The Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NWTEC), one of the 12 designated Tribal Epidemiology Centers in the U.S., is submitting an application for Component A of the funding opportunity Tribal Epidemiology Centers Public Health Infrastructure (CDC-RFA-DP22-2206). This application builds on a 25-year history as a well-established and successful Tribal Epidemiology Center, and will serve the 43 federally-recognized Tribes located within the Portland Area of the Indian Health Service, which includes the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Under this funding opportunity, the NWTEC will strengthen the public health infrastructure and capacity of the NWTEC and the Northwest Tribes through the following overarching strategies:
Strengthening the NWTEC’s public health capacity and infrastructure to meet national public health standards and deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services through workforce development in essential public health services and core public health competencies, developing data systems for NW Tribal communities, and cultivating partnerships to address the social determinants of health in AI/AN populations.
Strengthening the public health capacity and infrastructure of Area Tribes to meet national public health accreditation standards and deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services by conducting a comprehensive planning process resulting in a regional NW Tribal community health improvement plan.
At the end of the five-year project period, the NWTEC will have achieved the following outcomes:
Increased TEC and Tribal capacity to deliver at least three of the 10 Essential Public Health Services;
Increased use of evaluation results for program improvement;
Increased number of success stories disseminated that demonstrate the program’s impact;
Increased TEC and Tribal capacity to plan, implement, and evaluate culturally relevant public health programs;
Increased implementation of data-driven, culturally relevant, practice-based public health programs; and
Increased TEC and Tribal staff trained in public health core competencies.