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ITCA-TEC Success Story: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Workshop

Success Stories, TEC News
On July 18, 2019, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) partnered with the Cocopah Indian Tribe to conduct a modified Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) workshop. This pilot workshop was the first of its kind for the Cocopah Tribe and the ITCA TEC. The workshop was conducted in a modified form to take into account the relevant aspects of responding to an emergency on the Cocopah Indian Tribe Reservation. The main themes addressed in the workshop were: community orientation and safety information, survey design in Epi Info and Excel, database construction and basic reports in Epi Info and Excel, interviewing techniques and sensitivity, interview and survey completion live practice and data entry, analysis, and report construction live practice.

This workshop provided a forum for the emergency response partners in Yuma County, such as San Luis Walk-In Clinic, Regional Center for Border Health, Cocopah Environmental Protection Office, Cocopah Tribal Health Maintenance program, Cocopah Police Department, Cocopah Office of Emergency Management, Indian Health Service Fort Yuma Service Unit, Yuma County Public Health Services District, Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department, and Arizona Complete Health. During this workshop, the emergency response partners collaborated, and shared experiences and points of view in order to effectively respond to public health emergencies. Using the modified CASPER questionnaire as a framework, various tips in designing a survey questionnaire and interviewing were discussed and shared among the workshop participants.


Eighty seven percent of the workshop participants found the workshop useful to their work responsibilities. Building on the workshop experiences, the emergency response partners are better prepared to collaborate and respond to public health emergencies.



ITCA-TEC-2019-Success-Story-01Figure 1. Cocopah Indian Tribe Office of Emergency Management Manager welcoming the workshop participants.

ITCA-TEC-2019-Success-Story-02Figure 2. An example of inventorying available resources and descriptions from emergency response partners related to a public health emergency in Yuma County.

ITCA-TEC-2019-Success-Story-03Figure 3. Workshop participants discussing necessary data collection and interviewing techniques and sensitivity within a public health emergency response setting.



Save the Date: Tribal Researchers’ Cancer Control Fellowship Program


Save the date: June 7-19, 2020

Sponsored by:
National Cancer Institute
Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Portland, Oregon

Topics will include (not limited to):

  • Cancer control study design
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Cancer screening
  • Cohort studies among American Indians
  • Community-based chronic disease programs
  • Cultural considerations in cancer epidemiology
  • Focus groups
  • Grant writing
  • Implementing a Native comprehensive cancer prevention and control project

To apply:
Applications are encouraged from American Indians and Alaska Natives with a demonstrated interest in cancer prevention and control. Applications will be available in January and due in March.

Accepted Fellows will:

  • Attend a two-week training in June 2020
  • Attend a one-week training in Fall 2020
  • Receive peer and career mentorship to develop and implement cancer control projects
  • Be eligible for paid internships
  • Be connected to a network of experts in cancer control and prevention in Indian Country

For more information and to apply visit http://www.npaihb.org
E-mail Ashley Thomas at athomas@npaihb.org

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

More Information

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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