Assessing the feasibility of developing a tribal public health institute, Phase 1

This project will determine the feasibility of developing a national tribal public health institute that addresses the needs and concerns of the 565 federally recognized American Indian tribes in the United States. Tribal public health services and systems vary by tribe and region due to geography, population, resources and governance structures. Jurisdictional and governance divisions among area health boards, intertribal councils and Indian Health Service's service areas have produced duplication or fragmentation of tribal public health activities and inattention to the health needs and concerns that exist across the country and that transcend individual or regional tribal lines. Rather than duplicating existing efforts, a national tribal public health institute could serve as a neutral convener of these various tribal systems; coordinate multiple partners; provide tribal-specific resources, tools and technical assistance to improve performance of tribal public health systems; and increase tribes' access to research, evaluation and training resources. As deliverables, Red Star Innovations, L.L.C., will produce a report that will include a detailed process and outcomes summary from the market; organizational and financial analyses (including strategic priorities and core functions); tribal engagement; and technical assistance. Red Star will disseminate the report in print and electronic formats to stakeholders in the tribal public health system, including tribes, national and regional tribal organizations, federal agencies, and national associations of local and state health officials.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $150,000.00

Awarded on: 7/7/2011

Time frame: 7/15/2011 - 12/31/2012

Grant Number: 69092


R3d Star Innovations LLC

4227 East North Street
Tucson, 85712-2531


Aleena M. Kawe
Project Director