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2023 Tribal Health Equity Data Symposium

National Indian Health Board will host the Tribal Health Equity Data Symposium on September 25 – 26, 2023 at Constitution Hall (3501 Nebraska Avenue, Washington DC, 20016), American University in Washington, D.C. The symposium will explore how we can reimagine the ways in which we use data to advance health equity for American Indians and Alaska Natives. We will hear diverse perspectives and participate in robust discussions about what it can look like to have a Tribally-driven, culturally-grounded approach to data collection, analysis, governance, and communications. Sessions will include a focus on both theory-based insights and practical applications.

Some of the topics on the agenda include:

Registration is now closed. If you were not able to attend in person, we welcome you to explore the presentations and other materials once they are posted on this website.

 


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Health Equity in Indian Country: Rethinking How CMS Approaches Health Equity for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Over the past year, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), supported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG), convened Native health leaders from across the country to answer one critical question: “What does health equity mean from a Tribal perspective?”

In this report, we hope to faithfully portray the perspectives on Tribal health equity we have heard from Indian Country. For AI/ANs, discussions around health equity will always revolve around Tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, and how colonization and U.S. government policies have driven the severe health inequities we are now facing. This report focuses on how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, can more effectively advance health equity for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The core principles around Tribal health equity remain relevant to anyone working towards health equity in Indian Country, and the lessons here are easily applicable to other federal agencies. As the Biden-Harris Administration raises health equity to a high government-wide priority, moving forward will require both a nuanced understanding of the unique context of Tribal health equity and a commitment to action.


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2023 National Tribal Health Conference



September 2022 Listening Session on the CMS Framework for Health Equity


Tribal Health Equity Summit – August 2022

NIHB’s Tribal Health Equity Summit was held virtually on August 16. This summit convened leaders and stakeholders in Tribal health equity to build a path forward for health equity in Indian Country. Building on the discussions of drivers of health inequities from the May 13 Inter-Tribal World Café on Health Equity, this summit examined important questions about how to define Tribal health equity and to advance health equity in a meaningful way. The summit included discussion around the appropriate role of federal government agencies in supporting Tribal health equity, with a special focus on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.



 


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Inter-Tribal World Café on Health Equity – May 2022

This special session of the 2022 National Tribal Public Health Summit provided a forum for Tribal leaders and members to come together and discuss what health equity means from a Tribal perspective and how centering Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous identity is the path to achieving health equity. Using a World Café format, attendees participated in several rounds of facilitated small group discussions about key questions surrounding health equity in Indian Country.

 


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