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Second Cohort of NIHB Policy Fellows Meets in Washington DC

July 3, 2018

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) was pleased to welcome the second cohort of NIHB Health Policy Fellows during a five-day training in Washington DC. This gathering, which took place June 27 through July 1, was the first of three training designed to provide Fellows with the tools, resources, and mentorship to become effective Indian health policy change makers and advocates.

Throughout their year-long tenure, NIHB Health Policy Fellows will work directly with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health policy issue affecting their community. Then with the support of NIHB mentors and our partner organizations Fellows will:

  • Conduct policy research and analysis
  • Develop informed policy recommendations
  • Present their work to Tribal leadership and national audiences, and
  • Lead advocacy efforts to advance the health of their communities


This year’s NIHB Health Policy Fellows are a diverse group of talented young women aged 20-24 years old. Please join us in welcoming them and celebrating their dedication to advancing the health of their communities.


Danielle Antelope          Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Onaleece Colegrove       Hoopa

Mandy Dazen                 White Mountain Apache Tribe

Nachya George              Yakama Nation

Ryann Monteiro             Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah

Mariah Sharpe               Colorado River Indian Tribes

Shelbie Shelder             Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Carmelita Shouldis        Sicangu Lakota Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Jolie Murray                  Beaver village

Betsy Waller                  Chickasaw Nation

Tia Yazzie                      Navajo Nation


If you have any questions about the NIHB Health Policy Fellowship or would like to submit an application to join next year’s cohort, please contact NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner at wgardner@nihb.org or (202) 507-7297.

To learn more and stay connected, follow NIHB on Facebook and twitter where we will highlight program participants and their achievements, provide tools and resources for engaging your youth in health policy, and announce the launch of our new NIHB Health Policy Fellowship page!



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