GM 12-012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Hold Tribal Consultation

On January 18, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office for State, Tribal Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) published the attached FEDERAL REGISTER notice announcing that the agency’s Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet on January 31 through February 1, 2012, and a tribal consultation session will be held on February 2. Both the TAC meetings and tribal consultation session will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, and are open to the public.

Tribal Advisory Committee. The TAC was established in 2006 as a venue for tribal representatives and CDC officials to identify urgent public health needs in Indian Country and to discuss collaborative approaches to address these needs. The TAC meetings will consist of presentations by CDC officials on matters deemed urgent by tribal leaders and other TAC members. Topics for discussion will include: the CDC annual budget report; social determinants of health; social media; health care reform; the CDC Traditional Foods Program; and opportunities at CDC for Native participation.

Tribal Consultation. The consultation session will be attended by senior leadership from the CDC Office of the Director as well as other CDC offices. Topics for discussion will include: the National HIV/AIDS Strategy; a summary of the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s reorganization and efforts to promote engagement among tribes, states and local agencies; and the agency’s Traditional Foods and Sustainable Ecological Approaches to Promote Health and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. The notice indicates that “Additional opportunities will be provided during the consultation session for tribal testimony. Tribal leaders are encouraged to submit written testimony by 12 a.m., EST on January 18, 2012.” However, as the notice was published on January 18, 2012, the CDC has now indicated that they will extend the deadline for submitting testimony to 12 a.m. (midnight) on January 26 instead.

Please let us know if we may provide assistance drafting testimony or additional information regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tribal Advisory Committee meetings and tribal consultation session.