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CDC Research Opportunity on Enhancing Tribal Data Access

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is available with the Division of Population Health (DPH), within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Healthy Tribes Program (HT) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: The Healthy Tribes program includes a portfolio of three programs that aim to strengthen the public health infrastructure, promote cultural and traditional practices that support health and wellness, and integrate evidence-based chronic disease interventions to improve the health of Tribal communities. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn how to develop program guidance, based on examination of existing practice, and provide resources and support to American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) recipients on maximizing access and use of chronic disease and related data. 

Learning Objectives: This assistantship offers the participant practice-based training in the following activities:

  • Learn how CDC provides guidance, technical assistance, and support to American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) recipients on chronic disease prevention and wellness. 
  • Learn how to conduct a scan of available Tribal data for chronic disease and related conditions from data systems across the federal government and other sources. 
  • Learn to identify best practices and policies to support race/ethnicity data collection in public health surveillance systems, highlight barriers to access, completeness, and data sharing; 
  • Assist Healthy Tribes in developing resources for accessing and using Tribal data for use by Tribal communities.
  • Assist in compiling data on chronic disease and related topics for American Indians/ Alaska Natives.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Lori Phillips ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination). Additionally, the fellow will follow the telework schedule based on guidance and recommendations applicable to all Division staff.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.

The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor’s or master's (preferred) degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion before September 2022. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

  • Background in public health concepts and epidemiology principals 
  • Experience working with Tribes and Tribal health systems preferred
  • Experience working with AI/AN populations, familiarity with indigenous health disparities and social determinants of health is a plus
  • Competent in data collection methods, data analysis, and data synthesis
  • Experience with or exposure to tribal data preferred
  • Ability to analyze data and make informed recommendations