Evaluation and Assessment of H1N1 Outreach for Urban American Indians/Alaska Natives.


The Seattle Indian Health Board’s Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), Center for Multicultural Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) partnered to conduct an evaluation and assessment of H1N1 outreach in the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community in the Seattle/King County area. During June/July 2010, the UIHI hosted two community focus groups and conducted three key informant interviews with AI/AN living in the Seattle/King County area. Issues of vaccine experience, knowledge of H1N1/swine flu, and trusted communication channels were explored with participants. This report provides an analysis of key findings and emergent themes from the focus groups and interviews. Additionally, this report outlines a set of practical recommendations for improved communication to AI/AN around urgent health issues and summarizes H1N1/swine flu concerns that could be more adequately addressed by PHSKC. 69 p.