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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS)

National and California Area Workgroups

(California Area Tribal Representatives/Alternates)

The following is a description of national and regional tribal health advisory committees and a list of tribal representatives serving in behalf of Tribes in the California Area IHS region.  These Federal committees or work groups consist of elected tribal officials from each of the twelve IHS Areas.  HHS and IHS and other Federal agencies actively seek individuals to serve in behalf of all Tribes in the California Area.

Tribal representation is important in advocating for priority health issues and having a voice in the decision making process.  A Tribe may nominate an elected tribal leader to fill a vacancy or determine if it wants to nominate a staff member or individual tribal member to speak on behalf of the Tribes.  The name of the nominee should be submitted to the contact person listed on the attached list.  Some consultation policies stipulate that the letter must be submitted to the California Area IHS Area Director of the head of the Federal agency or other official.

Contact Wes Simmons at (916) 930-3981, extension 319 or if you are interested in serving on one of the vacant positions of these national workgroups or committees.  Please call if you have any questions on the nomination process.