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Seattle Indian Health Board

Grantee Information

Seattle Indian Health Board
606 South 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98144-2008
206-812-3036 (Phone) Exit Disclaimer

Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a multi-service non-profit community health center dedicated to improving the health and well-being of urban Indians living in the greater Seattle-King County area. The mission of SIHB is to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in achieving the highest possible physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being through the provision of culturally appropriate services, and to advocate for the needs of all AI/AN people, particularly the most vulnerable members of  the community.

Grant Project Information

Demystifying Data: Eliminating AI/AN Health Disparities through Information, Partnership and Training
Project Period: 9/1/12-8/31/17
Annual Funding Level:  $190,000
Project Director: Crystal Tetrick
206-812-3036 (Phone)


Urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations are diverse and growing in number. Approximately 67 percent of AI/ANs reside in urban areas, which is a 23 percent increase from 1970. Despite these developments, health data specific to this demographic remains limited and is unlikely to capture the true burden of health inequity, creating a barrier to addressing health disparities such as chronic disease and social/emotional wellness of AI/AN populations.  The purpose of the Demystifying Data Project is to increase awareness of health disparities and improve the health and well-being of urban AI/ANs nationally by meeting the following three objectives:

  • Enhance health surveillance efforts by increasing access and utilization of health data;
  • Improve access to care by facilitating partnerships between Urban Indian Health organizations and key stakeholders in their communities; and
  • Increase the representation of AI/ANs in public health professions by providing professional growth and development opportunities.

Within the Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a division referred to as the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI). This organization serves a national network of 34 Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) located across 19 states, serving approximately 100 counties where more than 1.2 million AI/ANs reside. Through this network, UIHI intends to target urban AI/AN populations on a national level. Example program activities and strategies include updating UIHI’s current data collection and management infrastructure, responding to data requests and providing technical assistance to UIHO’s and AI/AN-serving organizations, and annually providing health data use training to up to 10 new UIHO clinical and administrative staff.

Furthermore, specific baseline data, targets and timeframes to measure growth gained from implementing activities related to each strategy have been identified (e.g. increase the number (by 1) of public data sets accessed and analyzed; increase the number (by 2-4) of UIHO engaging in collaboration to increase access to care; and increase UIHI’s participation (by 10-15) in community outreach events.

UIHI will utilize qualitative and quantitative evaluation measures to assess the influence of each implemented strategy. Examples of process measures include the review of datasets and products; tracking mailings; tracking training participant numbers; tracking technical assistance through logs; and a 12-month follow up with former mentees. Each strategy/activity is aligned with accompanying outcomes/impacts and OMH performance measures. For example, the number of unique visits to the organizational website, as well as the number of individuals who participate in group education will be collected in order to evaluate progress towards improving access and analysis of public health data to expand knowledge of urban AI/AN health (Objective #2).


  • Enhanced data collection/utilization to identify highest priority health status objectives and services needed to achieve such objectives
  • Development of alliances and partnerships which improve coordination/alignment of health and human services
  • Provision of technical training in public health practices and prevention oriented research to create public health career pathways for American Indians and Alaska Natives
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