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Dr. CH Huntley’s Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast

TEC News, TECs in the Media
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Dr. CH Huntley

New Release

Episode #206

Child Health and Wellness with Denny MedicineBird, Oklahoma Tribal Epidemiology Center

Through the Feed the Children commercials he saw on TV when he was a child himself, Denny MedicineBird developed an interest in public health, although he didn’t know that’s what it was called at the time. Denny’s culture and upbringing inspired him to pursue the work that he is currently doing, which includes enhancing child health and wellness in a traditional community health setting.

July 26, 2021

Previous Episodes

Episode #202

For the Community, By the Community, Interview with Alejandra Cabrera, MPH

June 29, 2021

Episode #184

United South and Eastern Tribes, Tribal Epidemiology Center, with Imani Ransby, MPH

February 23, 2021

Episode #180

Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, with Audrey Juliussen & Jordan Skan

January 25, 2021

Episode #176

Interview With Forrest Lester and Delores Becenti, Navajo Epidemiology Center

December 28, 2020

Episode #171

Interview With Dr. Amruta Dixit, Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

November 23, 2020

Episode #167

Interview with Samantha Lucas-Pipkorn, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center

October 27, 2020

Episode #163

Tribal Epidemiology Centers, Resources & COVID-19 Response

September 28, 2020

Episode #158

Interview with Chris TallBear, Oklahoma Tribal Epidemiology Center

August 24, 2020

Episode #154

Interview with Tommy Ghost Dog and Celena McCray, Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

July 27, 2020

Episode #150

Interview with Jonathan Davis, Arizona Tribal Epidemiology Center

June 29, 2020

Episode #145

Interview with Antoinette Medina, California Tribal Epidemiology Center

May 25, 2020

Episode #141

Interview with Wyatt Pickner and Crisandra Wilkie, Urban Indian Health Institute

April 27, 2020

Episode #137

Interview with Emily Good Weasel, MPH, Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center

March 30, 2020

Dr. CH Huntley’s Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast

NWTEC Success Story: 2020 Trans and Gender-Affirming Care Strategic Vision and Action Plan

Success Stories, TEC News
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Over the past year, the Paths (Re)Membered Project has worked on a variety of projects to support the health of Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ (2SLGBTQ+) people. (We use Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ or 2SLGBTQ+ throughout this briefing to refer to individuals who identify as gender-diverse (not cisgender) or have a minority sexual orientation.) Paths (Re)Membered activities have included founding a Trans & Gender-Affirming Care ECHO, publishing monthly podcasts and blog posts, hosting regular community events and trainings for staff and partners, working with northwest tribes to build capacity for affirming environments in clinics and community spaces, and completing a 2SLGBTQ+ Pride and Connectedness Online Survey.

In January of 2020, NPAIHB Delegates approved the resolution “Support for Quality Care and Improved Health Outcomes for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ People.” In response, the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program founded the Native Advocacy Workgroup for Trans Health and worked with them to collectively create a Strategic Vision and Action Plan focused on Trans & Gender-Affirming Care in Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban Clinics (I/T/U).

In its role creating the Strategic Vision and Action Plan, NPAIHB listened and consulted with stakeholders including 2SLGBTQ+ community members, healthcare providers, policymakers, and community and program leaders. This strategic plan supports the I/T/U clinics as they begin to provide gender-affirming care to their patients by emphasizing the following four goals:

  1. Develop and pass protective policies at the federal, tribal, and local levels;
  2. Ensure affirming clinical environments for gender-diverse patients;
  3. Ensure best practice care for Indigenous gender-diverse patients; and
  4. Improve I/T/U health systems support for initiatives focused on the wellness of gender-diverse community members.

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For more information about the Strategic Vision and Action Plan or to learn more about the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program, please contact Morgan at mthomas@npaihb.org or 850-748-3458.


The dissemination of this strategic plan will guide I/T/U clinics, ensuring they have the strategies and support they need to fully implement these guidelines and to offer 2SLGBTQ+ clients a welcoming space and the care they need to be healthy. It will further guide policy and tribal leaders as they work to ensure programs and policies developed in Indian Country are affirming for 2SLGBTQ+ clients and community members.

Jessica Leston (Tsimshian), she/her/hers, Clinical Programs Manager
Itai Jeffries (Yèsah/Occaneechi), they/them/ya’ll, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered
Morgan Thomas, they/them, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered