The Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB), established in 1968, is recognized as the statewide voice on Alaska Native health issues. The purpose of the Alaska Native Health Board is to promote the spiritual, physical, mental, social, and cultural well-being and pride of Alaska Native people.
ANHB is a 25-member board entity, consisting of one elected or selected representative of the Board of Directors or health committees of Alaska's Native regional health organizations and independent tribal public Law 93-638 compactors/contractors. The Health Directors of the regional health organizations serve as technical advisors to ANHB.
The full board meets quarterly. These meetings serve as a forum for discussion of health issues affecting all of Alaska's regions. Issues are identified and ranked and strategies are developed. ANHB's strength comes from its ability to present a unified voice on health matters affecting Alaska Natives statewide.
ANHB serves as advisor to the Director of the Alaska Area Native Health Service (AANHS), the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee on federal legislation and appropriations affecting Alaska Native health programs.
ANHB also works closely with the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), state legislators, and others to keep them informed on Native health concerns and priorities.
Funding for ANHB is provided primarily from contracts and member grants for health services programs and project activities. ANHB receives funding for programs that either have a statewide focus or address sensitive, sometimes painful, issues adversely affecting our people.