This study, funded as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Systems for Action research program, tests the feasibility of a multi-sector tribally-operated data system and dashboard for documenting health and social service needs and service referrals among youth members of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. The integrated data system is designed to achieve data sovereignty and improve timeliness and coordination in the delivery of health and social services for the tribal youth population, thereby dismantling forms of structural racism and inequity created by reliance on fragmented non-tribal service delivery and financing systems. The study employs user-centered design principles to develop and test a dashboard system that facilitates recruitment of youth from community service providers, assessment of youth for health and social needs, coordination of service referrals and utilization, and measurement of outcomes. The feasibility and acceptability of the dashboard system are assessed by tracking measures of service referrals and timeliness of referrals, along with qualitative interviews with tribal service providers concerning ease of use and utility. Results from the study will be used to plan a larger randomized study to evaluate the impact of the data dashboard on relevant health and social outcomes. The study is conducted by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe including the Indian Child Welfare Program, the Marimn Health tribal medical system, the tribal Department of Education, and other tribal agencies in collaboration with the University of Idaho Extension Program.
- Elva "Cookie" Allan, MPA, MURP
Director, Strategic Initiatives & Development
Coeur d'Alene Tribe