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Tribal Epidemiology Centers (RMTEC)

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Tribal Epidemiology Centers are Indian Health Service, division funded organizations who serve American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) 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.

Tribal Epidemiology Centers (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.

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.

Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Epidemiology Center

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council Tribal, Epidemiology Center (RMTEC), a division of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC), started in the fall of 2005. The Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program (TIPCAP) was awarded in 2015, to support Tribes through injury morbidity and mortality surveillance, while providing technical assistance and support for preventing injuries.

RMTEC has established partnerships with Tribes, BAO-IHS, the former Yellowstone City-County Health Department (YCCHD), Montana Department of Health and Human Services (MT DHHS), Wyoming Department of Health (WY DoH), numerous universities, and private contractors, to meet the priorities of the Tribes.

RMTEC serves 10 Tribes/Service Units (SU’s) on 8 Reservations in Montana and Wyoming – an American Indian (AI) population of approximately 73,000.

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