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TEC Projects

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”

~ Chief Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota

Tribal College Nursing Collaboration

  • RMTEC has identified and hired Linda Azure as the Partnership Coordinator for the MSU Primary Care Nursing Grant. Since being hired, Linda has been hard at work recruiting nursing graduates into Tribal and Indian Health service sites.
  • Currently, she is working with MSU to preceptor a nursing student in March, as well as;
  • Mapping and analyzing primary care related clinical services in Tribal and Indian Health Service sites;
  • Interviewing new nursing graduates for any ideas for making their career in Rural Community Health a better transition; and
  • Assisting with the development of clinical site affiliations, as well as providing the sites with technical assistance (she has been contacting potential site personnel to set up training sites).
  • Contact: Kaylee Vandjelovic, PH Specialist

Injury Prevention

  • RMTLC has hired Chibuzor Abasilim as the Injury Epidemiologist for Injury Prevention grant.
  • Currently, he is in the process of developing a leading causes report for injury morbidity and mortality.
  • Will provide TA (design database, data collection and analysis) to all Tribes in Montana and Wyoming.
  • Contact: Chibuzor Abasilim, Injury Epidemiologist
  • Matter of Balance Elderly Fall Prevention:

We have reached out to the Injury Prevention points of contact at each of the Matter of Balance (MoB) sites and have sent them resources that will help with Coach recruitment. For participation in the MoB program, each site needs at least (minimum) two individuals to volunteer as Coaches to conduct the MoB program in their community. The training session for Coaches will be provided by the Master Trainers and will take place over two days (four to six hours each day).

  • In April 2019, we trained six volunteers in Crow Agency to become MoB Coaches, who plan to implement the program late spring/early summer.
  • We are hoping to combine some of the MoB sites up on the High Line into one Coach training session in the Spring or Summer of 2019.
  • Contact: Kaylee Vandjelovic, PH Specialist

Child Health Measures

  • Child Health Measures is currently in its 13th year of data collection.
  • This year, the project is being revamped and improvements are being made to the collection methods and surveys.
  • Our hope is that all Tribes will opt-in to participate starting in the 2019 school year.
  • Two small grants are to be awarded to two Tribes that have participated in the project for the past ten years. The objective of the small grants is to encourage the use of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) traditional, cultural, and regional knowledge in developing, implementing, and/or supporting childhood overweight and obesity education, prevention, and management initiatives amongst Tribal communities.
  • Contact: Jordyn Learman, Epidemiologist

MSPI/DVPI Evaluation Assistance

  • The MSPI & DVPI Programs through IHS began in 2009. Their purpose is to improve capacity in tribal communities for programing that can:
    • prevent and treat substance use (MSPI);
    • prevent and support individuals struggling with suicidality (MSPI);
    • identify and intervene in cases of domestic violence (DVPI);
    • support resilient and strong youth (MSPI Gen-I).
  • In the Billings Area, RMTEC provides evaluation support to all 14 funded MSPI & DVPI projects.
  • Evaluation support includes:
    • Assistance in stablishing baseline data related to their MSPI/DVPI funded projects;
    • Assistance with revising grantee plans for local data collection;
    • Assistance with monitoring trends on baseline data;
    • Tailored technical assistance, as funding permits; and
    • Provision of virtual site visits for tailored technical assistance for all funded projects.
  • We are also encouraging and assisting MSPI & DVPI programs to write abstracts for poster presentations at the AIAN Behavioral Health Conference in Albuquerque, NM in May 2019.
  • Contact: Kristen Krane, Consultant

Tribal EPI Center – Public Health Infrastructure (TEC-PHI)

  • Save the Date: Indigenous Evaluation Workshop ~ July 31, 2019 – August 1, 2019 in Billings, MT
  • TECPHI is partnering with Urban Indian Health Institute to develop a workshop that will focus on indigenous evaluation methods and how we can use them to address our health priorities.
  • Target audiences: Tribal Diabetes, Oral Health, Behavioral Health, Substance Use and Workforce development professionals.
  • Limited travel scholarships will be available.
  • Contact: Dyani Bingham, TECPHI Project Manager