The Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board represents Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan in addressing Native health disparities and public health concerns in our tribal communities.

The Board is responsible for promoting:

  • The advancement of Great Lakes Area Indian health services,
  • Increased access to Great Lakes Area Indian health services,
  • Increased funding for Great Lakes Area¬†Indian health services, and
  • Self-governance in the health care arena.

The Board’s responsibilities cover the Indian Health Services (IHS) Bemidji Area, encompassing 34 tribal communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, Chicago, and parts of northern Indiana.

The Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board (GLATHB) was developed as Midwest Area Tribal Health Board under the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (MAST). The name was changed to its current name in early 2016.

GLATHB is housed at the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC), and is funded through the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) under the Bemidji Area Leaders Acting for Change (BALAC).