Childhood immunization rates have been on the decline across the United States putting communities at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases and epidemics. Native Boost strives to increase vaccine confidence and increase childhood immunization rates in Tribal communities across Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Using culturally relevant frameworks for messaging and community engagement, and guided by Tribal Advisory Committee on Immunizations (TACI), Native Boost provides education materials and support to providers, parents, and caregivers.
Please reach out to us via the form to the left, we will follow up with you as soon as we are able too!
For all other inquiries please reach out to TAM LUTZ at:
2121 SW Broadway Dr, Unit 300, Portland, OR 97201
Tam is a Lummi Tribal member with ancestral ties to the Quinault, Nooksack, Skagit, Chinook, Cowlitz, Snoqualmie, Suquamish and Duwamish Tribes. Tam has spent over 26 years working in public health in Indian Country, including over 21 years at the NPAIHB in directing maternal child health programs including chronic disease and motor vehicle injury focused projects, research studies and surveillance. Tam serves as the NW Tribal Epi Center’s (NWTEC’s)Project Director for WEAVE-NW, funded through the CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) initiative and Native Boost: Addressing Barriers to Childhood Immunization through Communication and Education,” a CDC funded Tribal public health capacity project.
Tyanne Conner, a descendant of settlers from Ireland, England, and Scotland, is the Native Boost Project Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). In her free time, she enjoys creating all manner of things including watercolor paintings, fiber crafts, and new recipes from garden delights. When she is not at home, she and her wife can be found wandering the beaches and mountains in search of mushrooms, rocks, sticks, and other treasures to incorporate into art projects and recipes.