Tribal Unity Gathering

Unit 1 delegates ponder priorities.

YKHC holds its annual Tribal Unity Gathering during the first part of April in Bethel at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.

The theme changes from year to year as different developments and issues affect the health of people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.

Each year, the YKHC Board and Leadership invites representatives from each of the YK Delta tribal councils to review recent accomplishments, learn about current issues relating to the Tribal healthcare system, and determine future priorities for improvement.

“As a tribal health organization, our customers are also our owners,” said President/CEO Dan Winkelman, “which makes the Gathering the most important event on our calendar for YKHC’s administrative leadership and Board of Directors.”

The Tribal Gathering was initiated in 1992 and has been an annual event since 1994. It came about following YKHC’s contracting to operate the Indian Health Service’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in the early 1990s. Over the past two decades, as representatives from throughout the region have listed their priorities for more relevant and better distributed health care, we have seen the construction of five subregional health clinics, more than 30 new village clinics, village medevac services, water/sewer projects in many communities, new health service programs that address the unique needs of the people, CT scan capacity at the hospital, improvements in outpatient services, and a nursing home among other changes.

The public is invited to attend the Gathering. As information becomes available for the dates, themes and registration for the next Tribal Gathering, it will be linked at this page. Please review our “History of Tribal Gathering Priorities,” which lists every sub-region’s set of priorities from every Tribal Gathering since 1994, when the prioritizing began.

For more information about the Gathering please call YKHC Public Relations 907-543-6038. p