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CDC Tribal Public Health Fellowship

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) located 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: Across the life span, American Indians and Alaska Natives have higher rates of disease, injury, and premature death than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Conflict with the US government and racial discrimination have compromised the culture, traditional lifeways, and wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives. These challenges and other social determinants of health have contributed to poor health conditions and outcomes for Tribal communities. American Indian and Alaska Native traditions and culture, however, strengthen evidence-based interventions and improve health outcomes. Since 2014, The Healthy Tribes program has worked with American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) to promote health, prevent disease, and strengthen connections to culture and lifeways that improve health and wellness. 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.

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the Fellow will:

  • Learn to conduct a literature review to identify team-based activities and community to clinical linkage methods supporting prevention of chronic disease strategies in AI/AN populations
  • Collaborate with programs supporting Healthy Tribes Program’s cooperative agreements to identify areas to support health and wellness through effective linkages between the clinical and community settings
  • Learn to develop culturally tailored public health communications and briefing materials for diverse audiences
  • Learn how to plan, develop, and support virtual learning opportunities to share best practices, successful outcomes and lessons learned from recipients of the Healthy Tribes Program’s cooperative agreements
  • Learn to develop new initiatives and support collaborations, including manuscript development, that contribute to improvements in public health data and other topics supporting chronic disease prevention in AI/AN populations
  • Use indigenous evaluation data and methods to identify approaches and measures for improving health and wellness in AI/AN populations

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Mary Hall ( 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 up to five years 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 be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor's degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

The fellow should expect to participate independently as well as collaboratively with a team.

Preferred skills:

  • Strong oral and written communication to various audiences
  • Ability to synthesize information into key messages
  • Literature review experience
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • 1-2 years’ experience in analyzing and summarizing data
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment