April 9-11, 2019 • River Spirit Casino Resort • Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tribal Public Health Conference 2019

``Strength In Community, Power In Connection``
A 7th Generation and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Collaboration

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Join us for the Tribal Public Health Conference 2019 (TPHC19)

2019 will be another special year as the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and the 7th Generation Conference will again join together for another amazing event. At TPHC19, 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 next year's conference.

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

The primary focus of our conference committee’s work is to assist the Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas communities to gain knowledge, sharpen their skills, and to enhance local advocacy efforts. Our 2019 theme reflects our vision for advancing health and the necessity for us as a community to cooperate, contribute, and stand united as one. Where there is STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY, there is POWER IN CONNECTION!

Through advocacy work, partnerships, data, and listening & learning from tribal leaders and communities, we will be bringing important issues to the table as well as speakers and presenters with the knowledge to empower us.

Our goal is that you will leave with fresh ideas, new friends, more partnerships, and increased opportunities; most importantly, we want you to have fun!

Strength in Community, Power in Connection: A Call to Action for All Native People

Throughout my years working in American Native communities, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is the power of relationship. From the level of community to family and other interpersonal levels of healing, relationship has been the most necessary catalyst. In the spring of 2018, along with my colleagues at Thrive Unltd., we launched “Re:Define,” a wellness initiative aimed at fostering awareness about and healing from the lingering effects of historical/intergenerational trauma within the Native American population. As we embarked on our journey, working with various communities, we were gifted an invaluable learning experience, as well. As Native American peoples, we hold “family” and “community” with high idealistic regard; however, along the way, it became apparent that the context of these terms had changed and no longer represented the same relationships. The overwhelming stories of various traumas, abuses, and adversities, faced by both young and old, painted a sobering picture of broken connections and withering bonds. This was a difficult truth to acknowledge and address, but it exposed a long-neglected, collective intergenerational wound, detrimental to Native American peoples of today. A common thread throughout all of these stories was the absence of love or the misconception of what a truly healthy connection represents.

As we began to foster safe environments for connection, something beautiful began to unfold- legitimate healing.  We witnessed elders who had walked through life shouldering the burden of unspeakable trauma, being relinquished of their shame and hurt; young people in the throes of depression and suicide finding freedom and inspiration; and families transforming generations from unhealthy behaviors and equipping them with coping mechanisms. Here, in this sacred space, the true spirit of healing that countless generations of our ancestors held faithful was revealed through connection, love, compassion, and understanding. In order for our communities to heal, our families need to heal. If our families are to heal, we as individuals must heal- together, connected. I believe this is what our grandparents envisioned through their prayers, songs, and efforts to preserve our culture. They envisioned us learning the ultimate lesson: empowerment and healing through authentic connection.

-Jeremy Fields Director Thrive Unltd. and TPHC19 Keynote Speaker

Who Should Attend?

The conference is open to everyone, however the TPHC19 Planning Committee encourages participation from Tribal Elders, tribal partners, health organizations (tribal, IHS, urban, state), clinicians and public health professionals, healthcare administration, elective tribal leaders, students, mental health, Healthy Living grantees, Turning Point coalitions, donors, legislators, and Tribal Education professionals.

A Few Things Just For You, Our Conference Participants

A lactation room will be available on site for nursing mothers. Registration will be able to direct you to the appropriate location.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CHALLENGES There will be several physical activity opportunities throughout the conference. For each activity you participate in, you will receive a ticket which will be put into a drawing for prizes the final day. Prizes available: $150 Walmart gift card, Resistance ball home exercise kit, Kettle ball set, Nike backpack, Nike sling bag, and several other smaller prizes. Download the conference mobile app to view the complete list of scheduled physical activities.

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Conference Agenda

2019 Tribal Public Health Conference full schedule of keynotes, plenaries, and breakout sessions.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Well-known, talented, and passionate speakers at this year's conference.

