Urban Indian Health Institute

About Urban Indian Health Institute

The mission of the UIHI is to support the health and well-being of urban Indian communities through information, scientific inquiry and technology.

The UIHI was established as a Division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, a community health center for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The UIHI is one of 12 tribal epidemiology centers (TECs) funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS). While the other 11 TECs work with tribes regionally, the UIHI focuses on the nationwide urban AI/AN population. As a crucial component of the health care resources for all AI/ANs, tribal epidemiology centers are responsible for:
Managing public health information systems
Investigating diseases of concern
Managing disease prevention and control programs
Communicating vital health information and resources
Responding to public health emergencies
Coordinating these activities with other public health authorities

The UIHI assists Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs), which are private, non-profit, corporations that serve AI/AN people in select cities with a range of health and social services, from outreach and referral to full ambulatory care. UIHOs are a network of 33 independent health agencies funded in part under Subtitle IV of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (formerly Title V) and receive limited grants and contracts from the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). UIHOs are located in 19 states supporting individuals in approximately 100 U.S. counties, in which over 1.2 million AI/ANs reside, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. UIHOs provide traditional health care services, cultural activities and a culturally-appropriate place for urban AI/ANs to receive health care. UIHI staff work on multiple, ongoing research projects to benefit urban American Indian/Alaska Natives.


Public Health Intern

June 2020 - August 2020 Seattle, WA
“I loved how they were able to incorporate our Indigenous values into everything that we did. I also loved how welcoming the staff was and how awesome it was to work with them all. ”

Public Health Intern

June 2020 - August 2020 Seattle, WA
“I loved how they held our Indigenous cultural values up. ”
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