Communications, social marketing, and outreach are rapidly becoming recognized as a core function in the field of public health. Considering the diversity in services provided by each Urban Indian Organization (UIO) as well as community specific needs, it is imperative that information is shared in a strategic and culturally competent manner.
UIOs across the United States participate in a series of national campaigns, events, and initiatives related to policy and healthcare reform—such as the National Indian Health and Outreach Education (NIHOE), the Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS) Marketplace & Exchanges Navigators, and other programs dealing with policy issues in behavioral health. These campaigns offer new challenges that require an improved set of partnerships and collaborative efforts with other UIOs, national Indian and non-Indian organizations, key state and local health entities, and education and safety networks.
The National Council of Urban Indian Health regularly facilitates national events to create space for peer–to–peer support among UIO staff and thought leaders in Indian Country, including our Annual Leadership Conference. We also create resources to help you get the word out about health equity and advocacy efforts. These resources include social media toolkits, campaigns, graphic design, newsletters, and more.