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.