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BRFSS Health Status of American Indians and Alaska Natives

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017 Posted in: Chronic Disease, Minority Health Concerns, Public Health


The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) & the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborate to improve understanding of the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

A new initiative between the OMH and the CDC will provide an improved understanding of the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Through the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the CDC will conduct additional interviews in 11 states that have a higher proportion of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

This AI/AN BRFSS Oversampling Initiative is a phone survey that aims to increase understanding of health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, access to care and use of preventive services in American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations.

The states participating in the oversampling study are: Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Each state asks questions based on demographic characteristics (e.g., gender and age) and current health behaviors, such as tobacco and seat belt use. It takes less than 30 minutes to answer the phone survey and all information collected is confidential.

OMH wants to promote awareness of and participation in this initiative and asks your help to inform Native communities about this project by sharing this announcement with tribes, Native organizations, and American Indians and Alaska Natives living in these states. OMH has developed a series of resources to help promote this project and to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to respond to the survey if they get a call from their State Health Department. For more information about the OMH promotion, see https://news.nnlm.gov/bhic/3wu7.

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Kay Deeney, MLS AHIP is the Education & Outreach Librarian with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region located at UCLA.

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