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Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Notice with comment period.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection project titled “Formative Research on Community-Level Factors that Promote the Primary Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Opioid Misuse Among Children, Youth, and Families in Tribal American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Communities.” The proposed collection is designed to conduct formative qualitative studies to identify community-level protective factors and primary prevention strategies across a range of Tribal communities to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and opioid misuse.


CDC must receive written comments on or before August 31, 2020.


You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2020-0073 by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Jeffrey M. Zirger, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. CDC will post, without change, all relevant comments to

Please note:

Submit all comments through the Federal eRulemaking portal ( or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact Jeffrey M. Zirger, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email:

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Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to the OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments that will help:

1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

5. Assess information collection costs.

Proposed Project

Formative Research on Community-Level Factors That Promote the Primary Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Opioid Misuse Among Children, Youth, and Families in Tribal American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Communities—New—National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Background and Brief Description

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are preventable, potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home; and having a family member attempt or die by suicide. There is a robust evidence base linking ACEs to a variety of poor health outcomes across the life span, including depression, alcohol and substance use disorder, and violence perpetration and victimization. The ongoing opioid epidemic is a complex and significant public health crisis that exposes children to opioid misuse, violence, and other ACEs, and challenges the ability of Health and Human Service (HHS) systems to mitigate the effects of opioid misuse and ACEs on children and families across the U.S. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations experience a disproportionate burden of opioid misuse and ACEs, and ACE-related Start Printed Page 39911health outcomes, including opioid overdose, sexual assault, and suicide attempts. The nature and consequences of ACEs in Tribal communities is unique because of historical trauma and stark socioeconomic disparities. In addition, there are gaps in the provision of adequate healthcare.

This collection addresses critical research gaps and extends efforts to prevent violence and other ACEs before they occur and to build evidence of effectiveness of community-level strategies and approaches at the outer levels of the social ecology to Tribal communities. Results from this data collection will be communicated to relevant public health officials and community stakeholders in the study locations. These local public health officials and community stakeholders will use the study results to guide strategies to further strengthen their local prevention efforts within their regions.

Data collection methods used in this study include well-established qualitative methods, including in-depth open-ended individual interviews and focus groups. Quantitative methods include brief structured surveys. There will be a total of six Tribal communities (three urban and three rural) in regions identified with higher opioid overdose mortality rates relatively to other areas in Indian Country. Due to COVID-19, at the time of the focus groups/interviews, social distancing and public health safety measures will be implemented, including considerations for phone/virtual meetings instead of in-person sessions.

The total estimated annualized burden hours are 918. There are no costs to respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsData collectionNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
Adults 18 years or older affected by the opioid epidemic living in Tribal urban and rural communitiesInformation Letter Telephone screening Confirmation email/letter336 336 2521 1 15/60 20/60 3/6028 112 13
Reminder email25212/609
Informed Consent252115/6063
Focus group/interview25212504
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Jeffrey M. Zirger,

Lead, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2020-14331 Filed 7-1-20; 8:45 am]