Urban Indian Health Institute

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The UIHI was established in 2000 as a Division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, which is a community health center for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The UIHI is one of 12 tribal epidemiology centers (TECs) funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS). While the other 11 TECs work with tribes regionally, the UIHI focuses on the nationwide urban AI/AN population. As a crucial component of the health care resources for all AI/ANs, tribal epidemiology centers are responsible for:

  • Managing public health information systems
  • Investigating diseases of concern
  • Managing disease prevention and control programs
  • Communicating vital health information and resources
  • Responding to public health emergencies
  • Coordinating these activities with other public health authorities

The UIHI assists Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs), which are private, non-profit, corporations that serve AI/AN people in select cities with a range of health and social services, from outreach and referral to full ambulatory care. UIHPs are a network of 33 independent health agencies funded in part under Subtitle IV of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (formerly Title V) and receive limited grants and contracts from the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). UIHPs are located in 19 states supporting individuals in approximately 100 U.S. counties, in which over 1.2 million AI/ANs reside, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. UIHPs provide traditional health care services, cultural activities and a culturally-appropriate place for urban AI/ANs to receive health care. UIHI staff work on multiple, ongoing research projects to benefit urban American Indian/Alaska Natives.  

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Issues
American tribal nations' rights
anti violence
criminal justice
general

Contact

Contact Name: Esther Lucero, Executive Director
Email: estherl@sihb.org
Phone: 206-834-4002
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HQ Address
State: WA
City: Seattle
Address:
  611 12th Avenue South
Zipcode: 98144-2007