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Tribal Advisory Committee

The Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) advises CDC/ATSDR on policy issues and broad strategies that may significantly affect American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The TAC will assist CDC/ATSDR in fulfilling its mission to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability through established and ongoing relationships and consultation sessions.

The TAC consists of 16 voluntary representatives: 1 delegate (and 1 authorized representative) from a federally recognized tribe geographically located in each of the 12 Indian Health Service Areas, and 1 delegate (and 1 authorized representative) from 4 federally recognized tribes-at-large.

Delegates must be

  • Elected tribal officials
  • Acting in their official capacity as elected officials of their tribe, with authority to act on behalf of the tribe
  • Qualified to represent the views of the Indian tribes in the area that they are nominated.

Each delegate may designate an authorized representative to act on his or her behalf. Authorized representatives may be elected tribal officials or designated tribal officials who are qualified to represent the views of tribes. Authorized representatives might include, but are not limited to, tribal health officers, tribal health system executive directors, and leaders of regional and national nonprofit organizations (501.c.3), such as the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Health Board, or the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

TAC Information

Designated Federal Officer—Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

Acting Executive Secretary—CAPT Carmen Clelland, PharmD, MPA, Associate Director for Tribal Support, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, CDC