- Lou Schmitz
More About LouLou Schmitz, BS, GCPH. Ms. Lou Schmitz has over 29 years of service in Indian healthcare and tribal public health. Her areas of experience in Indian country include public health emergency preparedness and response, cross-jurisdictional collaboration, tribal health department management, electronic health record implementation, patient-centered care delivery, health programs planning and design, community based participatory research, healthcare reform, quality assurance, data management, and grant development. She has designed and successfully implemented programs and quality assurance measures for various clinical, prevention, and community health services.Ms. Schmitz was one of the tribal health department representatives to collaborate in developing the groundbreaking Olympic Regional Tribal Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement in 2010. As a NextGen Certified Professional and NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert, Ms. Schmitz managed the implementation of a health information management system for a Washington tribe, receiving the National NextGen Best Practice Award for Excellence.Ms. Schmitz is an alumnus of the University of Washington School of Public Health, and the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute. She is an Affiliate Instructor for the University of Washington School of Nursing Department of Psychosocial and Community Health.Lou is a member of AIHC’s team of consultants, and serves as lead consultant for the Commission’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness projects. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jan Ward Olmstead
More About JanJan Ward Olmstead, MPA. Jan Ward Olmstead (Barbareno, Chumash) was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Jan is a private consultant and currently leads the public health policy and project work of the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State. She brings an understanding of evidence-based public health from working with tribal communities and over 35 years of public sector experience in health policy, public administration, and tribal and intergovernmental affairs. In partnership with tribal leadership, tribal health programs, and community members, Jan has helped create Native approaches to public health work that draw on unique cultural resources, community vision, and the engagement of tribal elected officials. She has also served as adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College in the Master of Public Administration program.Jan serves on the boards of Group Health Foundation, Community Advisory of University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center, Washington State Public Health Association Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, and as an alternate on Washington State Governor’s Health Disparities Council.Jan earned a BA in 2003 and MPA in Tribal Governance in 2006 from The Evergreen State College in Washington State. She is pursuing a master certification in the NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) and Resilience) evidence-based training based on the ACE study. She does this work in context of generational clarity with a focus on key developmental stages, early childhood through adolescence, and the historical trauma experienced by Native people.
- Pam James
More About PamPam James (Colville). Pam is the Co-Founder of Native Strategies a non-profit training and technical assistance organization, specializing in facilitation; infrastructure development; program design, customer service and people management. Pam is particularly passionate about her trainings including, Historical Trauma & Modern Drama, Healthy Relationships, Healthy Workplace, Healthy Parenting and the Auntie/Grandma approach to Home Visiting.For over two decades, Pam has provided training, consultation and project development expertise to meet diverse social, cultural, governmental and organizational needs of hundreds of tribal and non-tribal governments, organizations and communities throughout the United States, Canada, and the Pacific Basin. Currently Pam serves as the Senior Project Director for GrantVantage.com a Native woman-owned grant and contract management Software Company. GrantVantage is the first cloud-based solution of its kind to address the pre and post–award grant and contract management needs of federal, state, and Tribes, foundations, intermediaries, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.She is a consultant to the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State to address health disparities for Native Americans and Alaska Natives. She lends her expertise to the Nisqually Tribe in program development, strategic planning and parenting training.Pam is pursuing her master certification in Near Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE’s and Resilience). The Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACES) that supports trauma impact on child development and validates the historical trauma experience of Native people.She co-designed through Culture2Culture Consulting the curriculum for the Washington State Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, “Government-to-Government Training,” to improve the governmental relationships of Washington State agencies and the federally recognized tribes. Pam is a published author, a mother of six and an alumni of The Evergreen State College.Pam is best known for her unique cultural and holistic approach to training, education, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.
- Cindy Gamble
More About CindyCindy Gamble, MPH, is Tlingit and a member of the Kaax’oos.hittaan, or Man’s Foot Clan. As a Tribal Public Health Consultant with the American Indian Health Commission, Cindy is the lead on the WIC Research Project and the Maternal and Infant Health work, and works collaboratively on other public health projects. Cindy has enjoyed working over 30 years with Tribal and Urban Indian Communities in Alaska and Washington State as a Community Health Educator and as a Tribal Health Director. Cindy is married to her husband Jerry; they have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
- Heather Erb
More About HeatherHeather Erb, AIHC Legal Counsel. Heather owns a law practice in Bellingham, Washington and has been practicing law for the last sixteen years. She represents nonprofits, Tribes, and Tribal organizations in public health, health care legal policy, contract drafting and negotiation, mutual aid agreements, emergency preparedness, code/ordinance development and nonprofit corporate governance. In her representation of the American Indian Health Commission, Heather assisted in drafting the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act and the Washington Indian Behavioral Health Act. She has previously provided training and outreach to tribal members, leaders, and Indian health program staff and administration across the State of Washington on American Indian and Alaska Native income tax exemptions, Medicaid expansion, cost sharing, premium sponsorship, and contracting with qualified health plans. In the early years of her career, Heather served as an assistant state attorney prosecuting felony crimes.