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Mapping Pathways into a Healthier Future

Grantee Information

Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board
1770 Rand Road
Rapid City, SD 57702-9347
605-721-1922 (Phone)
605-721-7826 (Fax)

The stated policy of the Indian Health Service is to encourage and increase Indian participation in every phase of the program, planning, operating and evaluating service at all levels. The Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (AATCHB) was established to provide the Indian people of the Aberdeen Area with a means of communicating and engaging with the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service and other health agencies and organizations on health matters.

Grant Project Information

Mapping Pathways into a Healthier Future
Corey B. Smith


The purpose of the Mapping Pathways project is to decrease health disparities and improve the health outcomes of Northern Plains American Indians (NPAI) in the Northern Plains States (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa) by increasing the availability and usability of health information. AATCHB will provide training in epidemiology and use of geographical information systems (GIS) in order to enhance the NPAI communities' capacity to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate relevant public health information in a culturally appropriate manner. AATCHB is partnering with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and College of Public Health, as well as the Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center to provide experiential, learning-based webinars and regional mapping activities, host annual project meetings and Tribal Oversight conference calls and provide overall technical support.

The intended outcomes of Mapping Pathways include more efficient use of limited resources, and improved data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination. To determine if such outcomes are reached, AATCHB will administer pre-program and post-program surveys designed to capture the knowledge and skills of fellows. Annual partner surveys and workshop and project meeting surveys will also be administered to assess program implementation and efficacy.


  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

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