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Understanding and Preventing Racial Misclassification of AI/AN People by Funeral Directors
Racial Misclassification of American Indian and Alaska (AI/AN) people endangers lives. It marginalizes AI/AN people and leaves the organizations that serve them without sufficient data to make decisions or fund the services they provide.
NCUIH has produced two products on this topic in collaboration with the CDC: (1) a report describing this issue and (2) a series of one pagers and tools that a different stakeholders can use to prevent misclassification.
This report examines the problem of racial misclassification on death certificates, with a particular focus on the role of funeral directors in urban communities. For over a year, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) investigated possible factors that may create racial misclassification, and looked for solutions to prevent these factors. This document is intended as a broad and introductory guide for a variety of stakeholders that can help prevent this problem, including funeral directors, businesses and industry associations, statisticians and public health experts, and policy stakeholders.
The National Council of Urban Indian Health recognizes the importance of quality data and inclusive research to improve the lives of Urban Indian people. To address this need, NCUIH conducts and shares ongoing research with partners, and archives and analyzes data that already exists.
Previous population health projects, reports, and resource pages include the following topics:
For more information about health research with Urban Indian communities or for information about ongoing projects and research opportunities, contact us at Research@ncuih.org.