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ANEC Success Story: Alaska Native Injury Atlas

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Every five years the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Injury Prevention program and Alaska Native Epidemiology Center collaborate with statewide data sources and regional Tribal health organizations to update the Alaska Native Injury Atlas. In March, 2020, the third update of the Atlas was published. Because injuries are the leading cause of death for Alaska Native and American Indian people in Alaska through age 49, tracking the leading causes of injuries and which populations are vulnerable is vital to informing prevention efforts.

The Atlas reports both injury hospitalizations and Injury deaths, with charts and maps that illustrate rate differences by geographic area and over time. Because daily activities and risks in Alaska are different from other US areas, an emphasis was made on the causes of injury of particular interest to Alaskans.

ANTHC Injury Prevention and the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center would like to thank the Alaska Trauma Registry, the Alaska Health Analytics and Vital Records, the Alaska Health Facilities Data Reporting Program, and Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development for providing the data used in the Atlas. We also thank the regional Tribal Health Organizations for their continued efforts in injury prevention, and for the injury prevention success stories included in this Atlas.



ANEC Success Story: Crystal Bruns, Associate Health Statistician

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A TEC Internship Success Story!

Crystal Bruns joined the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center (ANEC) in August 2019 as a Biostatistics Intern, where she completed internship duties at both ANEC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Arctic Investigations Program. Initially, her internship was scheduled for 3 months, but was soon extended to 6 months due to the skills and enthusiasm she brought to her work. Her willingness to learn anything and everything she could, and her ability to quickly learn and apply new skills led to an offer of a permanent position at ANEC. In February 2020, Crystal officially accepted the position of Associate Health Statistician, making her ANEC’s newest team member!
Q: Why did you apply to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ANEC Intern position?
A: I knew I wanted a career in statistics and vocalized this with my statistics professor during my last semester at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). My professor was aware of ANEC’s biostatistics internship and highly recommended I pursue it, so I did.

Q: What are the top 3 things you feel you learned or contributed to ANEC and CDC from this internship opportunity?
A: I expanded my knowledge and capabilities with R Programming, advanced my statistical knowledge and abilities, and I created tools for ANEC and CDC to complete future analysis.

Q: Why did you apply to work at ANEC in a full-time capacity?
A: During my internship, I discovered studying health data was fun and interesting. I also found it rewarding to be a part of a team working to improve people’s lives. I looked forward to contributing to ANEC’s goal every day and wanted to keep being a part of that team.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience working at ANEC?
A: This experience has produced a new awareness in understanding data collection, team collaboration, development of health policies and strategies, and more. I also want to share the people that are a part of ANEC’s team made my experience incredible. Thank you for letting me join the team.




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

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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.



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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New PCD Collection: Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country

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A Focus on Indian Health and Wellness

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is excited to present a groundbreaking new collection of articles on Indian wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) seeks to build on a new sense of possibility in Indian Country. This PCD collection of 7 articles chronicles the journey of GHWIC, from conception to behavioral outcomes, as the first 5 years come to a close.

Together, the articles on GHWIC describe a model for public health practice across the country and around the world, one that seeks to be relevant to the people being served, to uplift culture and respect local knowledge, and to institutionalize sustainable health improvements.