HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 3.6 - Improve the Health Status of American Indians and Alaska Natives


How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

We will improve the quality of and access to health services forMan and child American Indian and Alaska Native people by:

  • ensuring a supply of qualified, culturally competent health professionals with adequate facilities, equipment, supplies, and training.

  • supporting the integration of traditional healing practices into health care in a manner that is appropriate and acceptable to each tribal setting.

  • improving the collection and management of payment from third-party health insurance providers (including Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program, and private insurers) on behalf of eligible American Indian and Alaska Native people served at Indian Health Service facilities.

  • facilitating ongoing tribal consultation with components of HHS and other federal and state agencies to assure that American Indian and Alaska Native people have equitable access to benefits and services provided by these agencies.

  • promoting partnerships with tribes and urban programs, including tribal self- determination and community empowerment, to solve local health difficulties by engaging communities in budget and policy development and expanding local control over use of resources.

  • maintaining accreditation of health care facilities.

  • monitoring health status and evaluating program effectiveness through adequately staffed tribal epidemiology centers.

3.6 Implementation Strategies
  • Improving Service Access/Quality
  • Nutrition Programs
  • Applying Public Health Practices
  • allocating technical and financial resources to services that address health conditions that disproportionately affect American Indian and Alaska Native people; these conditions include diabetes, obesity, injuries, alcohol and drug abuse, oral diseases, cancer, family abuse and violence, suicide, mental disorders, and diseases and conditions related to poor living environments.

We will work to prevent malnutrition among Native American elderly by providing meals, counseling, and nutrition education.

We will apply public health practices to:

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:


  • improve the collection of standardized data to correctly identify American Indian and Alaska Native populations and tribes and monitor the effectiveness of health interventions.

  • improve the understanding of the relationships among health status, different American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, tribal-specific health risks, and effective preventive and clinical services.

  • identify and disseminate best practices in health care.