Hatfield appointed to Oklahoma City Indian Clinic board
TAHLEQUAH – Tribal Councilor Wanda Hatfield is one of two new appointees to the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic board of directors.
The board is comprised entirely of Native Americans. Hatfield, a Cherokee Nation citizen, joined the board earlier this year along with Gena Timberman, a Choctaw Nation citizen.
“It is an honor to be appointed to the leadership committee of a health institution like the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, one of the largest and most successful urban Indian clinics in the country. So many Cherokee Nation citizens reside in central Oklahoma and utilize the health and wellness services provided by OKCIC,” Hatfield said. “As a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, I have advocated for more and better access to quality health care for our citizens, and in my new position I will be just as committed to improved health care opportunities for all Native people in the Oklahoma City area.”
Hatfield will serve a three-year term, overseeing the clinic’s finances and directing the strategic plan along with 11 other board members.
“Councilor Hatfield has been a champion for American Indian health care and will expand her responsibilities in this new role. She has helped Cherokee Nation Health Services connect and collaborate with other institutions that provide quality care to Indian people, including the Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital and especially the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Growing up in Adair County, she knows the health care challenges we face in rural Oklahoma, and as a retired school teacher in the Oklahoma City area, she has a unique grasp of the things our urban tribal citizens need.”
Hatfield grew up in the Cherry Tree community near Stilwell in Adair County and attended Stilwell High School. She later received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Oklahoma and was an educator at Mid-Del School District in Midwest City for 28 years.
She is also a member of Cherokee Nation Businesses advisory board and the Indian Education advisory boards for Mid-Del and Moore schools.
“Both of our new board members embody the spirit of the Native American community that we serve,” Robyn Sunday-Allen, OKCIC CEO and Cherokee Nation citizen, said. “Their expertise and individual talents bring energy and fresh ideals to the table. We are honored to have them join our board.”
The clinic sees more than 18,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes each year.