Chair: Cuyler Snyder, OATEC
What do they do?
While the access issues may not be identical across all regions, the DAWG focuses on problems from a global approach. For the TECs to effectively improve the health of their Tribes and communities, access to data is essential. These data are used by TECs to assist with funding, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies affecting the health of all the people they serve. The efforts put forth by the DAWG will seek to improve data access through several methods including access to national and state data sets, collaboration on data collection by TECs and other agencies, as well as sharing best practices between workgroup members and external partners.
The process will be slow, but it is the hope of the DAWG to create an environment where all TECs and Tribes have access to the data they need to make informed and timely decisions for the health and well-being of all American Indian and Alaska Natives.
Test Your KnowledgeWhen compared to white students, American Indian/Alaska Natives are more likely to eat five or more fruits and vegetables in a day. About one out of four (25.5%) American Indian/Alaska Natives youths ate five or more; only one out of five (19.8%) of white students ate this many. However, American Indian/Alaska Native youth are more likely to be overweight or obese, and are more likely to engage in other risk behaviors, such as not getting enough physical activity, watching three or more hours of TV a day, or using cigarettes or alcohol.
Everett Jones S, Anderson K, Lowry R, Conner H. Risks to Health Among American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students in the United States. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2011;8(4):A76.