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Just Released: Tribal Epidemiology Centers supplement with the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

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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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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


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.

Native Public Health Innovation Award: Call for Nominations

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In an effort to honor individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved American Indian and Alaska Native public health, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites nominations for the Native Public Health Innovation Award. NIHB created this award to recognize excellence, achievement, and innovations that are above and beyond the call of service. NIHB recognizes that public health is a traditional Native value, and that Tribes have led the way in creating and implementing public health programming and services that align not only with contemporary needs, but with cultural beliefs as well. This award will highlight the work and vision of a Tribe, individual, organization or program that has worked to improve health status, implement new programming, address long standing health disparities, and/or increase the visibility of public health concerns.


NIHB will present the award at the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit in Prior Lake, Minnesota during a plenary session. All nominations should be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The winner will be notified within three weeks upon close of the nominations.


Deadline: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by 11:59 pm ET

To learn more or submit your nomination, click HERE!
Have questions? Email Angelica at

Call for Tribal Success Stories

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Tribal nations are active and important contributors to public health, and tribal cultures have long fostered health and wellness among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites you to share stories that show how you do just that, so they can be a part of an exciting new exhibit at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta.
Will you please widely share this call for stories with your tribal partners?
The exhibition — to be held from Sept 22, 2019, through May 1, 2020, in Atlanta—will recognize the public health contributions of the AI/AN community in a visually compelling, culturally appropriate manner. CDC’s exhibition will showcase how native traditions and wisdom have affected public health in the past and present, and how AI/AN people have made a difference in the health of their people.
Compared with other Americans, AI/AN people have higher rates of some diseases, disorders, and deaths. This call for stories offers an opportunity for individuals, tribes, tribal organizations, and others to showcase the strengths and resilience of tribal communities, their heritage and traditions, and how their culture addresses risk factors unique to tribes and promotes their health and well-being.
What Types of Stories Are Needed?
Please send stories that highlight how native traditions and wisdom have affected health, or show contributions of specific AI/AN individuals to health and wellness among AI/AN people. CDC will consider stories that represent the diverse array of tribes, tribal organizations, health issues, and people of Indian Country and AI/AN culture, such as:

  • Locations—reservation and non-reservation, urban, rural, all geographic areas across the United States
  • Health issues—environmental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and response, injury, behavioral health
  • People—individuals, tribes, organizations

How To Submit A Story?
Story submissions, which should be no more than two pages, single spaced, and size 12 font, can be emailed to by January 15, 2018. Please include website links to photos and pictures of objects that could be included in the exhibit, when available. 
All submissions must include the following:

  • Brief historical background information that puts the story in context. For example, what is the traditional or cultural practice? How did it contribute to health and wellness in AI/AN people in the past?
  • A description of how this tradition or culture affects people’s lives today. The impact could be lives saved, suffering reduced, fewer visits to health care facilities, adoption of a healthier lifestyle, or other similar benefits. This section should also describe how the practice is promoted among tribes and AI/AN people.
  • A list of potential photographs, pictures, documents, media, and objects that can be used to illustrate the story. Is there artwork or children’s drawings that represents the practice? Are there radio recordings, letters, posters, or other communications from public health efforts? Are there traditional objects that have evolved to become used in modern day? Are there objects that are still in use today? Please include images and files with the submission, if available.

CDC values the privacy and ownership rights of those in stories. As such, each agency, organization, or individual that contributes a story is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions or releases from any parties involved in the story. 
How Will Submissions Be Evaluated?  
Submissions will be assessed based on the following criteria in the initial review:

  • Impact. Is the story educational, inspiring, and persuasive? Does it clearly convey how the culture or tradition being practiced promotes health and wellness? 
  • Visual components. Are there compelling, high-resolution photographs that illustrate the story? Are there physical objects that are available for use in a museum exhibit? Are there opportunities for interactive displays or actions that could be part of an exhibit?
  • Quality, clarity, and historical accuracy. Is the information presented accurately and clearly?

CDC intends to showcase a broad array of public health success stories from across Indian Country, so even if a story isn’t a part of the museum exhibit, it could still be showcased on other CDC channels, such as social media, websites, print materials, and presentations. We can’t wait to read your story!