Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board: Indian Leadership for Indian Health

Health Research and Surveillance Projects

Since 1997, The EpiCenter has administered a number of successful health research and surveillance projects serving the Northwest Tribes.

Data Quality Projects

Injury Prevention Program

The goal of the Injury Prevention Program (IPP) is to develop and implement effective injury prevention and education strategies across the 43 Northwest tribes, with an emphasis on motor vehicle safety and elder falls prevention.

Resource Patient Management System (RPMS) Support & Training Project

The Resource Patient Management System (RPMS) Support & Training Project provides RPMS technical assistance and training for all Northwest tribes. National training is also available.

Improving Data & Enhancing Access – Northwest (IDEA-NW)/Northwest Tribal Registry Project

The Improving Data & Enhancing Access — Northwest (IDEA-NW) Project aims to improve the quality of race data for American Indians/Alaska Natives through record linkages with a variety of health-related data systems in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; and to disseminate health status data in ways that are locally meaningful for tribal health planning.

Western Tribal Diabetes Project (WTDP)

The Western Tribal Diabetes Project assists designated Indian health care programs in the Northwest and California Areas to build infrastructure and conduct accurate assessments of diabetes and associated complications for their service area.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs & Projects


Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone (THRIVE) provides regional support for suicide prevention and is developing four National AI/AN Media Campaigns from 2011 to 2013. The media campaigns are funded by the Indian Health Service and include: suicide prevention focusing on youth bullying; substance abuse prevention with a focus on cultural pride, resilience, and traditional healing; sexual assault prevention; and family violence prevention focusing on child maltreatment. THRIVE also continues to implement the Northwest Suicide Prevention Tribal Action Plan and provides suicide prevention capacity-building assistance to the NW Tribes.


NPAIHB Immunization Program works with all IHS and tribal clinics in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Services range from gathering data to assisting clinics with vaccine procurement.

Maternal and Child Health

Northwest Tribal Infant Mortality Project examines factors involved in the recent reduction in infant mortality among Northwest AI/ANs, as well as current trends.


Native CARS Study (Children Always Ride Safe)

The goal of Native CARS Study (Children Always Ride Safe) is to implement and test the effectiveness of interventions to improve the use of child passenger restraints among American Indian children in six tribes.

Dental and Nutrition

Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center provides surveillance and clinical support for the Indian health dental clinics.

Northwest Tribal Elder Diet & Nutrition Project studies elder diets and has developed a dietary survey to measure intake of healthy nutrients and foods among native elders in tribal communities.

Toddler Overweight and Tooth Decay Prevention Study (TOTS) is a community-wide and family-based intervention addressing breastfeeding patterns and sugared beverage consumption in Northwest American Indian communities.


Project Red Talon (PRT) provides tribes with education, training, and technical assistance for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Northwest Native American Research Center for Health (NW NARCH)

The Northwest Native American Research Center for Health (NW NARCH) is a research project awarded by NIH and IHS from the Native American Research Centers for health (NARCH) initiative. There are four projects developed in NW NARCH: Toddler Obesity and Tooth Decay, Evidence-based Medicine, Training, Child Safety Seat Promotion.


Monitoring the Abuse of Drugs Project (MAD) NARCH

Monitoring the Abuse of Drugs Project In an effort to assist Northwest Tribes, NPAIHB has partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Native American Research Centers for Health, to develop the capacity to collect and use health data to improve health status and reduce health disparities related to substance use.

Comprehensive Cancer Tribal BRFSS Project

The Comprehensive Cancer Tribal BRFSS Project through an interagency agreement with IHS, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board's Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC) will be funded to perform developmental work with up to three NCCCP tribal programs for the purpose of conducting either in-person BRFSS type health surveys (using the BRFSS core or optional modules or other OMB approved health surveys) or working with state BRFSS programs for an oversample or enhanced sample through the traditional BRFSS.

Training and Outreach

Training and Outreach Activities

Training and Outreach Coordination The Training and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for assessing the training and education needs of the 43 member Tribes of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. This position works to find requested training and educational opportunities for its Tribes.