April 24-26, Norman, Oklahoma

Tribal Public Health Conference 2018

Empowering Self-Worth: Looking At Real Issues In Public Health
A 7th Generation and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Collaboration

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Welcome to the Tribal Public Health Conference 2018

Over the next couple of days, you will be presented with a host of tribal health and public health informational-related topics. We encourage you to be active participants and come eager to learn and interact with the many sponsors, partners, and talented speakers that are participating in this year's event. Enjoy yourself, ask questions, and most importantly—have fun!

What's New and What To Look for at This Year's Conference?

This year, the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB) is proud to announce that after 45 years of partnering with tribal nations and stakeholders to improve the health of American Indians, the SPTHB remains committed to excellence in tribal public health. With that being said, our organization recognizes the value of partnerships. From these partnerships we are proud to unveil our new website, illustrating our national reach of support, teamwork, and growth with our tribal, federal, state, and local partners. Within the last 45 years we have given over $80 million dollars back to our tribal communities, and currently we are giving $25.6 million to our tribal communities through federal grant funds! At this year’s conference, we are excited to reveal the following new tools to help advance our mission:

Unveiling our new SPTHB.org website!

Unveiling our new tphconference.org microsite (the one you are previewing now)!

Launching our new SPTHB and American Indian Health Fund giving campaigns!

Launching or new social media platforms! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and receive your FREE TPHC17 t-shirt!

Who Should Attend?

The conference is open to everyone and there is no registration fee, however the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board encourages participation from Tribal Elders, Tribal Health Programs, Tribal Leaders, Public Health Professionals, and Native American community-based health service providers.

Grand Forecasting for TEC and SPTHB

While we have seen the largest grant-funding procured in the history of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center over the past two years, this current grant cycle proposes to be even larger. We are working to increase diversification of our grants and funding portfolio to expand and increase our reach with additional and new federal agencies, private foundations, both corporate and individual, and increasing our partnerships and stakeholders.

We are doubling down the efforts to increase focus and attention to the tribes within our area—Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas—to maximize service available to our tribes and to increase continued provision of grant funding, technical assistance, increased attention and access. We pledge to provide a much-increased presence and visibility to the tribes with respect to the national scope, strategies and outreach.

The SPTHB is now in the exploration and planning stages of expanding our reach to include a Youth Services Academy, to provide internships and professional development opportunities to American Indian youth ages 16-24. Look for future announcements and updates as we strive to transition this project operational in 2018.

There are current plans to expand our office facilities to almost double our size to accommodate this surge in services provided. The future is bright as we grow into new endeavors and expanded service and reach, to increase opportunities for the tribes we serve.

Register to Tribal Public Health Conference 2018 now

Pre-register now and we’ll contact you with more details when it’s time to complete your registration.

Highlights of the Tribal Public Health Conference 2017

  • They have a voice, a very strong voice that they're not afraid to use.

    Lancer Stephens

    Lancer Stephens

    Director Oklahoma Shared Clinical Translational Resources
  • Southern Plains Tribal Health Board should be applauded for the work that benefits not only your community, but raises the bar nationally.

    Michael Bird

    Michael Bird

    National Policy Council of AARP
  • (The conference) was great! You served us lunch, we had badges, registration. Food is always good!

    Kasey Dean

    Kasey Dean

    Absentee Shawnee Tribe, SPF-TIG Tribal Liaison
  • I'm pleased with all the work that they do (here)—the partnerships that they work on so diligently with our community and other states.

    Tewanna Edwards

    Tewanna Edwards

    OK Health Care Authority


A huge thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors. We couldn’t have brought all these amazing people and resources together without you!

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

If your organization/tribe is interested in sponsoring the Tribal Public Health Conference, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you with some more information!

2018 Conference Venue

NCED Conference Center

NCED Conference Center is located in Norman, Oklahoma at 2801 East State Highway 9. Click below for directions.

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2801 OK-9, Norman, OK 73071

Phone: 405-447-9000




The check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 12:00 pm. The Marriott Conference Center at NCED cannot guarantee the availability of guest rooms previous to 3:00 pm.  If late check out is required, an additional fee will apply to those requesting late check-out past 12:00 pm.

Guaranteed Reservations:

All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods.

Method of Reservations:

Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott Conference Center at NCED’s front desk at (405) 447-9000, Ext.0 with reference Group Code 7346


Use this link for online reservations: https://aws.passkey.com/go/10thAnnualPreparingConference


The following amenities are offered to all NCED guests:

  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Billiards room
  • Outdoor walking tracks
  • Tennis
  • Oklahoma’s largest saline outdoor pool
  • Racquetball court
  • Whirpool & sauna
  • Softball field
  • Indoor track
  • Volleyball
  • Poolside cabanas
  • Hot tub
  • Indoor & outdoor basketball court
  • Golf (Driving range)
  • Massage (By appointment)
  • Tennis court
  • 100% Non-smoking
  • Restaurant & Lounge
  • Poolside bar open seasonally
  • Business center
  • Complimentary parking
  • Airport shuttle (Fee)
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Poolside cabanas
  • Safe deposit box
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Express checkout


Airport transportation and local shuttle are available with reservation. Airport transportation is $32 each way. Shuttle reservations can be made once the guest receives their hotel confirmation through their email. There will be a link at the bottom of the confirmation email to schedule airport shuttle transportation. Local shuttle service is $7 round trip. Please check the shuttle service schedule upon check-in.


Complimentary self-parking available (valet and covered parking not offered).

Places To Stay

If you are unable to stay at the NCED Center, consider Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot Norman or the Riverwind Hotel both of which are roughly 8 miles from the NCED Center.

Additional Details

All the popular attractions of University of Oklahoma are just 2 miles away from the hotel, including the Fred Jones Museum of Art, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, and the National Weather Center. Oklahoma City is only a short drive away as well, offering up some wild entertainment options including casino gaming at Remington Park Casino, and the brand new RIVERSPORT adventure park for all those seeking some thrills in Oklahoma.

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