Event Details

14th Annual Native American Healthcare Conference

June 18-19, 2024

Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA

Event Details

The 14th Annual Native American Healthcare Conference will be held on June 18-19, 2024, at Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA.

Healthcare directors, decision-makers, and Tribal leaders will hear from the industry’s top experts on preventative disease, wellness, and other health-related topics facing Indian Country. Tribal communities generally experience numerous health disparities and are among the most vulnerable and least resourced to address continuing care. Attendees will learn about cutting-edge updates, the newest treatments, equipment, and opportunities, as well as discuss the current state of the industry and trends for the future.

We ensure our attendees get to know their peers and interact with one another throughout the event by providing a variety of engaging sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and impressive business solutions.

Four Conferences for the Price of One!
This event is being held in conjunction with our:

When you register for one, you will have access to all four conferences!

Who Should Attend:

  • Tribal Leaders
  • Indian Health Program Chief Executive Officers
  • Clinical Directors
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • CDE’s
  • Endocrinologists
  • Business Process Outsourcing Providers
  • Healthcare Software Providers
  • Nurse Consultants
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare providers
  • Lawyers
  • Insurance Providers
  • Community Outreach Professionals
  • Purchasing Directors
  • IT Directors
  • Construction Companies & Architects specializing in Healthcare Facilities

TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT ATTENDING, SPEAKING, EXHIBITING OR SPONSORING, PLEASE CALL US AT 201-857-5333 OR EMAIL SALES@NATIVENATIONEVENTS.ORG.

At Native Nation Events, we pride ourselves on offering best-in-class networking events in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No need for suits and ties; business casual is the preferred dress code for our conferences. 

Thank you to our Co-Chairs for their continued support, dedication to knowledge, and drive to enhance the Native American community.

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For Tribal Representatives

Tribal Super Early Bird

$845

Tribal Early Bird

$945

Expires 06/17

Tribal Standard Rate

$1045

Group Rate (Four or more paid from same Tribe or entity)

Group Tribal Super Early Bird

$745

Group Tribal Early Bird

$845

Expires 06/17

Group Tribal Standard Rate

$945

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$945

Pro Early Bird

$1045

Expires 06/17

Pro Standard Rate

$1145

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HOTEL INFORMATION

Pechanga Resort Casino

45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592

1-888-PECHANGA

Room Rate: $204 per night

Booking Code:9831546

Room Cut-Off Date: May 16, 2024

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14th Annual Native American Healthcare Conference

June 18-19, 2024

Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Summit Ballroom AB

Justin O'Connor

President | Native Nation Events

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Keynote

Summit Ballroom AB

9:30 - 10:45 AM

The State of Native America Through the Eyes of Tribal Leaders

Summit Ballroom AB

Mark Fox

Chairman | MHA Nation

ROBERT MIGUEL - Chairman of Ak-Chin Indian Community

Robert Miguel

Chairman | Ak-Chin Indian Community

Marcellus W. Osceola Jr.

Chairman | Seminole Tribe of Florida

Russell Attebery

Chairman | Karuk Tribe

Listen as tribal leaders delve into what they believe are the most pressing topics within Native America currently. What, if any, areas have tribes improved on in the last year? What are some current issues that need to be addressed within Native America? How will the upcoming election year affect tribes? Tribal leaders will answer these questions and more, giving an overview of the state of Native America.

10:45 - 11:15 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

11:15 - 11:30 AM

Healthcare Conference Opening Remarks

Summit Ballroom D

Dan O'Connor

Sponsorship Sales Director | Native Nation Events

Amber Manask

Director of Business Development | Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The State of Indian Healthcare

Summit Ballroom D

James Klas - Moderator

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.

Kate Grismala

Healthcare Director | Blue Stone Strategy Partners

Dr. Vandhana Kiswani-Barley

Executive Director of Health and Human Services | Seminole Tribe of Florida

Kim Russell

Executive Director | Navajo Department of Health

L. Read Sulik

Chief Executive Officer, Founder, and Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist | Portages Health

Native Americans die at higher rates than other Americans in categories such as chronic liver disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, heart disease, obesity, and more chronic illnesses, according to the IHS. Moreover, Native Americans experienced higher mortality rates than any other race during Covid. How are tribes dealing with the epidemic of chronic illnesses? How are funding and staffing shortages playing a role?

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Summit Ballroom C

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Disease State Management In Reference to Diabetes

Summit Ballroom D

Veronica Crawford - Moderator

Director of Clinical Strategy, Government | McKesson Medical-Surgical Government Solutions

Dr. Mary-Katherine McNatt

Consultant | Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

Suzanne Casel

Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness | Hines & Associates

James Ashford

Vice President of Business Development | Native Health Advisors

According to the Office of Minority Health, American Indian/Alaska Native adults are almost three times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes. Cigarette smoking, hypertension and obesity are risk factors that have been included as on the rise within this people group. What are some practical applications of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes?

