Supporting a summit conference to improve the health of urban American Indians under health reform

With this grant, the Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) and the affiliated organization, the Urban Indian Health Institute, will convene a meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2011, of key leaders in American Indian health care and in implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), particularly the Indian health-related provisions. The meeting will focus on the ways health reform implementation can improve health care for urban American Indians and Alaska natives. Funding will support travel for participants of member agencies, meeting space, planning time and travel, materials production, and consultative assistance to ensure that the topics are focused and action-oriented. SIHB will summarize summit findings in a report documenting specific decisions and tasks identified and agreed to. Additionally, SIHB will note unresolved matters and distribute them to the identified parties to continue the dialogue to secure agreement and to establish clear standards and guidelines for ongoing communications. Where appropriate, SIHB will also clarify and review recommendations on both the relationship with key federal agencies and with specific provisions of the reform agenda and will forward them to the appropriate bodies for review and consideration.The goal of the summit is to: (1) assess and define the relationship and working arrangements among the federal Indian Health Service and other agencies within the federal government, and the urban Indian health organizations and urban Indian communities working to achieve health improvement for urban Indians across the nation; and (2) understand the implications of changes associated with ACA and other health reform laws to ensure that urban Indians are afforded maximum benefit from the reform efforts.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $138,800.00

Awarded on: 8/24/2010

Time frame: 9/15/2010 - 4/14/2011

Grant Number: 68123


Seattle Indian Health Board

606 12th Avenue South
P.O. Box 3364
Seattle, 98114-3364


Ralph A. Forquera
Project Director