GPTEC is one of 12 epidemiology centers across the nation funded by the Indian Health Service Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention. The center’s mission is to provide advocacy, leadership, technical assistance and overall support for the 18 Aberdeen Area IHS tribal communities throughout South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
Programs administered by GPTEC include:
- Northern Plains Native American Research Center for Health (NP NARCH)
- Supports partnerships between tribes or tribally-based organizations and institutions that conduct intensive, academic-level biomedical, behavioral and health services research through cosponsored funding from the Indian Health Service and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Mapping Pathways into a Healthier Future/Geographic Information System (Mapping Pathways/GIS) Project
- Promotes data-specific activities aimed at improving the health status of stakeholder tribal communities via curriculum development, academic workshops using EpiInfo and Esri GIS software, and partnerships with tribal colleges and universities and state health departments. Funded by the Office of Minority Health.
- University of South Dakota Center of Excellence/Childhood Obesity Prevention Program (USD COE/COPP)
- A primary objective is to design and implement a culturally-appropriate, evidence-based intervention program to prevent and reduce childhood obesity under grant funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Minority and Health Disparities division and administered by the University of South Dakota.
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