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WHCNAA Committee on Health

Who We Serve

The White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Committee on Health supports initiatives that promote the health and well-being of all American Indian and Alaska Native people.

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Committee Members

Leads:

  • Stacey Ecoffey

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

    Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs

  • Michelle Sauve

    Indian Health Services

    Executive Director, Secretary’s Intradepartmental Council for Native American Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Administration for Native Americans, Administration for Children and Families

  • Stephanie Birdwell

    U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

    Director, Office of Tribal Government Relations

  • Travis Trueblood

    U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

    Director Office of Tribal Health

  • Heather Dawn Thompson

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Director, Office of Tribal Relations

  • Jeffrey Harris

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Outreach Specialist, Office of Tribal Relations

 

Participants:

About the WHCNAA Committee on Health

The White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Committee on Health supports initiatives that promote the health and well-being of all American Indian and Alaska Native people. Prosperous and resilient tribal nations are healthy Tribal nations, and Native health is especially important as Tribes continue to recover from the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19.  

Co-led by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the White House - Domestic Policy Council, the Committee’s goal is to improve federal services through  interagency collaboration and coordination to overcome the health care issues faced by Tribal communities. The Committee is pursuing the following:

  • Strengthening COVID-19 recovery efforts for Tribes and Tribal communities   

  • Improving access to federal behavioral and mental health resources in coordination with the WHCNAA Committee on Public Safety and Justice and the WHCNAA Committee on Education  

  • Supporting public health infrastructure development including improving access to clean water and sanitation services   

  • Promoting culturally competent care services to Tribal communities  

  • Developing Native youth initiatives in coordination with the WHCNAA Committee on Education and Native youth organizations, to support youth development and wellness  

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