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Presented by Members of Congress, Urban Indian Health leaders and stakeholders

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Your sponsorship commitment will be met with outstanding exposure as the NCUIH Summit is an exclusive event that has maximum UIHP participation. 

Sponsorships range from $2,000 to $50,000. 

View the benefits of these sponsorship levels here.

To become a sponsor or propose a sponsorship idea, please contact Meredith Raimondi at mraimondi@ncuih.org or (202)544-0344.

Register as 2019 NCUIH Washington Summit Sponsor online.

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors!


Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley

OKCIC Oklahoma City Indian Clinic


Denver Indian Health and Family Services

First Nations

First Nations Community Healthsource

Indian Healthcare Resource Center of Tulsa

Indian Health Care Resource Center


UND National Resource Center on Native American Aging
Tribal Diagnostics Tribal Diagnostics



View the agenda as PDF.

Tuesday, April 23

7:00     Registration - Foyer

7:00     Breakfast (Sponsored by First Nations Community HealthSource and Denver Indian Health and Family Services) – Foyer

8:00     Exhibitors, Vendors, and All Day Coffee Open (Sponsored by UND National Resource Center on Native American Aging)

8:10     Land Recognition Ceremony – Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, Director of Legacy Collections, Spirit Aligned, Piscataway

8:15     Welcome – Maureen Rosette, President, NCUIH

8:20     Opening Remarks – Francys Crevier, Executive Director, NCUIH

8:40     Video Greeting – Senator John Hoeven

8:45     Keynote: Report from the Indian Health Service – Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health Service

9:00     Keynote: Indian Country Political and Legislative Landscape – Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, NCAI

9:45     Break                                           

10:00   General Session: Past, Present, Future: Urban Indian Health Policy – Julia Dreyer, Director of Federal Relations, NCUIH

11:00   Panel: Engaging Community Stakeholders– Joseph Quintana, Development Director, United American Indian Involvement, Inc., Aaron Hunter, Director of Government Relations, JDRF

12:00   Lunch (Sponsored by Oklahoma City Indian Clinic) - Foyer

12:30   Video Greeting – Senator Jon Tester

12:35   General Session: Working Effectively with Stakeholders – Carla Lott, Director of Congressional Relations, NCUIH, Nick St. Cook, Congressional Affairs Associate, NCUIH

1:00     General Session: Using Social Media and Communications to Elevate Your Message – Meredith Raimondi, Communications and Events Manager, NCUIH

1:30     Keynote: Classifications: Race, Politics and the Constitution – Professor Matthew Fletcher, Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University, Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center

2:30     Break

2:45     General Session: Using Social Media Campaigns to Raise Awareness: Suicide and Substance Misuse Prevention for Native American Youth –Dr. Kimberly Fowler, TARC Director, NCUIH, Sebouh Kouyoumjian, Public Health Associate, NCUIH, Shoshanna Johnson and Adon Vazquez, NCUIH Youth Council Members

3:45     Federal Agency Breakout Sessions

5:15     Closing

5:30     Exhibitors, Vendors and All Day Coffee Closed

5:30     Welcome Reception - Foyer   

Wednesday, April 24th

8:30     Breakfast (Sponsored by Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa) - Foyer

8:30     Exhibitors, Vendors, and All Day Coffee Open (Sponsored by UND National Resource Center on Native American Aging)

9:00     Introduction to Dee Alexander

9:05     Keynote: 2020 Census Update – Dee Alexander, Tribal Affairs Coordinator, US Census Bureau, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs

9:30     Keynote: Report on Indian Health Service Urban Indian Health Programs – Rose Weahkee, Acting Director, IHS Office of Urban Indian Health Programs

9:45     Break

10:00   General Breakout Sessions

11:00   Panel: UIHPs Insight on Becoming a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Facility – Walter Murillo, CEO, NATIVE HEALTH, Sonya Tetnowski, CEO, Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, Linda Son-Stone, CEO, First Nations Community HealthSource

12:00   Lunch (Sponsored by Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley) - Foyer

12:30   Panel: Strategies to Promote Compliance and Achieve Quality in your Healthcare Program – Julie Taitsman, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Inspector General (OIG), Erin Bliss, Assistant Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections, OIG, Andrea Treese Berlin, Senior Counsel, OIG

1:30     Panel: Sovereignty in the Era of Medicaid Work Requirements and ICWA – Gregory Smith and Elliott Milhollin, Partners, Hobbs, Straus, Dean and Walker, LLP

2:30     Panel: UIHP and State Partnership Best Practices – Walter Murillo, CEO, NATIVE HEALTH, Virginia Hedrick, Director of Policy, California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, Bethany Hamilton, Deputy Director Access & Information, State Affairs, National Association of Community Health Centers

3:30     Break

3:55     Video Greeting – Representative Tom Cole

4:00     Panel: UIHP and Tribal Partnership Best Practices – Ashley Tuomi, CEO, American Indian Health and Family Services, Jackie Mercer, CEO, NARA NW

4:45     Panel: Demystifying Capitol Hill: Insights from Native American Staffers – Carla Lott, Director of Congressional Relations, NCUIH, Naomi Miguel, House Committee on Natural Resources, Jacqueline Bisille, Native American Staff Association, Heidi Todacheene, Rep. Deb Haaland

5:30     Exhibitors, Vendors, and All Day Coffee Closed

5:45     Closing Remarks

6:00     Networking Reception – Pool Deck, Washington Plaza Hotel

This concludes the Indian Health Service sponsored portion of the 2019 NCUIH Washington Summit

Thursday, April 25th -  2019 Urban Indian Health Program Hill Day (Sponsored by NCUIH) - National Indian Gaming Association and Capitol Hill, Washington DC

8:45     Arrive at National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)   
9:00     Hill Training
11:00   Depart for the Hill
11:15   Hill Meetings Begin


Summit Artwork


2019 Summit Artwork

Arrowheads practice precision and pierce the elements. On the left side of this arrowhead: a pregnant woman carries her family’s water; a man serenades on flute, an elderly chief’s eyes carry the wisdom and weight of life in extremes. The right side: a young WWI veteran, a woman petitioning at a podium, a violin is played while muscular arms cross to represent many Native masters of Arts and fitness in this day. Lessons and stories were told over fires and our stories won’t end. We will pierce the future and stake the flag of heritage everywhere he hit our targets.

Artist Information

Kevin Tushka has always respected the power, raw depth, and timelessness of the pencil sketch; he is best known for this medium. In high school, he won scholastic meets, the State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence, twice admitted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. He attended Oklahoma State University prior to enlisting into the U.S. Army. Now working in Native healthcare, he still pursues artistic endeavors and commissions. Kevin is ¾ Choctaw and seeks to depict Native Americans as strong people who will thrive in any landscape because of the lineages immersed in the multidimensional value of life and living.


Reserve a Hotel Room

Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, DC 20005

Click here to reserve your room or call the reservations team directly at 1 800-424-1140 and reference the National Council of Urban Indian Health room block to make your reservations.


More Information

To learn more please contact:
Meredith Raimondi
(202) 544-0344