Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Legislative and Policy Update

June 26, 2024

Important Dates

June 26, 2024

Contract Support Costs Advisory Group Virtual Meeting

June 28, 2024

ISAC Monthly Meeting

July 9-10, 2024

Community Health Advisory Program (CHAP) Tribal Advisory Group (TAG)

Albuquerque, NM / Virtual

July 16, 2024

NPAIHB Quarterly Learning Session

Spokane Tribe Casino, Spokane, WA

July 17-18, 2024

NPAIHB Quarterly Board Meeting

Spokane Tribe Casino, Spokane, WA

Registration opening soon!

July 17-18, 2024

TTAG July Face-to-Face Meeting

(NAMI) Washington D.C.

July 18, 2024

DSTAC Monthly Meeting

July 23-24, 2024

IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Meeting

Washington D.C.

Information Here

July 23-24, 2024

HRSA Tribal Advisory Council Meeting

Washington D.C.

July 23 – 25, 2024 

2024 Washington State Tribal Opioid Fentynal Summit 

Spokane, WA 

Registration due date: June 27 

July 25, 2024

FY 2026 Sub-Workgroup on Mandatory Funding for IHS

Washington D.C./Hybrid

Zoom Link

July 25, 2024 

FY 2026-2027 Tribal Budget Formulation Planning and Evaluation Meeting  

Meeting Webpage 

August 7-8, 2024

28th Bi-annual CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting

Canyonville, OR

Register Here

Tribal Consultation, Listening Session & Written Comments

IHS Tribal Consultation on the Draft IHS Strategic Plan for FY 2024-2028. IHS is seeking your guidance and recommendations on the draft Indian Health Service Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2024-2028. The plan will establish the Agency direction for the next 5 years. Your input will assist us in establishing goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures to improve Agency operations, strengthen Tribal partnerships, and deliver quality health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal communities.


HRSA Two-Topic Consultation. Health Resources and Services Administration will be conducting a Tribal Consultation on two topics: the Agency’s revised Tribal Consultation Policy and the calculation and use of Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores. The scores are used by the National Health Service Corps to determine priorities for the assignment of primary care, dental health, and mental health professionals.

  • Comments Due: July 1, 2024  


White House Virtual Consultation on Executive Order 14112. You are invited to a virtual consultation with Biden-Harris Administration leadership on Monday, July 8, 2024, from 12:302:30 PM PST, on section 4(a) of Executive Order 14112 on Reforming Federal Funding and Support for Tribal Nations to Better Embrace Our Trust Responsibilities and Promote the Next Era of Tribal Self-Determination. 

***Registration Required***


IHS Tribal Consultation: IHS seeks your guidance and recommendations on funding methodologies for seven (7) IHS behavioral health initiatives, focusing on funds currently distributed through grants. 

  • Comments due July 22, 2024 

FY 2018-2019 Report to Congress on the Administration of the Indian Health Tribal Self-Governance Program. IHS request your comments and recommendations on the combined fiscal years 2018-2019. The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act at Title 25 United States Code (U.S.C.) § 5394 requires that, prior to submitting the report to Congress, the IHS must seek your comments and views. Written comments and recommendations are due August 2, 2024, to email Subject line: Tribal Self-Governance Report to Congress – FY 2018 and 2019.


IHS HIT Modernization. On January 18, 2024, the Indian Health Service (IHS) issued a Dear Tribal Leader letter, announcing a series of four Tribal and Urban Consultation sessions set to take place throughout the HIT Modernization 2024 calendar. The first session, slated for February 8th, will provide an overview of the Enterprise Collaboration Group. During this session, the IHS requests feedback on system configuration and change management. Written comments are due 30 days following each session by email to, SUBJECT LINE: Health IT Modernization. 


Multi-Tenant Domain Considerations (virtual event) 

Date: August 8, 2024 

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 PM PST 



Site Readiness and Training (hybrid event) 

Date: November 7, 2024 

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 PM PST 

Location: TBD 


Region X Tribal Consultation Comments. Region X was held in Lummi, WA, May 1-3, 2024.

  • Comments due: September 1, 2024 

If you missed a chance to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Region X Office, Region X office has offered 2 virtual meeting days. 

Sign up Virtually Here: 

  • July 29, 2024, noon – 5:00 PM PT 
  • August 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM PT 

Administrative and Regulatory Updates

On June 14th, The Biden-Harris Administration announced another $31.4 million in funding opportunities for Priority Behavioral Health Needs. HHS, through SAMHSA, announced notices of funding opportunities aimed at improving behavioral health for racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved populations. State Opioid Response/Tribal Opioid Response Technical Assistance will receive $18.5 million. 

For more information:

Laura Platero, Executive Director 

Candice Jimenez, Chief of Staff

Rebecca Descombes, Health Policy Assistant

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