A Pilot Data Portal Profiles the Health of Tribal Communities

Helping American Indian officials develop community health profiles as a starting point in addressing health disparities

Dates of Project: November 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012

Field of Work: Development of a population health data portal to assist American Indian tribal leaders in the Eastern and Southern regions of the United States address public health concerns of their tribes.

Problem Synopsis: American Indian and Alaska Native people have long experienced lower health status when compared with other Americans. Monitoring and addressing public health concerns through the collection, analysis, and communication of reliable data is critical to developing a well-functioning public health infrastructure and improving the capacity of tribal communities to better prioritize their community health improvement actions.

“The portal, over time, will be able to provide timely, credible, and useful information to tribal leaders and their constituents, including their community health workers and public health system officials, so the officials will then be in a better position to make improved public health decisions and determine where they should put their limited resources to address health disparities.”—Senior Epidemiologist John Mosley Hayes, DrPH, Tribal Epidemiology Center of United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.

Synopsis of the Work: Public health professionals at the Tribal Epidemiology Center of United South and Eastern Tribes worked in partnership with tribal leaders to develop an Internet-based system (a data portal) for reporting tribal community health data.

Key Results. The data portal profiles individual communities that are members of United South and Eastern Tribes and provides comparative population statistics that tribal health leaders can use to address the public health concerns of their communities.

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New data portal provides comparative pop. health statistics to Native American tribal public health leaders