National Indian Health Board Welcomes Inaugural Health Policy Fellow Class

Growing the Next Generation of Health Policy Advocates

Native youth are engaged, strong, resilient, and acutely aware of the political and social tides shaping Indian Country. Some are participating in grassroots movements, exercising their voices at Standing Rock and organizing to protect Bears Ears. Others are taking on leadership roles in their communities and committing themselves to learning the ins and outs of governance. Several are running for political office.

The National Indian Health Board, in partnership with the First Kids 1st initiative, has committed to providing the resources and mentorship to grow the next generation of Indian health advocates.

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Health Policy Fellowship

NIHB Health Policy Fellows are a diverse group of young adults who work directly with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue. Then, with the support of program mentors, Fellows learn how to analyze policy in their issue area, create informed recommendations, and advocate for change.

NIHB covers the cost of Fellows’ travel and accommodations to attend all in-person meetings. NIHB also provides free opportunities for professional development and skills building to both current Fellows and Fellowship alumni.

Welcoming the Class of 2018-2019

NIHB was pleased to welcome the second class of Health Policy Fellows during a five-day training in Washington DC. This gathering, which took place June 27th through July 1st, was the first of three in-person and five web-based trainings.

This year’s class is a group of talented young women from across Indian Country who are dedicated to advancing the health of their communities. Please join us in celebrating these young health advocates:

Danielle Antelope             Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Onaleece Colegrove         Hoopa Valley Tribe

Mandy Dazen                    White Mountain Apache Tribe

Nachya George                 Yakama Nation

Ryann Monteiro                Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah

Mariah Sharpe                  Colorado River Indian Tribes (Mohave and Chemehuevi)

Shelbie Shelder                  Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Carmelita Shouldis           Sicangu Lakota Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Jolie Murray                       Beaver village

Betsy Waller                       Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation

Tia Yazzie                           Navajo Nation

Getting Connected

If you have any questions about the NIHB Health Policy Fellowship or would like to submit an application to join next year’s cohort, please contact NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner at or (202) 507-7297.

To learn more and stay connected, follow NIHB on Facebook and Twitter where we will highlight program participants and their achievements, provide tools and resources for engaging in health policy, and announce the launch of our new NIHB Youth page, as well as NEW mini-grant opportunities!

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