Communication Broadcasts

Educational Opportunity Gaps in K-12 Public Schools
Educational Opportunity Gaps in K-12 Public Schools
Updated: August 31, 2017

American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students have continually faced barriers and discrimination throughout their school years resulting in inequitable achievement gaps. These inequities have been outlined in “A First Look: Key Data Highlights on Equity and Opportunity Gaps in Our Nation’s Public School.” Inequities in suspension rates, chronic absenteeism and access to experienced and certified teachers have all sparked renewed commitment to reforming our educational system. The findings summarized in this broadcast demand a re-examination of the American education system to ensure equitable access to quality education for all students. (August 2017)

Oral Health and Overall Health in Indian Country
Oral Health and Overall Health in Indian Country
Updated: May 16, 2017

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. (May 2017)

Tuberculosis Control Among AI/AN Patients With Diabetes
Tuberculosis Control Among AI/AN Patients With Diabetes
Updated: November 18, 2016

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)

Safe Sleep & SIDS in Indian Country
Safe Sleep & SIDS in Indian Country
Updated: September 23, 2016

October is National SIDS Awareness Month! American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities continue to experience exponentially higher rates of SIDS; with some AI/AN communities having a rate 115% higher than non-Hispanic white communities. This is Part 3 of a 3-Part series focusing on preventable causes of infant mortality and safe infant sleep behaviors in Indian Country. (October 2016)

Safe Sleep & Infant Mortality in Indian Country
Safe Sleep & Infant Mortality in Indian Country
Updated: August 22, 2016

The Urban Indian Health Institute, a partner within the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS), is working to share and promote the NAPPSS’ Action Plan with health care providers to encourage active conversations about infant mortality risk-reduction and safe sleep behavior with infant caregivers. This is Part 2 of a 3-Part series focusing on preventable causes of infant mortality and safe infant sleep behaviors in Indian Country. (August 2016)

Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding in Indian Country
Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding in Indian Country
Updated: August 5, 2016

This broadcast describes the NAPPSS’ Action Plan that partners with health care providers to encourage active conversations about safe sleep behavior with infant caregivers. This is Part 1 of a 3-Part series focusing on increasing breastfeeding and safe infant sleep behaviors in Indian Country. (August 2016)

Leading Causes of Death Among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
Leading Causes of Death Among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
Updated: July 21, 2016

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 Urban Indian Health Institute’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)

AARP Report Shows Income Inequities Faced By AI/AN Elders
AARP Report Shows Income Inequities Faced By AI/AN Elders
Updated: February 26, 2016

This Communication Broadcast is based on the 2015 AARP Report entitled “Lifelong Disparities among Older American Indians and Alaska Natives.” Here the UIHI highlighted some of the report’s data showing the income inequities faced by American Indians and Alaska Natives ages 50 years old or more. (February 2016)

Health Literacy Levels
Health Literacy Levels
Updated: August 27, 2015

This Communication Broadcast describes health literacy levels of AI/ANs and whites and offers resources for health care providers and patient educators to bridge gaps in health literacy. (August 2015)

Depression and Diabetes Management
Depression and Diabetes Management
Updated: July 23, 2015

In this Communication Broadcast the UIHI analyzed data about urban AI/ANs who received diabetes care at 33 Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs). The data came from the IHS 2011 Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit. (July 2015)

Smoking During Pregnancy
Smoking During Pregnancy
Updated: February 26, 2015

This Communication Broadcast includes Vital Statistics data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to look at the rate of prenatal smoking for births to AI/AN and white women residing in Urban Indian Health Organization (UIHO) service areas from 2006-2010. (February 2015)

Influenza Risk
Influenza Risk
Updated: October 9, 2014

This Communication Broadcast covers socioeconomic risk factors relating to the flu. AI/ANs may be at increased risk of complications from the flu because of issues related to lower socioeconomic status, such as crowded living conditions and decreased access to health services. (October 2014)

Noise Pollution in the Urban Environment
Noise Pollution in the Urban Environment
Updated: August 28, 2014

This Communication Broadcast covers a pilot study completed by UIHI testing low-cost GIS technology options to determine if they were feasible for use at Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs), whose capacities for research and training, as well as discretionary budgets, are generally limited. (August 2014)

