Technical Assistance

Tribal Health Program Support (THPS) was created in 1995 and operates the USET Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is one of 12 nationally recognized TECs. THPS serves thirty-three (33) Tribal Nations from the Northeastern Woodlands, to the Everglades, and across the Gulf of Mexico. They provide up-to-date public health information, advocacy tools, policy analysis, and health promotion and disease prevention programming. THPS believes that elevating the health status of Tribal Citizens is integral in restoring and maintaining the heart, spirit, and soul common to every USET Tribal Nation. 

If you are a USET member Tribal Leader or USET member Tribal Nation Staff Member please fill out the form provided below to request Technical Assistance.  


See below for some of the technical assistance activities THPS is able to provide.  

  • Community Health Assessment
    • Description: An assessment using quantitative and qualitative procedures to systematically collect and analyze data about health priorities within a specific community.
    • Process: Data is collected from Tribal citizens and public health stakeholders directly involved with the Tribal Nation.
    • Outcome: Highly specific community-level health information to prioritize health needs and decision-making for health improvement plans.
  • Data Analysis
    • Description: Statistical analysis is completed to understand the prevalence (number of cases) of a particular disease, risk factors, and/or health conditions for your Tribal Nation.
    • Process: THPS utilizes existing Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) data, according to the Tribal Data Sharing Agreement, and any available local, state, and/or national level surveillance data.
    • Outcome: A formal report is produced for the requesting Tribal Nation to use to inform public health program planning and grant application supporting statistics for background knowledge and rationale.
  • Survey and Other Data Collection Instrument Development
    • Description: Design of Tribal Nation-specific tools for public health information gathering.
    • Process: A USET member Tribal Nation identifies a surveillance tool and submits a request for modification, or submits a request looking for a specific outcome to be measured. THPS Staff will partner with that Tribal Nation to fit the unique context/needs.
    • Outcomes: Tools to collect information on specific health topics to meet Tribal specific needs. Integration with existing surveys could allow for comparison with other reference groups.
  • Disease Outbreak Consultation
    • Description: Assist with developing and implementing systems to respond to outbreaks, including emerging infections.
    • Process: Submit a request for assistance in developing surveillance tools and systems, data analysis and reporting, and public health guidance and recommendations.
    • Outcome: A proposal to implement a system to control infectious disease outbreaks in the community and to improve program planning and health services.
  • Immunization Registry
    • Description: Providing updated information in the RPMS immunization registry.
    • Process: Upon request, THPS staff will utilize RPMS and statewide immunization surveillance data, identify discrepancies, and enter missing records into RPMS.
    • Outcome: Up-to-date immunization records among Tribal citizens.

  • GPRA 101 Training
    • Description: On-site training including a basic overview of the Government Performance Reporting Act (GPRA), and the impact of collecting these measures. Tailored training can include CRS, DMS, iCare, and PCC management reports.
    • Outcome: Staff trained in GPRA measures and enhanced tracking skills.
  • Training Request
    • Description: USET hosts a number of training opportunities each year examples include Evaluation 101, Introduction to Logic Models, Racial Misclassification, Mental Health First Aid, and Data Sovereignty. Additionally, tailored training can be provided upon request.
    • Outcome: Tribal Nation staff and citizens trained in key areas of Tribal public health.

  • Recommendations for Tribal Public Health Concerns
    • Description: THPS staff consults with other public health authorities to compile the most relevant public health recommendations for a requested topic.
    • Outcome: Up-to-date public health guidance.
  • Public Health Research Review
    • Description: Staff are trained in conducting comprehensive research of existing literature and can assist your Tribal Nation in identifying and procuring literary resources to address Tribal public health needs.

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