Announcements

UIHI Announces Partnership with Project Inform
The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) is excited to announce a formal partnership with Project Inform, a national HIV and hepatitis C advocacy and education organization based in San Francisco that:

• Encourages the development of better treatments and cures for both HIV and hepatitis C.
• Advocates for innovative, medically-based prevention strategies.
• Provides up-to-date, life-saving information to help people living with HIV and hepatitis C make the best choices regarding their treatment and care.
• Presses governments to set policies and assure unlimited access to affordable health care that will one day end the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics.


The UIHI and Project Inform are working together to culturally adapt patient education materials on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill that prevents HIV infection in people at risk of becoming infected. There is considerable need for PrEP patient education materials that include imagery and resources that are sensitive to the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The UIHI and Project Inform look forward to a long-term relationship, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of AI/ANs. We’re eager to share the materials with clinics and programs in summer 2017!

To learn more about Project Inform, please visit the Project Inform website. (January 2017) View the Project Inform Website »
UIHI Welcomes New Director of Evaluation and Research
Rosalina “Rose” James (Lummi/Duwamish), PhD, joins the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) team as the new Director of Evaluation and Research, she brings 20 years of experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to improve the health and well-being of their people. She will be directing UIHI’s evaluation of the CDC Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program. To read Dr. James’ full bio, follow the link below. (January 2017)
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New AI/AN Health Policy Bulletins and Briefs on Trump Administration Nominees
With the new presidential administration taking effect in 2017, many changes in policies and new legislation are expected. As President-elect Donald Trump selects individuals to serve as cabinet members and in secretary positions in his administration, it is important to understand the nominees’ backgrounds and their potential impact on issues affecting the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Over the next few months, the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) a Division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, will be publishing briefings on individuals and issues with potential impact on changes to the Affordable Care Act and on the IHS, Tribal, and urban Indian health (I/T/U) system. Read the UIHI’s current series of policy bulletins and briefs for more information. (December 2016)
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New Broadcast – Tuberculosis Control Among AI/AN Patients with Diabetes
Research shows that the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population has among the highest U.S. born rate of TB. Because diabetes has been identified as a risk factor for active TB and reactivation of latent TB, the Indian Health Services’ Standards of Care and Clinical Practice recommends that patients with type 2 diabetes are screened at least once after diabetes is diagnosed. Researchers at the Urban Indian Health Institute were interested in determining if this screening recommendation was carried out in the 31 Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs). The resulting data showed that the majority of diabetic patients did not have documented TB screening. (November 2016)
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New UIHI Community Health Profile Published
The 2016 community health profile is now available. The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) produced this report to provide an overview of the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) within the 33 Urban Indian Health Organizations’ (UIHOs) service areas. This profile can be used to help UIHOs identify health priorities, assess health disparities, and serve as a guide to develop new programs and interventions. The report also contains statistics and figures for grant applications that require supporting data. This summary report is the preface to the individual reports that will be produced for each of the individual UIHOs in early 2017. (November 2016)
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New Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report Published
The Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Summary Report, Audit Years 2011-2015 summarizes trends in clinical outcomes among AI/AN patients with diabetes from 32 Urban Indian Health Organizations. (September 2016)
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New Broadcast – Leading Causes of Death Among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
The American Journal of Public Health recently published an article titled “Causes and Disparities in Death Rates Among Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Populations, 1999-2009.” The UIHI’s past Scientific Director, Leslie Phillips PhD, coauthored the article along with researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This UIHI Broadcast highlights key findings from this study. (July 2016) Download »
New Spotlight – The Benefits of a Healthy Workplace
This Spotlight features the Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. Working on Wellness Program (WOW) program, which offers the use of the NACA Wellness Center to all employees at no charge; including fitness and nutrition classes. (July 2016) Download »