Indian Community Health Profile Used to Assess and Monitor Health of Tribal Communities

Developing and implementing Indian Community Health Profile Guidelines

Project staff from the Northwest Portland (Ore.) Area Indian Health Board worked with local Native American health leaders to revise and pilot test a newly created Indian Community Health Profile, which local tribes can use to assess the health status of the tribal community and monitor its progress over time.

The health board is a nonprofit tribal organization that assists the 41 federally recognized tribes of Idaho, Oregon and Washington on health-related matters.

Key Results: The Indian Community Health Profile project:

  • Established a process for tribal communities to develop their own community health profile, using local site coordinators and tribal resources.
  • Developed templates for individual health indicators that other communities can use.
  • Disseminated information about the profile to a wide range of tribal, regional and national audiences.

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