CDC/ATSDR 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 17 voluntary representatives: 1 delegate (and 1 alternate) from a federally recognized tribe geographically located in each of the 12 Indian Health Service Areas, and 1 delegate (and 1 alternate) from 5 National At-Large Tribal Member (NALM) positions.

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 alternate to act on his or her behalf. Alternates may be elected tribal officials or designated tribal officials who are qualified to represent the views of tribes in the same Area as the TAC delegate, but does not have to be from the same tribe as the TAC delegate. Alternates 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.

Designated Federal Official
Celeste Philip, MD, MPH
Acting Director, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC
Deputy Director for Non-Infectious Diseases, CDC

Executive Secretary
Seh Welch, PhD, MBA
Acting Director, Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances
Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC

Training for TAC Members

  • Public Health Training for Tribal Leaders: CDC worked with the National Indian Health Board to create this training module to teach TAC members and tribal leaders about public health topics and support consultation on public health