About the Biennial Summit
The American Indian Health Commission (AIHC) is committed to advocating for improving the health of all Tribal people. The two-day Summit is a unique and strategically significant event for tribes in Washington State. We bring together Tribal leaders, state legislators, Tribal and urban Indian health organization staff members, state agency representatives, Federal Region 10 representatives and the Portland Area Indian Health Service to discuss Tribal legislative and programmatic health priorities. Over the years the Summit has become a vitally important forum for strategic Tribal-State planning and collaboration in Washington.
The work of the summit will be to produce actionable and accountable plans for work to be done by the State, Tribes, the AIHC and other partners throughout the next two years to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives in our State.
Tribal and State Leaders Health Summit 2020 Virtual Event:
Thursday, Nov. 5 Opening Ceremony and Tribal and State Leaders Panel 1 – 4 pm
Friday, Nov. 6 Breakout Sessions
Friday, Nov. 13 – Breakout Sessions
Monday, Nov. 16- Breakout Sessions
Tuesday, Nov. 17 Tribal Immunizations & Closing Plenary
Tuesday, 1-4 pm: Finalizing 2021-22 Priorities, AIHC Legislative Priorities for 2021 Session and Closing Ceremonies
1:00 pm Welcome- Steve Kutz, Chair AIHC
1:30 pm Honoring Secretary John Wiesman- AIHC Executive Committee
2:00 pm Centennial Accord Preparation – Vicki Lowe, Executive Director AIHC
2019 Accord Issues- where are we at:
- Addressing issues with the behavioral health crisis system
- Support of Funding Foundational Public Health Services
- Opioid Response
- Tribal Data
- IHCP Workforce Development
- Continue funding and coordination for Tribal Youth Prevention Programs
- Ensuring Agencies are Treating Tribes as Government
New Issues in 2020
- COVID-19 Impact on Budgets and Workforce
- Equitable Distribution of Appropriate COVID-19 Vaccines
- What Else?
2:45 pm Open Discussion/Development of Talking Points for Centennial Accord – All
3:45 pm Closing Ceremony/Adjournment
Steve Kutz, Tribal Chair Cowlitz Tribes, AIHC Chairman
Updates will be made as they become available.
Tribal and State Leaders Health Summit 2018
Theme: Learning from Our Ancestors, Transforming Health Care for Our Descendants
2018 Summit Day 1
2018 Summit Day 2