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The Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center empowers American Indian Nations and urban Indian populations by building community-driven public health and epidemiological capacity through outreach and creative partnerships.

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Congratulations to Tom Escarcega, Jr.!

Tom Escarcega, Jr.

Tom Escarcega Jr. is the Injury Prevention Specialist for the Fort Peck Tribes.

He is the winner of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Public Health Workforce Assessment raffle and a $150 Visa gift card.

Tom started his career in public health over three years ago and before working as an Injury Prevention Specialist he was an Adult Probation Office for the Fort Peck Tribes. As a tribal member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, he is concerned about the general health of enrolled members, “Many people are becoming ill and they are not taking care of themselves. As public health professionals, we have an opportunity to help our people, there is strength in our community and in our culture.”

Thanks for your support of the tribal public health workforce. In January 2017 we will share results from the assessment with tribal leaders, public health programs, and directors.  Check the RMTEC website (www.rmtec.org) or contact RMTEC directly for information about upcoming trainings and professional development opportunities.


 

 

Addressing Opioid Use in Pregnancy: Conversations and Next Steps in Blackfeet

nikkiAlong with the rest of the United States, the Blackfeet Tribe has experienced an alarming rise in the use of opioids. To address the issue of opioid use in pregnancy, the Blackfeet Tribe recently gathered Tribal leaders, community members, and public health experts from across the country to explore how they can work together to best support good health in mothers and babies.

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center, with consultation from Boston University and in partnership with Montana Healthcare Foundation, coordinated with Blackfeet Tribal leaders to arrange the conference. Topics included strategies that the Blackfeet community is taking to destigmatize drug use, ideas for outpatient treatment of opioid use from the Lummi Tribe of Washington and Project RESPECT of Boston Medical Center, and integrating Blackfeet cultural healing practices into the care approach.

Click here to read about the conference and learn more about this issue.

 

 

Public Health Accreditation

As Native Americans experience some of the largest disparities in health status, disease prevalence and life expectancy in the nation, the importance of prioritizing public health to prevent disease and protect health is paramount. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is a leading proponent supporting Tribes in building quality Tribal public health systems as a tool to combat these disparities and ensure healthy and thriving future generations. NIHB has released “Tribal Leaders’ Perspectives on Public Health Accreditation”, a new video featuring the voices of elected Tribal leaders and Tribal public health leaders across Indian Country on the significance of voluntary public health accreditation to the future health of Tribal communities.

 

 

Zika Virus

For information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Zika Virus, please click here.

 

 

 

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