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Substance Abuse: Wreaking Havoc On Native Americans

Summit Ballroom D

Jordan Brown - Moderator

Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships | Rx Destroyer

Shine Nieto

Vice Chairman | Tule River Tribe

Coleman Cox

Prevention Supervisor | Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health

Dr. Blair Steel

Psychologist | Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa

According to the US Census, Native Americans live five years less than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. 4% of Native Americans have an illicit drug use disorder while 7.1% have an alcohol use disorder according to American Addiction Centers. During this session, panelists will cover leading causes for substance abuse, as well as preventative measures leadership and healthcare workers can put in place to stop preventable deaths.

4:00 - 4:45 PM

Product Demonstration: Using Mobile Technology to Help Native Americans Suffering From Diseases of Despair

Summit Ballroom D

John MacBeth

Founder/Chief Sales Officer | TryCycle Data Systems

Diseases of despair – addiction, suicidal ideation, loneliness, etc. – are prevalent on tribal lands. Providing tribal leaders with a disruptive approach that combines workforce development and cultural preservation with mental health supports allows for a new way to address the problem. Talking Stick is a “By Indigenous, For Indigenous” system that delivers Safety, Support, and Service in a safe space Tribal communities can trust.

4:45 PM

Day One Concludes

Wednesday June 19, 2024

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Modernizing Healthcare Facilities While Dealing With Staffing Shortages

Summit Ballroom D

Kate Grismala - Moderator

Healthcare Director | Blue Stone Strategy Partners

Dr. Daryl Wever

Director of Health Services and Physician | Little River Health Centers

Lauren Bristow

Clinic Operations Administrator | Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services

Steve Knutson

Principal Architect | DSGW Architecture

Facilities are currently undergoing a system modernization, revamping their RPMS system and introducing a new Electronic Health Record Systems. At the same time, healthcare facilities nation-wide are dealing with staffing shortages, impacting the care they are able to provide their community. Join this session to listen to experts detail the technological updates healthcare facilities are expected to receive, how they are tackling the staffing shortage problem, and how to ensure your health facility maintains it’s revenue stream.

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Creating a Prescription Benefits Plan Curated For Tribal Members

Summit Ballroom D

Kyle Johnson - Moderator

Vice President of Sales | ClearScript

Kevin Wahkinney

Director of Prescription Assistance | Comanche Nation of Oklahoma

The Native Healthcare Delivery System and healthcare programs are vastly different and more complex than American healthcare programs. Issues such as sovereignty and cultural diversity can play a big role in prescription benefits. Hear how experts navigate the complex realm of prescription benefits and provide the best low-cost drug solution to their tribal members. 

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom D

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Product Demonstration: A Technology Powered Solution to Reclaim Mental Health and Wellbeing in Tribal Communities

Summit Ballroom D

L. Read Sulik

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist | Portages Health

Dr. Sulik founded Portages Health, a technology based mental health care company that has created a whole person model of mental health and wellbeing and a dynamic technology platform to deliver a novel system of culturally integrated, trauma informed collaborative care. The Portagesâ platform includes an app for patients, an app for primary care practitioners, and an app for behavioral health practitioners. All three apps are seamlessly integrated to ensure great access and even better outcomes. Dr. Sulik will demonstrate this exciting novel technology and system of care while sharing what has been learned providing culturally integrated, trauma-informed mental health and wellbeing care in American Indian communities.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Summit Ballroom C

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Improving Overall Wellness and Increasing Tribal Resilience

Summit Ballroom D

Heather Morrigan - Moderator

Healthcare Clinic Operations Specialist | Blue Stone Strategy Partners

Teresa Meehan

Executive Director of Health and Human Services | Pueblo of Acoma

Kristie Madden

Laboratory Manager | United Indian Health Services

Ambrea Marshall

Community Health Representative Director | Delaware Nation

Dr. Julianna Reece

Director of Healthy Tribes | National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health

Preventative care can make a difference in detecting illnesses sooner, as well as addressing potential health concerns before they become life-long issues. Yet those who would benefit most from preventative care, including older Native Americans, do not receive it. How can tribal leaders and health facilities increase the amount of individuals who receive a routine checkup? How can focusing on overall wellness prevent long-term chronic illnesses?

