NCAI Policy Research Center, Supporting Indian Country in Shaping it’s Own Future

Tribal Public Health Law

Tribal Public Health Law can be a key tool in the work of tribal leaders to strengthen public health in their communities in a range of ways, including by serving to:

  • Provide a mechanism to exercise authority (via the development of rules, regulations,); policies, and procedures by codifying, implementing, and enforcing laws and policies
  • Build infrastructure to sustain public health initiatives
  • Establish a legal framework to prepare for emergencies
  • Establish a coordinated effort to respond to public health concerns
  • Prioritize public health issues not currently addressed
  • Set a priority for engaging with public health data to improve health and save lives