On September 24, 2021, the Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services sent a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) inviting Tribal leaders to participate in a special two-day virtual Nation-to-Nation dialogue on the COVID-19 response in Indian Country. As part of the role within the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other federal departments and agencies of the WHCNAA Health Committee including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Interior (DOI), and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will be in attendance. This conversation will inform the work of the WHCNAA Health Committee to quickly and efficiently develop an interagency plan to improve health systems and infrastructure to better address the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and prepare for future Public Health Emergencies in Indian Country.
The consultation will take place Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET. Written comments may be submitted through Friday, November 5, 2021.
Read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter for all details.