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American Indian Research Program: Evaluation

The American Indian Research Program collaborates with many tribal and urban programs providing evaluation and research methods expertise. Projects range from the technical (e.g. policy analysis, external theoretical evaluation) to those designed for capacity building and real world applications. Contact us if you would like the Center's help in program monitoring and evaluation.


American Indian Infant Health Initiative (AIIHI): Report of Selected Outcomes 2004-2007

The American Indian Infant Health Initiative (AIIHI) is a home visitation program targeting high risk pregnant and parenting American Indian families. The program was designed to address the relatively poor maternal child health profile of the American Indian community as evidenced by an American Indian infant mortality rate that is about 70% higher than the rate for the white population in California. The American Indian Research Program is providing expert quantitative, evaluation, and content expertise to the AIIHI to demonstrate program effectiveness and to provide data for program planning.

  • Funded by: The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Primary and Rural Health Division (PRHD), Indian Health Program (IHP).

Garden of Health Project

Urban American Indian populations have high rates of diabetes and obesity while exhibiting an increasing disconnect with the diet and active rural practices of their traditional cultures. The Garden of Health Project aims to reconnect urban American Indian youth and elders with culturally-appropriate healthy activities and nutrition through the development of community gardens, as well as through cooking education. The short-term impact (year one) of the project will focus on the nutritional value of the menus offered by United American Indian Involvement, Inc.'s AII American Indian Clubhouse After-School Program as well as the Ah No Ven Home Youth Regional Treatment Center. The long-term impact (years two and three) will focus on improvement in nutrition, increase in access to fresh produce and increased community knowledge about gardening and nutrition. The Center's American Indian Research Program team is evaluating the three-year Garden of Health project.

  • Funded by: Los Angeles United American Indian Involvement, Inc. through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Health Promotion and Diabetes Prevention Projects for American Indian/ Communities.

Evaluation of Circles of Care: Planning, Designing, and Assessing Mental Health Service System Models for American Indian Children and Their Families

The Center's American Indian Research Program led the evaluation and research methods components for the Los Angeles United American Indian Involvement, Inc., the urban Indian organization that designed a coordinated system of mental health care for American Indian children and adolescents in Los Angeles County. Community participation was a major focus of this project. This evaluation project is now being implemented (See our System of Care Model (SCM) for American Indian Children program.

  • Funded by: The United American Indian Involvement, Inc. through a grant from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

HIV Prevention Education Program Targeting American Indians in Los Angeles County

The American Indian Research Program designed the evaluation and provided technical assistance for this multi-pronged intervention project.

  • Funded by: The United American Indian Involvement, Inc., through a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

Needs Assessment: Focus Groups Series on Young Native Adults and Sexual Health

The American Indian Research program was responsible for conducting a series of focus groups as part of a national needs assessment on what young adults (18-24) think is important to provide adolescents in sex education, sexuality education, and reproductive health. The results of the project will be used for curriculum planning.

Evaluation of the National Tribal Tobacco Prevention Network (Network)

This study evaluated the goals and objectives of the Network, emphasizing the technical assistance needs and interests of the Network members. To obtain a copy of the report contact the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) at: 503-228-4185.

  • Funded by: The National Tribal Tobacco Prevention Network through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.

Evaluation of Western Regional Tobacco Prevention Project

The evaluation emphasis was on measuring the strengths and weaknesses of National Tribal Tobacco Prevention Network training workshops.

  • Funded by: The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.