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Meghan Porter, MPH, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist at GLITEC, submitted a poster to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2017 Annual Conference in June. The poster, "Unintentional Injury Mortality Among American Indian/Alaska Natives in the Bemidji Area," was chosen as a finalist.
The GLITEC Gazette for Spring 2017 is available here (pdf). If you would like to get the newsletter by mail, please contact the Epi Center and we'll add you to our list. Back issues can be accessed through the Publications page.
GLITEC has just published American Indian and Alaska Native Health in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin 2016. The three-state community health profile report is available here (pdf).
We're now in our 21st year! The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) celebrated 20 years of service to the 34 Tribes and four urban Indian health programs in the Great Lakes Area in 2016.
In 1996, Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) were established under the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) (Public Law 104-191, 110 Stat.1936). TECs were created to address the concerns about the lack of public health surveillance and data for disease control and prevention for Indian Country. At that time, four TECs were established and among them was the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center. It was not until 2006 that each Indian Health Service (IHS) service area had an established TEC to serve the American Indian and Alaska Native populations in its Area. Today there are 12 TECs in the United States. Each TEC aligns with an IHS service area and one TEC serves urban American Indians and Alaska Natives nationwide. In 2010, the IHCIA was permanently reauthorized. This reauthorization established TECs as public health authorities and defined the 7 core functions of TECs.
The seven core functions are to:
·Evaluate data and programs
·Identify health priorities with tribes
·Make recommendations for health service needs
·Make recommendations for improving health care delivery systems
·Provide technical assistance to tribes and tribal organizations
·Provide disease surveillance to tribes
In alignment with these functions, GLITEC will implement the following objectives in the coming year, among others: 1) Administer MoSAIC (Modular Survey for American Indian Communities), a standardized community assessment method in Area Tribal communities upon request; 2) Partner with the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN to co-create public health law and policy analyses for the communities we serve; 3) Provide evaluation and evaluation technical assistance for Area Tribes upon request; and 4) Incrementally advance environmental public health and epidemiology in the region.
The national Tribal Epidemiology Center Consortium website can be accessed here.
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. 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. The following principles of operation support GLITEC services:
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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