About ANHB

The Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB), established in 1968, is recognized as the statewide voice on Alaska Native health issues. The mission 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 28-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 Tribal Health Directors of the regional health organizations serve as technical advisors to ANHB.

The Association of Tribal Health Directors and the Board of Directors meets quarterly. These meetings serve as a forum for discussion of health issues affecting all of Alaska’s regions. Issues are identified, ranked and strategies are developed. Thru this process ANHB prepares an annual set of state and federal priorities.

ANHB develops template comments, which can be formatted to express tribal health challenges with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on proposed regulation changes.

ANHB’s strength comes from its ability to present a unified voice on health matters affecting American Indian/Alaska Native people. ANHB’s ongoing mission centers on fostering constructive communication with government agencies, elected officials, industry stakeholders and fellow advocacy organizations to raise awareness of tribal health issues in order to promote meaningful dialogue and effective policy change at the state and federal levels.

ANHB provides comprehensive policy analysis and technical assistance for our membership and the public at large, while carrying out ongoing coordination and planning service for our membership.


Tribal Sovereignty, Trust Responsibility, Consensus, Alaska Native Ownership.

Objective 1 – PEOPLE: Strengthen presence and empower tribal health leadership.

Objective 2 – POLICY ANALYSIS: Stay at the forefront of legislative issues and advocacy opportunities.

Objective 3 – COLLABORATION & COORDINATION: Partner to coordinate collective trial health policy actions.

Objective 4 – ADVOCACY: Effectively utilize the unified voice of tribal health.