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Submit Your Story Maps and Win Great Prizes

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Your tribe does some amazing work, and Esri wants you to share your story. Submit your tribe’s story maps to the 2019 Tribal Story Map Challenge between now and March 29 for your chance to win some pretty cool prizes!

Three tribes will be selected to receive a prize package consisting of the following:

  • One ArcGIS Online five-user account or 2,500 service credits
  • Up to $2,500 in complimentary Esri training courses

Not only will winners get access to free software, but we will also give you the resources to help you get up and running quickly so that you can start solving your tribe’s most pressing problems.

Submissions will be accepted today through March 29! All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, March 29, to be eligible to win one of these great prize packages.

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AASTEC Success Story: Tribal PRAMS Project

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In May 2018, the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) launched the Tribal Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) – a new tribal public health surveillance system designed to learn more about the experiences, attitudes and behaviors of new American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) mothers before, during, and after their pregnancy. Key topics on the survey include prenatal and preconception care, breastfeeding, substance use, stress and stressors, health insurance coverage, and infant health care and safety.


Tribal PRAMS is a collaboration between AASTEC, the Navajo Tribal Epidemiology Center, and the New Mexico Department of Health.


Tribal Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)


The survey is complimentary to the existing New Mexico PRAMS, where the majority of new AI/AN mothers not selected for participation in this state-sponsored surveillance system, are invited to participate in Tribal PRAMS. The survey instrument consists of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PRAMS core survey questions, the NM-state specific PRAMS questions, and a Tribal addendum, which includes questions about breastfeeding, injury prevention, language, and cultural activities. Survey administration is multimodal, where participants can complete the survey by mail, online, or telephone.

The overarching goal of Tribal PRAMS is to strengthen the availability of high quality, AI/AN-specific data that can be used by tribes and tribal health programs to:

  • Understand the health status and specific needs of AI/AN mothers and their babies throughout New Mexico
  • Monitor trends in the health status of AI/AN perinatal women and their infants over time
  • Develop and/or enhance health programs and clinical care for AI/AN perinatal women and their infants
  • Inform tribal maternal child health policy development

For more information on Tribal PRAMS, please contact Sheldwin Yazzie shyazzie@aaihb.org or Ayanna Woolfork awoolfork@aaihb.org



AASTEC Creates Tribal Injury Prevention Resource Center

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The Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) is excited to announce the creation of the Tribal Injury Prevention Resource Center (TIPRC). This program serves all American Indian/Alaska Native tribal and urban communities across the country.


Its key aims are to provide technical assistance and training to promote the implementation of evidence-based best practices in motor vehicle safety throughout Indian Country with the goal of reducing injuries and fatalities associated with motor vehicle crashes.




Technical support and Program Services

  • Understand and implement best practices for tribal motor vehicle injury prevention.
  • Develop tribal policies to decrease alcohol-impaired driving and to promote seatbelt and car seat use.
  • Evaluate tribal motor vehicle safety projects.
  • Develop local surveillance systems to track injuries and deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes.
  • Identify data sources to monitor motor vehicle crashes and fatal and non-fatal injuries caused by crashes.
  • Collect and manage observational survey data related to seat belt and car seat use, etc.

Injury Prevention Trainings (available upon request)

  • Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician certification and CEU courses
  • Safe Native American Passengers (SNAP) training
  • IHS Introduction to Injury Prevention (Level 1) training
  • IHS Intermediate Injury Prevention (Level 2) training
  • Identifying funding opportunities for tribal injury prevention programs

Jerrod Moore (jmoore@aaihb.org) TIPRC Program Manager
Carrie Brown, MSML (cbrown@aaihb.org) Tribal Traffic Safety Specialist
Tabatha Harris, MHHSA (tharris@aaihb.org) Tribal Traffic Safety Specialist

ITCA TEC Releases Strategic Planning Toolkit

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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.



UIHI Success Story: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report

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Report provides snapshot of crisis in urban Native communities

Analysis of data in 71 U.S. cities points to much larger problem, inaccurate data

In November 2018, Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a division of Seattle Indian Health Board, released the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) report. This snapshot of data from 71 U.S. cities identified 506 cases of MMIWG and detailed significant challenges in collecting data on the total number of missing or murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives residing in off-reservation areas and outside rural villages. UIHI intends to provide the report as a resource for urban Indian organizations, tribal governments, and legislators.


“This report provides a necessary snapshot of the epidemic and is a call-to-action to protect Native women and girls.”


– Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of UIHI and co-author of the report.


Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant), doctoral student and creator of an extensive MMIWG database, co-authored the report with Echo-Hawk. In the course of her research, Lucchesi found some significant issues: a lack of available data on urban Indians, the need for non-tribal law enforcement agencies to coordinate with tribal nations regarding their members and to share data on MMIWG, the racial misclassification of these cases, and inadequate funding for research on violence against urban American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls.

The report has been circulated by major local, national, and international media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR (National), CBC News, The Seattle Times, KUOW, and King 5 News. The communications team shared the report and related information on social media which increased engagement exponentially—it reached over 400,000 people and helped UIHI’s follower base grow by over 2,000 across all social media channels. This report has also been shared by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Juana Majel-Dixon (Pauma Band of Mission Indians), Executive Board Member and Recording Secretary of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in a press event in Washington, D.C.

The researchers also note that Urban Indian organizations need this information to better inform programming and to advocate for change. They also note that this issue is more than just data. For more information and to view the report, visit the UIHI website.