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Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program


Apply to IHART2 | Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

Now accepting applications for the 2018 cohort. Applications will be considered on a rolling deadline.

The application process for the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program includes an online application form and uploading several documents.

You will be prompted to upload the documents at the end of the application form. You may save your work to complete later. Please note, however, that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this program until all required documents have been received.

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9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit

Call for Abstracts

Balance, Harmony, Culture, Health

May 22 -24, 2018

Mystic Lake Center, Prior Lake, MN

Call for Proposals Now Open!

Public health practitioners, researchers, and policy experts are invited to submit abstracts for 90 minute workshops and 60 minute roundtables.

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) encourages presentations highlighting evidenced-based, best, wise, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. NIHB highly encourages dynamic, interactive sessions that will draw upon the skills, knowledge and experience of session participants.

Conference Tracks:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health Infrastructure and Capacity
  • Public Health Policy
  • Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health
  • Climate Change and Environmental Health
  • Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Click HERE for additional information or to submit your proposal today!

Deadline to apply: February 23rd, 2018

Special Thanks to the Bemidji Area Tribes

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 susan.anderson@ihs.gov for any questions you may have.