Social Security Administration establishes Office of Native American Partnerships Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi has announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has established an Office of Native American Partnerships within the Office of the Commissioner. Partnerships strengthens that commitment by providing Tribal communities more representation and a strong advocate, messenger and facilitator within Social Security’s Office of the Commissioner.” This office will elevate and central- ize efforts to administer comprehen- sive programs and policies related to American Indians and Alaska Natives. It will enhance the agency’s relationship with Tribes and serve as the primary point of contact on Tribal affairs for all stakeholders. The Office of Native American Part- nerships will be responsible for many functions to assist Tribal communities throughout the country. It will seek to improve services to communities by engaging in meaningful national and regional policy consultations, roundtable discussions and seminars with Tribal and federal experts. “We remain steadfast in our com- mitment to reducing barriers to ensure people who are eligible for our benefits receive them,” Kijakazi said. “Establish- ing our new Office of Native American dent Biden’s 2021 Executive Order (EO) 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities, as well as other federal guidance on coor- dination and collaboration with Tribal governments. To learn more, please visit American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN)|SSA at https://www.ssa.gov/people/aian/. pool for hiring at all levels of Social Security and serve as the primary point of contact for Tribal government offices to foster transparency and collaboration. Additionally, the office will conduct ongo- ing data collection and analysis to improve outreach to Tribal communities. Establishing the Office of Native American Partnerships supports Presi- It will also coordinate internal agency American Indian efforts, increase external program awareness to the Tribal commu- nity, help to recruit a diverse candidate Video Service Delivery (VSD) Video Service Delivery offers the same secure and confidential process that hearings conducted in person provide. Real time face-to-face video conference! If you need assistance in applying for SSD, SSI, Retirement or a replacement card, contact: Social Security Disability Supplemental Security Insurance Services Specialist Retirement 201 SE Swan Ave. Replacement Social Security card Address/Name change update Danelle Smith CTSI 477-SSP, Tribal Siletz, OR 97380 541-444-9603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Appointments available Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Beginning Sept. 1, 2022 Social Security Matters OHSU Northwest Native American Center of Excellence in Portland has 2 openings Wy’east Program Coordinator: https://externalcareers-ohsu.icims. com/jobs/19454/wy%27east-pathways- coordinator/job?hub=6 The Wy’east coordinator will: 1. Coordinate the Wy’east Post-Bac- calaureate Pathway 2. Support our collaborative partners (UC Davis and WSU) and expan- sion of the Wy’east Pathway to their respective campuses 3. Provide continuity of support to Wy’east candidates and alumni Experience working in an academic health or research setting strongly pre- ferred. Must have knowledge and expe- rience working with American Indian/ Alaska Native organizations and com- munities. This team member must live in the Portland-metro area and be able to regularly commute to our offices on the OHSU South Waterfront Campus. 18 • Siletz News • November 2022 Tribal Health Scholars Coordinator: https://externalcareers-ohsu.icims.com/ jobs/19456/tribal-health-scholars-coordi- nator/job?hub=6&mobile=false&width= 1252&height=500&bga=true&needsR edirect=false&jan1offset=-480&jun1of fset=-420 The THS coordinator will: 1. Manage all activities related to Tribal Health Scholars 2. Expand Tribal Health Scholars to other Tribal communities in Ore- gon, Washington, Idaho and beyond 3. Develop and maintain Tribal Health Scholars alumni network. Addition- ally, they will play a critical role in other research and programmatic efforts for NNACoE. Experience working in an academic health or research setting, on an evalu- ation team and with AI/AN communi- ties strongly preferred. This position is remote but must be able to regularly travel throughout Oregon and Washington.