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Inter-Agency Agreements
American Indian/Alaska Native Populations
 

Inter-Agency Agreement

Red Square Bullet Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Office of the Secretary (OS)
Inter-Departmental Council on Native American Affairs (ICNAA)
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Office of Minority Health (OMH)
Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC)

Please Note: The OD's two Senior Tribal Liaisons are moving from OMHD to the new CDC Office of State, Tribal, Local, & Territorial Support (OSTLTS).  As part of this move they will retain oversight and Project Officer responsibilities for the 2 Cooperative Agreements supporting the American Indian/Alaska Native populations under OSTLTS.  See OSTLTS Cooperative Agreements and visit the OSTLTS website directly at http://www.cdc.gov/ostlts/ for more information.  OMHD will continue to oversee the Inter-Agency Agreements supporting the American Indian/Alaska Native populations; see below for more information on those:

Inter-Agency Agreements
 

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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of the Secretary (OS)
Inter-Departmental Council on Native American Affairs (ICNAA)
 
Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA)

 

The purpose of this agreement is to establish a mechanism whereby the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Divisions contribute to meet the need for administrative support for the Intradepartmental Council for Native American Affairs (ICNAA). The ICNAA was reactivated by former Secretary Tommy G. Thompson to address Native American issues within the HHS in 2002.

ICNAA principal goals are:
  Blue Sphere Bullet To develop and promote a HHS policy to provide greater access and quality services for AI/AN/NAs throughout the Department and where possible, the Federal Government.
  Blue Sphere Bullet The ICNAA is located in the Immediate Office of the Secretary. The Secretary’s Deputy Chief of Staff provides general oversight to the Council and, in the absence of a Chairperson, serves as the Acting Council Chairperson. The IGA provides executive direction and coordinates with the Council Chair and Vice Chair on all Council activities.
The purpose of the ICNAA Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA) is to:
  The ICNAA, authorized by the Native American Programs Act of 1974, as Amended, serves as the focal point within the Department for coordination and consultation on health and human services issues affecting the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native American (AI/AN/NA) populations, which include over 560 federally recognized tribes, approximately 60 tribes that are state recognized or seeking federal recognition, Indian organizations, Native Hawaiian communities, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including Native Samoans. The ICNAA membership consists of the heads of HHS Operating Divisions, Staff Division heads, the Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA), the Director, Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBI), the Executive Secretary (ES) to the Department, and two HHS regional representatives.
Specifically, the IAA is intended to:
 

The INCAA is to promote implementation of HHS policy and agency plans on consultation with AI/AN/NAs and Tribal Governments in accordance with statutes and executive orders. The Council is to identify and develop legislative, administrative, and regulatory proposals that promote an effective, meaningful AI/AN/NA policy to improve the health and human services for AI/AN/NAs. The Council also identifies and develops a comprehensive Departmental strategy proposal that promotes self-sufficiency and self-determination for all AI/AN/NA people. Lastly, the Council promotes the Tribal/Federal government-to-government relationship on a Department-wide basis in accordance with Presidential Executive Order.

ICNAA is responsible for the following activities:

 

The IGA will use the funds contributed by way of this agreement to support the activities of the Council. Compliant with statute, the ICNAA meets twice a year. One Council meeting focuses on policy issues and the second Council meeting addresses budgetary needs of AI/AN/NAs. The Council also includes an Executive Committee, which provides oversight and direction to the Council and meets as required to perform this function. The Council members are supported by appointed Liaisons to assist them with Council activities. The Council Liaisons provide technical support to the Council throughout the year and participate in assigned workgroups to complete Council activities as may be to required to address the concerns and initiatives of the Department regarding AI/AN/NAs. As recommended by the Executive Committee, funds will be contributed to the Council by the Council’s Operating Divisions members and accepted by IGA for distribution to the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). During the funding period, IGA and ANA agree to conduct no less than 2 Full Council meetings, Executive Committee meetings and convene the Council’s Liaisons on an as-needed basis for the purpose of carrying out the ICNAA mission.

Project Period:
Renewed Annually
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Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC)
Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA)
  This agreement sets forth the work scope to be accomplished by the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  CDC funds will be transferred to the OMH to support the activities of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Health Research Council (HRAC).
   
  HHS AI/AN Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) principal goals are:
  To establish a group of tribal leaders to provide input on the health research priorities and needs of AI/ANs.  The Group would serve three distinct but interrelated functions:
  1. Obtain input from tribal leaders on health research priorities and needs for their communities;
  2. Provide a forum through which Operating Divisions (OPDIV) and Staff Divisions (STAFFDIV) representatives can better communicate and coordinate the work their respective organizations are doing in AI/AN health research; and
  3. Provide a conduit for disseminating information to tribes about research findings from studies focusing on the health of AI/AN populations.
   
  The purpose of this Inter-Agency Agreement (IAA) is to:
  Collaborate with HHS OMH and other OPDIVs to support research on the health needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives and to gather tribal input on the research needs and priorities of tribes.  While all organizational components of the Department have tribal consultation policies in place, as does the Department itself, regularly scheduled consultation meetings tend to focus on more immediate service delivery and financing issues.  AI/AN research priorities do not receive regular or in-depth consideration at most consultations.  Moreover, none of the Departmental components have AI/AN groups to provide advice specifically on health research matters.  In addition, no active organization within the Department is charged with coordinating and optimizing AI/AN health research.
   
  Specifically, the HHS/OMH IAA is intended to:
  Input provided by the tribal representatives will be used as an important source of information in the developing and coordinating OPDIV/STAFFDIV research portfolios.  Information collected by this group will be in accordance with the Secretary’s Tribal Consultation Policy that was signed on January 14, 2005. It will be used as a resource to complement other avenues of input, such as disease specific advisory groups that are currently active in certain agencies of the Department.
  Several division of the HHS will participate in the AI/AN Health Research Council. To date, the following are included in this effort:  the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Indian Health Service (IHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Minority Health (OMH)/Office of the Secretary, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Office of Minority Health will provide leadership and coordination support for the AI/AN Health Research Council.
   
  Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) is responsible for the following activities:
  The OMH will use the funds contributed by way of this agreement to support the activities of the AI/AN Health Research Group.
  The Department will convene the subject group 1-2 times per year in the Washington, D.C. area, with interim conference calls as needed.  Representatives from each OPDIV/STAFFDIV will attend the meetings of the group.  After the formal session, a summary of tribal recommendations will be developed.  Representatives of the OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs will bring this summary back to their home organizations for use in strategic plan and budget development, as well as for discussions with the representatives of other departmental organizations about how they might work together to accomplish some of the stated priority research needs of the tribal group.  The representatives of the OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs will meet formally at least once per year, shortly after the annual group meeting, to discuss the identified priorities and possible collaborations.
  As recommended by the OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs contributing to this effort, funds will be contributed to the AI/AN Health Research Council and accepted by OMH. During the funding period, OMH and the OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs agree to conduct no less than 1 full meeting, conference call meetings and convene the OPDIVs/STAFFDIVs on an as-needed basis, for the purpose of carrying out the goals of the AI/AN Health Research Council.
   
  Project Period:
  Renewed Annually
   
  Learn more about the HRAC.  Contact Wilbur Woodis at the HHS OMH at wilbur.woodis@hhs.gov.

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