Great Lakes Epi Center


The mission of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center is to support Tribal communities in their efforts to improve health by assisting with data needs through partnership development, community based research, education and technical assistance.

The GLITEC serves 34 Tribes, three Service Units and four Urban Indian Health Programs and has been operating since 1996. Program advisement is provided through each state’s Tribal Health Director’s Association. GLITEC staff strives to support Tribal communities in their efforts to improve health by building capacity to collect and use data while advocating on the local, state and national levels to improve data quality.

recent publications out of the epi center:

The implementation of a participatory manuscript development process with Native American tribal awardees as part of the CDC Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative: Challenges and opportunities (PDF)
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Isaiah ‘Shaneequa’ Brokenleg, Margie Burkhart, Cornell Magdalena, Candace Sibley, Kristyn Yepa

Gambling with Our Health (PDF)
Isaiah ‘Shaneequa’ Brokenleg, MPH, Teresa K. Barber, MEd, Nancy L. Bennett, BS, Simone Peart Boyce, PhD, Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH

Walking Toward the Sacred: Our Great Lakes Tobacco Story (PDF)
Compiled and edited by Isaiah Brokenleg and Elizabeth Tornes