Bridget Canniff, Public Health Improvement & Training Program Director
Kimberly Calloway, DVM, Project Specialist, Public Health Improvement & Training
The NPAIHB was one of 8 tribal grantees to be chosen to participate in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Public Health Improvement Initiative program, aimed at systematically increasing performance management capacity and improving the ability to meet national public health standards. The NPAIHB will be facilitating education and technical support to increase the organizational capacity and Quality Improvement (QI) efforts of its 43 member tribes, while also promoting the integration of a “QI culture” and linking QI with public health accreditation of tribally-based health departments.
Systematically increase the performance management capacity of tribal health departments and programs serving the 43 federally-recognized Northwest tribes, in order to ensure that tribal public health goals are effectively and efficiently met.
Oregon Public Health Modernization Program
Program Manager: Barbara Gladue, Little Shell and Turtle Mountain Bands of Chippewa Indians
Program Analyst: Melino Gianotti
Kick Off Meeting: July 9, 2020 Video Recording
The Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NWTEC), at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), will work in partnership with the Tribal Foundation Public Health Services (TFPHS) technical workgroup to address unmet foundational public health services for the 29 federally-recognized tribes in Washington. The goal of the work will be to improve the quality of life for American Indian/Alaska Native people served by tribal clinics in Washington with a focus on communicable disease.
Program Manager: Nancy Bennett, MBA
Program Communicable Disease Epidemiologist: Ashley Hoover, MPH
Communicable Disease Data Briefs:
Data Partners Meeting 2/3/21
Epicenter WTPHI overview – Victoria Warren Mears & Nancy Bennett, NPAIHB
Data Linkage – Sujata Joshi, NPAIHB
Data Briefs – Ashley Hoover, NPAIHB
ECHO – Megan Woodbury, NPAIHB
AIHC – Lou Schmitz, AIHC
Next Steps – Wrap up – Nancy Bennett & Ashley Hoover, NPAIHB
The National Tribal Forum for Excellence in Community Health Practice is a gathering that celebrates indigenous achievements and innovations in creating healthier communities. Honoring diversity and unique pathways to wellness, this event is an opportunity for leaders and professionals working in tribal and urban communities to continue to develop a network focused on one common goal: healthy Native communities.
This forum supports excellence in community health practice by:
FOUR FORUM STREAMS
This forum will address four key themes:
FORUM PLANNING COMMITTEE
Luella Azule, Nancy Bennett, and Bridget Canniff
Aleena M. Kawe, Russell King, Keisha Musonda, and Krystin Poitra
The Forum Planning Committee appreciates the input of the TARGET Project partner community and public health departments: Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Ho-Chunk Nation, and Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. We extend a special thanks to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort and Casino for hosting this important gathering. We’d also like to acknowledge the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for providing support for this forum.
NCUIH 2020: A Collective Demonstration of Exemplary Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) in Indian Country
There are 3 prerequisites that need to be completed before applying for Public Health Accreditation: Community Health Assessment (CHA), Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and the Strategic Plan. All of these are dependent upon the collection and analysis of health status data. It is also important to perform a self-assessment to determine at what level the tribal health department is providing the 10 Essential Public Health Services, as well as readiness for accreditation.
MAPP tool: Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-driven, strategic planning process for improving community health. It is facilitated by public health leaders. This framework helps communities to apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. MAPP is not an agency-focused assessment process; rather, it is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems. Completing the MAPP process will give you the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan, and also help inform your Strategic Plan.
NPHPSP tool: The National Public Health Performance Standards Program is a National Partnership initiative that has developed National Public Health Performance Standards for state and local public health systems, and also for public health governing bodies.
All three types of accreditation aim to promote quality of services and performance, based on a national set of standards; where they differ are the types of entities that are eligible to apply for accreditation and the types of services that the standards are designed to improve. Each accrediting body is a unique entity that has different policies, procedures, standards, methodology for revising its standards, length of awarding accreditation, etc. A little about the three organizations is listed below for a quick comparison.
PHAB strongly encourages health departments to develop partnerships with hospitals and other community members in order to collaborate on a variety of efforts, as indicated throughout the PHAB standards and measures. Hospitals are critical partners and can contribute primary and secondary data, planning expertise, community meeting facilities, as well as community health education and health promotion programs and services.
The IRS requirement that non-profit hospitals report on the development of a Community Health Assessment provides a perfect opportunity for your health department to initiate or further develop your partnership with local non-profit hospitals. Collaboration on the development of a Community Health Assessment that addresses both of your information needs can be one element of your partnership. PHAB encourages you to review the IRS reporting form for hospitals (Schedule H, Form 990, OMB No. 1545-0047). Part V, Section B, sets forth the details that are to be reported including the hospital’s process for consultation with others who represent the community’s interest, the process for identifying and prioritizing health needs, and how the hospital addressed those identified health needs. In addition to the Community Health Assessment, non-profit hospitals are required to report their “community benefit” and “community building” activities, including coalition building and community health improvement advocacy. All of these IRS requirements provide an excellent opportunity and incentive for health departments and non-profit hospitals to work together to improve health of the population for the benefit of the community. For more information, please visit this IRS website.