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Episode #145 Interview with Antoinette Medina, California Tribal Epidemiology Center



Interview with Antoinette Medina, California Tribal Epidemiology Center


Meet Antoinette Medina and hear about her journey into public health. You’ll also learn about the California Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.


This episode is part of a special sponsored series of episodes. You’ll learn about the Tribal Epidemiology Centers, through my interviews with public health professionals working with the community at each of the centers.


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Tribal Epidemiology Centers


Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TEC) are Indian Health Service (IHS), division funded organizations who serve American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal and urban communities by managing public health information systems, investigating diseases of concern, managing disease prevention and control programs, responding to public health emergencies, and coordinating these activities with other public health authorities.


Tribal Epidemiology Centers provide various types of support and services due to the variation of the TECs organization structure, divisions, Tribal populations, and their mission and goals. There are currently 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers in the United States.


California Tribal Epidemiology Center


The California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC) was established in 2005 to assist in collecting and interpreting health information for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) in California. CTEC receives core funding from Indian Health Services, along with supplemental grants. Their mission is to work directly with Tribes and Indian Health Programs to monitor the health status of AIAN in California and develop effective public health services that respect the cultural values and traditions of our communities. CTEC aims to align its activities with the strategic plan of its parent organization, the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.


Meet Antoinette Medina


Antoinette Medina, Gabrielino Tongva, has over 20 years’ experience working with tribes and tribal organizations. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and is certified in Professional Conflict Resolution as well as a certified facilitator of several Native-based trainings including White Bison’s Daughters of Tradition program and the Native Wellness Institute’s “Leading the Next Generation’s Healthy Relationship” curriculum.


Antoinette has worked for the California Rural Indian Health Board since 2011, starting her career in public health in the Research and Public Health department as a Health Education Specialist II. She has held several positions at California Rural Indian Health Board – within the Health Systems Development department as a Provider Outreach Coordinator, within the Operations Department as the Operations Manager, and currently in the California Tribal Epidemiology Center as a Project Coordinator.


Antoinette joins me to share her journey into public health, and more about her work at the California Tribal Epidemiology Center.


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