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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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New Oyate Health Center Opens Feb 6, 2023

RAPID CITY – The new Oyate Health Center is near completion and will begin hosting patients on February 6, 2023, according to the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Health Board. The Health Board manages the facility on behalf of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and the Rosebud Sioux…

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Community Round Dance Planned

RAPID CITY– The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board, in partnership with multiple Native American organizations from around the Black Hills Area, has organized a unique community event to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost in recent years. For the better part of the past year, the Great Plains…

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Changes in Covid-19 Testing – Sept. 2022

Oyate Health Center is changing our COVID testing protocol in order to maximize available organizational resources to meet the needs of our relatives.     Symptomatic patients—check into Urgent Care. Exposed patients with no symptoms will be given home tests. Patients with a positive home test—we consider a patient with a positive…

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National Award for Oyate Health Center Optometrist

RAPID CITY – The head of the Oyate Health Center’s Optometry Department has been awarded a national award for his work serving our relatives in Indian Country and his contributions to improved care in Rapid City. Dr. Derek Almer, OD., is the 2022 recipient of the Lester Caplan Award. This…

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South Dakota Tribes Formally Back Medicaid Expansion

RAPID CITY –Tribal Nations across South Dakota are putting their weight behind an upcoming ballot initiative that, if passed, will make affordable healthcare available to an additional 42,500 South Dakotans. At a press conference held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City, tribal leaders from South Dakota gathered to…

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