Getting our Message Across to other Cultures

Native American organizations and the US Indigenous population in general traditionally develop better when being assisted by great Indian leaders. There are many reasons why, but two stand out. First, the historical trauma caused by previous federal policies and second, the native way of knowing and learning is different from mainstream modalities.

NCUIH promotes Native American and non-Native cross-training when available and possible. We are also aware that partnerships and alliances with other communities in the country can and do help us move forward. In fact most of our membership shares initiatives and projects with Non-Native American organizations.

The 2015 Marketing and Outreach Preliminary Results show that 95 % of Urban Indian Health Programs across the US reported partnerships with non-Native organizations. Likewise, the results from the 2008 UIHP Operations Survey shows that nearly fifty percent of all UIHPs reporting indicated that the respective American Indian/Alaska Native Community is Active in the larger mainstream community. Only 5 % reported preferred keeping a low profile.

Active Community

Academic & Educational Partnerships

Of the UIHPs surveyed, 85.7% reported a relationship with a university on a variety of partnership activities:

- 68.4% of these UIHPs partner with University to offer apprenticeship
- 57.9% have research/evaluation projects
- 52.6% use Universities to recruit for positions
- 52.6% have projects to increase some type of health awareness
- 42.1% partner on community development work
- 36.8% partner on training efforts
- 15.8% use Universities to assist with providing clinical and support services

Shapiro Reno Cambridge, Organizer of the 2011 DC Native Round Dance: an event including the DC community at large

Of the UIHPs reporting, 90.5% have a relationship with a local government and 47.4% reported having grants and/or contracts from local agencies. Again, most partnerships were in the area of
- Health (81%)
- Development (14.3%)
- Justice (38.1%)
- Social Services (61.9%)
- Administrative (19%)
- Various community projects (25%; i.e. Homelessness, Cultural, etc).

Of those UIHPs receiving local Health grants and contracts; they included Outpatient Services (16.7%), Referral and Outreach (16.7%), Promotion/Prevention (33.3%), Nutrition (50%), Lab (16.7%), Pharmacy (16.7%), Mental Health/Counseling (16.7%), Substance Abuse (16.7%), Tobacco (16.7%), Youth Health Programs (16.7%), and other programs such as Dental and Medical Supplies.