About NIHB


We are a national Tribal organization founded by the Tribes in 1972 to serve as the unified, national Native/Tribal voice for American Indian and Alaska Native health in the policy-making arena. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is a 501©3 not for profit, charitable organization.

NIHB has advised the U.S. Congress, IHS, other federal agencies and private foundations about health disparities and service issues experienced in Indian Country. The future of health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives is intertwined with policy decisions at the federal level and changes in mainstream health care management. The NIHB provides Tribal governments with timely information to assist them with effective health care policy decisions. 

NIHB provides health care advocacy services, facilitates Tribal budget formulation, provides culturally informed Tribal consultation support and preparation, testifies before Congress and provides timely information and other services to all Tribal Governments. NIHB offers two premiere national health conferences annually: a National Tribal Public Health Summit and a National Tribal Health Conference focused on Law, Policy, and the Business of Medicine. Whether Tribes operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting or receive health care directly from the IHS, NIHB is their advocate.

NIHB also conducts research; provides policy analysis; develops policy recommendations; and provides training, technical assistance, and project management. These services are provided to Tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations. The NIHB continually presents the Tribal perspective in its quest to build support for, and advance, Indian health care issues.

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