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Two NativeVision participants

Homage to Native American Heritage Month


At the heart of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is one of their flagship programs known as NativeVision, which for 18 years has addressed daunting public health issues facing kids living on reservations. NativeVision is a summer camp and after-school program with a powerful focus: Take care of your body and stay in school.

In this sports for social change model, professional and top collegiate athletes volunteer as mentors; they run sports clinics interspersed with life skills sessions that promote self-esteem, discipline and healthy habits.

“NativeVision is magic. It springs from each person giving all they have of raw talents, passion and life story,” said camp co-founder and CAIH deputy director Allison Barlow, PhD, MPH ’97.

The mission of CAIH—since it was founded in 1991—is to partner with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to raise their health status and health leadership with strengths-based approaches.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the CAIH is pleased to offer a special screening of the film The Medicine Game to the Johns Hopkins community. The documentary tells the story of the legendary two Iroquois lacrosse stars, Hiana and Jeremey Thompson.

—Salma Warshanna-Sparklin

NativeVision photographs courtesy of Ed Cunicelli.

Event Details

Day: November 14, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Sommer Hall, JHSPH

To RSVP, please email Nicole Pare at

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