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

4th Monday 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



January 6th - March 6th, 2017 | Winter KBIC Fitness 2018

November 2017
Diabetes Awareness Month the community together with the presentation of 5 successful programs, with attendance over 250.

September 12th - December 12th, 2017
| KBIC Fitness Fall 2017 Your health can be a priority with a success of 7 opportunities of physical activity and over 550 participants.

Sept. 20th - October 18th, 2017
| Training provided for Canning and Preserving with 20 participants each class.

August 14th - 18th, 2017
| National Health Center Week celebrated local clinics and staff

July 8th, 2017
| First Annual Farmers Market Tour was a success with participants visiting 5 different local farms and markets.

July 1st, 2017
| 5K Liberty Run celebrates freedom by getting active!

June 17th, 2017
| 3rd Annual KBIC Native American Responsible Fatherhood Day Saturday, June 17, 2017 Fathers are the greatest untapped resource to help solve issues that many families and communities face. There is an immediate need to bring fathers back to their innate leadership role as fathers as established by our forefathers. The family is the heart of Native American cultures. There is no other work more important than fatherhood and motherhood.

June 6th - August 31st, 2017
| KBIC Summer Fitness 2017 started with 5 community physical activity opportunities and ended in the success of more than +490 total attendees.

June 1st, 2017
| #Mamaajii Show us your moves concluded with 76 photos celebrating physical activity in our community!

May 26th, 2017
| Strong & Resilient, We Rise: KBIC Youth was established for youth, AGES 13 - 18. Meets bi-weekly as a health resource and to provide fun for Native youth, by Native youth.

April 18th, 2017
| The Farmers market expanded with two locations.

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