Native American/American Indian Health ServicesAmerican Indians face problems in their lives, daily, that most other Americans don’t have to contend with, and it is well known that American Indians suffer from starkly higher rates of disease and mortality than the American population as a whole. Efforts to assist them in improving their health status are complicated by the immense geographic, cultural, social and epidemiological diversity in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
For more than a quarter century, JSI has worked closely with rural and urban Native American communities to plan and implement health service initiatives. The communities are located around the country in a dozen states ranging from Alaska to Mississippi. A guiding principle of JSI’s work has been to understand and respect the distinct history and culture of each community. Working collaboratively with the Native American communities, JSI offers creative expertise in helping them overcome health service obstacles, such as inadequate transportation and limited human and financial resources.
JSI is helping the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe determine if tribal management of Indian Health Services is feasible and beneficial.
JSI assists the Denver Indian Health and Family Services program develop prevention services that meet the needs of the large Native American population in the city.
Cuídate! (Take Care of Yourself!) is an evidence-based intervention that targets Latino youth through interactive activities designed to increase their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and skills around HIV and teen pregnancy prevention.
JSI is developing and implementing an automated process for collecting, validating, and disseminating Uniform Data System information from all Urban Indian Health Programs across the country for the Indian Health Services.