Building long-term infrastructure to address public health challenges facing American Indian communities

The Foundation's Public Health Law Field-Building initiative was designed to support public health practitioners, their counsel and policymakers in using law to promote, protect and improve health through technical assistance, training, legal analyses, products, and translation and dissemination delivered through a national network of public health law centers and key stakeholder groups.This project will educate researchers, practitioners, and policymakers about existing tribal public health laws, and will strengthen the ability of partnerships between tribal leaders and providers of legal technical assistance to advance the use of law and policy as a tool to protect and promote the health of American Indians. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will: (1) conduct a national survey and interviews and convene focus groups to identify tribal public health laws; (2) develop a public-use dataset of tribal public health laws for inclusion in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Medical Care Archive; (3) connect tribal leaders and stakeholders to the Network for Public Health Law; (4) present project results and hold a scholar summit and strategy session at national American Indian conferences; and (5) develop a tribal law track at the public health law conference.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $300,000.00

Awarded on: 12/15/2011

Time frame: 12/15/2011 - 11/14/2014

Grant Number: 69586


National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

1516 P Street, N.W.
Washington, 20005-1901


Malia M. Villegas
Project Director