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Seattle Indian Health Board & Urban Indian Health Institute present

2017 Tribal and Urban Indian Health Conference -

Resiliency in Action:  

Policy, Data & Collaboration

This year's conference will focus on developing and strengthening Tribal and Urban Indian Health Program partnerships along with growing community and government relationships.

Our tentative conference schedule at a glance (draft agenda - subject to change):

    Day 1...      Building relationships with Tribal, Urban Indian, the community and government partners.

  • "All My Relations - Who am I and where did I come from?"  
  • Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country
  • Expanding Programs and Building Capacity
  • Washington State Health Bill
  • Coordinated Care Agreements
  • How to Engage with the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) and the Medicare/Medicaid Policy Committee (MMPC)

    Day 2...      Leveraging data and partnerships for collaborative action.

  • "Who Counts? - Information on Policy Impacts
  •  New Release of Community Health Profiles & Diabetes Audit Reports for UIHPs
  •  Policy, Data & Advocacy in Action:  How important is data in your decision making?
  •  American Indian & Alaska Native Legislators Discussion Panel (lunch)
  •  Capacity and Infrastructure Expansion Sharing Session: What are people doing?
  •  Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

For a detailed copy of the conference agenda, click here.

                                              Tuesday & Wednesday, August 22-23, 2017

                                                      Suquamish Clearwater Resort

                                          15347 NE Suquamish Way, Suquamish WA 98392

                                                             1-866-609-8700 toll free

This year the conference will be held at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort on the breathtaking Kitsap Peninsula, just a short ferry ride from Seattle. Named after Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish Tribe, the area boasts nearly 250 miles of saltwater shoreline and beautiful communities.

This year's conference expands our focus across the spectrum of the IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian Health Programs health care system as well as related partners. Day 1 will particularly focus on IHS Region X and Day 2 will expand the focus to a National level. Attendees from all of the following areas are encouraged to join us:

  • Urban Indian Health Program Executive Directors, CEOs, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Medical Officers/Medical Directors,  Advocacy Directors, Policy Managers and Government Affairs Officers
  • Tribal leaders, especially those in HHS Region X (AK, WA, ID, OR) 
  • IHS Tribal Epidemiology Centers Directors and program staff
  • Directors and program staff at academic research programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities
  • Government partners
  • All urban Indian organizations across the U.S., both health care and community based organizations working other sectors

Optional Summit

You are also invited to attend the free additional 2-day  Summit on Urban Native Elder Health and Health Care hosted by Partnerships for Native Health, Washington State University, following the conference on August 24-25, 2017 at Clearwater Resort. The workshop will cover:

Day 1 -  What has been done:  an overview of studies conducted and data collected on Native elder health & health care issues. 

Day 4 -  The unknowns:  guiding a research process, coordinating data collection and establishing collaboration in research partnerships.

Download the summit agenda for more details.

You can attend either or both the conference and the workshop.

Registration Info

Registration is now open. Register now! Online registration is necessary to attend either the conference, the summit or both events. The conference registration fee is $150. Payment is accepted by PayPal, credit card, check or pay at the door. Please note the event name, Tribal and Urban Indian Health Conference, in the PayPal notes field or the memo line on your check.

The summit registration is free.

Hotel Reservations

Reserve your room is limited!  To receive our group discount hotel rate, call the Clearwater Resort at 866-609-8700 and identify yourself as part of the Tribal and Urban Indian Health Conference group. Rates range from $125-195 + tax per night.  The deadline to make reservations is Friday, August 4, 2017. After that date, rooms and rates are subject to availability.

Ground Transportation

For information on Travel and Ground Transportation, please click here.

Conference Information

This site will be updated with a conference agenda and additional travel information.  If you need assistance, please call Debbie Nerocker, Conference Coordinator, at (206) 324-9360 ext. 1145 or email

Thank you to our conference sponsor!

This conference is made possible in part from the generous support of Amerigroup!


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