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2017 CTEC Summer Research Assistant Program

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The California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC) kicked off the 2017 Summer Research Assistant Program with an orientation in Sacramento, CA, on June 15.


This year, CTEC staff will mentor 3 students working at Tribal and Urban Indian Health Programs in Northern and Central California.


Students’ work will be guided by epidemiologic and evaluation-related projects the Health Programs would like assistance with over the summer.

Summer Research Assistant Program

NPR: Montana Lacks Addiction Resources

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From Montana Public Radio: 2 Sisters Try To Tackle Drug Use At A Montana Indian Reservation


There’s a narrative about the methamphetamine epidemic in Montana that says the state tackled it in the 2000s, yet now it’s back with a vengeance because of super labs and drug cartels in Mexico. But here on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, it never really went away.


This article appeared on NPR’s Health Shots.

Read the full article here.

UIHI Health Data Literacy Training

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Module 1: Conceptualizing Diabetes Data

Join the Urban Indian Health Institute’s (UIHI’s) Demystifying Data project for a webinar on “Conceptualizing Diabetes Data.” The first in a series of two training sessions focused on using health data.


This webinar will walk participants through the process of selecting your data from multiple public sources and exporting it.


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An overview of other considerations when working with data such as limitations and uses of imperfect data will be included. This training is designed for individuals with a beginner level of using health data or those with a more intermediate level of understanding who want a refresher on accessing and downloading publicly available data.

May 24, 2017, 10 a.m. Pacific

Please register by Wednesday, May 19, 2017 to receive access instructions. Email Joshua Smith, UIHI Project Coordinator, your full name, email, title and organization name to register.

Save the Date for Module 2: Preparing and Presenting Diabetes Data May 31, 2017 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

From Plans to Action: Prevention and Support for Pregnant Blackfeet Women Using Opioids

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The Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center (RMTEC) has received new funding from the Montana Healthcare Foundation to support their work with the Blackfeet tribe in combating opioid and other drug use among pregnant women on the Blackfeet Reservation.

From Plans to Action: Prevention and Support for Pregnant Blackfeet Women Using Opioids will follow up on a previous MHCF planning grant from 2016, which funded RMTEC and their Boston University-based partners to perform initial planning on opioid prevention among pregnant women on Blackfeet.

Last year’s funds supported a conference on Blackfeet; a detailed report and feedback; an inspirational Blackfeet visit to the Lummi tribe’s opioid maintenance program; and the formation of a brand new, multi-partner Opioid Prevention Task Force (OPT) on Blackfeet.

The new funding will continue this work, in partnership with the BU-based Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) by solidifying and coordinating the work of the OPT; conducting focus groups/key informant interviews with opioid-users and with clinicians on Blackfeet; conducting a “Gap analysis” to determine any treatment shortfalls for opioid-using pregnant women on Blackfeet; assessing the adequacy of prenatal screening; and establishing a referral system for care. The project will also consider and facilitate discussion of whether and how the program could address other substances such as alcohol and methamphetamine.

Montana Healthcare Foundation will also assist with creation of a business plan for Medication Assisted Treatment on the Reservation. The grant will foster the relationship between the Lummi and Blackfeet Tribes, as well as between the Blackfeet and other MHCF grantees working on opioid and substance use disorder prevention in Montana.

CTEC Updates April 2017

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Dr. Maureen Wimsatt was recently named national co-chair of the Trial Epidemiology Center Consortium (TEC-C). Dr. Wimsatt has worked on Indian health research and evaluation projects for nearly a decade and serves as the Director of the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC).

Dr. Maureen Wimsatt

Check out this toolkit (PDF 2.9MB) about cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) for emergency management (preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery) produced by the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC).

Learn more about CTEC.