Tribal Epidemiology Centers: Timeline of Events
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.
In 1996, amid growing concern about the lack of adequate public health surveillance and data for disease control for American Indian/Alaska Native populations, Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) were established under the re-authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA).
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DID YOU KNOW?
For many American Indian/Alaska Native people, health is often thought of as a holistic concept, with health being comprised of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Many American Indian/Alaska Native tribes conceptualize this health in the form of a medicine wheel, or sacred hoop, to represent health and healing as well as the different aspects of life. It is thought that if any one aspect is not in balance or alignment with the others, the individual will become unhealthy.
*Source: Medicine Ways: Traditional Healers and Healing.
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