Call For Proposals

The Call for Proposals has now been closed.

 Agenda coming soon!

Deadline for Submissions: July 27, 2018


Tribal leaders, health directors, policy specialists, advocates, and allies have been invited to submit abstracts for the National Indian Health Board’s 2018 National Tribal Health Conference, taking place September 17-20, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The National Indian Health Board's (NIHB) 35th Annual National Tribal Health Conference (formerly the Annual Consumer Conference) hosts an array of presentations highlighting innovative and community-driven approaches to improving quality of health systems, strengthening the business of medicine, pathways for successful advocacy efforts, enhancing government to government relationships, and evidenced based, wise, best or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities.

Conference Tracks
Systems Change through Law, Policy, and Advocacy
  • Congressional and Administration actions impacting AI/AN health
  • Taking action on legislative and advocacy priorities
  • Creating and communicating budget priorities
  • Optimizing meaningful Tribal consultation
  • Navigating the federal regulatory maze
  • Impacts of Tribal, state and federal laws and policies on AI/AN health
  • Creating and growing local policy efforts
  • Optimizing meaningful Tribal consultation

Strengthening Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Systems
  • Bolstering both self-governance and direct service systems
  • Impact of the Medicaid expansion on Tribal citizens’ health
  • Maximizing third-party reimbursement
  • Facilities, technology and health IT
  • Collaboration between VA and I/T/U health systems
  • Training, recruitment and retention of health care providers

Enhancing Relationships between Tribal and State Governments
  • Creation and implementation of state consultation policies
  • Joint emergency response or crisis plans
  • Steps to build communication bridges
  • State funding and Tribal programming
  • Collaborative efforts between state and Tribal governments to address health or health delivery systems

Opioid, Methamphetamine, Suicide Prevention and Other Tribal Behavioral Health Priorities
  • Creating Tribal behavioral health response systems and strategies for prevention, treatment and aftercare
  • Strengthening the Tribal behavioral health workforce
  • The role of cultural practices in address behavioral health
  • Building infrastructure, capacity and collaboration to advance behavioral health
  • Investments in surveillance, data and epidemiology
  • Innovative practice and prevention for behavioral health
  • Law and policy that support behavioral health

Native Youth: Making a Difference
This track is for Native youth and their allies, with a focus on celebrating our youth presenters who are stepping up to take on health challenges in their communities. Native youth are highly encouraged to apply and will be given additional consideration in the selection process. If you have questions about this track, please contact Dr. Wendee Gardner, NIHB’s Youth Engagement Manager, at or 202-548-7297. NIHB is particularly interested in abstracts about:
  • How youth councils operate, as well as activities youth have done to make a difference in the community health
  • Inspiring stories about youth-led, community-based, or school-based initiatives
  • Successful strategies for engaging youth to take up the challenges AI/AN communities face
  • Supportive pathways for success for AI/AN youth interested in medical professions
  • Youth leadership opportunities and the outcomes experienced
  • Stories of youth who have stepped up to create positive change in a Tribal or tribal college/university setting

Abstracts will be accepted for the following presentation formats:
  • Seminars: A seminar is an in-depth, three-hour presentation on a topic relevant to one or more of the tracks. Seminars are designed for more in-depth skills-building and practice than shorter workshops. They should be highly interactive and may include multiple presenters. Please note that there are a limited number of seminars available on the agenda.
  • Workshops: A workshop is a one and a half hour (90-minute) presentation on a topic relevant to one or more of the conference tracks. Workshops are excellent opportunities to share best or promising practices, share recent research or program outcomes, provide an in-depth exploration of new or arising public health issues or policies, or explore public health strategies and practices.

NIHB will have 6 breakout sessions throughout the 3 day conference and roughly 35 workshops and seminars during those sessions.

Please Note: If selected, presenters must register for the conference and will be responsible for associated travel and registration fees.

The Early Bird Special will be extended for presenters through September 12th. If your presentation is approved, you will receive a discount code for the extended early bird special rate. After the 12th, presenters will be offered the regularly scheduled rates. The fee schedule and registration information is available under the Registration Fees tab.

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