Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 has been cancelled

We will be sharing more information soon. Thank you for your understanding.
Sincerely, 7th Generation and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board

We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 Cancelled Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Official Statement From The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and 7th Generation • March 12, 2020

Recognizing the ongoing and increased uncertainty that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing throughout Indian Country and the world, the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB) and 7th Generation have agreed to cancel our upcoming Tribal Public Health Conference scheduled for April 14-16, 2020 in Durant, Oklahoma. Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our invited guests, attendees, and our staff, which includes a number of respected tribal elders. This perspective, along with the announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) deeming COVID-19 a pandemic and number of tribal governments announcing travel bans and mandatory quarantines, made our decision conclusive.

Our decision to cancel the Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 was also influenced by vulnerability factors. As stated by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), “Tribal communities are the most vulnerable and least resourced to address a public health outbreak such as the COVID-19 virus. Tribal communities are disproportionately impacted by health conditions that increase the risk of a more serious COVID-19-related illness. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, these conditions include (but are not limited to) heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.  Among our Peoples who are 8 years of age and over, rates of coronary heart disease are 1.5 times the rate for Whites, while rates of diabetes among our Peoples are nearly three times the general population. Studies have shown that American Indians and Alaska Natives are also at increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections, and in certain regions of the country are twice as likely as the general population to become infected and hospitalized with pneumonia, bronchitis, and influenza.”

With that in mind, we know how powerful it is when Native people come together as one in fast-changing situations. As we begin to foster safer environments and communities, we must all do our part to help protect each other and slow the spread of COVID-19 by being proactive and taking responsibility for what we can control in a time of uncertainty and confusion. It’s more important than ever to stay coordinated with work families and provide the clarity needed to move work forward. Knowing the sacrifices involved, we must all commit to healthy decision-making for the safety of all people.

To our attendees, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors, and partners, we sincerely thank you for your time, patience, and important contributions to our annual conference. The excitement to connect with you is and always will be the reason we love doing this every single year. Our work family takes great pride in providing you true hospitality—a promise that guides our organization and staff every day which is fundamental during times like this. In the coming days, we will be reaching out to you with more details and information in regards to next steps and the 2021 Tribal Public Health Conference.

In closing, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Without question, this year’s conference was expected to be one of our highest attended events with public health, tribal epidemiology center, and tribal representatives coming from every region of the country. Our focus for all future events is to provide a safe and healthy environment with the promise of delivering the best event experience for all of our conference attendees. For the up-to-date information in prevention steps and guidelines for the novel coronavirus, please visit SPTHB’s website or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC’s) at For the latest updates regarding the Tribal Public Health Conference, visit If you have any immediate questions, please contact SPTHB at (405) 652-9200 or email


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2020 Conference Venue

Choctaw Casino & Resort

Choctaw Casino & Resort is conveniently located off of US Highway 69/75 in Durant, Oklahoma. Click below for directions.

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4216 S. Hwy 69/75

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Experiencing booking difficulties with the above link? Call (800) 788-2464 and mention “Tribal Public Health Conference 2020” to the operator to check room availabilities.  


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Close and convenient, you’ll find the parking garage on the northeast side of the casino. Head down the escalator into the casino and you’ll enter near Gilley’s and B3.


We provide complimentary shuttle service for all of our guests staying at the resort, Choctaw Inn and RV Park. There is also limited service to off-site locations like Eaker Field, restaurants and golf. Call the front desk to schedule a pickup or drop-off.

Hotel Information

Choctaw Casino Resort guest room reservations:   INDIVIDUAL CALL-IN RESERVATIONS / INDIVIDUAL GUEST PAY OWN: It is the guest’s responsibility to submit a credit card number at the time of reservation to guarantee the room. All reservations should be received no later than the CUT OFF date of  MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 to receive the $96.00 rate. All participants will pay for their room, tax, and incidental charges upon checkout.   All guests must provide an approved/valid credit card or $50.00 cash deposit at the Front Desk no later than check-in for incidentals. Reservations are welcome by direct phone calls to the HOTEL reservations office at 1-800-788-2464. Guests may call in for reservations referring to Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 in order for their request to be handled as efficiently as possible.   Check in Time: 3:00 pm (CST)   Check out Time: 11:00 am (CST)   EARLY DEPARTURE FEE: An early departure fee of $50 will apply if a Customer attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout date.


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