot) Project(GRIC CARE)

Marti Lindsey

Maureen King

Leroy Williams

building partnership 1 23 partners
Building Partnership1(23+ Partners)

Community members

Public Health Nursing

Community Leaders

Gila River Farms

Industrial Parks

GRIC Casinos






ASU / U of A

Public Works

Office of Water Rights

Pinal/Maricopa County

Public Health Education

District Community Managers

Schools, Childcare, Headstart…

Risk Management Office/ Insurance

Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals

Office of Planning & Evaluation

WIC (Community Services)

Public Information Office

Economic Development

Community Housing

Youth Council

Finance Dept





Salt River PMIC

Elderly Concerns

Tribal Social Services

AZ State Health Dept

GRIC Fire Department

Ak-Chin Indian Community

Land Use Planning & Zoning

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Office of Emergency Management

*Prospective partners


gric care core team

GRIC Environment Health


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

GRIC Occupational Safety & Health (OSH)

Tribal Social Services


Huhugam Heritage Center

Joint Air Toxics Assessment Project (JATAP)

GRIC Elderly Services


GRIC Youth Council

Public Health Nursing

the gric care mission statement
The GRIC CARE Mission Statement

The GRIC CAREproject is a

shared, voluntary effort

to increase Community understanding

of how the environment affects ourhealthby building on the Gila River Indian Community’s tradition of respect for the land, air, water.

identifying concerns 2
Identifying Concerns2
  • First, GRIC CARE Project Introduction
    • Natural Resources Standing Committee
    • Health & Social Standing Committee
    • Cultural Resources Standing Committee
    • GRIC Tribal Council
    • Council of Elders / Elderly Concerns
  • Toxic Education & Reduction Outreach
    • District Community Meetings
    • Youth Council Annual Conference ‘08
  • GRIC CARE Kick-off Events 2008
five 5 community concerns identified
Five (5) Community Concerns Identified


Hazardous Waste2




community vulnerabilities 3
Community Vulnerabilities3
  • Children & the Elderly are more susceptible to health impacts.
  • Community members who have respiratory illness, diabetes, cancer
  • Members who are near industrial sources or pollution sources
  • Cultural concerns (aesthetics,
  • Need of support or guidance to take action
  • Neighboring jurisdiction, control over outside influence – encroachment (??),
  • Communication
community assets 4
Community Assets4
  • Departments within Tribal government
  • Council of Elders
  • Youth Council
  • Gila River Prevention Coalition
immediate actions 5
Immediate Actions5
  • DEQ and Public Works
  • District organizations – D1 and D6
  • GRIC CARE Cleaning with Green Products
  • Partnership Assistance
collect organize 6
Collect & Organize6
  • Monthly GRIC CARE meeting
  • Orientation meeting
  • District presentations
  • Public Events (Fairs, Block Parties,
  • Elderly meetings and luncheons
  • GRIC Youth Conferences
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Other Conferences (NTCEM, NTF,
  • Environmental health leadership training
  • Cleaning with Green Materials
  • Other organizations (Prevention Coalition,
  • DEQ Program staff

Ranking the Risks:

Presenting the Potential Health Impacts7

potential solutions 8
Potential Solutions8
  • Steps to/from Risk Ranking and Prioritization event provided some direction
  • Support from GRIC leadership – reassurance
  • Support from EPA R9 and
  • Build upon DEQ and other projects in process
  • Sept. 28th meeting
  • Continual research – outside Community
the real work begins 9
The Real Work Begins9
  • Trash in the environment
  • Oct 09 – March 2010 grant proposal
  • Current DEQ and Public Works (others) work plan towards solid waste and recycling projects
  • GRIC CARE Level I Risk Reduction Plan