Supporting Sobriety and Wellness
Supporting Sobriety and Wellness
Updated: May 29, 2014

This Communication Broadcast deals with substance abuse. Substance abuse, the use of alcohol and/or other drugs in a way that harms oneself or others, profoundly impacts the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. (May 2014)

Addressing Diabetes Through Education
Addressing Diabetes Through Education
Updated: August 15, 2013

This Communication Broadcast includes data about diabetes from the CDC and UIHI's recent Diabetes Aggregate report. Rates of obesity are significantly higher among urban American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) than in the general population living in urban areas in the United States. (August 2013)

Native Generations Campaign Increased Awareness of Infant Mortality
Native Generations Campaign Increased Awareness of Infant Mortality
Updated: May 16, 2013

This Communication Broadcast is about Native Generations, a health communication campaign pilot addressing infant mortality among urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The campaign is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and in part by funding from the Indian Health Service. The campaign promotes connection to culturally-grounded health care, community services and Native identity to prevent infant deaths among AI/ANs in urban areas and highlights Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) as resources for this support. (May 2013)

Demonstrating Improvements in Diabetes Care
Demonstrating Improvements in Diabetes Care
Updated: May 8, 2013

This Communication Broadcast uses 2009-2013 Diabetes Care and Outcomes Diabetes Audit data to summarize trends in diabetes services and clinical outcomes among American Indian and Alaska Native patients with diabetes who received care at participating UIHOs. (May 2013)

Sociodemographics
Sociodemographics
Updated: November 29, 2012

This Communication Broadcast covers data from the recent U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), a national, annual survey that collects demographic, housing, social and economic data. Urban Indian Health Organizations can use ACS data to make decisions about how best to serve their communities. The data in this Communication Broadcast suggests that urban AI/ANs tend to have larger families, are less likely to have attained higher education, are more likely to move homes in the course of one year, have lower median household incomes, and are more likely to spend 35% or more of their income on rent than non hispanic whites. (November 2012)

Behavioral Health Needs and Services for Urban AI/ANs
Behavioral Health Needs and Services for Urban AI/ANs
Updated: August 30, 2012

This Communication Broadcast is about behavioral health. Mental-health conditions disable individuals and communities, leading to loss of productivity and premature death. Psychological distress, as evidenced by poor mental health and depression, is associated with historical and intergenerational trauma. Findings from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that the percentage of AI/ANs (7.7%) reporting mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse in the last year was greater than that of any other race or ethnicity (range 1.8 to 5.8%). (August 2012)

Misclassification and Mortality
Misclassification and Mortality
Updated: July 19, 2012

This Communication Broadcast is about racial misclassification on death certificates. American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) are frequently miscoded as another race on death certificates. Race/ethnicity is often completed by a funeral director based on observation or information from family. This lack of accurate race data results in underestimated mortality rates. To address this problem, the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center partnered with the Seattle Indian Health Board’s (SIHB) Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) to evaluate racial misclassification and conduct record linkages with public health datasets. (July 2012)

Diabetes Aggregate Report Summary
Diabetes Aggregate Report Summary
Updated: June 28, 2012

This Communication Broadcast is about UIHIs recently published Diabetes Aggregate Report. In 2011, 37% of audited patients with diabetes had A1c values less than 7.0%, similar to previous years. This meets the 2011 IHS Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) goal to have 36% of diabetes patients with A1c values less than 7.0%, but does not meet the Healthy People 2020 objective. (June 2012)

Depression, Alcohol Abuse, and Suicide Risk
Depression, Alcohol Abuse, and Suicide Risk
Updated: May 24, 2012

This Communication Broadcast explores depression, alcohol abuse, and suicide risk among AI/ANs. Depression and other mood disorders have been identified as risk factors for suicide across the lifespan. American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) are at particularly high risk of depression. (May 2012)

Access to Care: National Health Interview Survey Findings
Access to Care: National Health Interview Survey Findings
Updated: April 6, 2012

This Communication Broadcast covers recent findings from an examination of the National Health Interview Survey (2006-09) which shows urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) have increased barriers to healthcare access and decreased use of healthcare services compared to non-Hispanic whites (NHW). (April 2012)

