Exemplary Past Project: TEC Arizona

Project Name: American Indian Tribe Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program Trend Data Analysis

Skill Area: Data Analysis & Monitoring

Agency Name & Department: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC)

Project Summary: The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides technical assistance and other services to the tribal governments of 21 federally-recognized Tribes in Arizona. The TEC provides epidemiologic services to several health programs including the WIC program. WIC is a national nutrition program that helps low and moderate income families feed their children healthy foods, as well as provides nutrition information, breastfeeding assistance, and assistance accessing medical care and other social services.
The purpose of this project is examine WIC data over time, along with other indicators, and provide data analysis that will help improve individual Tribal WIC programs. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of women and children in Tribal communities. The GSEP intern will first identify data sources for Tribal and state maternal and child health data and identify any gaps in data collection across the state with a focus on American Indians. The intern will then examine these variables over time along with ITCA WIC data using SAS to identify gaps in service, trends over time, and other data that may be useful to report out to Tribal WIC programs.

Project Outcomes: The GSEP intern will produce a short report on gaps in MCH data collection for American Indians in Arizona. With the results of the WIC data analysis, the intern will create a poster for presentation and draft a report of major findings for the ITCA WIC Director to determine if additional stores should be authorized as WIC vendors, particularly in urban areas of Phoenix and Tucson. The work of the GSEP intern will also be used to help improve Tribal WIC programs and identify other potential gaps in service.