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Administrator Meets with Tribal Leaders

Dr. George Sigounas and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan toured the Interior Community Health Center in Fairbanks, Alaska with CEO Cheryl Kilgore on Sept. 25 on their way to the Secretary's Tribal Advisory Council meeting.
From left, Dr. George Sigounas and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan toured the Interior Community Health Center in Fairbanks, Alaska -- an anchor of HRSA efforts in the city -- with CEO Cheryl Kilgore on Sept. 25 on their way to the Secretary's Tribal Advisory Council meeting.

 

The Deputy Secretary (left) and HRSA Administrator (center, right) attended the Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee meeting in Fairbanks from September 23-26.
Deputy Secretary Hargan (left) and the HRSA Administrator (right, center) attended the Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee meeting in Fairbanks from September 23-26. The gathering was hosted by the Tanana Chiefs Conference. It was the second consecutive year that the committee met in Indian Country, and the first such gathering in Alaska. Accompanied by CAPT Elijah Martin of HRSA's Office of Health Equity,  Dr. Sigounas provided tribal leaders with an overview of agency functions and programs. Included in the three-day conference were presentations by the CDC, IHS, SAMHSA, NIH and other agencies.

 

Established in the early 1960s, the Tanana Chiefs Conference represents some 10,000 Alaska Native people from more than 40 villages, spread over 235,000-square-miles of the state's interior. Within a decade, the authority had established a regional health authority,  incorporating the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks in 1984. The Deputy Secretary and Dr. Sigounas visited the site -- which is approved by HRSA's National Health Service Corps --  on Sept. 25.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2018