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Updated: March 6, 2012

This Communication Broadcast is about the sixth annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD), March 20, 2012. The NNHAAD website provides more information: http://www.nnaapc.org/news/awareness-day.htm. To honor this day, the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) highlights important information about HIV among urban American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN). (March 2012)

American Heart Month
American Heart Month
Updated: February 16, 2012

In this February Communication Broadcast, we join our partners nationwide in recognizing American Heart Month to call attention to the increasing burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) on urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Cardiovascular disease refer to various conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. Once rare among AI/ANs, cardiovascular diseases are now the leading causes of death for AI/ANs. (February 2012)

Community Health Profile National Aggregate Report
Community Health Profile National Aggregate Report
Updated: January 6, 2012

This Communication Broadcast covers the UIHI's recent publication of the 2011 Community Health Profile National Aggregate report. This report uses national surveillance data to provide an overview of the health status of urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in counties served by Urban Indian Health Organizations. (January 2012)

New Release: Updated Aggregate Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Report
New Release: Updated Aggregate Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Report
Updated: November 17, 2011

This Communication Broadcast announces the most recent Aggregate Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Report from the UIHI. Using data from the 2006-2010 Indian Health Service (IHS) Diabetes Audit, this report uses Key Measures from IHS Best Practice Guidelines as a framework to examine the data reported from 30 urban Indian health organizations. (November 2011)

Beyond Socioeconomic Factors to Health Equity for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
Beyond Socioeconomic Factors to Health Equity for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
Updated: November 3, 2011

This Communication Broadcast summarizes an Urban Indian Health Institute fact sheet describing findings from national survey data for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in urban Indian health organization service areas (US BRFSS, 2005-2009). The study examined the impact of socioeconomic status (SES) as measured by poverty, education, employment and health insurance on a range of health indicators. (November 2011)

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
Updated: October 6, 2011

This Communication Broadcast is about breast and cervical cancer screening among urban American Indian and Alaska Native women. (October 2011)

Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Updated: September 6, 2011

This September 2011, we join with our partners nationwide to observe Infant Mortality Awareness Month in order to call attention to the high rates of infant death experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in urban areas. (September 2011)

Profile on Community Gathering Award Winner: San Diego American Indian Health Center
Profile on Community Gathering Award Winner: San Diego American Indian Health Center
Updated: August 6, 2011

Through a grant from the Office of Minority Health, the Urban Indian Health Institute offered a Community Gathering opportunity to the San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) to assess their community’s need for services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The Community Gathering funds enabled SDAIHC to survey community organizations, create new partnerships and develop a grant application to fund a mental health program for their community. (August 2011)

New Report Released: Discussions with Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Parents: Keeping Babies Healthy and Safe
New Report Released: Discussions with Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Parents: Keeping Babies Healthy and Safe
Updated: May 6, 2011

The Seattle Indian Health Board’s Urban Indian Health Institute, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, hosted group and individual discussions with AI/AN parents in four urban areas nationwide: Detroit, Michigan; Sacramento, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Seattle, Washington. Focus group questions were designed to explore parental perceptions, concerns, behaviors, barriers, facilitators, sources of trusted information, and support for keeping babies healthy and safe, and effective messages and communication channels for sharing information on these topics. (May 2011)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Updated: April 6, 2011

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s tenth anniversary, we would like to call attention to the matter of sexual violence in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. (April 2011)

Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month
Updated: March 6, 2011

In honor of Women's History Month, we would like to bring into sharper focus the socioeconomic challenges facing American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women in this country. (March 2011)

New Report Released: Looking to the Past to Improve the Future
New Report Released: Looking to the Past to Improve the Future
Updated: January 6, 2011

Designing a Campaign to Address Infant Mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Seattle Indian Health Board's Urban Indian Health Institute, with funding from the Office of Minority Health, is working to develop and pilot a communications campaign to increase awareness of and ultimately reduce infant mortality among AI/AN. (January 2011)

Community Gathering Award
Community Gathering Award
Updated: December 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces a funding opportunity for Urban Indian Health Organizations: the Community Gathering Award, ending June 30th 2011. (December 2010)

New Release: Updated Aggregate Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Report
New Release: Updated Aggregate Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Report
Updated: November 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces and summarizes a new report published by UIHI: Urban Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit Report: Aggregate Results from Urban Indian Health Organizations 2005-2009. (Nov 2010)

