In 2010, the Seattle Indian Health Board’s Urban Indian Health Institute received funding from the Office of Minority Health to carry out the Health Equity Project. Our hope for this project is to support the work of urban Indian health organizations and ultimately the Healthy People 2020 goal of eliminating health disparities.
This project will identify and disseminate models of successful prevention, treatment and management of disease in Urban American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The specific focus is on Healthy People 2020 objectives related to cardiovascular disease (CVD or heart disease), depression, as well as substance abuse and chemical dependency, a priority identified by the Urban Indian Health Organizations. Additionally, the Health Equity Project will provide tools and support for leveraging resources through strategic partnerships, evaluation efforts, and organizational preparation for implementing or strengthening programming.