TOPEKA -- Steve Cadue, Chair of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas was recently appointed as an at-large representative to the Tribal Advisory Committee under the authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Chairman Cadue expressed his appreciation to Secretary Sebelius for this prestigious appointment by acknowledging Secretary Sebelius’ longstanding support for Native American Tribes and in paying particular attention to the challenges Native Americans face in receiving and accessing necessary and needed health care both on tribal reservations and beyond.
Cadue said, “Secretary Sebelius, I accept this appointment and appreciate the opportunity to serve in an at-large capacity on the Tribal Advisory Committee and will work hard to help improve the health and well-being of all Native Americans.”
Chairman Cadue went on to observe, “Native Americans are disproportionately disadvantaged when it comes to health care delivery and we are hopeful the work of Secretary Sebelius, HHS and the Tribal Advisory Committee can improve the quality of life and improve access to proper health care for Native Americans.”
The Kickapoo Tribe, through Chairman Cadue’s leadership has long focused attention on improving the health and access to health care for Native Americans, including adoption of a resolution acknowledging the devastating impact of diabetes on Native Americans and pledging tribal support for the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) initiative to halt diabetes, entitled the National Program to Eliminate Diabetes-related Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations in 2011.
According to the Department of Health and Human Service’s website, the Tribal Advisory Committee was created in 2000 to “serve as the official first point of contact for Tribes, Tribal Governments, and Tribal Organizations wishing to access the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”