April – Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, by Tleena Ives

This month we have a truly beautiful story to share. It is spring and the time of year when we can look around us and undeniably see the fertility and rebirth of our environment. So why not share the story of the “Together for Children” program at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe? This tribal maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting program is a grant-funded initiative to put community health nurses and cultural family support specialists in the homes of new and expectant mothers. Tleena Ives, S’Klallam tribal member and mother of four, worked as the support specialist for this project. Along with in-home health and cultural guidance, this program offers a luncheon for their mothers, once a month.

Mother1At one of these luncheons, we held a discussion with the group of mothers to talk about their environmental health concerns for their children, what work was being done to help address those challenges, and what their hopes were for their children. This discussion was beyond touching. The mothers’ profound and poetic testimony sparked the inspiration to develop a children’s book. Stay tuned this month as we share a small fraction of what this community is doing to address health challenges through artistic mediums, mothers, and environmental remediation. At the end of the month we will post the children’s book – truly a grand finale. Read more about the Together For Families program:

Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Together for Children Tribal Home Visiting Program

Cohort 1 (Sept 30, 2011 to Sept 29, 2015)  


Name Title Phone Email
Jolene George Project Director 360-297-9662 jolenes@pgst.nsn.us
Tleena Ives Project Coordinator 360–297-9688 tleenai@pgst.nsn.us
Marc Bolan Evaluator 206–948–0923 marc.bolan@comcast.net


The overall vision of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (PGST) Together for Children Tribal Home Visiting Program is to create a system of support for PGST families expecting or raising young children. This system of support will allow parents and caregivers to be successful in guiding emotionally healthy and physically vibrant children who will flourish in life. This vision aligns with PGST’s overall goal to ensure health, well-being, and economic success of the community and its members. PGST and the Port Gamble  S’Klallam Tribe Together for Children Tribal Home Visiting Program will work toward these goals by providing its community with education, economic development and preservation, with the fortification of its rich culture, traditions, language, homelands, and natural resources.


State: Washington
Rural or Urban/Reservationor Non-Reservation: Federally Recognized Rural Reservation
Description of Service Area: The Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation consists of approximately 1,700acres of land held in trust by the federal government. There is no private land ownership on the reservation. Most of the land is in forestry with residential, business, and office areas. In addition, the tribe has acquired 3 pieces of land that are adjacent to the reservation. The major piece, which is nearly 400 acres, is primarily forested. The tribe’s Indian Health Service (IHS) area population is 1,255 and covers Kitsap County.The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is located in a rural area. Travel to Seattle requires 1.5 hours by car and ferry. Travel to Bremerton, where the majority of services and resources are available, takes approximately 45 minutes by car.
Births Per Year: The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe reports a range of 12 to 20 births per yearand as of January 2014, 9 community women are currently pregnant.

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