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Our Health

American Indian and Alaska Native Population
(Rural Assistance Center)
Colored coded map of total population of country from the 2010 U.S. Census data.

Bridging Worlds
(Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta)
From the rural campus of the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington to the hustle of the University of Washington in Seattle, "Bridging Worlds" takes a look at the varying roles of American Indian post-secondary students. Reflecting on their own life journeys, three students discuss how their desire to participate in making decisions that affect their communities has inspired them to engage in community-based research.
(This video requires the use of the QuickTime, which can be downloaded from QuickTimes Web site at no charge.)

Conducting Homeless Counts on Native American Lands: A Toolkit (PDF, 1.26 MB)
(Housing Assistance Council)
This flexible toolkit highlights steps, tools, and methods that can be used to complete an accurate homeless count on AIANHH lands. The toolkit is based upon past research as well as interviews with key stakeholders in the field. Two case studies are included to provide in-depth pictures of how two tribal communities, the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota and the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa in North Dakota, approached a housing and homeless needs assessment on their reservations.

IHS Primary Care Provider Journal
(Indian Health Services)

Native American Ethnobotany Database
(University of Michigan Dearborn)

Native Elder Research Center
(University of Colorado School of Public Health)

Native Health Databases
(University of New Mexico)

Obesity and American Indians/Alaska Natives (PDF, 3.4 MB)
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
The purpose of this 2007 study is to provide information that will help to understand the high rates of obesity among the AI/ANs, the nature of a variety of preventive interventions and their efficacy, and directions for future research that may involve research collaborations among government agencies and other organizations.

Office of Tribal Affaris
(Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, DHHS)

Best Practices, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts
(Indian Health Servic, DHHS)
Database of Best (i.e., Evidence-Based) Practice, Promising Practice, Local Effort (BP/PP/LE), Resources, and Policies occurring among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, schools, work sites, health centers/clinics, and hospitals.

Our Mother Tongues
Native language program using images, sound and video.

Outreach Sourcebook, Vol.14, 2006-2009 (PDF, 979.2 KB)
(Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS)
Report of the 2010 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program. The program encourages the development of new and innovative health care delivery systems in rural communities that lack essential health care services.

The Partnership
(Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta)
Set in the beautiful Northwest Territories, "The Partnership" explores how Aboriginal communities are working with health researchers for the community's benefit. Told through the eyes of Tlicho community-based researchers, "The Partnership" demonstrates that no matter what the issue, the solutions always lie within the community.
(This video requires the use of the QuickTime, which can be downloaded from QuickTimes Web site at no charge.)

Research that Benefits Native People: A Guide for Tribal Leaders
(The National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center)

Research Regulations in AI/AN Communities
(National Congress of American Indians, Policy Research Center)

Risks to Health Among American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students in the United States
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS)
This 2011 article examines the prevalence of some of the leading risks to health among nationally representative samples of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students and compared rates across racial/ethnic groups.

Trails and Traps: The Path to Research in Indian Country (PDF, 1.89 MB)
(University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health)
Overview of the Treatment of Native Americans specifically related to the history of disease.

Tribal Health
(Rural Assistance Center)

Tribally-Driven Participatory Research: State of the practice and potential strategies for the future
(Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice)
This paper discusses current practice of research with and by American Indian tribal governments in the United States. The paper analyzes current challenges and offers concepts for continuing to improve the effectiveness of Tribally-Driven Participatory Research.

Vaccination Coverage of American Indian/Alaska Native Children 2000 - 2001
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS)

Walk Softly and Listen Carefully (PDF, 3.1 MB)
(National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and Montana State University Center for Native Health Partnerships)
Increasingly, tribal leaders acknowledge that research is a key tool of tribal sovereignty in providing data and information to guide community planning, cross-community coordination, and program and policy development. Efforts to address longstanding issues, such as health disparities for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), have increasingly used partnership research approaches. This document seeks to strengthen these partnerships by providing insight about how culture, sovereignty, and experience matter in research with Native communities. This publication was produced with insights from those involved with tribal research inMontana and elsewhere. It was developed collaboratively by the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center and Montana State University's Center for Native Health Partnerships.

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