“Helping healthcare providers enhance Native American health outcomes,” – Tribal Diagnostics
Published December 14, 2106
Cory Littlepage, Tribal Diagnostics founder; Chief Executive Officer; and National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s ‘40 Under 40’ award recipient.
OKLAHOMA CITY– Since its founding a year ago, Tribal Diagnostics has stood up against the disproportionately poor physical health conditions in Indian Country. The premier diagnostics laboratory has expertise in substance abuse urine drug testing and soon will offer health and wellness blood testing. The start-up supports healthcare providers by providing tailored information to help prevent, monitor, and treat disease.
Chief Executive Officer, Cory Littlepage, enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, saw the need for diagnostic testing services in Indian Country. By securing funding, constructing a new laboratory facility, and meeting all regulatory requirements, he opened Tribal Diagnostics in Oklahoma City.
Littlepage assembled a winning team that is 75% Native American and brings innovative operational, tribal, and scientific expertise to native healthcare. Through partnerships with physicians, clinics, and hospitals, he successfully provides high volume and specialized laboratory testing services to native people.
“We built a business around solving a moral problem; which are the health outcomes of our people in Indian Country,” said Littlepage. “Since almost all medical decisions are based on the result of a laboratory test, building a medical laboratory was the perfect place to start.”
For his entrepreneurial enterprise, Littlepage was one of National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s prestigious ‘40 Under 40’ award recipient at the Reservation Economic Summit – New Mexico. He was recognized as an emerging American Indian person to demonstrate leadership, initiative, and dedication, making significant contributions in business and community. Tribal Diagnostics was also named the 2016 ‘Minority Start-Up of the Year’ by REI Oklahoma’s Native American Business Centers.
“It is an unbelievable honor to be recognized by both REI and NCAIED and validating that what we are doing is right,” explained Littlepage. “We also have an outstanding team who are passionate about our Mission. These awards are a testament to them.”
The start-up found its niche in the market because of the Opioid abuse epidemic facing native nations and because treating pain is not easy. Health and wellness blood testing services help healthcare providers and patients understand what is going on inside their body at a metabolic level and establish a health and wellness baseline.
Dawn Coley, an enrolled member of the Penobscot Nation, is the Director of Tribal Relations. Ms. Coley has worked for over 30 years in Health Care Administration and has operated an Occupational Health Clinic. She is passionate about fighting prescription drug abuse and providing culturally appropriate services.
“American Indians and Alaska Natives need to be provided more education on the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country and we know Indian County,” said Coley. “Whether it is a Tribal business or Indian Organization, our people deserve to be served by culturally sensitive professionals. That’s us.”
Coley added that Tribal Diagnostics is “sensitive to the cost of healthcare in Indian Country and partners with Tribes to find cost effective ways to implement their Tribal health systems. Tribal Diagnostics looks at the whole picture for treatment outcomes and ensures that Tribal members can afford follow up treatment if pay out-of-pocket costs.”
Tribal Diagnostics cites that 20% of Tribal members live in fair or poor health and native people have long experienced lower health and life expectancy. They hold disproportionate disease burden compared to other Americans because of inadequate education, disproportionate poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, and cultural differences. Tribal Diagnostics seeks to ease the burden by expanding and providing more vital services in the coming year.