To empower American Indian Nations and Urban Indian communities by building community-driven public health and epidemiological capacity through outreach and creative partnerships.
Healthy Tribal communities that are sustained through lasting collaborative partnerships.
- High Quality Work
- Honest and Open Communication
- Respect and Trust
- Service with Humility
- Unity of Purpose
- Intellectual Curiosity
- We believe in the sovereignty of Tribal Nations.
- We believe in deferring to Tribal public health priorities in the development of all projects.
- We believe in open and honest communication that fosters an environment of respect and trust.
- We believe in encouraging an environment that nurtures ideas, beliefs, perspectives, and cultures.
Planning and development for the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center (RMTEC), a division of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC), started in the fall of 2005 in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including Tribal members, Billings Area Office Indian Health Service (BAO-IHS), state officials, and county officials. All projects were developed through a Community-Based Participatory Research approach. Through an advisory meeting, the Tribal Health Directors (THDs) of each MT and WY Tribe identified the top 3 health priorities of their community and all RMTEC projects were developed to address these concerns. A proposal to establish the RMTEC and execute these projects was submitted to IHS and awarded
in September 2006.
To meet the priorities of the THDs, 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.
RMTEC serves 10 Tribes on 8 Reservations in Montana and Wyoming – an American Indian (AI) population of approximately 70,000.