Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center

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It is with great honor that the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) celebrates 20 years of service to the 34 Tribes, three Indian Health Service Units and four urban Indian health programs in the Great Lakes Area. These partnerships have allowed us to continue working towards our mission of supporting Tribal and urban Indian communities in their efforts to improve health by assisting with data needs through partnership development, community based research and technical assistance.

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: 

·Collect data

·Evaluate data and programs

·Identify health priorities with tribes

·Make recommendations for health service needs

·Make recommendations for improving health care delivery systems

·Provide epidemiologic technical assistance to tribes and tribal organizations

·Provide disease surveillance to tribes

In alignment with these functions, GLITEC will implement the following objectives this 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. 

It is my goal as the new director to continue learning about the communities in our region and how GLITEC can better assist the communities we serve. I also want to work on building recognition in the region about the services we offer and assistance we can provide and have provided in the past. It has been a wonderful 20 years for GLITEC and we look forward to another 20 years of serving the Great Lakes Area Tribal and urban Indian communities. If you have any questions about the services we can provide or would like to learn more about GLITEC, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 715-588-1093. 

--Christina Pacheco, JD, MPH

The national Tribal Epidemiology Center Consortium website can be accessed here

The GLITEC Gazette for Winter 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.

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. The following principles of operation
support GLITEC services:
  • 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

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