Press Release

US Surgeon General Meets with Area Tribes

Visit is part of the US Surgeon General’s ongoing commitment

to meet with key leaders to discuss key health issues


Please CLICK HERE to view the full press release and for the dates, times, and location of the event.




8th Annual Tribal Public Health Conference

“Create, Inspire, and Empower Health Native Communities”

Everyone at the SPTHB and the OKTEC wish to thank all the attendees and sponsors who helped to make this year’s conference another great success! Our hope that everyone had an enjoyable time, learned a lot, had a chance to network, create partnerships, and will continue to support the conference in future years. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next one!



Press Release

Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board

announces company name change to

Southern Plains Tribal Health Board


Oklahoma City, OK, January 27, 2016: As of January 21, 2016, the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board began operating under the new name Southern Plains Tribal Health Board. As part of the rebranding, the organization has also unveiled a new logo and tagline, and in the near future will be redesigning its website.


To view the full press release, please click HERE.

To go along with the new name, a new website is currently under construction!



The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB), formerly the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (OCAITHB), is a non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The board was established in 1972 to provide a unified voice for the 43 federally recognized tribes located in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Board membership includes representatives from the 12 service units in the Indian Health Service Oklahoma City Area.


Mission: Promoting healthy communities, serving & strengthening all Tribal Nations.


Vision: The SPTHB is dedicated to serving the tribal nations of the Southern Plains by improving health outcomes for American Indians through partnerships, advocacy, education, and training.


Values: We provide competent services at all levels of the organization. We respect one another, recognize that our success depends upon the commitment, capabilities and diversity of our employees and Board members. We are ethical, respectful, accountable and transparent in our relationship with all stakeholders. We are committed to gaining knowledge. We encourage collaboration and inclusiveness.


Tribal Epidemiology Center

Best Practices Report

A collaboration between all Tribal Epidemiology Centers across the nation, including the Oklahoma Tribal Epidemiology Center, has created a report highlighting success of various TEC’s. The TEC’s as a group are working together for the betterment of the health of American Indian and Alaska Native people living in a variety of settings in the United States.

This report can be found HERE. (PDF – 4 MB)