Tribal governments have played a central role in advocating for the improvement of health care among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This partnership with Tribal governments is key and a foundation of the National Indian Health Board.
With 565 federally recognized tribes, each tribe is represented by Area Health Boards or when there is an area without an Area Health Board, a NIHB representative is chosen which communicates with the tribes of that area.
The mission of the NIHB is to advocate on behalf of all Tribal governments and American Indians/Alaska Natives in their efforts to provide quality health care. As part of this advocacy, we are committed to providing timely, factual, and valuable information on the Indian health care system to AI/AN, tribes, tribal governments and policy makers. This tribal resource center has been established to provide tribes with the resources and tools to effectively engage in fulfilling the mission of NIHB.
The National Indian Health Board submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator on the draft Federal Health Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 via the Health IT Buzz Blog at http://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/.
As stated in the Strategic Plan, the overall mission for the Federal Health IT effort is “to improve health and health care for all Americans through the use of information and technology.” The Strategic Plan goes on to indicate that one of the guiding principles of the Strategic Plan is that “the government will endeavor to assure that underserved and at-risk individuals enjoy these benefits to the extent as all other citizens.” NIHB provided many recommended modifications to the strategic plan to ensure that this guiding principle is applied to American Indian and Alaska Native communities and the providers that predominantly serve them, and that American Indians and Alaska Natives are fully and effectively incorporated into this mission.
For more information, please contact Doneg McDonough at: Dmcdonough@nihb.org
On March 2-4, 2011, Tribal Leaders from across the country met with officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, including Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, regarding funding priorities and recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013. Below are Tribal Leader testimonies and presentations on key issues of concern to the health of Indian Country:
IHS released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter initiating Tribal consultation on the funding distribution for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) in FY 2012 and FY 2013. To read the “Dear Tribal Leader” letter, click here.
Please send your comments to email@example.com by February 28, 2011.
On December 30, 2010, IHS initiated Tribal Consultation on the Indian Health Care Improvement Fund. The IHCIF was established to determine the overall level of need funded for Federal, Tribal, or Tribal organization health care facilities. To read the “Dear Tribal Leader” letter, click here.
Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2011.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new Memorandum of Understanding to provide health care to American Indian/Alaska Native Veterans. Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, Director of the Indian Health Service made an announcement on her blog. The VA and IHS are consulting on the memorandum and encourage Tribal leaders to submit comments by December 31, 2010.