Announcing: New WEAVING Project Screening Outreach Resources
Announcing: New WEAVING Project Screening Outreach Resources
Updated: October 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces new resources from the UIHI's WEAVING Project. (October 2010)

Announcing: New Report Examines H1N1 Outreach for Urban American Indians/Alaska Natives
Announcing: New Report Examines H1N1 Outreach for Urban American Indians/Alaska Natives
Updated: September 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces and summarizes a report published by UIHI: Evaluation and Assessment of H1N1 Outreach for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives. (September 2010)

New Presentation Resource: Urban AI/AN Health Indicator Graphs
New Presentation Resource: Urban AI/AN Health Indicator Graphs
Updated: August 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces a PowerPoint presentation resource compiled by UIHI which includes graphs and tables highlighting urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health indicators from select UIHI reports. This resource is available to be used by urban Indian health organizations and other partners serving urban AI/AN communities for health status and disparities presentations, grant applications, and other activities. Data has been included from five UIHI reports. (August 2010)

New Report from UIHI: Reproductive Health of Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women: Examining unintended pregnancy, contraception, sexual history and behavior and non-voluntary sexual intercourse
New Report from UIHI: Reproductive Health of Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women: Examining unintended pregnancy, contraception, sexual history and behavior and non-voluntary sexual intercourse
Updated: May 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces a new report released by the Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle Indian Health Board that provides an analysis of previously unreleased data on the reproductive health of urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women. (May 2010)

April is National Minority Health Month: Top 5 Causes of Death among Young Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Men, with Comparison Groups
April is National Minority Health Month: Top 5 Causes of Death among Young Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Men, with Comparison Groups
Updated: April 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast contains information relevant to National Minority Health Month, including: Young urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) men die of causes that are largely preventable. The top 5 causes of death among urban AI/AN men between the ages of 18-49 years are: unintentional injuries, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, suicide, heart disease, and homicide. (April 2010)

New Report from UIHI: Envisioning a National Health Information System for Urban Indian Health Organizations
New Report from UIHI: Envisioning a National Health Information System for Urban Indian Health Organizations
Updated: March 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces a new report from UIHI: Envisioning a National Health Information System for Urban Indian Health Organizations. This report focused on the process of defining Health Information Technology goals across urban Indian health organizations. (March 2010)

Prostate Cancer Care
Prostate Cancer Care
Updated: February 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces an important opportunity for collaboration on a national retrospective study. This new project will investigate patterns of follow-up care among urban American Indian and Alaska Native men with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests. (February 2010)

Announcing New Viral Hepatitis Awareness Posters
Announcing New Viral Hepatitis Awareness Posters
Updated: February 6, 2010

This Communication Broadcast announces the release of a viral hepatitis awareness poster series. Since viral hepatitis is largely preventable through vaccination and education, it is essential that we make every attempt to inform our communities. (February 2010)

Announcing the 2009 Community Health Profiles
Announcing the 2009 Community Health Profiles
Updated: November 6, 2009

This Communication Broadcast announces the release of the 2009 Community Health Profiles, which provide an overview of the health of the areas served by Urban Indian Health Organizations. (November 2009)

WEAVING Project Outreach Materials Available
WEAVING Project Outreach Materials Available
Updated: October 6, 2009

This Communication Broadcast announces outreach materials to support and increase breast and cervical cancer screening among AI/AN women. (Oct 2009)

Announcing the Customizable Family Health History Tool
Announcing the Customizable Family Health History Tool
Updated: September 6, 2009

This Communication Broadcast announces the opportunity for individuals to create and personalize their own tool using Genetic Alliance’s new online family history guide, “Does It Run In the Family?” (Sept 2009)

Top Health Disparities among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives Compared to Healthy People 2010
Top Health Disparities among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives Compared to Healthy People 2010
Updated: August 6, 2009

This Communication Broadcast presents a disparity ratio for urban AI/ANs for several health indicators compared to the Healthy People 2010 targets. (August 2009)

Diabetes Diagnoses Among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
Diabetes Diagnoses Among Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
Updated: July 8, 2009

This Communication Broadcast shows the percent of AI/ANs who have been diagnosed with diabetes between 2001 - 2008. (July 2009)