Tribal EPI Center Public Health Infrastructure (TECPHI)

In 2018-2019, GLITEC TECPHI was able to sub-award to two Tribes ($50,000/each) in the Great Lakes region with their data-related projects. GLITEC provided resources to the Data Governance Board as they work to in a structured, consistent manner to develop policies, procedures and strategies for the management of all Tribal data. TECPHI resources supported another Tribe’s community collaborative data system; the data system allows for real-time data sharing between the Tribe’s justice department, medical organizations, youth services, education, and other departments to help improve opportunities, services, and safety of the community. In 2019-2020, two new Tribes were sub-awarded funding to complete data-related projects.

TECPHI provides direct and expansive assistance to Tribal/urban Indian communities in the following areas:

  • Disease surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • Prevention and control of disease, injury, or disability
  • Program monitoring and evaluation

The TECPHI Opioid Overdose Prevention supplement is currently addressing the following across the Bemidji Area (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and city of Chicago)

  • Addressing and improving data issues related to racial classification across data systems
  • Partnering with tribes and key stakeholders to improve surveillance
  • Improving non-fatal overdose data collection
  • Improving fatal overdose data collection

Tribal Environmental Health Program Tracking Program

In the summer of 2014, the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) was contracted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct the Bemidji Area Environmental Health Tracking Program pilot project. Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the American Indian Health and Family Services near Detroit and Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians were selected through a Request for Participation solicitation. In total, the Bemidji Area Environmental Health Tracking Program pilot project involved the Bad River Tribe, CDC, American Indian Health and Family Services (Detroit urban Indian community), Fond du Lac Band, GLITEC, Michigan Tracking Program, Minnesota Tracking Program, and Wisconsin Tracking Program. The pilot project year one (August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015) objectives were to: 1) assess ongoing environmental monitoring taking place at the Tribal level, 2) develop environmental priorities, and 3) identify health outcomes of greatest concern for each community.

Today, the Tribal Environmental Health Program Tracking Program continues the work that began in 2014. GLITEC provides Tribes and urban Indian communities with environmental health data; and supports their local data driven decision making efforts to protect and improve the health of their communities.


All federally-recognized Tribes, urban Indian clinics receiving Indian Health Service funding through Subtitle IV of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (formerly Title V), members of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), or members of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition Member (NUIFC Member) that are located in the Indian Health Service’s Bemidji Area are eligible to receive GLITEC technical assistance, resources, and services