Month March 2018

Month March 2018

RMTEC Success Story: March 2018

Success Stories, TEC News
Partnerships with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Epidemiology Center (RMTEC)

Over the past year, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Epidemiology Center (RMTEC) has been working with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to better address specific American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) heath concerns in Montana and Wyoming, respectfully. This initiative arose following the development of two new Memoranda of Understanding: one between RMTEC and DPHHS and the other between RMTEC and WDH.


A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a type of cooperative agreement between two parties over a mutual sentiment.


It has language on collaborative efforts and other rules of engagement for partnership to better serve the Tribal Communities in both states. It also offered a more comprehensive replacement to the Data Sharing Agreements RMTEC had in the past. The new Memoranda between RMTEC and each state health department focused more broadly on the individual partnerships themselves rather than single projects. This capacity-building approach emphasizes ways that the partnerships can work jointly to address multiple tribal public health issues. Each state health department brainstormed with RMTLEC to consider the prominent tribal public health concerns in their respective state and the joint initiatives that best spoke to each tribal public health concern. The resulting Memoranda documented initiatives that both parties agreed upon and outlined the parameters of the partnership, including providing technical assistance when needed and establishing channels of communication. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Epidemiology Center is looking forward to a renewed partnership with each state health department and hopes to identify even more approaches for better serving the tribes in Montana and Wyoming.


Montana DPHHS

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Wyoming Department of Health

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Career Development Workshop


Dates: July 12-13
Where: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

The Career Development Workshop is an annual one to two day workshop that brings together scholars, early stage investigators, and senior investigators from institutions throughout the region. The purpose of the workshop is to provide small group instruction and one-on-one mentoring to individuals who intend to apply for grant funding in the coming year.

Session topics include:

  • How to write innovative specific aims
  • Choosing a funding mechanism that is right for you
  • Research and integration across disciplines
  • Writing a budget and budget justification
  • How to write a biosketch
  • Navigating IRB requirements
  • One-on-one mentoring and grant application review

Who should attend: The workshop will be available to up to 20 participants from GMaP Region 5 which includes AK, WA, OR, Northern CA, HI, American Samoa and Guam. This workshop is geared toward individuals who intend to submit a grant application within a year of attending the workshop. Sessions will focus heavily on strengthening grant applications and one-on-one and small group mentoring. Two weeks prior to the workshop, the individuals who are chosen to attend will be asked to submit specific aims and/or a research question they would like to explore. Submitted aims and research questions will be reviewed by senior investigators and feedback will be provided.

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8th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health

Call for Abstracts
The American Academy of Pediatrics and Canadian Paediatric Society are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the 8th International Indigenous Child Health Meeting is now open!


The IMICH Planning Committee invites session/workshop proposals from anyone working with Indigenous populations, on any topic related to Indigenous child and youth health.


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The Opioid Crisis Impact on Native American Communities

TEC News
AASTEC recently produced and disseminated a new fact sheet on the impact of the opioid crisis among Native American communities. Key findings demonstrate that overdose deaths due to any type of opioid use have been on the rise among Native Americans since 2000.


The current opioid-related overdose death rate for Native Americans nationwide is 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population, which exceeds the national rate of 13.1 per 100,000.


The opioid overdose death rate among Native American males significantly exceeds the rate among Native American females (10.0 per 100,000 vs. 7.0 per 100,000). Among youth, more than 1 in 10 Native American high school students in New Mexico (11%) used a prescription pain medication without a doctor’s order in the past 30 days, and high school students who used a prescription pain medication also used heroin in the past 30 days (22%).

The fact sheet concludes with strategies that can be adopted at the individual, family and community level to reduce the harmful impact of opioids.