Ojibwa Inner Strength for Healthy Beginnings


Ojibwa Inner Strength for Healthy Beginnings was established by combining two existing health coalitions that were committed to reducing chronic disease in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and surrounding area. Like the organizations it grew from, the OISHB mission is to bring our community together to empower members of the community through partnerships aimed at long‐term health improvements. The work is supported in part by the GHWIC grant and the REACH Journey to Wellness Grant.

Keweenaw Bay is a sub-grantee of A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative. In the Great Lakes region, GHWIC is more commonly referred to as Bemidji Area Leaders Acting for Change (BALAC). Awardees of GHWIC/BALAC are tasked with implementing community-wide initiatives that prevent chronic diseases through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes.

Monthly Meetings

3rd Tuesday of the Month, from noon - 1:30 pm.

OISHB Success Stories

Photo Stories 2016 - 2017


Intro to Farming
KBIC Health CSA Seasonal Newsletter Education
KBIC Health's Indoor Walking Trail Stations



February 14th, 2017 |Available for print and sharing KBIC Health's Ojibwe Valentine's Day Cards.

February 14th, 2017 at 11 - 1 pm | HEALTHY HEART FAIR The Healthy Heart Fair not only provides valued public health information to our community members but is also an excellent networking opportunity for all of our vendors.

January 31st - May 9th | Beginning to Farming Webinar Series. MSU Extension web-based training. A different topic at each session.

CSA Wintergreen Farm to Community Program Winter 2016 | Began October 19th sharing healthy, traditional nutrition to tribal daycare's, seniors, and local departments.

October 1st, 2016| www.KBIChealth.org is officially live spreading awareness, education and promoting community health initiatives. 

July 15th, 2016 | KBIC Health System unveiling of our new logo.

June 6th through June 10th, 2016 ­| Sand Point Planting with Natural Resource Department | Planting daily from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Work will be canceled if there is rain. Please bring work gloves; we’ll supply the tools, drinking water and snacks.

June 21 -­ June 24, 2016| Digital Storytelling Workshop Green Bay, WI Radisson Hotel and Conference. Coalition members created 3 stories in total related to reducing chronic disease.

CSA Wintergreen Farm to Community Program Summer 2016 |Began June 16th and has run for 16 weeks beginning healthy, traditional nutrition to tribal daycare's, seniors, and local departments. 

Baraga County Farmers Market 2016 | Started June 22, 2016 with two new locations (Baraga and L'Anse).

May 26th, 2016 at 9am | Council Meeting “Gambling with our Health: Foundations for a Smoke-Free Casino” Presented by Isaiah Brokenleg.

May 21st, 2016 Functional Fitness | Restored the Sand Point Trail 10:00am­ - 1:00 pm, cleaned and maintained local Baraga county fitness trail. 

Look for out for new programming and community actions from OISHB in the near future by following along on the community page.

For any questions: Email oishbeginnings@gmail.com