Call for National Tribal Public Health Summit Presenter Abstracts
Deadline: February 14, 2022
Dear Tribal health and public health warriors,

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites Tribal public health practitioners, researchers, and community-based service providers to submit abstracts to the 2022 National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS). The summit is currently planned to be in-person for the first time since 2019 and will be held May 10-12, 2022. The traditional homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan people in Anchorage, Alaska will host summit attendees from across the country.  Please see the COVID-19 statement at the bottom of this email for more information.
Each year, NIHB brings together a diverse group of committed professionals with expertise in Tribal health and public health. The TPHS features listening sessions with Tribal leaders, federal agency leadership, and institutes. At the heart of the summit are the vibrant plenaries which includes speeches from emerging Tribal public health leaders, Congresspersons, Senators, and top Executive Branch leadership. The summit's dozens of engaging breakout sessions inform and inspire the critical public health work for Tribal Nations and provides important networking opportunities.
NIHB encourages breakout session presentations highlighting emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices developed by Tribes for Tribes. Please consider submitting an abstract proposal in one of the five summit topic areas: 
  • COVID-19 and Vaccines
  • Tribal Public Health Infrastructure, Policy, and Systems 
  • Climate Change and Environmental Health 
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 
  • Mental and Behavioral Health 
Abstracts will be accepted for the following summit presentation formats: 
  • Workshops: A workshop is an in-depth, 90-minute presentation on a topic relevant to one or more of the summit tracks. Workshops are excellent opportunities to share best or promising practices, recent Tribal research, or program outcomes. Providing an in-depth exploration of new or arising Tribal public health issues, policies, strategies, or practices also works well for workshops.
  • Roundtables: A roundtable is an informal, approximately 15-minute participatory session. The same session is presented several times to small groups of summit attendees during the 90-minute total session time. Participants rotate stations and engage in a discussion on a Tribal public health or health-related topic relevant to one or more of the summit tracks. The roundtable presenter facilitates discussion among the session participants. This format would be appropriate for introductory topic information, sharing tools and resources, and brief updates. 
Please note that NIHB can only accommodate up to three presenters per workshop and one per roundtable.  
Abstract Deadline: 11:59 PM ET, Monday, February 14, 2022. 
All 2022 TPHS presenter abstracts must be submitted via the online portal using the link below. Proposals submitted by email, fax, or postal mail will not be accepted, unless permission is obtained in advance from NIHB. 
For more details, help, or questions please contact 2022 Tribal Public Health Summit at
COVID-19 Statement

As a national Tribal health and public health-focused organization, the National Indian Health Board is committed to the health and safety of all attendees, speakers, staff and surrounding community members in the Alaska area. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinate with partners to take the necessary steps to protect all 2022 TPHS registrants. If circumstances require changes to the summit structure, registrants will be notified as soon as possible. A comprehensive COVID-19 policy for the 2022 TPHS is forthcoming.
Established by the Tribes to advocate as the united voice of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, NIHB seeks to reinforce Tribal sovereignty, strengthen Tribal health systems, secure resources, and build capacity to achieve the highest level of health and well-being for our People.