GPTEC’s core activities are those that are included in the work plan accompanying our original Cooperative Agreement with the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (DEDP). These include: 1) projects to provide data products, services, capacity building, and technical assistance; 2) routine and point-in-time public health surveillance, including implementation of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), and others; 4) assessing and assisting with response to emergent tribal public health priorities (most recently maternal and child health, behavioral health, and the related issue of drug use during pregnancy); 4) monitoring and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease and other public health concerns; 5) assisting with external quality improvement activities (e.g. Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems, or CAHPS) and internal evaluation.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) is a 5-year, $13 million per year initiative that works with tribes and tribal organizations to reduce chronic disease and other health disparities by creating local agents of change and empowering communities to take charge of their health and wellness (see the CDC’s factsheet for more information). GPTEC is funded to provide technical assistance within evaluation and other areas as necessary/requested to the Component 1 Tribal grantees (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) and to the Component 2 GHWIC Program at GPTCHB and their subawardees.
The Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) grants are funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Behavioral Health to promote the development and implementation of evidence-based and culturally appropriate prevention and treatment models for methamphetamine and suicide and domestic violence, respectively. GPTEC is funded for FY2015-2016 to provide technical assistance within a few key areas to the grantees within MSPI Purpose Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 and DVPI Purpose Areas 1 and 2.
GPTEC has been funded through the Special Diabetes Project for Indians (SDPI) to provide technical assistance and training to IHS, tribal, and urban (I/T/U) partners within the areas of diabetes data and its utilization for clinical quality measurement and to support diabetes prevention and treatment.
STITPPI is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Family & Youth Services Bureau to implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) strategies. During its first Cycle (2011-2016), STITPPI focused on implementing the Draw the Line/Respect the Line (DTL/RTL) curriculum in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades within three tribal communities/schools to provide students with the knowledge and skills to prevent STIs while empowering them with the skills for self-advocacy and refusal, with the overarching goal of promoting and supporting community awareness of STIs and how to prevent them and produce a reduction in teen pregnancy and associated risk behaviors. STITPPI has since been refunded to implement similar programming within four new Great Plains Area tribal communities.