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Partnership for Improving Healthcare Services Funding Opportunity for Urban Indian Health Organizations

The Seattle Indian Health Board’s (SIHB) Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) is pleased to announce an opportunity for Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) to build or improve on partnerships with key stakeholders (e.g., community organizations, area hospitals, other service providers, state and local government agencies and academic institutions). The goal of this partnership contract is to improve access to and coordination of quality healthcare services for urban American Indians/Alaska Natives and to support the increased capacity and effectiveness of UIHOs in providing services. This request for contract proposals is flexible so that UIHOs can determine which partnerships are needed and can tailor strategies to organizational and community needs. Request for Proposals contains examples of possible projects. Proposed projects need not be new; UIHOs can use this contract as supplemental funding for an existing project.

Application Deadline: May 21, 2014
Partnership Contract Amount: One selected UIHO will receive $5,000 for a 12-month partnership project starting in Summer 2014.

Learn more about the Partnership for Improving Healthcare Services by viewing the complete Request for Proposals and Application online.

For questions about this funding opportunity or the application process contact Meg Fairweather, Project Coordinator, at or (206) 812-3035.

Posted in UIHI, UIHO.

New Diabetes Audit Report Available

The UIHI is pleased to release the Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report: Aggregate Results from Urban Indian Health Organizations, 2009-2013.

This report describes the annual Indian Health Service (IHS) Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit data collected by participating IHS-funded Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs). This report tracks the performance of UIHO diabetes programs using Diabetes Audit data from 2009-2013.

Print copies were sent to each UIHO, and the report is available for electronic download from the UIHI Reports webpage.

Please contact the UIHI at or (206) 812-3030 with any questions.

Posted in Diabetes, UIHI, UIHO.

New reports addressing behavioral health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

The UIHI is pleased to announce the release of two new reports addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
The first report, Supporting Sobriety Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Literature Review, includes a letter of introduction by Daniel Dickerson, DO, MPH (Psychiatrist at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and United American Indian Involvement, Inc.). This report describes the context of substance abuse in urban AI/AN communities, synthesizes academic and grey literature and summarizes existing programs to highlight approaches to address substance abuse through outreach, education, screening and treatment. The report concludes with recommendations for future research, programming and policy.

The second report, Supporting Wellness: Substance Abuse Services at Urban Indian Health Organizations, documents the critical services available at Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) to address substance abuse needs. The report also highlights programmatic achievements and factors contributing to success; presents vignettes of select UIHOs and provides key recommendations to support future efforts to address substance abuse needs in urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Both reports were developed through the UIHI’s Promoting Health Equity for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives Project with funding support from the Office of Minority Health.
Please contact Julie Loughran or Megan Fairweather with questions.

Posted in Reports, UIHI.