Promoting Data Sharing while Protecting Tribal Sovereignty: The Role of Law

Concurrent Sessions 5: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021

This session will provide an overview of Tribal public health law and Tribal inherent authority to promote public health in their communities. It will include a discussion of the role of Tribal Epidemiology Centers in promoting public health and the barriers in gaining access to federal, state and local public health data. It will also highlight successes and innovation surrounding data sharing with Tribal and urban Indian communities.


  • Carrie Waggoner, JD, Senior Attorney, Network for Public Health Law–Mid-States Region Office


  • Ramona Antone-Nez, MPH, BSN, Epidemiologist and Director, Navajo Epidemiology Center
  • Aila Hoss, JD, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Joshua Smith, Health Communication Specialist, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board