Urban Indian Health Institute: Decolonizing Data
The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a Division of the Seattle Indian Health Board located in Seattle, WA is one of 12 tribal epidemiology centers (TECs) funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS). TECs serve as a crucial component of the health care resources for all American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) by: 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 Although eleven of the TECs focus on regional AI/AN population health issues in IHS service areas, the UIHI addresses nationwide tribal AI/AN and urban Indian public health and disease surveillance needs. On their website, you will find the data-rich UIHI annual Community Health Profile, an overview of the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) within the 33 Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs) service areas. They also offer an excellent series of fact sheets, reports, and toolkits on chronic disease, communicable disease, and child and maternal health. With her team of researchers, UIHI Director, Abigail Echo-Hawk, is passionate about decolonizing AI/AN data. For centuries, tribal information has been collected and interpreted by outside officials, government agencies, and researchers. This has not only led to inaccurate and often harmful outcomes, but is...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science AI/AN Source Type: news
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