National Council of Urban Indian Health Proposal to Ms. Margaret Knight Executive Director of the Association of American Indian Physicians on the Healthy Indian Country Initiative (HICI) March 2008

Publication Year: 2008
Last Updated: 2010-01-25 22:02:28

Short Abstract: American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are currently in their most critical health condition ever-- presenting the highest rates of health disparities in the nation. Caught between the US Government and Tribal tensions; entangled by inadequate federal policies; and restrained by our own pride and stoic nature, Urban American Indians struggle greatly to access the healthcare and welfare systems. Advocacy, knowledge and awareness are extremely urgent. Advocating on our own behalf to change federal policies becomes a titanic challenge when funds, leadership and skills are very scarce; while information and knowledge are practically nonexistent. For the afore-mentioned reasons, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) hereby expresses its commitment and excitement to collaborate with the Association of American Indian Physicians, the National Indian Health Board, and the US Department of Health and Human Services to improve the situation of our Indian brothers and sisters through the Healthy Indian Country Initiative (HICI). NCUIH would like to respond to this unique opportunity by presenting a proposal that takes into account the (extremely shocking) lack of information on Urban Indian Health. NCUIH intends to tackle the same by incorporating an academic collection of information; as well as the gathering /analysis of the evidence-based information and knowledge foundation emanating from the practical experience of main field actors. The knowledge compiled and the materials created will be used to create an online toolkit that will make this categorized information available to the Urban Indian Health partners and Tribes as proven tools for replicable successes across the United States.