Interview with Samantha Lucas-Pipkorn, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
You’re about to meet Samantha Lucas-Pipkorn with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center, and hear about her journey into public health. Samantha is a Senior Epidemiologist and Program Manager. She talks about how they are serving the needs of their community and supporting the tribes during this COVID-19 pandemic. She also talks about the program focus and activities before the pandemic to provide a well-rounded view of her work.
The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center, 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 that I bring to you once a month. 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 Center
Tribal Epidemiology Centers are Indian Health Service, division funded organizations who serve American Indian/Alaska Native 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.
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center serves 34 Tribes, three Service Units and four Urban Indian Health Programs. GLITEC is in its twentieth year of operation, originating in 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.
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