Tribal Leaders' Public Health Symposium

The Tribal Leaders’ Public Health Symposium (TLPHS) is a gathering of Tribal Leaders from American Indian tribes, pueblos, and nations across New Mexico and beyond. The goal of the TLPHS is to orient tribal leaders to practical knowledge and strategies that lead to successful public health governance and health advocacy at the tribal, state and federal levels.

Our approach to learning and teaching emphasizes Indigenous core values of wellness, reflection, and collective leadership. In that regard, CNAH recognizes that participants bring a wealth of prior knowledge to the TLPHS and are community experts already. Thus, we look forward to engaging in co-learning with all participants and hope that those who attend will also contribute to the broader conversation.

For more information, contact CNAH at 505-272-4100 or email Norman Cooeyate at ncooeyate@salud.unm.edu.

POSTPONED

The Center for Native American Health (CNAH) has elected to postpone the TLPHS based on the concerns about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Once the threat of exposure is deemed to be over, CNAH will again engage our partners and other key stakeholders in establishing the best date for the TLPHS. We will publish details of the event at a later date. 

Thank you for your understanding as CNAH continues to participate in the prevention and educational preparation around the possibility of COVID-19 within our tribal communities.

TLPHS 2020

2020 TLPHS InformationImage of flyer

CNAH will host this year's Tribal Leaders' Public Health Symposium at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town on March 24 & 25. This year's symposium titled "Kernal to Corn Pollen" will be a one and a half-day event.

The TLPHS will be 1 ½ day format:

  • 12:00 to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • 5:00 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, for an evening reception with UNM Native American health profession students

Topics include:

  • Core Functions & Essential Services of Public Health
  • Common Health Issues
  • Policy development in Tribal communities

Meeting refreshments and most meals will be provided. Limited travel scholarships are available for participants traveling more than 50 miles.

Elected or appointed Tribal Leaders including:
  • Governors & Lt. Governors
  • Presidents & Vice-Presidents
  • Chairmen/Chairwomen & Vice-Chairmen/Vice-Chairwomen
  • Tribal Councilmen & Councilwomen
  • Navajo Chapter Presidents & Vice-Presidents

Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, March 13, 2020

Registration is now open. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. Registrants must commit to participating in the entire workshop. Partial registrations (e.g. one day) are not accepted.

The event will take place at the Hotel Albuquerque (800 Rio Grande Blvd NW). If you are not requesting a travel scholarship and would like to pay for lodging on your own, you may make a reservation at the hotel website.

2018 TLPHS

The 2018 Tribal Leaders’ Public Health Symposium (TLPHS) was held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown in Albuquerque, NM on Monday and Tuesday, November 26 and 27, 2018. The goal of TLPHS was to increase participant public health knowledge, abilities, and skills that are essential for tribal leadership.

The TLPHS will feature general sessions, panel presentations, small group discussions, hands-on practice, and networking opportunities around American Indian public health topics.

CNAH collaborated with a group of current and former leaders to identify potential topics for the Symposium including:

  • Orientation to the three core function of Public Health
    • Assessment
    • Policy Development
    • Assurance
  • How leaders can use data and research to become better advocates.
  • Strategies & real-life approach to developing health policies.
  • Honoring principals of self-governance and self-determination.

2017 TLPHS

The 2017 CNAH Tribal Leaders' Public Health Symposium was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque, NM on Monday and Tuesday, June 26 and 27, 2017. The theme of the inaugural Symposium, "From Kernel to Corn Pollen", encourages natural leaders from across the lifespan (youth to elders) to take a greater role in sustaining healthy Native communities both on and off-Reservation.

The UNM HSC Center for Native American Health (CNAH) is proud to present the summary report for the first-ever TLPHS held on June 26-27, 2017 in Albuquerque. It is our hope that you will read through the report and relive the many highlights of the two-day workshop.

In our report, we include a comprehensive evaluation of the symposium as well as a recap of workshop discussions and presentations. We thank each of you for your participation and engagement, and for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with us. We hope you enjoy reading the TLPHS final report!

TLPHS Final Report

The TLPHS will feature general sessions, panel presentations, small group discussions, hands-on practice, and networking opportunities around American Indian public health topics.

NAH collaborated with a group of current and former leaders to identify potential topics for the inaugural Symposium including:

  • Understanding Government for Health
  • Creating a Vision for Community Health and Wellness
  • Using Data and Research to Become Better Advocates
  • Transferring Knowledge: "Leader to Leader"
  • Mentoring Future Tribal and Organizational Leaders
  • Effective Communication: The Key to Successful Knowledge Transfer
  • Building a Tribal Health Workforce