Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC)
To support Tribal communities in their efforts to improve health by assisting with data needs through partnership development, community based research, education and technical assistance.
What Is GLITEC’s Role?
The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center serves 34 Tribes, three Service Units and four Urban Indian Health Programs. GLITEC is in its twentieth year of operation, originating in 1996. Program advisement is provided through each state’s Tribal Health Director’s Association.
GLITEC staff strives to support Tribal communities in their efforts to improve health by building capacity to collect and use data while advocating on the local, state and national levels to improve data quality.
- Respect for Tribal authority and direction in service requests
- Data confidentiality, protection and security
- Tribal ownership of data
- Establishing transparent, trusting relationships
- Inclusion and representation
GLITEC has conducted or participated in numerous projects with the American Indian/Alaska Native communities in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago.
GLITEC strives to be responsive to the needs and interests of the communities; therefore, some projects are conducted area-wide, while others are done with a consortium or group of communities, or with a single community.
GLITEC produces and disseminates an annual three-state American Indian/Alaska Native health profile report, aggregating data by each state individually and in combination. Tribe-specific profile reports are updated periodically and upon request.
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