Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area IHS Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Poco Diablo Resort
1752 State Route 179
Sedona AZ 86336

PURPOSE: The Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (IHS) was officially confirmed in 1984 via a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Everett Rhodes, IHS Director, Dr. George Bluespruce, Phoenix Area IHS Director and Tribal Leaders representing the Intertribal Council of Nevada, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Tribes in Utah served by Phoenix Area IHS. The Committee is comprised of elected Tribal Leaders and an Urban Indian health program representative. It provides advisement to the IHS on appropriations, policies and programs. Steering Committee meetings are open to all Tribal government and Urban Indian health program representatives. The meetings focus on American Indian health risks and policy concerns in order to discuss, prioritize and advise the Phoenix Area IHS.

Meeting Summary

Phoenix Area Strategic Plan 2018-2019
National and Phoenix Area Strategic Plan

Tribal Health Steering Committee for the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service CHARTER

Phoenix Area Health Services Master Plan

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Issue Letter
Tribal Technical Advisory Group Memo on Civil Rights Concerns




Tribal Dental Therapy Forum

On May 16, 2018, Governor Ducey signed HB 2235 into law that establishes dental therapy in Arizona and outlines requirements and permissions for dental therapists. Specific provisions in the law allow implementation of dental therapy in the Indian Health Service, Tribal, or Urban Indian Health Programs as soon as it is effective later this year in August 2018.

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
Wassaja Foyer 114
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, AZ 85264

Memorandum and Agenda

Tribal Dental Therapy Forum: Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law

HB2235 – Chaptered Version

Background and Overview of the Forum

Dental Therapy Law in Arizona

Dental Therapy Authorization Comparison by State

Panel – Vison for Incorporating Dental Therapy in ITU Dental Programs

Panel – Vision for Incorporating Dental Therapists Into Your Program

Keynote – Utilizing Dental Therapy to Improve Outcomes & Efficiencies/Guidance on Training Programs

Panel – Dental Therapists as Part of the Dental Workforce Model

Panel – Working With A DHAT

Steps to Achieve Medicaid Reimbursement

Indian Health Service CHAP Expansion Update

National Indian Health Board 2018 Tribal Oral Health Assessment Results

Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program

SIPI – Developing a Dental Therapy Training Program

Dental Therapy Rulemaking in AZ

Dental therapists linked to improved dental outcomes for Alaska Native communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

REPORT: TRIBAL DENTAL THERAPY FORUM – Implementing the New Arizona Dental Therapy Law (August 1-2, 2018)

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Native American Veteran Income Tax Settlement Fund

On November 22, 2000, the United States Justice Department issued a memo declaring that the taxation and withholding of state income taxes from active duty military pay of Native Americans domiciled on their reservation was impermissible. The United States Department of Defense began mandatory Arizona income tax withholding on all active duty military pay on September 1, 1993 and continued withholding Arizona income tax through December 31, 2005.

Beginning January 1, 2006, Arizona no longer taxed active duty military and therefore discontinued state income tax withholding on this type of income.

The Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund was established on July 1, 2016 to refund Arizona income tax erroneously withheld from Native Americans who served in the military while claiming tribal land as their domicile from September 1, 1993 through December 31, 2005. During the 2017 Arizona legislative session, House Bill 2158 was introduced to amend the original legislation when it was discovered the Department of Defense may have withheld Arizona income tax prior to September 1, 1993.

Effective August 9, 2017, refunds may be claimed for years 1977 through 2005. The claim form and additional information is available at the following websites:

AZ Department of Revenue

AZ Department of Veterans’ Services

Key Dates

  • December 31, 2019: The AZ Department of Veterans’ Services will not accept claims after this date.
  • June 30, 2021: The AZ Department of Revenue will not grant refunds after this date.
  • July 1, 2021: Any money left in the Fund will be swept into the general fund.

For questions, contact:

Verna Johnson
Project Manager

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition

2015 Annual Report – Anniversary Edition
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About Zika

Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. It can also be spread by a man to his male or female sex partners during vaginal, anal, or oral (mouth-to-penis) sex. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More information from the Inter Tribal Council Tribal Epidemiology Center

Tribal Early Childhood Workgroup Meeting

When: October 12, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location/Host: ITCA – Conference Room 1

TCC Agenda
Tribal Early Childhood Workgroup Meeting Minutes, June 22, 2017
Adoption Flier
Tribal CPS Child Care Referral Form Instructions
TRIBAL CPS Child Care Referral Form (CC-224-FF (11-16))
Arizona Legislative Changes for Cash Assistance and Nutrition Assistance

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Location/Host: TBA
Training Topic: TBA

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location/Host: TBA
Training Topic: TBA

When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Location/Host: TBA
Training Topic: TBA

Tribal Child Protective Services Academy

When: May 9, 2016 – May 13, 2016

The purpose of the Tribal Child Protective Services Training Academy is to meet the ongoing training needs of tribal workers for core training in the identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect that is consistent with tribal strengths, resources, priorities, and consistent with Indian child welfare practice. The academy is limited to 25 participants. Priority will be given to new Tribal CPS workers.

Tribal Social Services Workgroup Meetings

When: February 1, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: ITCA – Conference Room 1

Conference Call Information:
Phone Number: 800-832-0736
Room Number: 7305248

Tribal Social Services Working Group Meeting Agenda
Tribal Social Services Working Group Meeting Presentation
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Seminar Registration Form
Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund

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8th Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment

“Road to a Healthy You and Your Environment”
June 22 – 24, 2015
Marriott University Park Hotel
Tucson, Arizona


The Eighth Annual Arizona American Indian Youth Conference on Health and the Environment will provide information to motivate and encourage youth to take responsibility for their overall health and become better stewards of their environment.

Objectives and Activities

During the conference, youth will:

  • Learn about health promotion and making healthy choices through fun and interactive workshops;
  • Bring awareness that people’s health and well-being are directly connected to how we all treat the land, air and water;
  • Prepare for higher education and become oriented to the University of Arizona

Target Audience

The conference is designed for American Indian youth ages 12 to 19 years old.


The conference will be held at the Marriott University Park Hotel located at 880 E. Second Street, Tucson, Arizona 85719.

For more information about the conference location, visit the website at:


The conference is open to the first 100 youth with paid registrations. Complete the following required forms (MSWord or PDF) and return to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), along with payment:

  • Group Registration (Chaperones must include their names on the registration form)
  • Youth and Parent/Guardian Release Form (Must be signed by youth and parent/guardian)
  • Emergency Contact Information Form (Must be signed by parent/guardian)
  • Chaperone Release Form (Must be signed by chaperone)

All registration forms are due by Friday, May 29, 2015, to ITCA

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