Request Technical Assistance

The UIHI offers many services and materials that may be useful to you (see Types of Technical Assistance below). Resources, information, and data that the UIHI has access to can be used to better understand the health status of a population, identify health disparities, and provide information to support program planning, research, reports, grant writing, and advocacy. If you are looking for information on the health and well-being of urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), please contact us to let us know what information you want and how we may assist you.

In addition, the National Partnership for Action and the Office of Minority Health have compiled a list of publicly available datasets that contain information about health issues that impact minority populations. If you would like assistance with accessing publicly available datasets the UIHI is here to help.

To help us respond to your request efficiently, please be prepared to provide the following information when you contact us:

  1. Describe the data or information that you need:
    • Think about what time period (such as years) you need the data to cover, the geographic region (county, state, national), and any population specifics.
      For example, I need to know the deaths due to heart disease for AI/ANs including those also identified with any other race living in Minnesota for the years 2010-2015.
      Not sure about what details to ask for? Our Epidemiologists can help you.
  2. Describe any specific timelines or deadlines you are trying to meet (e.g., report or presentation deadline, grant submission, etc.).
  3. Your contact information:
    • Full name
    • Position/Title
    • Organization
    • Email & phone

See our Contact Us page to phone or email us with your information request. Someone will be in touch with you to discuss your request within two business days.

Types of Technical Assistance

The UIHI provides many types of technical assistance, including:

  • Data requests – The UIHI has access to health indicators from multiple national and state datasets, including surveys and data collection systems that provide information on the AI/AN population in the United States.
    • A list of the current sources of data and health indicators is available online. Example data sources include vital statistics records through the National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. Census and American Community Survey (ACS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), among others.
    • Where possible, the UIHI will also provide Healthy People 2020 objectives and targets or other national standards for health indicators.
  • UIHI materials – The UIHI has produced many reports, fact sheets, briefs, survey instruments and other materials that may include information on the health topic of interest to you. We can provide you with links to information available online or hard copies of materials, where available.
  • Resource recommendations – We are your go-to source for a wide spectrum of urban AI/AN health topics. The UIHI can recommend accessible and culturally appropriate resources (e.g., materials designed or tested for AI/ANs) including community assessment tools, training, program planning resources, and sustainability opportunities.
  • Consultation – The UIHI can consult and advise you on urban AI/AN health topics, program planning and evaluation, data management, epidemiology, basic statistics, historical background, and health policy.
  • Data interpretation and presentation assistance – The UIHI can assist you with interpretation of your own agency data or data you have from other resources. In addition, we can assist you with the presentation of data for key meetings or reports.
  • Referrals – The UIHI maintains a contact list of people and organizations doing varied work in urban AI/AN health. If you would like to talk with experts in a certain area or collaborate with other partners, the UIHI may be able to introduce you to people experienced or interested in similar programs or activities.
  • Partnership facilitation – The UIHI can assist organizations with establishing partnerships for conducting collaborative work (e.g., state department of health, universities, colleagues at Urban Indian Health Programs, etc.). The UIHI can provide various resources for partnerships, such as resource guides on characteristics of beneficial partnerships, memorandum of agreement examples or a data use agreement template. Additionally, the UIHI can help facilitate communication and meetings.
  • Literature review – The UIHI can compile relevant literature on priority health topics and grey sources (e.g., resource guides, training curriculums and links to best practices registries) to provide you with the background information you need.
  • Materials Development – The UIHI can also aid in the development of specialized materials for your program or other needs including surveys or other data collection tools, fact sheets on a particular topic, presentations, outreach materials or other resources not otherwise available for urban AI/ANs.
  • Media requests – Journalists, bloggers, other media producers are encouraged to contact us to provide you with context and data for any stories you may be working on about AI/ANs and health issues.
  • Other – If you have something else you need, please contact us. We may be able to help.

Additional information about requests:

Additional information about requests:

  • We generally prioritize requests from those working directly in the field of urban AI/AN health.
  • Typical technical assistance requests are completed within three weeks. Modifications to this timeline may occur based on the nature of a request. If you have a time-sensitive request, please call the UIHI to discuss your timeline.
  • Responding to technical assistance requests is one of our top priorities. However, because our resources are limited we may ask you to narrow the scope of your request if it exceeds our capacity.
  • Occasionally, the UIHI may not be able to complete a request due to unavailable data or information, a large scale request beyond our usual scope, or a topic that is outside our areas of expertise. In these cases, the UIHI will make every effort to provide referrals to other information sources or recommendations of other resources that may assist you.

What you need may already be available for download. Read this summary of our key publications to find links to frequently used materials.

Please Contact Us with your request and contact information so we may assist you.