|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 »
|UIHI Response to Report on Rural Native America
Recently the First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) released a report online entitled, “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 response to this report and concerns about some of the issues raised, we at the Urban Indian Health Institute, have written a letter to Urban Indian leaders, colleagues, and other partners who serve AI/AN people. Read our summary points that highlight key concerns about the FNDI Twice Invisible report and the detailed response letter in the full announcement.
|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 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. Download »
| 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.
|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 »