The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB) is a non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Health Board was established in 1972 to provide a unified voice on tribal public health needs and policy for the 43 federally recognized tribes located in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Board membership includes representatives from the 12 service units in the Indian Health Service (IHS) Oklahoma Area.
The SPTHB serves as a liaison between the National Indian Health Board, (which works closely with Congress and the Senate on Indian Health Policy for Indian Country) and the 43 federally recognized tribes in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Our role is to improve tribal public health outcomes for American Indians through partnerships, advocacy, education, data, and research, as well as training.