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.
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 (TribalEpiCenters.org), 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!