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Community Informational Meeting on the Sioux San Health Services and Facility Construction

October 24, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) invites the public to attend a Community Informational Meeting on the Rapid City Service Unit Assumption of the Sioux San Health Services and Facility Construction project under the authority of P.L. 93-638 the Indian Self Determination Act(ISDEAA). This meeting will include a status report on the Title I Proposal to assume the programs and services of the Rapid City Service Unit health center and a review of frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to Self Governance and Employment concerns.

There will also be a presentation on the health facility replacement project including an update on the site selection options and process. GPTCHB will also be sharing information on how our Tribes can learn from other Tribal health improvement models to create our own vision of holistic wellness for our future generations within the Rapid City service area. Opportunities for interactive Q&As with the community will be built into the agenda to provide full transparency and to allay any misconceptions of facts. The event will also feature warm soup, fry bread, wojapi, and door prizes.

This gathering is one of a series of meetings which have occurred to help inform the public of our plans and progress. It was originally planned for yesterday, October 18th at the Rapid City Indian Community meeting held at the Mother Butler Center. However, the agenda was redirected to allow only a few minutes for presentation/information sharing. GPTCHB CEO and staff, as well as Mni Luzahan Wicozanie Advisory Committee members did participate in evening session and were pleased with the turnout and the valuable comments offered during the facilitated session. Jerilyn Church, CEO, plans to incorporate responses to concerned expressed by Tribal members comments as a followup at the October 24th meeting. The GPTCHB and the Mni Luzahan Wicozani Advisory Committee encourages all to attend to learn more about the projects and to provide constructive feedback on ways to ensure we are on a positive path to improve the health of our people.

Inspired by the success of Self Governance in Alaska and other IHS Service Areas, GPTCHB agreed to pursue Title V authority on behalf of Cheyenne River, Oglala, and Rosebud Sioux Tribes last April and submitted its Title I proposal to the Indian Health Service to develop a tribal system of care as it assumes management of the Sioux San and the construction contract for the new health facility. Tribal representatives to the Unified Health Board and appointed community members who are users of the Sioux San comprise the Mni Luzahan Wicozani Advisory Committee which guides GPTCHB in its planning and development of the new health system and facility.

Founded in 1986, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board serves as an advocate and liaison to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entities, including the Indian Health Service, and state and local partners on behalf of its 17 member tribes and the Trenton Service Area in the Great Plains states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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