Announcements

UIHI’s 2017 Summer Interns
The summer of 2017 brought a set of super star interns to the Urban Indian Health Institute. This is a short introduction to our intern trio. Alexa Fay, Katherine Ly, and Alyssa Longee made it possible for the UIHI to analyze more data and develop new materials and media for American Indian and Alaska Native communities than expected this summer. Thank you, thank you! Full announcement »
Thank You to First Nations Development Institute
We are pleased to share with you a recent notification from First Nations Development Institute stating that they would be removing a controversial report from their publications library. Benny Shendo, Jr. the Chairman of the Board at First Nations, stated in a July 24th letter to the Urban Indian Health Institute, that they will delete from their website the research report, “Twice Invisible: Understanding Rural Native America.” That report challenged some of the statistics that are commonly used to describe American Indians and Alaska Natives living off reservation in urban areas. In May 2017, in response to that report and concerns about some of the issues raised, we at the Urban Indian Health Institute, wrote a letter outlining the main concerns to Urban Indian leaders, colleagues, and other partners who serve AI/AN people. Here we share Mr. Shendo’s response and our appreciation of First Nation’s recognition of these concerns. Full announcement »
New Resource: Addressing Two-Spirit Health Through Data Collection
UIHI is proud to announce their newest resource: “Decolonizing Identity: Addressing Two-Spirit Health and Well-Being Through Data Collection.” This card outlines the importance of including Two-Spirit and other gender and sexuality identities in data collection and can be used for a wide variety of audiences. Download »
New Broadcast: Oral Health and Overall Health in Indian Country
Studies continue to demonstrate that your oral health is directly connected to your overall health. This is especially evident among American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/ANs). This broadcast provides a quick summary of oral health issues overall and especially in Indian Country. Download »
Newest AI/AN Health Policy Bulletins
The mission of the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, is to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities through information, scientific inquiry, and technology. To best serve the AI/AN community in this shifting political climate, UIHI 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.
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New Fred Hutch-UIHI-NATIVE Project Spokane HPV Vaccination Collaboration
Annually, representatives from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington (UW) gather with organizations working to improve the health of underserved communities to provide research development assistance and support. Part of the goals of the research grant-writing workshop is to build capacity in the rigorous practice of writing proposals for academic research. This year, two UIHI epidemiologists, Leah Dodge (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) and Alyssa Yang joined the annual health disparities research grant workshop held at Fred Hutch and were partnered with mentor, Dr. Cara McDermott, from the Fred Hutch/UW. Read more »
A Brief Introduction to HIV Cure Research Webinar Hosted by UIHI and defeatHIV

The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) partnered with the defeatHIV Community Advisory Board to honor National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, March 20th, 2017. A webinar that discussed HIV in American Indians and Alaska Natives, HIV cure research, and ways the community and researchers can work together was presented. You can View recorded webinar.
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. View the Project Inform Website »
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 Programs’ (UIHPs) service areas. This profile can be used to help UIHPs 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 UIHPs in early 2017.
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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. Download »