  • Fields



    KEYNOTE SPEAKER (APR 10) • Redefine: Healing Trauma in Native American Communities

  • Linkenbach

    Dr. Jeff


    PLENARY SPEAKER (APR 10) • Positive Community Norms

  • Beadle, MPA


    Beadle, MPA

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER (APR 11) • The Future of Tribal Behavioral Health Policy

  • Trentham



    PLENARY SPEAKER (APR 11) • Tobacco Tour

Register to Tribal Public Health Conference 2019 now

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Keynote Speaker Jeremy Fields on Historical Trauma and Youth Suicide

  • 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

TPHC19 Planning Committee Members

A huge thanks to all our wonderful Planning Committee Members. We couldn’t have brought all these amazing people and resources together without you and your hard work!

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!

2019 Conference Venue

River Spirit Casino Resort

River Spirit Casino is conveniently located just south of 81st Street and Riverside Drive at Casino Drive in South Tulsa. Click below for directions.

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8330 Riverside Pkwy, Tulsa, OK 74137

Phone: (888)748-3731

Website: www.riverspirittulsa.com

Reservation Link: SPTHB2019


Hotel Accommodations:

  • 27-floor all-glass hotel tower
  • 483 luxury rooms and suites
  • Resort pool with cabanas and beach bar on the river
  • Business center
  • Retail shops
  • Fitness Center
  • Coffee Shop

Conference & Events:

  • 30K square feet of event & meeting space — including a ballroom, conference rooms, and boardrooms
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment



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Hotel Information

Housing Procedure:

All requests for rooms will be made on an individual basis. The room block will be held until the cut-off date, March 09, 2019. Guests may call our Reservations Department directly at 888-748-3731 (toll free). In order to obtain the group’s special group rate of $94.00 based on single or double occupancy, the guests need to identify themselves as being with 11th Annual Tribal Public Health Conference. All rates are subject to six percent (6%) resort fee.


Room Cancellation Policy:

Individual cancellations inside 72 hours of arrival shall forfeit any room deposit (if applicable), or be billed for one night’s room and resort fee. In addition, one night’s room and resort fee will be billed for any guest who fails to check-in on the scheduled arrival date. Any remaining nights of a “no-show” reservation will be canceled, and all deposits forfeited.


Cut Off Date:

All requests for rooms at the convention group rate must be received no later than March 09, 2019.

After March 09, 2019, all rooms will revert back to River Spirit Casino Resort for sale. If guest rooms are requested after the cutoff date, rooms will be provided based on convention group room availability and at the prevailing rate. Rooms not physically occupied by 12 noon on the day immediately following the guest’s scheduled arrival date will be considered “no shows” and released to River Spirit Casino Resort house allocation. Payment of room and resort fee for the guest’s scheduled arrival date on “no show” reservations will be forfeited and the room will be released to house allocation. Should the guest arrive after the room is released, a guest room will be provided on a “space available” basis and the guest will be responsible for additional room and resort fee incurred.

Check In/ Check Out:

Check in time is after 4:00 p.m. and check out is 11:00 a.m. Late checkouts are subject to a penalty fee of room and room resort fee for an additional evening. If guests arrive before their room is ready or their departure is later than the 11am checkout, River Spirit Casino Resort Bell Desk will be happy to store luggage for guests’ convenience. A credit card or debit card is mandatory at time of check-in for incidentals. Sorry, no pets allowed in River Spirit Casino Resort.


  • Valet parking
  • Airport transportation
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms and conference center

Ample parking is available in the parking garage as well as around the property.

Additional Details

There is plenty to do outside the resort. Visit the Flying Tee for family-friendly fun or the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center both of which are accessible through the complimentary shuttle.


After a day of conference activities, enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful Arkansas River by going for a walk to Helmerich or River Trails Park, both within a mile of the resort.


Want a park that offers amazing attractions and world-class programming for all ages with no entry fee? This dream was built into reality at Gathering Place: Tulsa’s Riverfront Park. Gathering Place aims to serve as a cornerstone for our vibrant community while improving social, economic and environmental sustainability in Tulsa and it is only 6.5 miles away from River Spirit Casino Resort.


There is a bike trail that runs right in front of the venue and goes all along Riverside. Didn’t bring your bike? Not a problem! Phat Tire Bike Shop and Spoke House Bicycles both offer rental bikes and are within a few miles of River Spirt Casino. Please call for pricing and availability.


There are four restaurants on site. If you are planning on leaving the resort for food, there are many diverse dining options all along Riverside Parkway.

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