Strategic Partners

In the year 2000, Dr. Copeland forged a collaborative relationship with the Choctaw Nation, in which he began visiting their clinics on a regular basis to provide diabetes and endocrinology services to the Choctaws. He wanted to create synergistic professional bonds that would produce mutually beneficial clinical services and research. He extended similar partnerships to the Absentee Shawnee and Chickasaw tribes in 2001 and the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribe through the IHS-Clinton Service Unit. More recently, Dr. Copeland has been developing alliances with the Cherokee nation and the Citizen-Potowatami tribe. To be able to include the participation of Native American families from so many different tribes makes Oklahoma's contribution to the national TODAY study highly unique and treasured and provides a valuable service to Native Americans across the state.

Map of Strategic Partners