Month December 2017

Month December 2017

UIHI Success Story: December 2017

Success Stories, TEC News
Creating Culturally Adapted Resources on PrEP
American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are disproportionately affected by HIV. The CDC reported that HIV diagnoses increased in AI/AN from 2010-2014, while diagnoses most other race groups decreased (1). Despite this disparity, AI/AN communities are often left out of conversations on HIV prevention, which has directly resulted in a lack of patient education materials that are culturally appropriate for AI/AN people.

In particular, there are few AI/AN-specific patient education materials on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the pill that can prevent HIV. To address the need for AI/AN-specific PrEP education materials, Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) established a partnership with Project Inform, a national HIV and hepatitis C education and advocacy group to culturally adapt pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) education materials. These new materials were based off of information previously created by Project Inform.


To create these materials, UIHI conducted a survey on HIV knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs in self-identifying AI/ANs at local events. Results showed that 62% of respondents (195/317) had never heard of PrEP. In addition to the survey, UIHI worked on creating a brief educational postcard by adding appropriate AI/AN imagery, including an HIV awareness ribbon in the shape of a feather, and information regarding PrEP access at Indian health facilities.


Project Inform and other stakeholders (e.g. Urban Indian Health Program leaders, community members, etc.) reviewed the postcard and provided feedback on both the design and content. In addition, 10 AI/AN current or former PrEP users participated in key informant interviews to provide feedback on the postcard. The postcards will be distributed to all Urban Indian Health Programs and launched in 2018. In the future, UIHI will work with Project Inform to fulfill the need for materials targeted at AI/AN sub-populations, including Two Spirit people and heterosexual women.

1. CDC. (2015). HIV surveillance report: Diagnoses of HIV infections in the US and dependent areas, 2015.

PrEP Pamphlet Final Electronic

View/Download Electronic PrEP Pamphlet (PDF 989KB)

For more information on the HIV, STI, and Hepatitis C work being done at UIHI visit our website.


IHI Open School Access – IPC Program


The Improving Patient Care (IPC) program is pleased to provide access to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School to support you in your quality improvement efforts.


Enjoy this amazing opportunity to design your own path to develop your skills in improvement, safety, system design, and leadership through the Open School tools and resources.


The Open School offers essential training and tools in an online educational community to help you and your team deliver excellent, safe care and to build core skills in improvement, safety, and leadership. The Open School offers more than 30 online courses in quality, safety, leadership, the Triple Aim, and patient-centered care. CEUs are available.

For IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian Health Program ambulatory facilities, access is available through the IPC Program. For IHS Direct Service CMS-certified hospitals and their associated ambulatory care facilities, access is available through your PATH partner. Contact your PATH partner to get enrolled.

Please contact for any questions you may have.


APHA 2018 Call for Abstracts Now Open

Call for Abstracts

APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo will be held in San Diego on Nov. 10-14, 2018.

APHA 2018 will bring more than 12,000 public health professionals to sunny, southern California to learn, network and engage. This Annual Meeting is the single largest gathering of public health professionals from across the nation and around the world. Abstracts are currently being accepted from all areas related to public health, including those that coincide with the 2018 theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now.”

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Call for Tribal Success Stories

Press Release, Success Stories, TEC News

Tribal nations are active and important contributors to public health, and tribal cultures have long fostered health and wellness among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites you to share stories that show how you do just that, so they can be a part of an exciting new exhibit at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta.
Will you please widely share this call for stories with your tribal partners?
The exhibition — to be held from Sept 22, 2019, through May 1, 2020, in Atlanta—will recognize the public health contributions of the AI/AN community in a visually compelling, culturally appropriate manner. CDC’s exhibition will showcase how native traditions and wisdom have affected public health in the past and present, and how AI/AN people have made a difference in the health of their people.
Compared with other Americans, AI/AN people have higher rates of some diseases, disorders, and deaths. This call for stories offers an opportunity for individuals, tribes, tribal organizations, and others to showcase the strengths and resilience of tribal communities, their heritage and traditions, and how their culture addresses risk factors unique to tribes and promotes their health and well-being.
What Types of Stories Are Needed?
Please send stories that highlight how native traditions and wisdom have affected health, or show contributions of specific AI/AN individuals to health and wellness among AI/AN people. CDC will consider stories that represent the diverse array of tribes, tribal organizations, health issues, and people of Indian Country and AI/AN culture, such as:

  • Locations—reservation and non-reservation, urban, rural, all geographic areas across the United States
  • Health issues—environmental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and response, injury, behavioral health
  • People—individuals, tribes, organizations

How To Submit A Story?
Story submissions, which should be no more than two pages, single spaced, and size 12 font, can be emailed to by January 15, 2018. Please include website links to photos and pictures of objects that could be included in the exhibit, when available. 
All submissions must include the following:

  • Brief historical background information that puts the story in context. For example, what is the traditional or cultural practice? How did it contribute to health and wellness in AI/AN people in the past?
  • A description of how this tradition or culture affects people’s lives today. The impact could be lives saved, suffering reduced, fewer visits to health care facilities, adoption of a healthier lifestyle, or other similar benefits. This section should also describe how the practice is promoted among tribes and AI/AN people.
  • A list of potential photographs, pictures, documents, media, and objects that can be used to illustrate the story. Is there artwork or children’s drawings that represents the practice? Are there radio recordings, letters, posters, or other communications from public health efforts? Are there traditional objects that have evolved to become used in modern day? Are there objects that are still in use today? Please include images and files with the submission, if available.

CDC values the privacy and ownership rights of those in stories. As such, each agency, organization, or individual that contributes a story is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions or releases from any parties involved in the story. 
How Will Submissions Be Evaluated?  
Submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria in the initial review:

  • Impact. Is the story educational, inspiring, and persuasive? Does it clearly convey how the culture or tradition being practiced promotes health and wellness? 
  • Visual components. Are there compelling, high-resolution photographs that illustrate the story? Are there physical objects that are available for use in a museum exhibit? Are there opportunities for interactive displays or actions that could be part of an exhibit?
  • Quality, clarity, and historical accuracy. Is the information presented accurately and clearly?

CDC intends to showcase a broad array of public health success stories from across Indian Country, so even if a story isn’t a part of the museum exhibit, it could still be showcased on other CDC channels, such as social media, websites, print materials, and presentations. We can’t wait to read your story!

American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program (AI-AN/CTRP)

Grant Opportunities

The American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program is soliciting proposals from investigators to support and develop research programs relevant to AI-AN health disparities in Montana and Alaska. The AI-AN CTRP has the goal of developing the capacity of several Montana and Alaska institutions to address health disparities faced by Native communities in these states.

Award amounts will be up to $80,000, to be spent by July 31, 2019.

Due Dates:
Pre-proposals are due Feb 21, 2018.
Applications are due March 21, 2018 (for new proposals) and April 18, 2018 (for competitive renewals).


Jocelyn Krebs (AK),
Kari Harris (MT),