Performance Improvement 2008. What Data Exist on the Health and Well-being of Native Americans?


The purpose of this project was to identify and compile in a catalog existing sources of reliable socioeconomic and health data pertaining to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Americans. As with most subpopulations, the data currently available regarding these groups are severely limited. This project examined Federal surveys, research survey databases, State and community surveys, and administrative databases that include information about American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native American population characteristics and measures of health and well-being.

The Data Catalog lists the characteristics, strengths and limitations of 68 databases. The majority of entries focus on health issues. Others focus on such issues as: child, elder and family well-being; demographic characteristics and economic status; education; housing; criminal justice issues; military service; and transportation. Most datasets provide aggregate data for American Indians and Alaska Natives combined. A smaller number provide some data by subgroup categories, e.g., American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. The Catalog is a resource tool that can be used by Native communities; researchers from government, academic institutions, and foundations; and policy makers.

Report Title: Data on Health and Well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Other Native Americans -- Data Catalog
Agency Sponsor:
ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Peggy Halpern, 202-260-0285; Alana Landey, 202-6636
Performer: Westat, Inc.

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