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NIHB Launches Podcast Series to Increase Healthcare Access in Indian Country 

WASHINGTON, DC – December 14, 2022 –This week, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is launching a six-episode podcast series to inform American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal citizens and Tribal leaders on health care options that offer more care and better care to Indian Country.

The Hope + Healing Podcast with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is a partnership with Indian Country Media and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Levi Rickert, Editor and Publisher of Native News Online, and Kristen Bitsuie, NIHB’s Tribal Health Care Outreach and Education Policy Coordinator, co-host the Hope + Healing Podcast. Together, they will dive deep into topics and interview leaders from Indian Country and experts in Native health.

The series will boil down the often complex information about the nation’s healthcare system to help consumers in Indian Country choose the best coverage for them. The podcast will break down complex topics like Medicare, state Medicaid programs, and the health insurance Marketplace in straightforward and accessible ways. Episodes will highlight the work that NIHB engages in regularly with its partners across Indian Country and within the federal government. NIHB hopes the series will reach new audiences and bring attention to issues in Indian Country while sharing lessons from Tribal communities.

Listen to the podcast at Hope + Healing Podcast ( or wherever you listen to podcasts. Episodes will be published periodically over the coming weeks and into the new year.

For more information, please contact Hannah Brennan at


The Hope & Healing Podcast is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 



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.

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