April 14-16, 2020 • Choctaw Casino & Resort • Durant, Oklahoma

Tribal Public Health Conference 2020

``Reclaiming Healthy Narratives in Indian Country``
A 7th Generation and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Collaboration

Conference Starts in:

The Call for Abstracts for Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 is NOW OPEN!

Abstract submissions are due 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Monday, December 9, 2019.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Aron Wahkinney (awahkinney@spthb.org or 405-652-9203).

Join us for the Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 (TPHC20)

2020 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 TPHC20, 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, exhibitors, and inspiring speakers that are participating in next year's conference.

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

Back by popular demand will be our official conference event app through “Whova”. We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from last year’s attendees who said the app enabled them to participate and interact more actively, have fun, and build two times more connections! You will be able to gain access to the new info on the “Whova” app a few weeks before the conference begins by searching the Apple store or Google Play on your mobile device.

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 2020 theme, “Reclaiming Healthy Narratives in Indian Country”,  embodies the restorative spirit of courage, healing, and resiliency in our Native people. In our communities, our homes, and individually, we must take ownership over our own stories and write daring new endings!

Our goal for Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 is that you will leave with fresh & exciting ideas, new friends, more partnerships, and increased opportunities; most importantly, we want you to have fun!

Who Should Attend?

The conference is open to everyone, however the TPHC20 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.

Register to Tribal Public Health Conference 2020 now

Pre-register now and we’ll contact you with more details when it’s time to complete your registration.

TPHC19 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

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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