INTRODUCTION

The report Health Status Profile of American Indians in Arizona: 1997 Data Book is the fourth annual update of population-level data on trends and patterns in natality and mortality among American Indian residents of Arizona.

It should be noted that tribal identity is not recorded on birth or death certificates. Tabulations of births and deaths in this publication are by place of residence in Arizona and not by tribe.

American Indian births are determined by mother's race as indicated on a birth certificate, that is, these are the births to American Indian mothers. American Indian deaths are determined by decedent's race as stated on the death certificate.

The charts and tables comprising Health Status Profile of American Indians in Arizona are grouped into five major sections:

1) a section focused on American Indians' standing in 1997 with respect to selected health objectives for the year 2000,

2) a section presenting an overview of selected health problems and health risks among American Indian and all residents of Arizona in 1997,

3) a four-part section concerned with the characteristics of American Indian newborns and mothers giving birth who were residents of specified tribal communities on reservations, and those who resided off reservation in Arizona in 1997;

4) a three-part section focused on patterns of mortality among American Indians by age group, gender and place of residence in Arizona in 1997. Detailed mortality profiles are given for the seven largest tribal communities: Navajo, Hopi, Fort Apache, Tohono O'Odham, Gila River, Salt River and San Carlos;

5) a section presenting selected time series data for 1992-1997 by place of American Indian residence in Arizona.

These sections are followed by the Technical Notes which provide definitions of terms used in the report, as well as information about the sources of data and a detailed classification of communities on Indian reservations in Arizona.

Health Status Profile of American Indians in Arizonawas intended as a data book: a basic reference for some of the most frequently requested statistics. The five sections of the report were computer-generated and contain information with no accompanying narrative.


Prepared and made Web-ready by Christopher K. Mrela, Ph.D., Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics, and Jose Jimenez,M.P.H., Senior Research Data Analyst

Office of Epidemiology and Statistics
Bureau of Public Health Statistics
Arizona Department of Health Services
Phone: (602) 542-7333
FAX: (602) 542-2940

Date: 7/7/99