Help OMH and CDC Spread the Word about the AI/AN BRFSS Oversampling Initiative!

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) kicked off the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Oversampling Study (BRFSS), a new initiative from the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the CDC. This phone survey aims to increase understanding of health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, access to care and use of preventive services in American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations.

The states participating in the oversampling study are: Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Each state asks questions based on demographic characteristics (e.g., gender and age) and current health behaviors, such as tobacco and seat belt use. It takes less than 30 minutes to answer the phone survey and all information collected is confidential.

OMH wants to promote awareness of and participation in this initiative and asks your help to inform Native communities about this project by sharing this announcement with tribes, Native organizations, and American Indians and Alaska Natives living in these states. OMH has developed a series of resources to help promote this project and to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to respond to the survey if they get a call from their State Health Department. 

Be sure to visit the OMH website to obtain outreach resources such as info cards, downloadable posters, and a newsletter drop-in article and share with your networks and through your communications channels. For more information, please click here.

NEW Open Access Resource on Evaluation Questions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Library Guide on Evaluation Questions earlier this month.  This Library Guide includes open access materials on evaluation questions from a variety of authors, organizations, and settings. Each item included in the Library Guide meets predetermined criteria of merit, relevance, and accessibility.

The resource includes materials in four categories as follows: Introduction to Evaluation Questions; How to Develop or Use Evaluation Questions; Evaluation Questions Linked to Evaluation Approaches, Designs, or Criteria; and Discussion of Evaluation Questions in Specific Contexts.

Apply Online Now! ICF International Is Seeking a Tribal Evaluation Specialist in Atlanta, GA.

ICFJob DescriptionICF International seeks a Tribal Evaluation Specialist to support evaluation tasks and provide evaluation technical assistance to grantees implementing the Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) program. The GHWIC program is a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen and broaden the reach and impact of effective chronic disease prevention programs to improve the health of tribal members and their communities. The program uses a combination of policy and environmental approaches, community clinical linkages, and health system interventions to improve health and prevent chronic diseases and associated risk factors. The GHWIC program is one of three cooperative agreements with CDC as part of the Public Health Actions Initiative, and focuses on implementing cross-cutting strategies to control and prevent diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, obesity, and tobacco use. This position may support a 5-year project focused on evaluating the Public Health Actions initiatives, specifically the GHWIC program.

To read more about the position and apply click here: Evaluation Specialist

Early Childcare Providers Wanted for UW-Madison Study

The Department of Educational Psychology is recruiting participants for an evaluation and quality improvement project conducted through the Waisman Center at UW-Madison on the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This project offers free materials and online training on developmental monitoring and family engagement to early childcare providers and will allow UWM to collect feedback through brief online surveys. For more information visit:

learn the signs act early

Updated School Health Index by the CDC

Deployment Announcement of SHI 2014 (6th Edition)
September 2014
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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We are pleased to announce that on September 3, 2014 the CDC completed an update to its School Health Index (SHI) on-line, interactive assessment tool.
The SHI 2014 features ―

  • Updated nutrition content to align with new USDA regulations, including Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, and
  • Revised physical education and physical activity content to align with updated national standards and advancements in physical activity programming.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program has also adopted CDC’s School Health Index as its assessment tool to help schools assess their current policies and practices as well as track progress over time.
The SHI can be accessed at: If you have questions about SHI, please click the ‘Contact Us’ link in the SHI tool.