A Profile of Tribal Health Departments

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in partnership with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), NORC analyzed data from NIHB’s Tribal Public Health Capacity Assessment (TPHCA) conducted in 2009, to explore how Tribal health departments play a role in improving health status and reducing health disparities. The project described the services that are conducted by Tribal health departments and provided an overview of how those services compare to local health departments of a similar size and geographic location.

The study also focused on Tribal health departments’ engagement in community health assessments, one of the prerequisites for the national public health accreditation program. In addition, NORC/NIHB gathered qualitative data to ascertain Tribal public health stakeholders’ technical assistance needs and recommendations for administering a similar survey in the future.