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Urban Indian Health Institute

Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) distributed $574,425 in grants to six urban Native organizations nationwide to battle chronic disease in Indian Country.

The grants are part of Urban Indian Health Institute’s Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) initiative seeking to build public health infrastructure among urban American Indian and Alaska Native organizations through the use of Indigenous methods, frameworks, and evaluation approaches.

“UIHI is excited to partner with organizations that span from California to New York,” said Thomas Lawrence (Makah), Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country Program Manager at Urban Indian Health Institute. “We are honored to support their programs as they blend traditional Indigenous ways with public health to reduce health disparities in our communities."

Urban Indian Health Institute’s Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country initiative is supported by multiple grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Awardees will be operating programs that address four major chronic disease prevention areas — type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke, and commercial tobacco use and cessation. Programs will include: identifying and tracking high risk community members with a focus on implementing treatment plans; decolonizing data as a chronic disease prevention strategy; providing knowledge on Indigenous food insecurity and improving access to Indigenous foods; partnering with other Indigenous organizations and hosting gatherings of key community leaders to create and implement healthy living programming.

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List of awardees:

  • American Indian Community House, New York, NY
  • American Indian Health Services of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Grinding Stone Collective, Glendale, NY
  • So’oh-Shinali Sister Project, Commerce, CA
  • United American Indian Involvement, Los Angeles, CA
  • Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas, Dallas ,TX

Learn more about Urban Indian Health Institute’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program: https://www.uihi.org/projects/good-health-wellness-in-indian-country/

About Urban Indian Health Institute

UIHI is a Public Health Authority and one of 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers in the country. It conducts research and evaluation, collects and analyzes data, and provides disease surveillance and resources to strengthen the health of urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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