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National Indian Health Board–National Tribal Covid-19 Response Listening Session

September 21, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

he National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a listening session on COVID-19 Vaccines for youth to further the discussion around current challenges and needs as well as best practices for COVID-19 vaccines hesitancy in Indian Country. American Indian and Alaska Native youth as young as 12 years old are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

NIHB invites Tribal leaders, Tribal health administrators, Tribal public health staff, Tribal advocates, stakeholders, and citizens to share with their peers the experiences and best approaches to getting community members vaccinated over the last few months. Information gathered will inform NIHB’s ongoing advocacy and awareness efforts.  

Who should attend?

Tribal leaders, Tribal health administrators, public health staff, advocates, and Tribal citizens


·    3:00 PM: Welcome

·    3:05 PM: NIHB Staff/Partners

·    A short presentation of the available data to help set the stage for further discussion.

·    3:15 PM: Facilitated Discussion Session

Framing topics and related questions:

1. Vaccine Hesitancy & Uptake:

·    How have thoughts or behaviors regarding vaccinating and masking in your community changed with the Delta variant becoming more prominent?

·    Now that school has started for the fall and many have returned to in-person learning, what concerns have you heard from your communities, if any? How are you working to address these concerns?

·    What changes in opinion have you witnessed about the vaccination with the news of needing a booster shot?

·    How are healthcare providers talking about the approval of the Pfizer vaccine with youth and adults?

2. Other Topics:

·    Do you have other feedback to share on COVID-19 vaccination?


Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)