Advancing Health Equity in Tribal Communities through Public Health Accreditation


Karrie Joseph, MPH, CHES, Public Health Programs Manager, NIHB
Carrie Sampson (Umatilla, WallaWalla, Cayuse), Assistant Administrator, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

Tribal communities bear a disproportionate burden of social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage relative to other racially or ethnically defined population groups. Therefore, ensuring that all American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) achieve the highest level of health possible will require broad-spectrum action that goes beyond addressing individual determinants and disease management to include action to address such disadvantages.

The changing landscape of public health, with a multi-disciplinary approach focused on the social determinants of health, is a true opportunity to advance the well-being of AI/AN communities. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the NPA, has taken a proactive and strategic approach to building the public health capacity of tribal health departments through information gathering and dissemination, capacity building, and awareness raising.

This webinar will highlight the work that has been done at the national level as well as within a tribal community to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for AI/ANs.

Presenters will:
• Provide a background on the landscape of public health in Indian Country;
• Discuss the findings of an environmental scan on the state of public health accreditation and health equity within tribal communities; and
• Share one tribe’s approach to using public health accreditation activities to achieve health equity within its community.

Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING)

The Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) Workshop is a one-week workshop aimed at discussing the uses, misuses and limitations of genomics as a tool for indigenous peoples’ communities. The workshop will also assist in training indigenous peoples in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics.

The next workshop will be held July 22-28, 2018 at the University of Washington, Seattle.


Deadline to apply: 1/31/18

Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics

Free, Online Trainings in Health Literacy

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some excellent resources for free, online training in health literacy.

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