Public Health Resources and Links

At the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) we are committed to:

  • Promoting healthy practices;
  • Preventing diseases and injuries;
  • Providing basic resources and infrastructure; and
  • Researching and developing local, state and national health policy.

Please use these resources and links to promote public health in your community. This page features a What is Public Health pamphlet, resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and grant opportunities for your community.

What is Public Health?

While health care systems (like the Indian Health Service hospitals and clinics) serve the individual patient, PUBLIC HEALTH serves OUR Community.

Many professionals are part of our tribal Public Health system—everyone from health education teachers and nutritionists to emergency personnel and tribal police officers.

In Public Health, everyone plays a role when they are helping to keep our Native communities safe, clean and free of disease.

What is Public Health? (PDF)

Why Public Health is Important to Indian Country?

A healthy Native community gets sick less frequently and spends less money on health care; this means better economic productivity and an improved quality of life for all of Indian Country. Statistics show that Indian Country continues to lag far behind other communities in basic resources and services. This means our communities are more vulnerable to increased health risks and sickness. We can overcome these barriers by supporting and advancing our Public Health programs in our communities.

Examples of Public Health Activities:

  • Immunization programs—to prevent disease outbreaks (like measles and hepatitis A).
  • Sanitation facilities—to ensure clean drinking water.
  • Tribal seat belt and car seat enforcement laws—to prevent injuries in motor vehicle accidents.
  • Youth education campaigns, such as Red Ribbon Week or the DARE campaign—to encourage healthy behaviors and lifestyles.

Public Health Resource Center Links: - is dedicated to connecting patients, students and professionals to the latest and most useful healthcare information and resources available. The site has resources on addiction, communication, emergency management, heart disease, cancer, infectious diseases, aging, environmental health, and many other topics.

CDC- Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Did you know?

The Office of Minority Health
Healthy Minorities, Healthier America

Just Move It
Just Move It is a national campaign to promote physical activity for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Use the Just Move It website to learn how to start an activity in your own community, share information about ongoing programs, contribute stories and enter information in Just Move It's calendar.


IHS Online Search, Consultation and Reporting (OSCAR) System

The Indian Health Service is creating an inventory of Best (ie. Evidence-Based) Practice, Promising Practice, Local Effort (BP/PP/LE), Resources, and Policies occurring among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, schools, work sites, health centers/clinics, and hospitals.

The purpose of the inventory is to
  • Assist AI/AN communities in getting information and health services they need.
  • Form an IHS database of programs that can be easily accessed on the IHS website.
  • Be a resource of external and internal collaboration and communication.
  • Highlight the great work that occurs in the field.

The National Indian Health Board is pleased to provide a link for you to become acquainted and familiar with the OSCAR system.

Click here to visit the IHS Online Search, Consultation, and Reporting System.


Public Health Inquiries:

Robert Foley, M.Ed.
Acting Director of Public Health Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-355-5494
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]