The National Indian Health Board began work with the Office of Tribal Affairs (OTA) within the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in September of 2010. The OTA within the ATSDR was established with the unique responsibility of working with AI/AN populations to address public health concerns related to environmental exposures. One of the main facets of the OTA was to ensure that the government-to-government relationship between ATSDR and Tribes was being met through direct consultation and ongoing communications with individual tribal leaders and their respective tribal communities.Through this contract, the OTA and the National Indian Health Board established the National Tribal Environmental Health (NTEH) Think Tank with two main goals:
The NTEH Think Tank composed of 12 Tribal professionals with diverse backgrounds in environmental public health. The NTEH Think Tank met three (3) times with the OTA Tribal Liaison and NIHB to establish these strategies for the OTA.
For more information on the Office of Tribal Affairs, please visit their website; http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tribal/about.html
Or Please contact:
Annabelle Allison, Lead Public Health Scientist/Tribal Liaison
4770 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30341
Phone: 770-488-3991 or 770-488-0680