Leaders of the National Indian Health Board join hands with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, fourth from left, at the 10th annual National Tribal Public Health Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 13, 2019. Adams thanked NIHB for supporting his wife during her battle against cancer. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- More than 600 tribal health leaders are here for the 10th annual annual National Tribal Public Health Summit.

The event is being hosted by the National Indian Health Board at the Albuquerque Convention Center through Wednesday.

“This annual event brings together the nation’s top experts focusing on pressing public health issues hitting our tribal communities today, like the opioid crisis, best practices in prevention, emergency preparedness and response and diabetes programs that successfully address chronic health disparities,” said NIHB CEO Stacy A. Bohlen, who is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. “We’re pleased to bring this event to Albuquerque – and eager to underscore the importance of tribal sovereignty and including tribal governments and people in all public health matters.”

Here's a recap of the opening plenary session on Monday.

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