FAIRBANKS — Several Alaskans, including the health director for Tanana Chiefs Conference, were honored recently at the National Indian Health Board’s 40th anniversary celebration in Denver.
The organization represents tribal governments that operate health care systems and those receiving health care from the Indian Health Service.
The National Indian Health Board is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and that, according to its website, provides a variety of services to tribes, area health boards, tribal organizations, federal agencies and private foundations.
Alaskans receiving awards at the Annual Consumer Conference Award Gala on Sept. 26 included the following:
National Impact Award, given to individuals or organizations based on their national contributions to advancing American Indian and Alaska Native health policy:
Dr. Janice Heaton Sheufelt, Ethel Lund Medical Center, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
Area/Regional Impact Award Recipients, given in recognition of area-wide contributions to advancing American Indian and Alaska Native health:
Lincoln A. Bean Sr., chairman, Alaska Native Health Board.
Victor Joseph, health director, Tanana Chiefs Conference Health Services, Fairbanks.
William Smith, Tribal Veterans Representative Program, Valdez.
Elizabeth “Libby” Watanabe, MPA, RD, LD, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
Susan Yeager, MS, Alaska Veterans Affairs.
Local Impact Award Recipient, recognizing an individual or organization whose work has implemented change or impacted health care on the local and/or tribal level:
Charles G. Anderson, chairman, Cook Inlet Region Inc., and vice chairman of South Central Foundation.