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USET TEC Success Story – NIHB Annual Heroes in Health Awards Gala

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2018 Area Impact Award Winner

The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Tribal Epidemiology Center received a National Indian Health Board “Area Impact Award” for the support and technical assistance that it provides to USET Member Tribal Nations.


“Honors an individual or organization whose work has contributed to improving American Indian/Alaska Native health care or affected change on an area or regional basis.”




2018 Area Impact Award Winner
2018 Area Impact Award Winner

UIHI Report: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) has just released its “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls” report, which provides a snapshot of crisis in urban Native communities.

“Seventy-one percent of American Indian and Alaska Natives live in urban areas, yet, accurate data does not exist regarding the rates of violence among this population,” said Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of UIHI and citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. “This report is a step toward addressing this epidemic.”

*This report contains strong language about violence against Native women and girls.

View/Download the report here.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report


ANEC Success Story: Alaska Native Tumor Registry

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ANTR Awarded First-Place by SEER Program
Cancer is the leading cause of death among Alaska Native people. Many cancers can be prevented. To understand the unique pattern of cancer among Alaska Native people, Dr. Anne Lanier and colleagues established the Alaska Native Tumor Registry (ANTR). The ANTR has been collecting cancer data for Alaska Native people since 1969. Since this time, these data have been used to help Alaska Native tribal health organizations understand the burden of cancer in their communities. The data have also been used in over 100 scientific publications, and 9 five-yearly reports. Our most recent five-year picture of cancer among Alaska Native people was published in 2015. Our Executive Summary of this report has been very useful to tribal health leaders in understanding this public health issue.

The ANTR is a population-based central cancer registry. This means we collect information from all over Alaska, not just from one hospital. We are funded by, and a member of, the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. This program, which includes 17 other registries nationwide, is known for its high-quality cancer data collection. Each year, the SEER program assesses the quality of data submitted by each of its registries. This year, we were pleased to be awarded a First-Place Award by the SEER Program for data quality. This means that we achieved all 14 of the data quality metrics established by SEER as benchmarks for having high quality data. This is the first time in ANTR’s history that we have been awarded a first-place award!

Members of the Alaska Native Tumor Registry display their SEER Program first-place award.



Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Report

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The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) is pleased to present the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Surveillance Report among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. This report was prepared in response to Tribal leadership prioritizing behavioral health and substance abuse as a top concern in the Indian Health Service Phoenix and Tucson Service Areas.

The purpose of the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah report is to provide information to the tribes we serve. This report focuses on indicators of behavioral health and substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This surveillance report demonstrates current trends in behavioral health and substance abuse using data requested from state surveillance systems and national surveys, including hospital discharge, vital statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBSS) data.

CTEC Success Story: August 2018

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Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country

Tiffany Ta, MPH

Within the project year, the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC) conducted key informant interviews with the CDC Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) Advancing California Opportunities to Renew Native health Systems (ACORNS) subcontractors. These subcontractors were Tribes, Tribal Health Programs, or Tribal Organizations. The purpose of these interviews were to gather information on how information has been shared with Tribes in their respective area and across other areas.


CTEC conducted a total of nine key informant interviews from ACORNS subcontractor program leads.


Findings from the key informant interviews indicated that sharing information helped the program leads and community members gather information. Such information included implementation of new programs, sharing of ideas on successes and challenges, and sharing of resources and tools. This sharing of information helped ACORNS subcontractors avoid “reinventing the wheel.” Several recommendations were made by program leads on how improvements could be further made on methods to sharing information to Tribes and across Tribes. The current primary method of communication in sharing information to their community are at meetings, workshops, and conferences. In other words, opportunities for program leads, staff, and/or Tribal community members to gather were considered a success in sharing information within and across other areas. A notable example mentioned from program leads was the 1st Annual 2018 Data, Evaluation, and Grant Writing Training hosted by CTEC last March. Unfortunately, this method of communication did not demonstrate as the most efficient method because meetings, workshops and conferences are held only once or twice a year. In other words, these opportunities to gather and share information are too infrequent.

Key informant interviews revealed concerns that there is a need for more frequent meetings, workshops, or conferences within the program year. More frequent gatherings would further enable them to share information. After conducting these interviews, ACORNS subcontractor program leads and GHWIC staff came to understand the pressing need to gather together in one location more often to share information as well as build relationships with one another. Typically, meetings, workshops, and conferences are held to simply provide health education and training to Tribal communities and staff, but many Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) have yet to realize these meetings are too often the only occasion for them to gather together in one space to connect, build relationships, and share information. Hence, creating opportunities to gather more frequently will foster these connections, further enable the sharing of information, and strengthen relationships with Tribal communities. This is critical for us, as TECs, to truly understand what their needs are, improve overall health, and improve relationships with Tribes in their respective area and across other areas.

As a result of the key informant interviews, GHWIC staff are now aware of the need for more frequent gatherings and will work with program leads to help us develop additional meetings, workshops, and conferences that are efficient and will help Tribes overall. In addition, having these interviews in-person provided GHWIC staff an opportunity to build/strengthen relationships with their program leads. This will help guide future GHWIC work. The significance of this is that program leads are typically members within the Tribal community, having far more knowledge about community needs and can provide invaluable guidance to improvements needed to achieve overall community health and wellness. Lastly, building and strengthening relationships between TECs and Tribal communities will subsequently build trusting relationships that will, in turn, further support them in sharing information within and across other Tribal areas.