1:45 - 2:30 PM

Product Demonstration: ClearScript

Summit Ballroom D

Kyle D. Johnson

Vice President of Sales | ClearScript

ClearScript has decades of experience in pharmacy benefit management for tribal nations and we understand federal dollar limitations and the importance of maximizing scarce financial resources. Join us as we share our current strategies tailored to the unique needs of our tribal clients, focusing on optimizing member health and effectively controlling pharmacy benefit costs.

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Product Demonstration: Monovo: A Virtual Health System to Empower Patients, Providers, and Communities

Summit Ballroom D

Robert Johnstun, DNP, FNP-C

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder | Monovo

Experience how Monovo’s virtual health system extends provider reach and bridges health gaps in rural and underserved areas. Monovo strives to create a sustainable delivery model, improve patient outcomes, and utilize a community-focused, culturally sensitive approach that expands access, health literacy, and health equity. Learn how we partner with you to support patient conditions including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, substance abuse, and mental health through our personalized, preventive, and predictive care system.

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Increasing Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Services For Your Community

Summit Ballroom D

Brian Giebink - Moderator

Behavioral and Mental Health Practice Leader | HDR

Katherine Saluskin

Tribal Health Officer Deputy Director | Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

Dr. Kenneth Spielvogel

Physician | Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa

Jessica Sutherland, DNP-PMHNP

Nurse Psychiatrist | Nat-Su Healthcare

Ruth Garvin

Behavioral Health Division Director | The Ho-Chunk Nation

Mental health is often a point of conversation involving any incident within a community. What are some community measures that tribal leaders use to empower individuals to utilize behavioral health resources? How has an increase in broadband, telehealth, and other technologies helped with accessing mental health resources? Experts and leaders will discuss strategies and programs that benefit the mental health of tribal citizens. 

4:15 - 4:30 PM

Exhibit Raffle Drawing

Summit Ballroom D

Winners must be present to win

4:30 PM

Native American Healthcare Conference Concludes

James Ashford

Vice President of Business Development | Native Health Advisors
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Russell Attebery

Chairman | Karuk Tribe
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Lauren Bristow

Clinic Operations Administrator | Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services
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Jordan Brown

Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships | Jordan Brown
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Suzanne Casel

Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness | Hines & Associates
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Coleman Cox

Prevention Supervisor | Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health
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Veronica Crawford, BSN, RN

Director of Clinical Strategy, Government | McKesson Medical- Surgical Government Solutions
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Mark Fox

Chairman | Three Affiliated Tribes
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Ruth Garvin

Behavioral Health Division Director | The Ho-Chunk Nation
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Brian Giebink

Behavioral and Mental Health Practice Leader | HDR
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Kate Grismala

Director of Tribal Health Services | Blue Stone Strategy Partners
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Kyle D. Johnson

Vice President of Sales | ClearScript
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Robert Johnstun, DNP, FNP-C

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder | Monovo
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Dr. Vandhana Kiswani-Barley

Executive Director of Health and Human Services | Seminole Tribe of Florida
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James Klas

Founder & Principal | Klas Robinson, Q.E.D
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Steve Knutson

Principal Architect | DSGW Architecture
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John MacBeth

Founder/Chief Sales Officer | TryCycle Data Systems
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Kristie Madden

Laboratory Manager | United Indian Health Services
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Amber Manask

Director of Business Development | Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa
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Ambrea Marshall

Community Health Representative Director | Delaware Nation
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Dr. Mary-Katherine McNatt

Consultant | Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo
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Teresa Meehan

Executive Director of Health and Human Services | Pueblo of Acoma
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Robert Miguel

Chairman | Ak-Chin Indian Community
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Heather Morrigan

Healthcare Clinic Operations Specialist | Blue Stone Strategy Partners
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Shine Nieto

Vice Chairman | Tule River Tribe
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Marcellus W. Osceola Jr.

Chairman | Seminole Tribe of Florida
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Dr. Julianna Reece

Director of Healthy Tribes | National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division…
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Kim Russell

Executive Director | Navajo Department of Health
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Katherine Saluskin

Tribal Health Officer Deputy Director | Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
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Rhonda Smith, MD

Medical Director | Nat-Su Healthcare
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Dr. Kenneth Spielvogel

Physician | Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa
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Dr. Blair Steel

Psychologist | Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa
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L. Read Sulik, MD

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist | Portages Health
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Jessica Sutherland, DNP-PMHNP

Nurse Psychiatrist | Nat-Su Healthcare
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Kevin Wahkinney

Director of Prescription Assistance | Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
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Dr. Daryl Wever

Director of Health Services and Physician | Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
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Conference Co-Chair

Platinum Sponsors

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Product Demonstration

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Gold Sponsors

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Exhibitors

If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to our sales team at sales@nativenationevents.org or call them at 201-857-5333 for additional details.

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