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News from the Governor’s Office

HELENA — Governor Steve Bullock signed an Executive Order Tuesday, June 16 to create the Office of American Indian Health at the Montana Department of Health and Human Services during the closing of the Tribal Leaders’ Summit. Bullock was joined by tribal leaders from across the state at the annual Montana Tribal Leaders’ Summit.

The Office of American Indian Health will focus on identifying specific factors contributing to health disparities and strategies DPHHS will pursue to address them. The office will work closely with other state agencies to reduce health disparities, meet directly with tribal leaders, urban Indian health centers, and other key individuals committed to reducing health disparities in Indian Country. Through direct communication with tribal representatives, the Office of American Indian Health will develop a list of eligible state programs accessible to tribal health programs, and provide annual updates on their actions and the progress made in reducing disparities in American Indian Health.


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