CDC Research Opportunity in Enhancing Opportunities for Multi-Sector Collaboration in Healthy Tribes Programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
10/10/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

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: 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.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn how to develop program guidance based on examination of practice-based evidence, and provide resources and support to American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) recipients on supporting multi-sector strategies to address the social determinants of health (SDOH)/ chronic disease prevention.

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

  • Participate as a member of the HT Program Team to learn how to 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 design and implement a literature review on multi-sector collaboration (MSC) for SDOH/ chronic disease prevention, health and wellness, particularly among indigenous populations.
  • Support analysis of existing models to determine applicability to various tribal contexts.
  • Assist HT staff in synthesizing information on existing tribal MSC collaborations, processes, and results, highlighting barriers and resources needed.
  • Develop a resource document that highlights publicly available training resources and existing tools.

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 or master's (preferred) degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Background in public health and/ or public policy concepts 
  • Experience working with Tribes, Tribal health systems, and/or rural or remote populations
  • Experience working with AI/AN populations, familiarity with indigenous health disparities and social determinants of health is a plus
  • Familiarity with community-level strategies for chronic disease prevention and health promotion a plus
  • Familiarity with community-level programs in transportation, education, agriculture, housing, justice, and other sectors a plus
  • Ability to analyze information from published sources/ gray literature and make informed recommendations
  • Skills in Medline/ other database searches, Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint a plus
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Post-Bachelor's, Post-Master's, or Undergraduate Students.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (13 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )

I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC.  I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)


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