Rapid City: Tamee Livermont, tribal liaison for the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Health Board, will be a featured speaker at Indian Country’s premier gathering of public health professionals.
“The Health Board is grateful for what Tamee has brought to our organization. She is truly deserving of this tremendous honor. She is an emerging leader in the field of public health and a role model for the youth across Indian Country. We look forward to hearing her share her story,” said GPTLHB CEO Jerilyn Church.
A citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Livermont has served as the GPTLHB’s tribal liaison throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In this capacity, she earned experience navigating a true public health crisis in Indian Country while contributing ideas and implementing strategies that have helped GPTLHB provide life-saving guidance and resources to tribal nations across the great plains.
Each year, the National Indian Health Board plays host to its Tribal Public Health Summit. The event brings together tribal leaders, policymakers, elected officials, and other health experts to network and share ideas. This year’s theme, Indigenous Resilience in Tribal Public Health Practice, will focus on evidence-based, best, wise, and promising practices developed in and for AI/AN communities.
Tamee was part of the inaugural cohort of Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellows in 2017 with the NIHB and later awarded the “2018 Emerging Health Policy Leaders Award.”
Originally from Martin, SD, Livermont earned a BA in Native Studies and a BS in Medical Biology from the University of South Dakota in 2018 and a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy from Vanderbilt University. She is a three-time Udall Foundation Scholar; she was awarded the Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship in 2016 and 2017 to commit to Native Healthcare and was a Udall Native American Congressional Intern in 2019, interning with the Senate HELP Committee’s Minority Health Policy Office.
Tamee says her work at the Health Board allows her to be an “advocate for her Oyate (people) and other tribal communities.” She feels that it is important for emerging tribal public health leaders work to ensure the federal government upholds its treaty obligations. She remains passionate about improving the overall health of tribal communities and citizens.
She will share her experience from this last year and her thoughts on how the COVID-19 will impact Indian Country’s public health. She has been invited to share her story during the virtual opening plenary on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021, around 5:30 PM EST.