This year’s Tribal Gathering will take place on April 8 & 9 in Bethel at the Yupiit Piciryairat Cultural center. This is the 21st Tribal Gathering and the theme is “Tribal Health & Our Future.”
If you are a tribal member and wish to register, please click here. YKHC partners with its 58 federal Tribal affiliates each spring to fulfill two objectives:
- The corporation reports on the status and progress of programs, facilities and services
- The Tribal representatives identify health care concerns and determine their priorities for improving the programs, facilities and services that address those concerns.
YKHC sponsors up to two delegates, typically tribal council members or their representatives, from each YK-area tribe to come to Bethel and participate in the Gathering and priority-setting. Many changes have come about as a result of Gathering priorities. Most notably, the new Yukon Kuskokwim Elders Home, the long term care facility that opened in August, and the new Prematernal Home now under construction. Add to the list: CT scanning at the hospital, regional medevac services, a Sobering Center, subregional health clinics and many service improvements designed to bring culturally relevant health care closer to home. This year’s main event kicks off on Tuesday April 8th with opening ceremonies, presentation of colors and invocation. Dr. Joseph Klejka, YKHC’s Medical Director, will update attendees on the region’s Health Status in a comprehensive health status report card. Throughout the day other presenters will report on key programs and health services, taking about 20 minutes to present with about 10 minutes for questions and answers. On Wednesday April 9th we’ll start off with a breakfast reception and hospital clinical/medical staff provider introductions and any follow-up presentations. Then there is a break-out section into regional service units for Tribal Health priority setting, which lasts throughout most of the day into the early afternoon.