Month January 2019

Month January 2019

ITCA TEC Releases Strategic Planning Toolkit

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC), in partnership with Blue Stone Strategy Group, LLC, first piloted the Strategic Planning Toolkit with the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, funded in part by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Cooperative Agreement in 2016. This pilot project allowed for the feedback from Tribes and further development of the Toolkit and the hands-on working session. This session resulted in a Tribe receiving additional funding for local cancer programming. A Strategic Planning workshop was available to all Tribes in the IHS Phoenix-Tucson Service Area in 2018 under the IHS Cooperative Agreement as well.


Under the Tribal Epidemiology Centers, Building Tribal Public Health Infrastructure program, ITCA TEC and Blue Stone Strategy Group were able to again assist 8 Tribes with designing program specific Strategic plans and specialized training and technical assistance (T/TA) in 2018.


As part of the Opioid Supplemental funding under TECPHI and the IHS Cooperative Agreement in 2019, most recently the ITCA TEC and Blue Stone were able to partner again with Arizona Department of Health Services, the State of Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, and four Tribes to assist Tribal programs with the tools to development local program plans to combat the opioid epidemic in their communities. This programming can assist Tribes with the development of program plans to work towards additional funding for enhanced programming, and improve program evaluation tools and measures, which can achieve the goal of strengthening health and wellness of American Indians.



Alaska Indigenous Research Program


Are you Alaska Native or American Indian and interested in health research? Are you a researcher or public health professional interested in Alaska Native health research? Are you at least 18 years old?

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and Alaska Pacific University (APU) invite you to attend up to three weeks of courses held at APU covering:

  • Indigenous and Western research methodologies
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Culturally responsive community engagement and communication
  • Health research ethics
  • Health research and historical trauma

Choose the week(s) that best fits your needs:

  • Week one | May 6-10
    Advanced research courses
  • Week two | May 13-17
    Intermediate research ethics courses
  • Week three | May 20-24
    Introductory research courses

In addition to the three weeks of courses, five-week internships are being offered!


  • There is no cost for the three weeks of courses
  • Limited scholarships for travel (including airfare, room and board) are offered
  • Academic credit available and professional development

Registration opens in February!

More Information:
Contact Lauren Smayda at or (907) 729-4551.

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This program is supported by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number S06GM127911. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Call for Research Papers within the context of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Call for Abstracts

Languages are a core component of human rights and fundamental freedoms. They play a crucial role in the daily lives of people all over the world, allowing them to preserve their history, customs and traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking, meaning and expression, but also to construct their future. The extraordinary language diversity found in the world fundamentally contributes to intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, as each language is deeply imbued with the culture of the people who speak them.

Important Dates:
Call for submissions: 20 December 2018 – 1 March 2019
Peer Review Process: March – May 2019
Publication Dates: September – October 2019

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Native American Environment, Health & Community Faculty Cluster Hire



The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking to fill three faculty positions as a part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative to add to the vibrant community of academic researchers focused on research at the nexus of environment, health, and community in the Native American context. Participating units in the three-faculty cluster hire include the School of Nursing, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and the School of Human Ecology.

Find out more and apply online at!
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Direct inquiries to:
Dr. Susan Zahner
(608) 263-5282