Tribal Public Health Conference

Resilience: Looking Toward the Future of Indigenous Public Health 

Creating a Culture of Prevention and Unity Through Solution-Based Conversations and Building of Resiliency Skills 

Resilience. Unity. Culture. Youth. These are all buzzwords in Indian Country. Many times, they are used to maintain a steady draw and messaging for the purpose of higher engagement or greater funding. There is a collective theme throughout public health and public health events to raise awareness of problems and issues, but frequently it stops there. There is an absence of sharing solutions for the benefit of our communities. Public health conferences are hubs of knowledge and experience that can be shared to not just benefit organizations, but can change the conversation surrounding how resiliency can be more than a word. Resiliency- an inherent trait of Indigenous peoples- can become a practice and a tangible, measurable skill in Indigenous communities.

A Letter From SPTHB Leadership

Dear Relatives,

We are delighted to welcome you to the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and 7th Generation Tribal Public Health Conference 2021. It is our great honor and privilege to welcome you warmly to this annual event. It is an exciting time for SPTHB and 7th Generation as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining resourceful, motivated, and responsive to the Tribes and tribal communities we proudly serve.

Our organizations are confronting a time of many changes and are meeting these changes during a time of nation-wide and global uncertainty. The world of Tribal Public Health is certainly an evolving area that has seen unprecedented change throughout the last year and a half. We believe it is important to continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums like this, to ensure Tribal Public Health continues to include Indigenous voices of all ages.

We understand that the impact of COVID-19 has changed the conditions in how we meet. This year, our first live virtual conference will provide the opportunity to engage with Indigenous communities both nationally and internationally. 

Our conference theme, “Resilience: Looking Towards the Future of Indigenous Public Health” represents the spirit of unity. The theme will be addressed through many unique lenses, our presenters have to share their knowledge, experiences, and expertise virtually. We sincerely thank them for their contributions.

As we close, thank each of you for attending our conference and bringing your individual experience, strength, and resilience to our gathering. You, as participants and leaders, have the vision, knowledge, and ability to help us pave the way into the future. You are truly our greatest asset today and for many tomorrows, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and guidance. Throughout this conference, we ask you to stay engaged, keep us looking forward and help us shape the landscape of improving Tribal Public Health. Our personal respect and thanks go out to all of you.

We hope you leave this conference feeling empowered, resilient, and passionate to take charge of not only your personal health, but as a part of this wonderful community. You are a stakeholder of your own health. You are also a integral part of your clan, your tribe, your village, your pueblo, and your community’s health outcomes. You are resilient.

Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Nicolas Barton
SPTHB Executive Director 

Tracy Prather

Meet Your Keynotes

dolores bigfoot, Ph.D.

Presidential Professor, Indian Country Child Trauma Center within the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OUHSC (Caddo Nation of Oklahoma/Northern Cheyenne Tribe of MT)   

Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, a child psychologist by training, is a Presidential Professor who directs the Indian Country Child… 

abigail echo-hawk

Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute (Pawnee Nation)

Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA (Pawnee), was born in the heart of Alaska where she was raised in the traditional values of giving, respect for all… 

David Espey, MD

Guest Researcher, Division of Population Health, NCCDPHP/CDC 

David Espey, MD graduated from medical school at Wake Forest University and completed training in internal medicine at the…

ursula bauer, Ph.D., MPH

Senior Advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General for Community Health and Economic Prosperity at HHS

In this role, Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH, develops partnership strategies to advance cross-sector investment in community…

YAS (Youth Advisory Subcommittee) youth panel

“Becoming the Generation That Talks: A Youth Panel on Cultivating Change” – Sophie Arroyo, Maddie Keel, Abby Tow, and Emmaline Belwood (Moderator)

Youth are not just our future. They are current influencers, change makers and activists. They are finding more innovative ways to amplify their voices and challenging adult allies on how they can effectively partner with them to address the issues that directly impact them….

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