National Indian Health Board (NIHB),
with support from the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Tribal Zika Response and Planning award. Designed to enhance the capacity of Tribes, this funding will provide awards up to
$5,000 to ten (10) Tribes
with the opportunity to prepare for the possibility of Zika transmission in Tribal communities. Applicants will select up to two (one or two) activities from the provided list to be funded which includes capacity building on topics such as: Zika preparedness planning, vector control, risk communication, partnership building, and stakeholder engagement.
Zika concerns multiple stakeholders within Tribal systems - along with other public health allies from state and local health departments - including emergency management, environmental health, and public health, as well as arenas within healthcare systems such as maternal child health, behavioral health, community health, and primary providers.
Considering the unique ways that the Zika virus is transmitted, NIHB encourages all tribes to remain vigilant in their Zika preparedness efforts, regardless of geographic proximity to vector range and local transmission. Travel-associated cases bring another avenue for possible local transmission through human to human contact (via blood transfer and sexual transmission), human to baby in utero, and human to mosquito (via the bite of a Zika infected person).