Announce and initiate tribal consultation to gather input and recommendations to assist the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and other appropriate executive departments and agencies to facilitate access to medical countermeasures and supplies that may be needed in a public health emergency by federally recognized tribal governments, Indian Health Service (IHS) healthcare providers, tribal health programs (THP), and urban Indian organizations (UIO).
This consultation's focus is to identify gaps in the request process for IHS, THP, and UIO providers, and recommendations on how to close such gaps to meet the ongoing needs of the current COVID-19 response as well as future public health emergencies.
As part of this consultation, I welcome your input on the following questions:
1. What gaps or issues did your facility (THP, UIO, or IHS) encounter when requesting federal assistance for medical supplies needed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
2. What recommendations do you have to improve and address the gaps or issues?
3. What recommendations do you have to improve the request process for federal assistance to access supplies held in the SNS and other federal and military stockpiles?