United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center

The United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC) was established in 1996 by Congress through the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The USET TEC serves 30 federally recognized Tribal Nations in twelve states from Maine to Florida to Texas. The USET TEC is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, to improving the capabilities of Tribal health departments, assisting the USET member Tribal Nations in dealing effectively with public health issues, and in serving the broad health needs of AI/AN citizens.

The USET TEC monitors and reports on the health status of member Tribal Nations in an effort to reduce disease and improve wellness. The TEC strives to improve quality of life by evaluating Tribal health data, monitoring health trends, providing technical assistance about data collection, analyzing population health data, and supporting initiatives that promote health. The USET TEC consistently provides aggregate and Tribal Nation specific reports on mortality by utilizing state death certificate data, childhood and adult immunizations by utilizing Resource Patient Management System (RPMS) data, and diabetes by utilizing RPMS diabetes audit data.

As a designated Public Health Authority (P.L 94-437 through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act [HIPAA]), the USET TEC supports member Tribal Nations in improving the health of AI/AN communities through multiple partnerships. Some partnerships include: working with the Indian Health Service Nashville Area Office on injury prevention through an infant car seat education program, the National Library of Medicine on a maternal child health project for breastfeeding education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding Tribal Nation community health assessments.




USET TEC Success Story – Increasing Breastfeeding
USET TEC Success Story – Annual Diabetes Report
USET TEC Success Story – Starting to Quit
USET TEC Success Story – 2018 Area Impact Award Winner



United South and Eastern Tribes Tribal Epidemiology Center
Nashville, TN
Director: Christy Duke
Phone: (615) 872-7900
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