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National Indian Health Board Elects Executive Committee

NIHB is pleased to announce its Executive Committee members elected on February 26, 2021. These distinguished national Tribal health leaders will provide leadership and governance in advancing the organization's mission and vision for the best quality health outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native people.
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Vaccine Information and Tribal Support Page on NIHB's COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center

In an effort to keep Tribes engaged and informed, NIHB offers this platform that contains communications, resources and advocacy materials on the development of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
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NIHB Releases 2019 Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan Report

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the 2019 Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS) Report that provides a comprehensive picture of Tribal public health infrastructure and activities, specifically, immunization, screening, and prevention/education activities that are widely occurring across Indian Country.
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NIHB is Hiring!

We are seeking qualified candidates for the following open positions based in Washington DC:

Policy Analyst

Director of Congressional Relations

Public Health Project Coordinator (Emergency Preparedness)

Public Health Project Coordinator (Aging)

Public Health Program Coordinator (PHICCS)

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Posted March 8, 2021

National Indian Health Board Releases 2021 Legislative and Policy Agenda, Roadmap for Biden Administration

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) released its annual Legislative and Policy Agenda listing Tribal health-related administrative and legislative requests for 24 issues areas ranging from COVID-19 response and recovery and increased telehealth capacity to full funding for the Indian Health Service and improving water and sanitation infrastructure as an integral public health measure. The NIHB Board of Directors adopted the Agenda along with a Roadmap for the Biden Administration on February 26, 2021.

NIHB’s 2021 Legislative and Policy Agenda highlights that the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a disproportionate impact on American Indian and Alaska Native people and illuminated many of the disparities Tribes experience, which have led to worse COVID-19 outcomes.

NIHB’s Roadmap for the Biden Administration to Advance American Indian and Alaska Native Health and Public Health focuses on six areas: Supporting the Government to Government Relationship, Supporting Tribal Sovereignty, Supporting Workforce Development, Studying and Addressing Long-Term Issues and Pressing Problems, and Advancing Legislative Priorities.

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Posted March 4, 2021

Federal Agencies Announce Tribal Consultations following President Biden's Executive Order

President Biden’s January 26, 2021 “Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships” is intended to strengthen the government's relationship with Tribes while encouraging federal agencies to consult with Tribes on all issues that impact Tribal Nations.

In March, several federal agencies that directly impact Tribal health are holding Tribal consultation sessions and/or have deadlines related to their Tribal consultation plans. This includes the US Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Posted March 2, 2021

National Indian Health Board Elects Executive Committee

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce its Executive Committee members elected on February 26, 2021. These distinguished national Tribal health leaders will provide leadership and governance in advancing the organization's mission and vision for the best quality health outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native people. NIHB's Board of Directors is comprised of 12 members each elected to serve on the NIHB Board from among the Tribes located within the 12 Indian Health Service geographic service areas.

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Posted February 26, 2021

NIHB Submits Testimony to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on Tribal Priorities for COVID-19 Vaccines

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) submitted written testimony in response to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing "Road to Recovery: Ramping up COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing and Medical Supply Chain" held on February 3, 2021. NIHB strongly urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to ensure a minimum 5% direct set-aside of total healthcare funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal nations, and urban Indian organizations. Since the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020, American Indians and Alaska Natives have continued to sufferer increased COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates when compared to the general population while receiving care at historically underfunded facilities.

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Posted February 22, 2021

Join NIHB in Support of Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is holding a hearing on Tuesday, February 23 at 9:30 AM EST to consider the nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) to be Secretary of the Interior. Follow the link to watch the hearing: https://www.energy.senate.gov/live-webcast.

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) fully supports Congresswoman Haaland's nomination. In December 2020, the NIHB Board of Directors sent a letter to then-President Elect Biden endorsing Congresswoman Haaland as the Secretary of the Interior as well as issued a press statement.

Ahead of the confirmation hearing on Feb. 23, NIHB encourages Tribal leaders, advocates, and community members to call the Senators urging a confirmation vote. NIHB has provided phone numbers and talking points.



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