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OSTLTS Cooperative Agreements
American Indian/Alaska Native Populations

Please Note: While OMHD will continue to oversee the Inter-Agency Agreements supporting the American Indian/Alaska Native populations; the OD's two Senior Tribal Liaisons are moving from OMHD to the new CDC Office of State, Tribal, Local, & Territorial Support (OSTLTS).  As part of this move they will retain oversight and Project Officer responsibilities for the 2 Cooperative Agreements supporting the American Indian/Alaska Native populations under OSTLTS.  See below for information on OSTLTS Cooperative Agreements and visit the OSTLTS website directly at for more information.

Cooperative Agreements

Red Square Bullet National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Red Square Bullet Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)
Tribal EpiCenter Consortium (TECC)

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National Indian Health Board (NIHB)

  The NIHB, a non-profit national American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) organization based in Washington, DC, conducts policy analysis, program assessment and development, national and regional meeting planning, training and technical assistance programs, and project management.  The NIHB advocates on behalf of all 569 federally-recognized Tribes in the development of national Indian health policy.   They present the tribal perspective while monitoring federal legislation and opens opportunities to other national health care organizations to network and engage their support on Indian health care issues.  The NIHB provides a vehicle to keep the flow of health care information in front of policy makers and tribal governments manifesting progress in health care and strengthening tribal sovereignty.  NIHB utilizes the Area Health Boards to assist CDC in a communication link between the CDC the tribes.  Area Health Boards and their constituent tribes provide advise to CDC on health policy, planning, and program design.
  This NIHB agreement provides a venue to increase collaboration among public health partners at national, region, state, tribal and local levels; ensure that AI/AN communities are equally protected from infectious, occupational, environmental and terrorists threats; and influence the public health workforce pipeline to ensure that more Native students enter public health schools and related careers.
  NIHB principal goals are:
  Blue Sphere Bullet Support the collaboration of the NIHB and its established infrastructure of Area health Board with the CDC and its established Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee (TCAC)
  Blue Sphere Bullet Strengthening Public Health System Connectivity
  Blue Sphere Bullet Identify and Develop Culturally-Appropriate Approaches to Reduce Disease Burden
  Blue Sphere Bullet Strengthen AI/AN Public Health Systems Capacity.
  Project Period:
  Four Years
  Learn more about the Organization NIHB

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Red Square Bullet Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) Tribal EpiCenter Consortium (TECC)
  The lead agency for this project is the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NTEC) (located at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board) which serves 43 federally recognized tribes in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, approximately 272,000 AI/ANs.  The two consortium partners are the Southern Plains Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (SPIEC), located at the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board, that serves 4 federally recognized tribes in Kansas, 38 in Oklahoma, 1 tribe in Texas, and 4 Urban Indian Health Centers, some 654,911 AI/ANs and the California Tribal Epidemiology Collaborative (CTEC), a partnership of the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc., the Indian Health Council, and the Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. Together, these organizations serve four DHHS regions (Regions VI, VII, IX and X).   The EpiCenter Consortium model establishes a number of mechanisms for ongoing consultation with constituent tribes and a list of joint projects, allowing each EpiCenter to benefit from the experience and expertise of the others. The EpiCenters are ideally situated to work locally and be responsive to the needs and sensitivities of tribal communities while cultivating close collaborative relationships with state and federal agencies and academic departments.
  The short term goal for the TECC is to share the tools and experience of existing and prior data collection projects and interventions in Indian Country to increase the cultural competence, effectiveness, and penetration of injury prevention programs in all three areas. Long term goals is to use this collaboration model to establish a National Network of 11 Tribal EpiCenters serving all regions of Indian Country, maximizing resources and experience and further building of tribal Epi capacity with community based participatory methods.
  NPAIHB principal goals are:
  Continue the formal interregional collaboration of three tribal epidemiology centers.
  Increase the integration of EpiCenters into the data collection systems and public health resources that already exist among their constituent tribes through analysis of the tribal capacity assessment.
  Increase the standardization of data analysis among the three regions to allow better comparability of AI/AN health data across regions on a national level.
  Increase the capacity of EpiCenters to assist their constituent tribes or tribal consortia in using epidemiologic data in a locally-determined and culturally relevant way to effect policy changes in their communities.
  Promote the sustainability of the EpiCenter system and maintain the personnel infrastructure at each EpiCenter to support a steady funding stream and to ensure that the services offered to tribes remains consistently available.
  Project Period:
  Four Years
  Learn more about the Organization NPAIHB

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