A Map of the 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers in the US
The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice has just released a special supplement on the role of Tribal Epidemiology Centers in reducing health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Tribal Epidemiology Centers are Indian Health Service division-funded organizations that serve American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal and urban communities by managing public health information systems, investigating diseases of concern, managing disease prevention and control programs, responding to public health emergencies, and coordinating these activities with other public health authorities.
TECs work in partnership with the local or area Tribes to improve the health and well-being of their Tribal community members by offering culturally competent approaches that work toward eliminating health disparities that are faced by AI/AN populations. Accomplishing this often requires the TECs to work with a coordinated approach with the Tribes, the Indian Health Service (IHS), other federal agencies, state agencies, and often academic institutions throughout the country.
Click the map below to learn more about each of the 12 TECs in the US
Tribal Epidemiology Centers provide various types of support and services due to the variation of the TECs organization structure, divisions, Tribal populations, and their mission and goals. There are currently 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers in the United States.
The TECs recently celebrated their 20th year working to improve public health capacity and the availability of valid and reliable data in AI/AN populations. Currently, the TECs serve all 12 IHS Areas and the Urban Indian population.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2014, 1.7% percent of all people in the United States identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, either alone or in combination with one or more other races. There are 15 states total with over 100,000 American Indian/Alaska Natives. California has the greatest number of American Indian/Alaska Natives, with about 723,000 individuals who identify as American Indian/Alaska Natives alone or in combination with another race. After California, the states with the greatest numbers of American Indian/Alaska Natives are Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, New York, and New Mexico.
*Sources: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. United States Census Bureau.
2010 Census Summary File 2, published July 2012.
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