Indigenous Social Determinants of Health

About Indigenous Social Determinants of Health

This project seeks to tap into Indigenous knowledge of the social determinants of health (IDOH)which include Indigenous Knowledge, Language and Identity, Land and Kinship, Sovereignty and Structural/Systemic Factors. By developing an understanding of IDOH as well as developing a training/toolkit, this project endeavors to honor wellness traditions in tribal and urban Indian communities. In Year 1, the project team developed a framework and literature review for IDOH. Year 2 gathered feedback from tribal communities across the country through group discussions to learn more about their experiences with Indigenous Determinants of Health. The project evolved to developing an online training series/toolkit for tribal health departments. NNPHI’s partner Seven Directions, A Center for Indigenous Public Health, at the University of Washington, is developing the training modules/components, creating and implementing a rollout plan for the training, piloting the modules and investing in communications to support the graphic design of the training.

Additional group discussions will contribute knowledge, wisdom, and inform direction for development of the toolkit and resource guide that is relevant and useful to support tribal nations and Indigenous communities work for individual and collective healing, health, safety, and wellbeing. Tribal leaders, community members, and tribal health professionals will share their understanding of the influencers that create conditions for healing, health, and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples in the U.S. 

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (NOFO OT18-1802, titled Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health) totaling $100,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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