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Health Board receives $5 million to continue Healthy Start work 

RAPID CITY –The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board has again been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to maintain the Great Plains Healthy Start Program (GPHS) with approximately $5 million over the next five years.  Established in 1992, the Healthy Start program at the Health Board…

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Fatherhood Symposium a Success

RAPID CITY –The Fatherhood Symposium was a remarkable event in Rapid City at the Rushmore Holiday Inn on February 20-21. Close to 200 people attended to partake in the enriching experience. We were delighted to have Jim Warne join us at the symposium. Attendees were treated to a screening of…

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All-Star Game to Host Health Fair

RAPID CITY—The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board is gearing up to collaborate with the Lakota All-Star game, enhancing the overall experience for both participants and attendees. The partnership between the Great Plains Tribal Leaders and the Lakota All-Star Game promises to infuse the annual basketball competition in Rapid City…

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Health Board Joins Newly Formed AIMES Alliance

RAPID CITY –The American Indian Medical Education Strategies (AIMES) Alliance, a collaborative effort comprising 24 urban and rural tribal organizations, medical institutions, and advocacy groups, has been established to combat the pervasive physician shortages experienced in tribal communities. Spearheaded by Dr. Donald Warne, the alliance advocates for federal policies that…

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Tribal Leaders Urge HHS Secretary to Declare Syphilis Emergency

RAPID CITY, S.D. — In response to an alarming surge in syphilis cases sweeping across the Great Plains Region, tribal officials representing nations spanning North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa are urgently appealing to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Bacerra for a formal declaration of a public…

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Honor Every Woman Hosts Papathon & Walk

RAPID CITY – In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board’s Honor Every Woman program helped raise awareness. The program hosted two separate events: a Papathon at the Oyate Health Center and a walk inside uptown Rapid; more than fifty people attended each event.

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Sober Community Events Continue

By Amelia Schafer Indian Country Today (Reprinted with edits Keeping hearts and minds healthy during the winter – ICT News) RAPID CITY, S.D. — With colder temperatures keeping people inside, representatives from the Great Plains Tribal Leadrs Health Board looked for options to keep the Indigenous community connected and…

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Health Board to Host Fatherhood Symposium

RAPID CITY – Finding resources to assist parents in their journey of raising children can often be difficult. To help bring together resources and community members, the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board and its Maternal Child Health Department are set to host their 2nd Annual Fatherhood Symposium. As part…

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He Sapa Cancer Survivors Unite for Support and Shared Strength

RAPID CITY –In the heart of Rapid City, the He Sapa Cancer Survivors Talking Circle invites the community to join a powerful gathering on February 21st, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM MT, at 725 N Lacrosse St. This hour-long event promises a unique opportunity for cancer survivors to embrace…

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Great Plains Region to Host National Tribal Health Conference

RAPID CITY –The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is gearing up for its annual National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC), a pivotal week-long event focused on addressing the health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes. Scheduled from May 19 to May 23, 2024, at The Monument Convention Center in…

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Youth Conference Enters 2nd Year

RAPID CITY –The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board’s 2nd Annual HERO Expo is set to take place on November 16, 2023. The conference brings together local Native American youth and inspirational speakers from across Indian Country for a one-day conference at the Rushmore Holiday Inn in Rapid City, SD.

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Health Board Awarded $5.175m in Federal Grants

RAPID CITY – On the heels of a historic visit from Health and Human Services and Indian Health Service leadership, the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board has been awarded three grants totaling $5.175 million. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Biden White House…

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Health Board Hosts Tribal and Federal Officials

Rapid City: The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board welcomed tribal and federal leaders to Rapid City last week in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Indian Health Service. Secretary of HHS Xavier Becerra, Deputy Director Andrea Palm, and IHS Director Roselyn Tso, along with…

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March 2023 HIPAA Breach

RAPID CITY – On March 8, 2023, the Oyate Health Center (OHC) was made aware of a potential breach ofpatient health information. Subsequent investigation revealed an unintended breach of patient information related to pharmacy visits made between August 31, 2021 and September 8, 2021. If your information was included in…

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Opioid Response Program Seeks Lakota and Dakota Language Translators

RAPID CITY –The Great Plains Tribal Opioid Response program is preparing to release a third edition of its animated prevention series. It seeks Lakota and Dakota language speakers to help translate the material into both Lakota and Dakota. Skyhawk Reborn and Bravefox, the first two releases in this series, covered…

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Wo’ohitike Collaborative to host Healthy Relationships Training

Rapid City – Across Indian Country, a need exists to improve access to family-oriented health services. A new initiative from the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Health Board will help Native American families do just that. The Wo’ohitike Collaborative, a new initiative from the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board, intends…

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