Tribal Public Health Conference

“Restoring Health and Uniting Community”

In the past 3 years, there has been a great shift in our communities. As we were met with uncertainty, we found solutions, adaptations, and gained insight to problems we had never faced before. As we traversed through challenges, we became stronger in new ways. Now, we can reunite. Celebrating wins and grieving our losses together after our time apart. While we stayed in touch in new ways, we are able to enjoy and experience the beauty of togetherness again.

TPHC2022 Venue Change Official Statement

Dear 2022 honored guests and attendees,

Our Tribal Public Health Conference 2022 theme, “Community: Rising to a Changing Public Health 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

Dr. Henrietta Mann

Founding President of the Cheyenne an Arapaho Tribal College (Retired) (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes)   

Henrietta Mann was the first individual to occupy the Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman, where…

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson

President/CEO, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council in Bethel)

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson serves as President/CEO and oversees the Consortium’s governance and strategy for statewide Tribal health services that serve the…

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