Please join the NIHB for an important All Tribes Call!
Friday, March 19, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting an important All Tribes Call on COVID-19 Vaccines to open up discussion around challenges and best practices of the Covid vaccine rollout for Indian Health Service facilities and Tribal clinics. NIHB invites Tribal leaders, Tribal health administrators, Tribal public health staff, Tribal advocates, stakeholders, and citizens to share with their peers the experiences and best approaches to getting community members vaccinated over the last few months. Information gathered will inform NIHB's ongoing advocacy and awareness efforts. 
What: NIHB All-Tribes Call Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines

When: Friday, March 19, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Who should attend?
Tribal leaders, Tribal health administrators, public health staff, advocates, and Tribal citizens
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.
  • 3:00 PM: Welcome – NIHB Chairperson William Smith
  • 3:05 PM: COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout By the Numbers - NIHB Staff
  • A short presentation of the available data to help set the stage for further discussion. 
  • 3:15 PM: Facilitated Discussion Session
  • Moderators: Carolyn A. Hornbuckle, Esq. & Tyler M. Dougherty, MPH, CPH
Framing topics and related questions:
1. Vaccine distribution and allocations: Have you been getting enough vaccines to cover your priority (vulnerable) populations? Did you experience any issues in getting the vaccine doses or in storing the vaccines? What best practices can you share? If you are experiencing issues with allocations or shipments, what solutions would you recommend? 
2. Vaccine Administration: How are your vaccine efforts going? Do you have enough staff to schedule appointments or host events? Do you have enough PPE for vaccination efforts? What other barriers are you experiencing? What would you recommend to address the barriers?
3. Vaccine Hesitancy & Uptake: Are you seeing vaccine hesitancy? What solutions would you recommend to overcome hesitancy? What additional resources do you need? 
4. Vaccine Reporting: A number of reporting systems are required as part of the vaccine rollout. Are you able to access all of those systems? Are there ways the system can be improved?
5. Other Topics: Do you have other feedback to share on COVID generally or the vaccine rollout?
William Smith, Chairman and Alaska Area Representative, NIHB
William F. Smith, was born in Cordova Alaska September of 1952, to Chief Marie Smith-Jones, the last full blooded speaker of the Eyak language. Mr. Smith is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and he worked for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for 36 years. He enjoys his retirement by hunting, fishing and spending time with his loving family. He is the vice president of the Valdez Native Tribe and serves on the Alaska Native Health Board and the National Indian Health Board. Bill is one of the local Tribal Veterans Representatives working for his brothers and sisters with their veteran issues.
Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, Chief Operating Officer and Director of NIHB Health Policy Center, NIHB
Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle serves as the NIHB Chief Operating Officer and Director of the NIHB Health Policy Center. In this dual role, she provides day-to day leadership for the work of the Policy Center, and support to the CEO in planning and implementation of all organization operations. Prior to this, Carolyn served as a Senior Project Officer at the National Congress of American Indians. Ms. Hornbuckle was awarded her JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2009. While there, she completed an internship at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. After graduating, she worked as a law clerk for the Office of the General Counsel at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Ms. Hornbuckle holds a law license in Arizona.
NIHB PHPP Director
Tyler Dougherty, Director, Public Health Policy and Programs, NIHB
Mr. Dougherty joins NIHB from the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center where he managed multiple federal grants that served the 44 federally recognized Tribes across Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Mr. Dougherty has a Master of Public Health in biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Hudson College of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Oklahoma.
If you have any questions, please contact Tyler M. Dougherty at or Carolyn A. Hornbuckle, Esq. at
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