Month December 2019

Month December 2019

CTEC Success Story: CRIHB Releases Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use

Success Stories
Over the past year, the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC), housed within the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.’s (CRIHB) Research and Public Health Department, has been working on developing a response to the opioid epidemic in California’s Tribal communities.


In December 2019, they released Healing Our California Tribal Communities: A Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use.


The 52-page strategic plan presents an overview of the opioid epidemic and the impact on Tribal communities, and it provides a summary of key findings and Tribal community-driven solutions.

“The Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use will provide California Tribes, Tribal Health Programs, and Tribal Local Opioid Coalitions with recommendations of community-driven solutions to address opioid use and abuse in their communities,” said Vanesscia Cresci, CRIHB’s Research and Public Health Director.

A team comprised of a CTEC epidemiologist, project coordinator, and program evaluator traveled to Tribal communities throughout Northern, Central, and Southern California to gather community data, distribute the opioid response capacity assessment survey, and conduct key informant interviews and focus groups.

CRIHB’s CEO, Dr. Mark LeBeau said, “I appreciate the hard work and efforts of CRIHB’s Research and Public Health team who developed the Strategic Plan to Address Tribal Opioid Use. CRIHB would like to thank the Tribal Opioid Advisory Committee for their helpful feedback, guidance, and support in creating the strategic plan.”



Maternal and Child Health Training: Maternal-Infant-Matrix (MIM) Storyboard Methodology Practicum



  • Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10, 2020 (3 day course: $350/person) – Scheduled after the EIS conference
  • May 25 – 29, 2020 (5 day course: $500/person)-Scheduled before the Epidemiology in Action Course and the International Course in Applied Epidemiology

The MIM/SM methodology has five component parts:

  • Defining the MCH system with particular attention to the Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrical and Newborn Care (CEm ONC) system;
  • Use of the continuous management cycle for quality improvement;
  • Defining the local indicator matrix (LIM ) and assuring linkage of process indicators to outcome indicators to avoid outcome displacement;
  • Completing the Quality Improvement (QI) story by implementing the QA/QI methods and techniques;
  • Conducting the Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC) for scaling up the intervention package.

To register or if you have any questions, please contact Pia Valeriano at:

Epidemiology in Action with R-Studio Course


This course is directed at public health professionals who wish to learn epidemiology or to review how epidemiology is used in disease investigations. This training includes discussions of descriptive epidemiology, ecology of infections, biostatistics, public health surveillance, field investigations and table-top case exercises based on actual field investigations and hands-on computer training using Epi-Info. Selected prevalent diseases in North America are also discussed.

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Familiarity with the vocabulary and principles of basic epidemiology; participants are recommended to complete CDC’s Principle’s of Epidemiology self-study course or equivalent.

Sample Agenda

Registration Fee: $2000
Housing, textbook and food, NOT included in fees.

Recommended prerequisite review:

  • Applied Epidemiology Manual

Text books:

  • Epidemiology for Public Health Practice by Friis and Sellers, 5th Edition
  • Field Epidemiology by Michael Gregg, 3rd Edition

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Communicable Disease Manual
  • A Dictionary of Epidemiology

Continuing Education Information:

  • Certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of this course

Monday, June 1, 2020 – Friday, June 12, 2020
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone

Claudia Nance Rollins Auditorium
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Rd.
CNR 6001
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Surveillance in Public Health Training


This course is cosponsored by CDC (Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services) and Emory University (Rollins School of Public Health). Classes will be taught by CDC and Emory field experts.

May 18 – 22, 2020
(deadline April 18, 2020 or later with available seating)

$850 (4.5 days training)

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Course Covers:

  • History of Public Health Surveillance (PHS)
  • Overview of PHS
  • Considerations in planning PHS
  • Sources and collection of data for PHS
  • Data science and its role in PHS
  • Analysis and Interpretation of PHS data
  • Communicating PHS data
  • Ethics and legal issues in PHS
  • State and Local issues in PHS
  • The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence in PHS
  • Evaluating PHS data/systems

Special topics in Public Health Surveillance (PHS):

  • Foodborne/Molecular surveillance
  • Cancer surveillance
  • Syndromic surveillance
  • HIV/AIDS surveillance

Hands-on table top PHS case study exercises:

  • Epidemiologic response to Hurricane
  • NY City Surveillance
  • Development of Surveillance Systems


Secondary Analysis of Existing Datasets in Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases and Sleep Disorders (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Grant Opportunities

The goal of this funding opportunity is to stimulate the use of existing human datasets for well-focused secondary analyses to investigate novel scientific ideas or new models, systems, tools, methods, or technologies that have the potential for significant impact on biomedical or biobehavioral research in areas relevant to the NHLBI mission. This FOA actively supports the use of existing database resources to conduct additional analyses secondary to a project’s originally-intended primary purpose. Applications may be related to, but must be distinct from, the specific aims of the original data collection. It will not support the collection of new data.

Applications Due: Nov. 25, 2022

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