Month August 2019

Month August 2019

CTEC Success Story: 2019 Data, Evaluation, and Grant Writing Training

Success Stories
On April 23-24, 2019, the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC) sponsored the 2nd Annual Data, Evaluation, and Grant Writing training in Cabazon, California at the Morongo Casino Resort.

This two-day training was open to all California Tribal Health Programs, Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Health Programs including subcontractors of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC), Advancing California Opportunities to Renew Native Health Systems (ACORNS)/California Indian Tobacco Education (CITE), Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)/ Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) grantees, Tribal Medication Assisted Treatment, Project PaTHwAY, and Tribal Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs.


In total, CTEC hosted 50 representatives from 30 unique tribes or organizations.


“Using Data to Tell Your Story” was the theme for the training this year with the goal of giving participants the opportunity to participate in informative sessions on how to search and apply for grant funding, improve program sustainability, improve the quality of data being collected through primary and secondary sources, and learn innovative and culturally sensitive ways to use data to tell a story.

CTEC was honored to have expert guest speakers including keynote speakers Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and Chief Research Officer for the Seattle Indian Health Board and Theresa Ambo, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow from the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego. These speakers shared their expertise and their stories pertaining to data, evaluation, program sustainability, and community engagement to support health promotion efforts serving American Indian/Alaska Native communities across California.



CTEC-2019-Success-Story-03Attendee responses from post event evaluation question: “What was your greatest takeaway from this training event?”

CTEC-2019-Success-Story-04Attendee responses from post event evaluation question: “How will you apply this training experience to your own program practices, evaluation, and/or sustainability?”



Strong Systems, Stronger Communities for Tribal Health Departments Grant Program

Grant Opportunities

Request for Applications

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce the second cycle of funding for Strong Systems, Stronger Communities (SSSC) for Tribes.

The intended outcomes of SSSC are:

  • Increased performance improvement practice
  • Increased innovation in response to system integration challenges, and
  • Progress toward national public health standards.

Applications due Friday, September 20, 2019

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Just Released: Tribal Epidemiology Centers supplement with the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Press Release, TEC News
The new Tribal Epidemiology Centers supplement with the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice is now available. The special issue is can be viewed on the JPHMP website here.

The September/October issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice illustrates the positive influence of local public health agencies on the populations they serve.


September/October 2019 – Volume 25 – Supplement 5


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TEC staff from across Indian Country gather in Anchorage to learn essential grant management skills

Success Stories

On July 24th and 25th, 25 Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TEC) staff, representing 10 different nationwide organizations, gathered to participate in the Management Concept’s Cost Principles for Federal Grants training, held in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sponsored by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Tribal Epidemiology Center’s Public Health Infrastructure Program’s (TECPHI) Network Coordinating Center (NCC) and the ANTHC Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (EpiCenter), the training provided participants with knowledge and experience in federal cost principles and how they affect awards including oversight, budget development and review, spending decisions, site visits, and audits. The instructor, Mr. Patrick Smith, provided many examples and led exercises applying cost principles to on-the-job scenarios.

Following the training, TEC staff had the opportunity to attend a Q&A discussion with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Tribes Budget and Grants Management Coordinator, Kelly Bishop, who shared some of her knowledge working on CDC grants.

In addition to the training, the Creative Team from the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, Alex Smith and Chris Reed, were onsite gathering footage for the “What is a Tribal Epidemiology Center?” digital storytelling project. Chris and Alex interviewed 10 TEC staff from 8 TECs, toured the ANTHC EpiCenter and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium campus, and did a fantastic job of making the interviewees feel at ease.

The finished video will communicate the role of TECs in serving Alaska Native/American Indian (AN/AI) Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Urban Indian organizations to improve health and well-being. The information will be shared with a variety of stakeholders including funders, decision makers, and community members through the TEC website (, individual TEC websites, the CDC website, and TEC social media accounts.

During breaks and in the evening, TEC staff networked and learned from each other. It was a busy and productive week!



Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets

Grant Opportunities

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to award up to ten cooperative agreements to fund research to conduct secondary data analysis of archived data, specifically the Building Strong Families (BSF), Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM), and Parents and Children Together (PACT) datasets. These datasets are from large-scale federal evaluation impact studies, which addressed questions related to healthy marriage and/or responsible fatherhood.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a familiarity with the proposed data for their analysis and an adequate understanding of the variables, sampling, methodology, etc. used to construct the dataset necessary for completion of the work proposed in the application. Proposed research should address topics relevant to strengthening families to improve the lives of children and parents, as well as promote economic stability. Topics of interest include, but may not be limited to the following: mediators of healthy marriage, relationship education, and/or fatherhood programs; measurement issues related to healthy marriage, relationship education, and/or fatherhood programs with low-income families; or father involvement in low-income families.

Letter of Intent Due Date: 09/11/2019
Application Due Date: 10/11/2019

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