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13th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting & 6th Annual GPTCHB Health Summit

"Empowering Indian Health for Future Generations"

The 13th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting and the 6th Annual Great Plains Health Summit is a combined meeting hosted by both the Indian Health Service and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board. The conference will be held in Rapid City, SD on August 31 - September 1, with pre-conference activities on August 30, at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn Convention Center.

The two day event will focus on Empowering Indian Health for Future Generations, and encompass three learning tracks including Quality & Innovation, Workforce & Systems Development, and Best Practices in Indian Health.

In addition to the speakers who will address the General Assembly, we have a wide array of breakout sessions on specific topics of interest to you. Potential breakout sessions include important healthcare topics such as: recruitment and retention, American Indian youth initiatives, ACA, traditional medicine in healthcare, purchased and referred care, healthcare facility construction, contract support costs, and behavioral health.

Draft Agenda DST National Meeting [PDF - 530 KB]

Direct Services Tribes National Meeting flyer.
Save the Date Poster [PDF - 1.4 MB]

Who Should Attend

The DST National Meeting is primarily to discuss and address health issues and challenges affecting the DST and Indian Country. The DST are tribes who receive primary health care services from the Indian Health Service. These services includes: direct patient care such as internal medicine, pediatrics, women's health, and dental and optometry services.

This meeting is open to anyone, preferably Tribal Leaders/staff and health administrators/staff, DST/staff, DST Advisory Committee Area Representatives, National Organizations, Federal staff from local, Area, National levels (DST Advisory Committee Federal Liaisons), and other interested parties that has an interest learning about DST.

This meeting provides an opportunity for Tribal leaders to learn of the changing health environment, and the impact of congressional, federal, structural and policy changes regarding their health care services. This meeting also provides Tribal leaders an opportunity to collaborate with other leaders on the common health issues and concerns that all face as well as bring forward their specific Tribal health issues to the key leadership.



There is no registration fee to attend this meeting but pre-registration is preferred and encouraged to ensure attendees receive all meeting materials.


Meeting Location

Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
505 North Fifth St
Rapid City, SD 57701

To reserve your room at the Holiday Inn, Rapid City, please call 1-605-348-4000 and refer to the Group "DS1".

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Overflow Hotels

Howard Johnson Rapid City
950 North St, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 737-4656

Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton
523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 342-1210

The Rushmore Hotel
445 Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: (605) 348-8300



Please contact the Direct Service and Contract Tribes.