In order to highlight pockets of excellence across the country, the NNED selects a partner organization to highlight once a month. Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board has been selected as the Partner of the Month for November in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.
Established in 1986, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) is an organization representing the 18 tribal communities in the four-state region of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
Through public health practices and the formation of tribal partnerships, they work to improve the health of the American Indian peoples they serve by providing public health support and health care advocacy.
Serving as a liaison between the Great Plains Tribes and the various Health and Human Services divisions including the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service, GPTCHB works to reduce public health disparities and improve the health and wellness of the American Indian peoples who are members of the 18 Great Plains tribal nations and communities.
GPTCHB’s vision is that all tribal nations and communities in the Great Plains will reach optimum health and wellness through lasting partnerships with health organizations and embrace culturally significant values that are empowered by tribal sovereignty.
United under the GPTCHB umbrella, the tribal constituents are able to compete for population-based grants and resources that may not otherwise be available to them. Through GPTCHB, tribes are empowering themselves to address their individual health resource needs in an effective way.
Some of the services and programs that are offered:
- Great Plains Native Connections Program
- Honor Every Woman
- Great Plains Good Health and Wellness Program
- Northern Plains Healthy Start
- Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center
- Native American Healthcare Scholars Program
- Training and Education
Learn more about Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and their work to support 18 tribes and tribal communities across four states.
View a list of previous NNED Partners of the Month.