Legislative Day 2020
January 14 (Training January 13)


“Generational clarity is not just understanding
the historical trauma in the lives of
individuals and communities.

It is also understanding the strengths and
values that the communities have..."
Stephen Kutz,
Chair of American Indian Health Commission

Tribal Foundational
Public Health
Services Summit

Join us in beginning the work in understanding
and defining the Tribal FPHS & developing
model Tribal FPHS codes.

The Washington Indian Health
Care Improvement Act (HB 5415)

signed by Governor Inslee on Tuesday May 7th!

The American Indian Health Commission
(AIHC) for Washington State

is a Tribally-driven non-profit organization with a mission of improving health
outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) through a health
policy focus at the Washington State level. AIHC works on behalf of the 29
federally-recognized Indian Tribes and two Urban Indian Health Organizations
(UIHOs) in the state.






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Learn About Our Upcoming Events


December 10, 2019
  • Tribal Opioid Response Workgroup | December 10, 2019  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    To attend via webinar: 
    The Tribal Opioid Response Workgroup will meet for up to 2 hours every other month beginning in January 2019 and ending in September 2019. The purpose of the workgroup is to: 
    • Assess gaps and resources for the spectrum of opioid use disorders affecting American 
    Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals and tribal communities in Washington State; 
    • Develop goals and objectives for the Statewide Opioid Response Plan; and 
    • Develop recommendations for tribal programs to align their opioid response efforts with the statewide efforts as provided in the Statewide Opioid Response Plan. 
    We would very much appreciate having tribal representatives on this workgroup. Please email Lucilla Mendoza at if your tribe or Indian Health Program would like to designate a representative to participate in the workgroup.

December 11, 2019
  • Tribal Foundational Public Health Services Summit | December 11, 2019  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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    AIHC is convening a Tribal FPHS Summit begin the work to understand and define Tribal FPHS and developing model Tribal FPHS codes as a template for Tribes to adopt or update codes. We will look at Washington State and Oregon Tribal definitions and plan for regional meetings plus technical assistance to Tribes adopting or updating Tribal Public Health Codes.

    Please Join Us:
    AIHC is hosting the Tribal Foundational Public Health Services Summit:
    December 11, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm.
    Red Cedar Hall of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
    1033 Old Blyn Highway
    Sequim, WA 98382
    Lunch will be provided
    (The day before the AIHC Annual Delegates meeting, same location)

    Purpose of Summit:
    Last legislative session the Washington State Legislature establishing the Foundational Public Health System (FPHS) being comprised of the State of Washington Department of Health (DOH),Washington State Board of Health (SBOH), local health jurisdictions (LHJ), Sovereign Tribal nations and Indian health programs as well as establishing ongoing funding to support delivery of services in an effective and efficient manner:

    These governmental public health services should be delivered in ways that maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall system, make the best use of the public health workforce and evolving technology, and address health equity.

    We understand that each Tribe is distinctly unique in how and what public health services they provide to their communities. The work ahead of us is to help define which Tribal public health services are considered foundational, what codes are necessary to have in place in order to exercise appropriate jurisdiction and assess what are the statewide gaps that need to be filled to provide Tribal FPHS.

    Registration link:

December 12, 2019
December 18, 2019
  • Tribal Centric Behavioral Health Advisory Board | December 18, 2019  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Tribal Evaluation and Treatment Facility
    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
    Access Code: 315-124-685


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