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Current Employment Opportunities at the UIHI

For more information and how to apply, please see the Get Involved page.

Project Coordinator – Epidemiologist

This position is responsible for providing a wide range of epidemiologic assistance to UIHI projects.
Application Deadline: Open until filled, first application review by March 22, 2015

Urban Indian Public Health Trainee (Temporary)

The Urban Indian Public Health Trainee is a temporary, part-time summer position assisting the UIHI in its core functions to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities.
Application Deadline: April 26, 2015

Scientific Director

The primary role of the Scientific Director is to support strategic scientific initiatives of the UIHI.
Application Deadline: Position open until filled

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New UIHI Article on Diabetes and Depression Management

An article entitled, “The Association of Depression with Diabetes Management among Urban American Indians/Alaska Natives in the United States, 2011” was recently published in Ethnicity & Disease. The UIHI analyzed medical records data from the 2011 Indian Health Service Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit conducted at Urban Indian Health Organizations. Study results showed that the mean body mass index (BMI) of patients with both depression and diabetes was 3% higher than the BMI in those with no depression. Also, findings revealed a 1.5 times higher likelihood of smoking among people with both diabetes and depression, than in individuals with no depression. This information may be used to aid programs for diabetes and depression management among urban American Indians and Alaska Natives. The abstract can be viewed online.

Interested in reading the full text article?
Through a special journal access program via the National Institutes of Health Library, the UIHI can help staff of UIHOs gain access to the full-text article. If you are a UIHO staff person contact the UIHI for more information. If you are not employed by a UIHO, you may be able to gain access to the full-text article through the library of a college or university in your area. Otherwise, you may purchase access to the article through the Ethnicity & Disease website.

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Program Spotlight – Wellness Warriors at SIHB

The UIHI’s Health Equity Project is pleased to share a new program vignette in our Spotlight series.

“It’s like driving a car. You aren’t born knowing how, you have to learn,” Lynnette Roberts, diabetes case manager at the Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB), says of chronic disease self-management (CDSM). Seeking innovative and cost-effective ways to support self-management, the team invested funds from the Special Diabetes Program for Indians grant in training two staff members in an evidence-based CDSM curriculum developed by Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University. Wellness Warriors, as the workshop is called at SIHB, is facilitated by peer leaders, community members who themselves have a chronic condition, and utilizes peer support, brainstorming, skills development and action planning to empower and motivate participants towards fuller lives, better communication with providers, and reduced emergency room and outpatient visits.

Read the full story of Wellness Warriors at SIHB.

If you would like a program at your clinic highlighted through our Spotlight series contact Julie Loughran. We are currently seeking programs addressing depression or substance abuse.

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