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New Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Summary Reports

The Urban Indian Health Institute has developed Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Summary Reports (2010-2014) for IHS-funded Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) that participate in the Diabetes Audit. This report translates Diabetes Audit findings into meaningful statistics to help track progress and improve diabetes care.

At the end of March, print copies of the reports were sent to executive directors and diabetes coordinators at each program. These are available only to participating facilities.

A publically accessible aggregate report with all UIHO data will be available by the end of May.

If you have any questions or comments about the reports or how to access your facility’s information, please contact Elizabeth Knaster.

Posted in Data Collection, Diabetes, UIHO.

The Urban Indian Health Institute Steps Out in a New Style

Today, the Urban Indian Health Institute announces our new look, complete with a new logo and branding style. The new look honors our history, provides a foundation for our future, and reflects those we serve. The mission of the UIHI, a Division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, remains the same: to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities through information, scientific inquiry, and technology.


Read the full story about the meaning of the new UIHI logo and related changes in our visual branding here.

We are excited to share our new look with you. The logo represents the UIHI’s reputation as a recognized resource for everyone working to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native communities. If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear them. Please email the UIHI Communications Project Coordinator, Megan Fairweather, or call 206-812-3035.

Posted in News, UIHI, UIHI News.

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.

Posted in Diabetes, Mental Health, UIHI, UIHI News, UIHO.

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