Alaska Tribal Health Providers
past and ongoing health care efforts
March 27, 2004
Saturday - 2:25 am
On March 17, 2004, a historic event took place in Anchorage,
Alaska. It was 10 years ago that Alaska's Tribes began organizing
to develop the "Alaska Tribal Health Compact" in
order to own, operate
and manage tribal health care. To commemorate this anniversary,
a gathering of tribal health organization board members, tribal
leaders, health directors and others met to provide a forum for
the exchange of current information in key areas of importance
related to Alaska Native health. To memorialize these past and
ongoing health care efforts, a "signing ceremony" of
the Alaska Tribal Health System Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
was also featured.
Cheryl Haven KIC Grants
& Contracts Coordinator; Tribal Council President Stephanie
Rainwater-Sande; Karen Carter KIC Clinic Health Administrator;
David Landis KIC Deputy General Manager;
and Lance Mertz KIC Finance Director...
Photo courtesy KIC
The purposes of the MOU are
to: 1) Define the essential components of the Alaska Tribal Health
System and their interrelationships; 2) Define the commitments
of participants to continue and enhance the unique tribal cooperation
and coordination regarding health services that have developed
in Alaska, and; 3) To ensure that all Alaska Natives have access
to a comprehensive, integrated, tribally-controlled health care
delivery system for the improvement of the health and well-being
of Alaska native peoples.
KIC, by resolution, authorized Tribal Council President Stephanie
Rainwater-Sande to sign the MOU stating, "Whereas Alaska
native tribal health providers benefit from being organized as
a statewide system for the purposes of services planning, resource
utilization, advocacy, and health care coordination."
Tribal Council President
Stephanie Rainwater-Sande signing the MOU
Photo courtesy KIC
The MOU signing ceremony was timed to take advantage of the annual
Indian Health Service - Tribal Health Compact Co-signer "Pre-negotiation"
sessions on March 18 and 19th, at which time the federal agency
and the Tribes engage in face-to-face talks regarding current
laws and funding levels affecting all of Alaska's Native people.
After returning to Ketchikan, President Rainwater-Sande said:
"KIC's negotiating team was very effective, holding the
line on funding levels and informing the IHS of our desire for
tribal consultation in Ketchikan."
Source of News Release:
Ketchikan Indian Community
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