Public Health Indian Country Capacity Scan
(PHICCS) Project (updated September 2020)

NIHB Releases 2019 Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan Report

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the 2019 Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS) Report that provides a comprehensive picture of Tribal public health infrastructure and activities, specifically, immunization, screening, and prevention/education activities that are widely occurring across Indian Country.
See the full report


Click here to view a copy of the scan instrument.

Click here to read the Dear Tribal Leader letter.

Click here to view the recording from the PHICCS Pre-launch Webinar.

As sovereign nations, Tribes are responsible for the overall health and well-being of their members which has led to an increase in the types of public health activities occurring across Indian Country. Although the definition of public health in Indian Country includes a diverse set of activities and services that vary by tribe and region, public health is ultimately the work that is done to improve and maintain the overall health and well-being within Tribal communities as a whole.

Tribes have a vested interest to provide valuable public health services to the communities they serve. Therefore, it is important to understand the capacity, or range of public health activities occurring among Tribal public health departments and Indian health organizations across the nation to inform the allocation of resources, policy development and advocacy to improve health outcomes among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

NIHB Contact:

Tyler Dougherty, MPH
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-922-0100
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]