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Urban Indian Health Institute

Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) distributed $623,678 in grants to 10 Urban Indian Organizations nationwide to battle chronic disease in Indian Country. The awarded organizations will use the funds to build and sustain community-based prevention programs.

"We are excited and honored to partner with 10 more Native organizations who are using Indigenous knowledge to address the high rates of chronic disease in Indian Country," said Thomas Lawrence (Makah), Program Manager II for Urban Indian Health Institute. "This is our fifth year providing these grants, and each partnership supports the resiliency of our urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities to achieve health and wellness."

The grants are part of two five-year initiatives focusing on building public health infrastructure among urban American Indian and Alaska Native organizations through culturally adapted Indigenous methods, frameworks, and evaluation approaches. You can learn more about Urban Indian Health Institute's Community Grants Program at

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"We know that it will take holistic approaches for our communities to heal, so it is important to us to expand our selections and award grants to programs that are working hard to address some of the root causes that lead to high rates of chronic disease," Lawrence said. "For example, projects range from 'prescribing' fresh produce to community members experiencing food insecurity to reconnecting survivors of intimate partner violence with cultural traditions."

List of awardees:

  • American Indian Center of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • American Indian Health Service of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Butte Native Wellness Center (Butte, MT)
  • Fresno American Indian Health Project (Fresno, CA)
  • Haseya Advocate Program (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Little Earth Residents Association (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Minneapolis American Indian Center (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Pine Hill Indian Community Development Initiative c/o Pine Hill Health Network (North, SC)
  • San Joaquin Urban Native Council (Stockton, CA)

About Urban Indian Health Institute

Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, 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 American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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