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Building Public Health Infrastructure in Tribal Communities to Accelerate Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Indian Country (RFA-DP17-1704)

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The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement to increase the capacity of Tribal Epidemiology Centers to deliver public health functions to and with the tribes/villages in their Indian Health Service (IHS) Area (including the urban tribal community). The awards will contribute to reductions in chronic diseases and risk factors, reductions in disparities in health outcomes, and improvements in overall health by building public health capacity and infrastructure in Indian Country for disease surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control of disease, injury, or disability, and program monitoring and evaluation.

A total of approximately $8.5 million was awarded in FY18 to the twelve Tribal Epidemiology Centers and one Network Coordinating Center, the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, which is part of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The Network Coordinating Center will provide project organization, support for collaboration and communication, and performance evaluation support for the funded Tribal Epidemiology Centers.

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Urban Indian Health Institute Releases New Aggregate Diabetes Report

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The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) is pleased to announce the release of the Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit 2012-2016. This report summarizes trends in diabetes services and clinical outcomes among AI/AN patients at the 33 Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs) participating in the Diabetes Audit. These findings do not reflect changes experienced by individual patients, but rather they reflect current health status over all UIHPs.


This report highlights the challenges and opportunities of urban Indians who currently live with, manage, treat, prevent and overcome diabetes.


We at UIHI hope that this report will help highlight the great progress made to combat diabetes in Indian Country over the last 20 years, through the Special Diabetes Programs for Indians (SDPI). SDPI started in 1997, when Congress responded to the growing burden of type 2 diabetes in the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population by funding inexpensive yet highly cost-saving measures for diabetes care and prevention. The SDPI has not only saved lives, but has also saved millions of Medicaid dollars, through prevention and management of diabetes and associated health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, retinopathy (vision loss,) neuropathy (nerve damage,) and end stage renal disease (kidney failure).

EpiCenter Job Openings

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The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center is looking for qualified candidates for several positions based in Anchorage. Join our dynamic team and make a difference in the health of Alaska Native people!

Current openings include (job #):

  • Program Evaluator (20170058)
  • Senior Office Specialist (20170034)
  • Technical Writer II (20170035)
  • Biostatistician (20170037)
  • Epidemiologist (20170051)
  • Senior Epidemiologist (20170050)

Applications are currently being accepted online.

If you have questions regarding the open positions or how to submit an application, please contact ANTHC Human Resources at (907) 729-1301 or careers@anthc.org.

New Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Progress Report and Project Snapshot

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The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) is excited to release “Setting a Foundation for Innovation: A Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Progress Report.” This in-depth report summarizes the first two years (2014-2016) of GHWIC grantee community health assessments, highlights of grantee activities and successes, and early efforts with cross-sector workgroups under the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program.

The UIHI is also pleased to release “Snapshot: Setting a Foundation for Innovation,” a community-oriented brief designed for potential partners and local collaborators interested in the GHWIC project. The snapshot highlights the values, strategies, and scope of the GHWIC program to give potential partners a better understanding of the initiative’s goals and strategies.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program, a five-year project that funds tribes, tribal-serving health organizations, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) to promote chronic disease prevention amongst American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. Across Indian County, 23 GHWIC grantees are revitalizing indigenous values to achieve health equity and improve chronic disease prevention through sustainable, culturally-driven interventions rooted in community voice and participation. The activities described in the progress report highlight the importance of allowing a flexible, locally-driven assessment and planning period. By creating collaborative workgroups and allowing the adaptation of health promotion programs to meet local community needs and priorities, GHWIC created a solid foundation for innovative interventions in the years to come to combat health disparities in Indian Country.

Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Progress Report


For more information about the GHWIC project, please contact Colin Gerber by email or phone at (206) 812-3039.


UIHI’s Ace Summer Public Health Interns

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The summer of 2017 brought a set of super star interns to the Urban Indian Health Institute. This is a short introduction to our intern trio but you can read the full bios of each of these amazing women on our website. Alexa Fay, Katherine Ly, and Alyssa Longee made it possible for the UIHI to analyze more data and develop new materials and media for American Indian and Alaska Native communities than expected this summer. Thank you, thank you!


Alexa Fay is a student at Washington State University majoring in Nursing – after graduation, she plans to work as a community health nurse, with an emphasis on serving immigrants and other minority groups. Her main project at the UIHI has focused on Communities of Practice (CoP), and investigating how they can be used for American Indian and Alaska Native communities as well as in public health. Through the project, she has created a literature review summarizing Communities of Practice and their presence in different types of communities, and a toolkit outlining important steps to assist organizations in establishing and maintaining culturally-sensitive CoP.


Katherine Ly is pursuing a Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington in Environmental and Occupational Health and a Global Women, Adolescents, and Children certificate. She received her Bachelor’s in Neuroscience & Behavior and Science in Society from Wesleyan University. She is interested in the interface between science and population health and is a motivated by her family and neighbors to explore cross cultural care in addressing health disparities. Her summer practicum project focuses on food deserts and food sovereignty movements in Washington State. She is completing a literature review on the history and emergence of food deserts and food sovereignty and their implications for food security and health in AI/AN communities. A Story Map of successful food sovereignty movements and food desert maps in Washington will be created based on the info she gathered. She is also helping to update Community Heath Profiles.


Alyssa Longee is a member of the Sisseton Sioux division of the Fort Peck Reservation and a senior at the Washington State University College of Bachelor of Nursing program. She is driven towards pursuing her doctorate degree following graduation and working as a Nurse Practitioner. Her experience at the UIHI allowed her to explore ways that she might contribute to the improvement of health care and reducing the prevalence of health disparities among the AI/AN population. She worked with UIHI staff and leadership on a variety of projects including construction of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) ArcGIS interactive Storymap. Alyssa reviews evaluation reports, success stories, projects and data collected from GHWIC grantees and composes summaries along with multimedia products such as videos, photos, website links, brochures and other materials to showcase the many success stories. She has also been reviewing literature on social networks methods to identify ways to make visible the role of building key partnerships in GHWIC health promotion efforts.


Read their full bios on the UIHI website.
Email or call us at (206) 812-3030 if you are interested in interning at the UIHI!