The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is committed to advocating on behalf of all Tribal Governments and American Indian/Alaska Natives while: promoting healthy practices; preventing diseases and injuries; providing basic resources and infrastructure to Tribes; and researching and developing tribal, local, state, and national health policy.
Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.
While health care systems (like the Indian Health Service hospitals and clinics) serve the individual patient, PUBLIC HEALTH serves OUR Community.
Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.
Many professionals are part of our tribal Public Health system—everyone from health education teachers and nutritionists to emergency personnel and tribal police officers.
Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as a country or Tribe.
In Public Health, everyone plays a role when they are helping to keep our Native communities safe, clean and free of disease.
A healthy Native community gets sick less frequently and spends less money on health care; this means better economic productivity and an improved quality of life for all of Indian Country. Statistics show that Indian Country continues to lag far behind other communities in basic resources and services. This means our communities are more vulnerable to increased health risks and sickness. We can overcome these barriers by supporting and advancing our Public Health programs in our communities.
The Office of Tribal Affairs for the National Center for Environmental Health / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has updated its website. The site features NCEH/ATSDR Tribal Activities, Resources, Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and more.
Visit the Office of Tribal Affairs website at:
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) have partnered in a national effort to improve public health practice in Indian Country. PHAB is developing a national voluntary public health accreditation program for Tribal, state, local, and territorial health departments that will launch in 2011.
Public health accreditation is a process that will measure the degree to which public health departments meet nationally recognized standards. As the national public health accrediting body, PHAB recognizes the unique and critical role that Tribal governments have in developing the accreditation program.The National Call for Tribal Input
The National Indian Health Board encourages your involvement and hopes that you will provide your thoughts on how the PHAB standards and measures can be improved to protect the health of our Tribal communities.
Click Here to access a recording of the instructional webinar.
Click Here to download the National Call for Input instructional webinar slides
For more information about PHAB and the draft standards, please visit the PHAB website at www.phaboard.org. If you have any questions please contact Paul Allis, Public Health Project Manager via email at email@example.com or via phone at (202) 507-4085.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to present the 2010 NIHB Tribal Public Health Profile, the first national snapshot of our tribal public health systems to be made publically available. The results of this report help demonstrate the connections between the daily operations of individual tribal health organizations and the collective efforts to improve health status taking place nationally. Such information will benefit Tribes in a number of ways, including but not limited to:
On behalf of the NIHB Governing Board and staff, we express our gratitude to those who participated in the 2010 NIHB Tribal Public Health Profile. Your contributions will assist our continued efforts to monitor the progress and improvement in tribal public health capacity across Indian Country.
If you would like more information, please contact the NIHB Public Health Project Manager, Paul Allis, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 507-4085.
Click here for the full 2010 NIHB Tribal Public Health Profile
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