Maya Health Initiative

CMPI Maya Health Initiative

Regarding Indigenous Peoples Health, Article 24 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and to maintain their health practices, including the conservation of their vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals. Indigenous individuals also have the right to access, without any discrimination, to all social and health services. 
  1. Indigenous individuals have an equal right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States shall take the necessary steps with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of this right.


To promote health and prevent illness aggravation within the Q’anjob’al Maya People in Nebraska and Q’anjob’al Maya Territory.

The Maya Health Assessment Study (MHAS) -The MHAS seeks to understand the health status of the Maya community in Omaha, Nebraska. This understanding will position CMPI to implement evidence based health promotion and health intervention programs that will improve the health, access to healthcare and the general well being of the Maya community. 

Monthly Health Promotion Initiative (MHPI) -The MHPI is a two way street learning program where the Maya community share Maya history, Maya worldview and spirituality, culture, and Maya Medicine. The Maya Community Health Collaborative (MCHC) a Creighton University School of Medicine student organization, also shares with the Maya community their knowledge about physical health, mental health and healthy living according to their training in western medicine.  

Yearly Maya Health Fair (Indigenous Peoples Health Fair) –This yearly health fair, 1) highlights the presence of Indigenous Peoples, including Maya, in urban areas 2) improves Indigenous Peoples access to healthcare and 3) educates health care institutions about the presence of Indigenous Peoples in urban areas. 

Maya Health Project in Maya Territory -CMPI health intervention in the traditional homeland of the Q’anjob’al Maya consists of yearly Medical visits in partnership with the Creighton University School of Medicine CURA project, the Q’anjob’al Maya Government and Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim. 

Advancement of Maya Medicine –Consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Maya Community is advancing the use of Maya Medicine working side by side with Westen Medicine.

Familia Adelante – is an evidence based-multi-risk prevention program that addresses the impact of acculturative stress on Latino communities and equips Latino-serving organizations with a psychoeducational curriculum that helps Latino families prevent and manage negative behavioral outcomes associated with stress exposure. The curriculum, 12 sessions in length, educates high-risk Latino youth, ages 10-14 and their families in family and peer communication, substance misuse prevention, HIV knowledge and awareness, perceptions of harm about high- risk behavior, and positive school engagement and behavior. This is not a treatment program, but rather a family development model for youth who have early signs of either behavioral or emotional problems. The FA intervention is administered to youth and parents concurrently but separately in a group format.  With the authorization of the Familia Adelante program developer, this program is being modified to respond to the needs of the Maya Community.  Implementation of this program is in collaborative efforts between CMPI and UNMC’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities.  Learn more here.


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