Henrichs earns 2018 Local Impact Award from NIHB

Andrew Jimmie, vice chair on the board of directors for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and Robert Henrichs. (Photo courtesy of Robert Henrichs/for The Cordova Times)

Robert Henrichs has been awarded a 2018 Local Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board.

He served as president of the Native Village of Eyak Tribal Council for more than 20 years and started their annual Sobriety Celebration and Memorial Potlatch, which has been running for 25 years.

Henrichs negotiated to bring Indian Health Service funds from the local hospital into the tribe. He also successfully submitted a Health Resources and Services Administration primary care grant to hire doctors and behavioral health providers.

Henrichs currently holds a position on the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and continues to advocate for increased collaboration between tribal and city health services in Cordova.