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Tribal Environmental Health Project

Identifying Environmental Health Priorities in Indian Country

The National Indian Health Board began work with the Office of Tribal Affairs (OTA) within the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in September of 2010. The OTA within the ATSDR was established with the unique responsibility of working with AI/AN populations to address public health concerns related to environmental exposures. One of the main facets of the OTA was to ensure that the government-to-government relationship between ATSDR and Tribes was being met through direct consultation and ongoing communications with individual tribal leaders and their respective tribal communities.

Through this contract, the OTA and the National Indian Health Board established the National Tribal Environmental Health (NTEH) Think Tank with two main goals:
  1. To provide support to the six tribal representatives serving on the workgroups and gain feedback on the direction and outcome of the National Conversation.
  2. To assist the OTA in development of short- and long-term strategies that is based on the priorities of Tribes and to the extent possible, from the outcome of the National Conversation.

The NTEH Think Tank composed of 12 Tribal professionals with diverse backgrounds in environmental public health. The NTEH Think Tank met three (3) times with the OTA Tribal Liaison and NIHB to establish these strategies for the OTA.

NIHB NTEH Think Tank Information

NTEH Think Tank Roster

For more information on the Office of Tribal Affairs, please visit their website; http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tribal/about.html

Or Please contact:
Annabelle Allison, Lead Public Health Scientist/Tribal Liaison
4770 Buford Hwy
Mailstop F-61
Atlanta, GA 30341
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 770-488-3991 or 770-488-0680