FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2010
Contact: HHS Press Office
HHS Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) Meeting
Secretary signs Tribal Consultation Policy (TCP)
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met for the first time with members of the newly established Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) and signed the department’s revised Tribal Consultation Policy (TCP). The TCP will be implemented in January 2011.
“We’re very pleased to have been able to create this advisory committee. The leaders around this table are a representative group of Indian Country,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “You work day in and day out to meet the health and human service needs of your communities, and know those needs better than anyone.”
During the meeting, committee members and the Secretary discussed setting priorities that will deliver tangible results in Indian Country. Some of the topics discussed included:
- Improvement of delivery of preventive services to close the health disparities gap for American Indians and Alaska Natives;
- Working together more effectively to provide social services to families;
- Provide additional technical assistance for and better access to federal grants; and,
- Promote government-to-government relationships with tribes.
Secretary Sebelius stated, “HHS is aware of the history, understands the needs, and is strongly committed to improving the government-to-government relationship between tribes and federal government. It is time for action, and we intend to measure our progress by how much we are able to improve people’s lives.”
Learn more about the Tribal Consultation Policy at: http://www.hhs.gov/intergovernmental/tribal/tcp.html
Learn more about the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) and read the STAC charter at: http://www.hhs.gov/intergovernmental/tribal/.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011