News Updates

Resolutions to Raise Awareness of Childhood Obesity

April 14, 2010

Prior to adjourning for the Spring Recess, the Senate passed S.RES.412, which designates September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Senator George Voinovich of Ohio cosponsored the Senate resolution that raises awareness of childhood obesity by designating “September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.” The resolution calls on Federal, Tribal, state and local governments to recognize the month and create programs and activities to address childhood obesity.

Click here to view S. RES. 412 – Designating September 2010 as “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”

Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio has introduced a similar resolution in the House of Representatives, H.RES.996. Representative Fudge’s bill calls for similar action, and notes the epidemic in Indian Country, citing 39.5 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese.

Click here to view H. RES. 996 – Expressing Support for designation of September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces a New Tribal Advisory Committee

Secretary Sebelius will convene a Tribal-Federal Work Group whose task it will be to review tribal comments, regional consultation reports and develop recommendations to improving the HHS Tribal consultation policy. Secretary Sebelius will also create a Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee, the first of its kind and the first to be established by any Cabinet official in the Administration.

Click here to access the HHS Press Release.

IHCIA Passes - American Reaffirms Health Care for Indian Country

March 21, 2010

The United States’ 564 federally-recognized tribes claim victory with today’s historic passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The House passed the Senate’s health care… READ FULL STORY.

CDC names new Director of the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support

Dr. Judith Monroe will serve as a Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Director of the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) beginning March 22, 2010. Dr. Monroe was the Immediate Past President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Accreditation (PHAB).

The National Indian Health Board has partnered with PHAB in a national effort to improve public health practice in Indian Country. Through her leadership on the PHAB Board, Dr. Monroe has shown a high degree of support for Tribal Public Health issues. Her appointment to this new position will strengthen the relationship between the Tribes and the CDC. NIHB congratulates Dr. Monroe and welcomes the continued collaboration with the CDC to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Click here to read the bio of Judith A, Monroe, MD, FAAFP (Director – Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support)

Dorgan Introduces S.3058 to Amend the Public Health Service Act to Reauthorize the Special Diabetes Programs for Indians

March 2, 2010 -

Today, Senator Byron D. Dorgan (D-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has introduced S.3058 to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the special diabetes programs for Indians. S. 3508 would appropriate $200 million per year for an additional five years to continue the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). To read more, please click here.

National Indian Organizations (NCAI, NIHB, NHAIC) Address the President’s FY2011 Budget Request at NCAI’s Winter Session

March 2, 2010 -

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in conjunction with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) rallied together today in a unified voice to express Indian Country’s funding needs in health care, housing and other areas at NCAI’s Executive Council Winter Session in Washington, DC. To read more, please click here.