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TEC Reports

“Native science brings forth creative communion with the world through our senses, so too does the application of the metaphoric mind bring forth the description and creative ‘storying’ of the world by humans. Science in every form, then, is a story of the world.”

~ Gregory Cajete, Tewa

Cancer Factsheet

  • RMTEC used Tumor registry data from Montana State Department of Health and Human Services to develop a Cancer Fact Sheet. It was disseminated in the first week of January 2019 to each Tribal Health Department in MT.
  • Contact: Helen Tesfai, RMTEC Director

Maternal & Child Health Report

  • RMTEC used Census (American Community Survey) to calculate population numbers and economic status for MT and WY. In addition, Vital Stats data from MT State Department of Health was used to calculate Maternal and Child Health data. This report was disseminated in the first week of January 2019 to all Tribal Health Departments in Montana and Wyoming.
  • Contact: Barbara Entl, Epidemiologist

Behavioral Health Data Brief

  • The goal of the Behavioral Health Surveillance report is to provide baseline behavioral health (substance abuse, mental health) data. This report will use data from the Indian Health Service (IHS) Epidemiology Data Mart (EDM), State of Montana Vital Statistics, Behavior Risk Fact Surveillance System (BRFSS), Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), and/or Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
  • Contact: Christopher Piccione, Senior Epidemiologist

Chronic Disease Report

  • The goal of the Chronic Disease Report will be to classify the leading chronic diseases in the region’s Indian Country. This report will use data from the Indian Health Service (IHS) Epidemiology Data Mart (EDM), State of Montana Vital Statistics, Behavior Risk Fact Surveillance System (BRFSS), among others.
  • Contact: Christopher Piccione, Senior Epidemiologist

Infectious Disease Report

  • The goal of the Infectious Disease Report will be to provide baseline infectious disease surveillance data. This report will use data from the Indian Health Service (IHS) Epidemiology Data Mart (EDM) and the State of Montana Vital Statistics, among others.
  • Contact: Barbara Entl, Epidemiologist

Opioid Data Project

  • Working with Tribes to determine common opioid indicators for our region, and develop methodology for fatal and non-fatal opioid data collection, which will culminate in an Opioid Data Report.
  • Contact: Lani Paulson, Health Data Analyst

Racial Misclassification Project

  • American Indians are often misclassified as another race in health data systems, making it difficult to accurately assess health outcomes. RMTEC will work with IHS and MT DPHHS to reduce AI misclassification in datasets and provide more accurate health data for Montana.
  • Contact: Lani Paulson, Health Data Analyst

Oral Health Data Report

  • RMTEC has been meeting with I.H.S., MT DPHHS and N.I.H.B about efforts that will help shed light on the oral health needs in Indian Country. Our goal is to strategize data needs and resources that will close the gap on oral health disparities in our region.
  • Please share your oral health recommendations or reach out if interested in oral health initiatives.
  • Contact: Dr. Kalu Uma Onwuchekwa

Morbidity and Mortality Data

  • RMTEC will use the Indian Health Service (IHS) Epidemiology Data Mart (EDM) and Vital Statistics data to develop a report on the leading causes of morbidity and mortality for all Tribes in Montana and Wyoming.
  • Contact: Dr. Kalu Uma Onwuchekwa