CNAY's Josie Raphaelito Shares Her Experience as an LGBTQ2S & Public Health Advocate

Josie Raphaelito, MPH, is a passionate advocate for tribal public health. She has six years of experience building relationships with Tribal Nations and citizens through community engagement and providing tools to elevate local perspectives of strengths and challenges into national discussions for change in Washington, DC. Josie currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Native American Youth. Read Josie's bio here  


CNAY Partners with Ascend, Bezos Foundation, and W. K. Kellogg in New Mexico

October 9, 2018 - CNAY partnered with the Aspen Institute’s very own Ascend program to co-host a two-day event entitled, “New Mexico Forum on Early Childhood Development and Family Wellbeing.” Ascend is a program focused on a two-generation approach to improving the lives of children and families. Our co-hosted convening brought together leaders from philanthropies, non-profits, service providers, and families themselves to discuss the current landscape of early childhood development and family wellbeing in New Mexico. Moreover, these expert leaders discussed what they envision the future to hold for children and families in New Mexico.


One of the foremost issues discussed at the convening was the importance of immersion and bi-lingual language programming for young children. Dr. Patricia Kuhl of the University of Washington provided our audience with an in-depth examination on the benefits of teaching young children multiple languages and why it is critical to engage our children at a very young age. While Dr. Kuhl provided the neuro-science perspective, our partners Dr. Christine Simms of the University of New Mexico, and Trisha Moquino of the Keres Learning Center, provided the audience with an understanding of what language immersion looks like in tribal communities in New Mexico. Furthermore, participants had regular working-group sessions to discuss these best practices and how to grow their impact.


In addition to our partners at Ascend, CNAY partnered with the Bezos Foundation and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. We greatly appreciate the support and leadership of our partners at the Bezos Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Ascend.



CNAY Goes to Carlisle for the First Ever Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition Conference

October 3, 2018 -  CNAY staff attended the first ever Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition Conference held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The conference brought together leaders from academia, service-providers, and survivors of residential schools to discuss the lasting impacts these school have had on our peoples.