Waponahki Tribal Health Needs Assessment (WHNA)

Status: Current

Grant Start: 12/01/2020

The specific aims of the Waponahki Tribal Health Needs Assessment are to: 1. Invite all adult Waponahki Tribal members ages 18 and older to complete a cross-sectional survey to assess prevalence of leading chronic disease indicators. Survey data will be compared to data from the 2010 survey to evaluate health trends for items that were included in both assessments. Results will be reported individually by Waponahki Tribe and for the combined population as a whole. Based on previous participation in the 2010 survey, we expect 78% of eligible Tribal members will participate. 2. Estimate the prevalence of substance use, including opioid use, at individual Tribal and aggregate Waponahki Tribal levels, and evaluate associations with potential risk and protective factors. These domains will be measured using items from the Maine Youth Drug and Alcohol Use Survey that were also included in the 2010 assessment; assessment in 2020 will also include new measures to allow more comprehensive and nuanced evaluation of these public health concerns.


  • Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness
  • Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
  • Mi'qmak Nation
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipyaik
  • Penobscot Nation
  • Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township

Funding Sponsors

  • Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness

Communities Involved

  • Tribal communities

Study Locations

  • Maine

Study Type

  • Community based participatory research
  • Quanititative Research
  • Cross-sectional survey

Study Characteristics

  • Ages 18 plus

Principal Investigator(s)

Team Member(s)

Heath Research Initiatives

  • American Indian and Alaska Native

Focus Areas

  • Health disparities