Webinar Invitation: Enhancing Relationships between Tribal and State Governments
A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Rescheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 3-4 pm ET
Date and Time
Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 3-4 pm ET
(Event begins at 2 pm CT, 1 pm MT, 12 pm PT, and 11 am AK time)

*Note that this event was originally scheduled for April 18 and had to be cancelled. This is the reschedule date.*

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar: Enhancing Relationships between Tribal and State Governments.

Cross-jurisdictional collaboration between Tribes and states is critical, especially during an environmental health crisis, which oftentimes forces different entities to work together towards a common goal. Having a positive existing relationship and effective communication channels is vital to a successful response. During this webinar, participants will hear from both Tribal and state health department representatives that are taking a proactive approach to collaboration by convening in-person Tribal environmental health summits. These summits have offered Tribal elders, members, and health department staff an opportunity to meet, exchange resources and build trust with counterparts at state health departments. Presenters will share how they came together to build communication bridges, identify environmental health challenges impacting Tribal communities, jointly host these summits, and ultimately identify culturally appropriate strategies to collaboratively mitigate those challenges. Additionally, Swinomish elder and Community Health Specialist Larry Campbell will share his experiences and stories working for his community in the field and will also describe how environmental health is defined by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. He will be supported by Dr. Jamie Donatuto, Swinomish's Environmental Health Analyst.

NIHB is honored to welcome the following individuals as presenters:

  • Jackie Dionne (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), American Indian Health Director, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Tamara Fulwyler, MPH, (Chickasaw), Tribal Relations Director, Washington State Department of Health
  • Larry Campbell (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community), Community Health Specialist, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Dr. Jamie Donatuto, Environmental Health Analyst, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Please come prepared to ask questions or share your own insights and experiences! The learning community is focused on knowledge exchange and members are encouraged to share information and build relationships with each other and the presenters.

This webinar is hosted as part of the Climate and Health Learning Community and is open to the public. Anyone is also invited to join the learning community to receive information about future events. Signing up for the webinar will add you automatically to the learning community listserv. The learning community is part of the Climate Ready Tribes initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each person who attends at least two learning community webinars will earn a professional development certificate.

This webinar is open to any interested person, but is likely most relevant for anyone who works in state or local health departments or Tribal communities, particularly if seeking to improve state/local-Tribal collaboration, or if working on environmental health or climate change.

Learning Objectives
  • Relate the benefits of jointly planning and hosting an in-person Tribal environmental health summit as described by the presenters. 
  • Provide examples of how multi-stakeholder cross jurisdictional summits can lead to positive outcomes in Tribal environmental health.
  • Describe the unique and valuable intermediary role of “State Tribal Liaisons,” mindful of historic and cultural differences. 


Jackie Dionne
American Indian Health Director, Minnesota Department of Health
Jackie is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. While she has worked at the state-level to improve the health of Minnesotans for over twelve years, she currently serves as the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) first Director of American Indian Health/Tribal Liaison. In this role, she works closely with the MDH commissioner to support collaboration around American Indian health initiatives throughout MDH. Prior to this position, Jackie served as an American Indian aging services specialist at the Minnesota Board on Aging. Jackie has over 20 years of experience working with various Minneapolis American Indian non-profits.

Tamara Fulwyler
Tribal Relations Director, Washington State Department of Health
Tamara Fulwyler, MPH, serves as the Tribal Relations Director for the Washington State Department of Health. Her mother’s great-grandparents were Choctaw and Chickasaw enrollees on the original Dawes Rolls. She is an enrolled and voting member of the Chickasaw Tribe. For more than twenty years, she’s worked with Native American organizations and rural consortiums to identify and remove systemic barriers to safety and wellness. Her professional work includes serving at the Outreach Manger for the Governor’s Council on Health Disparities in Washington State to engage Native Americans, people of color, and women in developing culturally relevant public policy on education and chronic disease. Her published work addresses how building collaborations across the public and private sectors creates safer, smarter, and healthier communities. She is a technical/training consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime and Office on Violence Against Women at the US Department of Justice.

Larry Campbell
Community Health Specialist, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Larry is the Community Health Specialist in the Swinomish Community Environmental Health Program. He has been involved for 35 years in Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in cultural resources, governmental committees, intergovernmental affairs, public relations, community development, spiritual traditions, and cultural activities. Larry is a distinguished Swinomish Tribal elder. For the past 25 years, the greater part of Larry’s work has involved the interrelationships between Tribal, local, regional, national, and international governmental programs. He has presented numerous times on inter-governmental relations, and cultural, spiritual, and historical issues. He works closely with Dr. Jamie Donatuto in developing and pilot-testing health indicators responsive to indigenous health, a project that Larry and Jamie have been collaborating on for nearly 20 years. 

Jamie Donatuto
Swinomish Community Environmental Health Analyst, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Dr. Jamie Donatuto is a Community Environmental Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, located in the beautiful Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. For nearly 20 years, Jamie has been enacting investigations on behalf of the Tribe, including researching toxins in local traditional foods, Tribal health-related impacts from climate change, launching an environmental health education program, and developing community-based indigenous health indicators. The Indigenous Health Indicators project is a collaborative effort with long-time colleague Swinomish elder, Larry Campbell. Jamie and Larry launched the Swinomish Community Environmental Health Program. Dr. Donatuto completed her doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in the interdisciplinary graduate program of Resource Management and Environmental Studies.

Signing up for the webinar will automatically add you to the Climate and Health Learning Community. However, if you are unable to attend the webinar but would like to sign up for the community only, please click the link directly above.
More information on the Climate Ready Tribes project can be found on the NIHB website climate pages and the project fact sheet. If you would like your Tribe's climate work to be highlighted in a webinar or you want to share your expertise, please email aaljanabi@nihb.org !
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