Cherokee Nation used the combined results from the National Public Health Performance Standards (NPHPS) state public health system assessment and tribal public health assessment to guide its public health activities and initiatives. Based on the assessment results, they found they wanted to improve services to their community around monitoring health status to identify community health problems (EPHS 1) and informing, educating, and empowering people about health services (EPHS 3). Cherokee Nation has initiated multiple projects to improve EPHS delivery:
- Epidemiology and Surveillance Division (EPHS 1 and EPHS 2) - Cherokee Nation is developing an epidemiology and surveillance division to produce, collect, and publish resident specific health data. The new division will allow them to generate their own health data and conduct investigations into health problems rather than relying on outside resources.
- Digital Story Telling (EPHS 3) - Cherokee Nation is developing a series of digital storytelling videos to offer additional programs that inform, educate, and empower the Cherokee people about current health issues. The videos combine health information with the Cherokee tradition of oral storytelling.
- Tribal Health Improvement Planning (EPHS 5) - Cherokee Nation plans to use the assessment results to guide the development of strategic priority areas and support tribal health improvement planning.
View the NPHPS Story From the Field - Cherokee Nation to learn more about their current public health activities.
View similar NPHPS stories from the Florida Department of Health and the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center.
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