Melissa Zito, MS, RN
AI/AN Health Liaison/Health Policy Consultant
Office of AI/AN Health Affairs
Utah Department of Health
Office: (801) 273-6644
Fax: (801) 273-4150
American Indian Health – An information portal to issues affecting the health and well being of American Indians.
American Lung Association – American Indians/Alaska Natives – The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. The American Lung Association values cultural diversity as essential to achieving its mission – To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease - and has provided some key facts about smoking among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
QuitDay.org – American Indians/Alaska Natives: QuitDay’s mission is to help people add 10 healthy years to their lives. Smoking and tobacco addiction reduces quality of life for millions of people each year. QuitDay’s team strives to inspire people to quit smoking, and have a positive impact on the lives of their loved ones and their children. QuitDay has a great guide on smoking’s impact on the American Indian/Alaska Native community, and how members can work towards quitting.
Center for American Indian Health (John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) – The Center for American Indian Health’s mission is to work in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to raise their health status, self-sufficiency and health leadership to the highest possible level.
Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (Colorado School of Public Health) -The mission for the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) is to promote the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages, by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information delivery that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population.
Center for Rural Health (University of North Dakota) – The Center for Rural Health connects resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural and tribal communities and serves people within the state, region, and nation.
Indian Health Services – The IHS provides a comprehensive, culturally acceptable health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of the 566 federally recognized Tribes across the U.S. The IHS offers scholarships and loan repayment programs. Click here for the contact person for Urban Indian Health Care System CEOs and Clinical Directors, Tribal Health Care System CEOs and Clinical Directors, and Tribal Health Board Directors.
Students Guide to Affordable Healthcare – OnlineColleges.net provides a student guide with key provisions of the ACA, which went into effect October 1, 2013. This guide provides students a quick and easy way to understand their obligation and coverage options under the ACA. With 20% of college students currently uninsured, it’s critical that college students understand how changes to the health insurance market will impact them.
Aging and the Elderly
Administration on Aging: Services for Native Americans – Services for Native Americans programs were first established of in 1978 with the provision of nutrition and supportive services, and in 2000 expanded with the addition of caregiver support services. They provide grants to eligible Tribal organizations to promote the delivery of home and community-based supportive services, including nutrition services and support for family and informal caregivers, to Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian elders. These programs, which help to reduce the need for costly institutional care and medical interventions, are responsive to the cultural diversity of Native American communities and represent an important part of the communities’ comprehensive services.
National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative – The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) provides research, education, and training for the identification and prevention of elder abuse in indigenous communities.
National Legal Resource Center – The National Legal Resource Center’s purpose is to provide the aging and legal networks with easy access to a coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance and elder rights efforts across the country. The targeted audience range from legal, elder rights, and aging services professionals and advocates.
National Resource Center on Native American Aging – The mission of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging is to identify and increase awareness of evolving Native elder health and social issues.
National Society for American Indian Elderly – The National Society for American Indian Elderly team is constantly working to improve the quality of life for underserved American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific American Elders.
- Elder Abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities (May 2013)
- Fall Incidents and Native American Elderly (March 2012)
- Chronic Disease Trends in Older Native Americans (June 2011)