Tribal Public Health Conference

Community: Rising to a Changing Public Health Climate

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

As we move into a new phase of the pandemic and into a new world of public health, we take time to reflect on the grief, joy, fear, confusion, and resilience experienced since the emergence of COVID-19. The changes experienced in these last two years have been sudden and, many times, frightening. But, again and again, we saw Indian Country rise to the occasion. In the spirit of community and love, we saw Indian Country assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike- without the expectation of anything in return. By offering services to tribal and non-tribal members, healthier communities were and are being built.

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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