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Tribal Affairs Group

Dorothy Dupree, Director

Functional Statement

  • Provides consultation and support to CMS components for all activities related to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health.
  • Advises the CMS Administrator, senior staff, and other Agency components on matters that affect AI/AN health – including, policy analysis, AI/AN/Tribal/Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) perspective, consultation, and strategies for information dissemination.
  • Represents the Administrator and Deputy Administrator in communications with tribes and tribal representatives, Federal Agencies, national organizations and groups, State and local governments in maters pertaining to AI/AN health.
  • Liaison between the Agency and AI/AN communities including tribal leaders, health providers, beneficiaries and other Federal Agencies in regards to AI/AN health and CMS programs.
  • Manages correspondence between the Agency and the tribes and tribal advisors – including letters to the Administrator and recommendations from TTAG.
  • Provides advice, support, and guidance to CMS regional offices on AI/AN issues/programs on a national and local level. Works closely with these designated Native American contacts in each region.
  • Maintains a national presence by attending, presenting, and exhibiting at national and local conferences and meetings including those for AI/AN health professionals, beneficiaries, State and local officials, and tribal leader. Collaborates with the Partner Relations Group and routinely invites CMS staff to attend these meetings to provide advice and expertise.
  • Coordinates local activities with the Regional Offices.
  • Provides CMS staff with an internal resource on all AI/AN health. Works closely with CMS Central Office staff providing guidance, training, and expertise on AI/AN health.
  • Analyzes and develops draft policy solutions in partnership with appropriate CMS Centers and Offices.
  • Reviews and serves as point of contact for regulations affecting AI/AN health.
  • Manages the extensive AI/AN health facilities satellite network.
  • Manages and coordinates grants, contracts and interagency agreements regarding AI/AN health initiatives.
  • Leads and coordinates messaging and collaborates with the Creative Services Group in creating and disseminating informational materials to AI/AN beneficiaries, providers, and relevant health professionals on CMS programs. This includes multi media (video & radio), printed materials, satellite training network productions, curriculum for tribal colleges and universities.
  • Coordinates TTAG – membership, meetings, point of contact for TTAG. Carries forward TTAG's advice to CMS staff.
  • Coordinates Presidential Executive Orders and congressional directives related to consultation with AI/AN tribes.
  • Facilitates the coordination and implementation of CMS initiatives related to Indian health on national, State, tribal/community levels.
  • Develops partnerships and maintain relationships with tribes, tribal organizations, AI/AN health professionals and organizations, Federal Agencies, and other relevant groups to improve the implementation of CMS programs and initiatives.
  • Serves as initial point of contact and link to resources at CMS for anyone interested in AI/AN health.
  • Ensures that activities and initiatives are aligned with the objectives of the Agency's Strategic Action Plan and establishes appropriate measures to assess and track success in meeting objectives.


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