Annual Department of Health and Human Services Consultation Sessions
The Department of Health and Human Services understands the importance of hearing from Tribes on national crosscutting issues, regional perspectives, as well as individual Tribal concerns. Each year the Department of Health and Human Services holds a National Tribal Budget Consultation and several Regional Tribal Consultation sessions across Indian Country. Below you will find a brief description of the 2013 Annual Tribal Budget Consultation as well as details for the Regional Tribal Consultation sessions.
15th U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Annual Tribal Budget Consultation
The consultation session will provide a forum for Tribes to collectively share their views and priorities with HHS officials on national health and human services funding priorities and recommendations for the Department’s FY 2015 budget request. We hope the consultation will provide a venue for a two-way conversation between Tribal leaders and HHS officials on program issues and concerns that will lead to recommended actions. The schedule for this year’s consultation is as follows:
One-on-one meetings with HHS Divisions: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Building off of the success of last year’s one-on-one sessions, we once again provided Tribes time for one-on-one meetings to share their specific health and human service issues with HHS officials. This session occurred from 8:00 am to noon. Officials from various HHS agencies were available to listen and add to the conversation. For this specific portion of the consultation Tribal leaders pre-registered, allowing all Tribes an opportunity to meet with HHS representatives.
Tribal Resource Day: Thursday March 7, 2013
The session was designed to give an overview of the programs, grants, and services HHS provides to Tribes. This session was particularly helpful for newly-elected Tribal leaders or others who want a comprehensive introduction to HHS. Additionally, an overview and training focused specifically on how the Affordable Care Act affects Tribes was provided.
Annual Tribal Budget Consultation (ATBC): Friday, March 8, 2013
HHS identified specific issues on which to consult and sent these topics to Tribal leaders, providing time to prepare thoughts, ideas, and recommendations.
2013 Annual Regional Tribal Consultations (RTC)
In addition to the ATBC, HHS will again host Regional Tribal consultation sessions to address how the Department can continue to improve our outreach and coordination and to discuss programmatic issues and overall concerns with Tribes. Regional sessions will include one-on-one time with the Regional Directors, as well as a Tribal resource day similar to the session held during the ATBC. Below are the dates for the consultations.
Dates and Locations
March 26 – 28, 2013 Phoenix, AZ (Region 9)
April 2 – 4, 2013 Denver, CO (Region 7 & 8)
April 10 – 12, 2013 Tulsa, OK (Region 6 and 7)
April 22 -24, 2013 Minneapolis, MN (Region 5)
May 14 – 16, 2013 Seattle, WA (Region 10)
Navajo Area Date TBD