GPTEC is well-versed in the area of tribal epidemiology, and is currently engaged in numerous projects to produce tribal-level data products. A few of these are listed and described in detail below.
Community Health Profiles (CHPs)
The community health profiles (CHPs) produced by GPTEC are collections of data (most frequently including socioeconomic, maternal and child health, infectious disease, and mortality data) that help to tell the story of health and well-being within the community represented. CHPs can serve as a part of or to inform program planning and evaluation, policy change, grant development, and other purposes.
Great Plains Area CHPs
GPTEC published the first Great Plains Area Community Health Profile in 2010, with a measurement period of 2006 to 2008. This CHP included state-level demographic, mortality, maternal and child health, cancer, and behavioral health.
In 2016, GPTEC published a new and updated Great Plains Area CHP based upon a 2008 to 2012 measurement period. This CHP included demographic, socioeconomic, maternal and child health, infectious disease (new), and mortality data at the state and Area levels, and was tailored to regional tribal priorities. Data was presented alongside a new set of technical notes to assist with the interpretation of data.
Download the 2016 Great Plains Area Community Health Profile
During FY2017-2018, GPTEC will be producing another updated Great Plains Area CHP, including examination of new data sources and opportunities for data visualization. Stay tuned for updates.
GPTEC has produced tribal-level CHPs – which highlights data from a series of “reservation counties” associated with a particular tribe – at the request of its partner tribal communities. Such CHPs have been produced by GPTEC for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Over the next Cycle, GPTEC is interested in continuing to provide data in the form of CHPs to its tribal partners, while at the same time expanding the scope of these CHPs to include other existing data sources, and to the extent possible data related to the particular priorities within each tribal community.
If your tribal community would be interested in a CHP, please contact GPTEC.
In response to feedback from tribal communities, GPTEC established the Tribal Epidemiology Liaison (TEL) program to build capacity within epidemiology and informatics, and to establish a community of practice surrounding these and other data-related topics. The first training associated with the TEL program focused on the process of developing a tribal CHP, from obtaining the data through its analysis, compilation, and translation. Through trainings held in May 2016 and August 2017, staff from six Great Plains tribal communities – the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe – have produced CHPs for their communities. Additional CHP training is planned for the future through the newly minted Tribal Public Health Liaison (TPHL) Program, an expansion of the TEL Program. Please contact GPTEC for more information.
Infectious Disease Reports
Through years of partnership and alignment with the South Dakota Department of Health, the North Dakota Department of Health, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, GPTEC has worked to close the circle in public health infectious disease surveillance by ensuring that data is reported back to tribes in a way that facilitates tribal engagement with infectious disease issues and allows for prioritization, planning, and response.
As a result of this partnership, GPTEC is now receiving county-level infectious disease data for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis from these three states. GPTEC recently disseminated 2011-2015 tribe-specific infectious disease trend reports to Tribal Health Directors/Administrators. Work continues on agreements necessary to disseminate quarterly reports, which are expected to be produced starting with Quarter 1 of 2018.
GPTEC utilizes data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program to produce Area-wide and tribal specific reports of the ten leading causes of death (mortality), as well as the five leading causes of cancer-related death. These reports can serve to illuminate both mortality-related health disparities between populations and communities, and can also serve as a key data set for establishing health priorities.
GPTEC is currently working on updated tribe-specific mortality reports for 1990-2013, utilizing a new report template. Stay tuned for updates.
For More Information
See GPTEC’s Technical Notes page for more information about the data included in the aforementioned reports.
GPTEC’s Data and Statistics team provide numerous data-related information and resources as well as information about how to request data through GPTEC and its partners.