Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby Accepts Position on Group Health Community Foundation Board

Swinomish Tribe Chairman Brian Cladoosby

Published April 18, 2017

SEATTLE – Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, is honored to have accepted a position of service on the Board of Directors for the newly formed Group Health Community Foundation.  This extraordinary nonprofit philanthropic foundation has been created as a result of the recent acquisition of Group Health Cooperative by Kaiser Permanente in the state of Washington.  The Foundation will work with communities across the state in efforts to, ‘improve the health and well-being of people and communities in Washington and beyond.’

Chairman Cladoosby’s commitment to health equity for all peoples is a long-standing foundation of his service history and will continue to be a driving principle as he begins his work on the Group Health Community Foundation Board.

The Chairman joins a team of other national leaders focused on affecting positive changes in health and health policy. Mr. Cladoosby is looking forward to his service and said, “We have a tremendous opportunity with the Group Health Community Foundation to take a broad view of how we advance the health of a population. I am looking forward to achieving our goals of dramatically improving health access for underserved minority populations, including Native Americans. ” He continued, “This Board will have the opportunity to define priorities and engage in pivotal strategies to advance the community’s vision of a vibrant healthy population for Washington.  I am so pleased to be a part of this exciting dialogue and anticipate many positive results for our community.”

In addition to his commitment to the Group Health Community Foundation, Chairman Cladoosby currently serves as the 21st President of the National Congress of American Indians. He also sits on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s Tribal Advisory Committee and is a Board Advisor of the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.  An Executive Board Member of the Washington Gaming Association, Mr. Cladoosby is a co-speaker for the Coast Salish Gathering, consisting of British Columbia First Nations and Western Washington Tribes.

The Group Health Community Foundation Board will hold their inaugural board meeting later this month in Seattle.

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