Tribal Public Health Conference

Community: Rising to a Changing Public Health Climate

Building and enhancing a Community-based culture through inclusion, interconnectedness, and collaboration

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TPHC2022 Venue Change Official Statement

Dear 2022 honored guests and attendees,

Our Tribal Public Health Conference 2022 theme, “Community: Rising to a Changing Public Climate,” aptly describes our experiences living through a global pandemic. For the past two years, our tribal communities have had to adapt, adjust, and rise to the challenges of a constantly changing public health climate brought about by the pandemic; yet the challenges presented opportunities for serving in innovative and creative ways. The challenges also provided opportunities to listen to our communities and respond to their needs. We at Southern Plains Tribal Health Board have had to do the same. We have been adapting, adjusting, listening, and responding, so we can continue to serve our tribal communities and partners in ways consistent with our core values of servant leadership, accountability, respect, innovation, excellence, and integrity.

As part of our commitment to “rise to a changing public health climate,” we will be switching our 2022 Tribal Public Health Conference from a hybrid (combination of in-person and virtual presentations) to a completely virtual conference. Due to the ongoing global pandemic and the uncertainty that accompanies it, our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our tribal communities and partners; a virtual conference allows us the best opportunity to attain this priority. Rest assured: you can still expect the same high standard that is synonymous with SPTHB conferences. Our Tribal Public Health Conference 2021 was our first-ever virtual conference, and, based on the attendance and feedback, it was a success. We expect our Tribal Public Health Conference 2022 to be just as, or even more, successful.

We look forward to your attendance and participation, as together, as a community, we continue “rising to a changing public health climate.”


Nicolas Barton
SPTHB Executive Director 


Tracy Prather
SPTHB-OKTEC Director 

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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