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Week of December 4, 2023

In this Letter:


✒️Congressional Items

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations


💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities


Tribal Leader Briefing Event for The White House Tribal Nations Summit

The White House Tribal Nations Summit will take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week. There, Tribal leaders are invited from all 574 federally-recognized Tribes to share their priorities for new policies and legislation. On Tuesday, December 5, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM ET, several national Native organizations, including the National Indian Health Board, will host an in-person Tribal Leader Briefing to prepare for the White House Tribal Nations Summit at The Westin Washington Hotel (999 9th Street NW Washington, DC, 20001). You can register to attend this briefing here

Call for Workshop Proposals: NIHB National Tribal Health Conference 

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites Tribal leaders, health and public health professionals, policy specialists, advocates, and allies to submit workshop proposals for the 2024 National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC) on May 19—23, 2024 at The Monument Convention Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. The National Tribal Health Conference welcomes proposals that (1) advance Tribal public health and health equity for American Indians and Alaska Natives; (2) use a Tribal lens and come from a perspective of Indigenous identity; and (3) are action-oriented. Additionally, our workshop proposal selection process prioritizes proposals that feature diverse identities and perspectives.  This year’s Conference theme is Tribal Health Equity on Our Terms and will focus on the five following Content Areas: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Behavioral Health; Public Health Policy, Infrastructure, and Systems; Advocacy; Strengthening Health Care Delivery in Indian Country. Proposals are due by Friday, January 26, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Click here to submit your workshop proposal. For more information, visit the Workshop Proposals webpage or contact [email protected].

Congressional Items


Drug Shortages: Examining Supply Challenges, Impacts, and Policy Solutions from a Federal Health Program Perspective

Committee: Senate Committee on Finance

Date: December 5, 2023, 10:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link

“Fentanyl in Native Communities: Examining the Federal Response to the Growing Crisis”

Committee: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Date: December 6, 2023, 2:30 PM ET

Hearing Webpage Link

Dear Tribal Leader Letters

View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

NIH December 1 Letter:  The establishment of the RADx Tribal Data Repository: Data for Indigenous Implementations, Interventions, and Innovations (D4I)

IHS November 28 Letter: The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce the eligible degree programs for the Indian Health Service Scholarship Program in Academic Year 2024-2025

IHS November 27 Letter: The Co-Chairs of the Indian Health Service Director's Advisory Workgroup on Tribal Consultation write to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation on the definition of "Indian Tribe" to use in the updated IHS Tribal Consultation Policy.

IHS November 16 Letter: The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation on developing a funding spend plan for the third year of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

View NIHB’s full Regulations Tracker here


Phoenix Area Budget Formulation Meeting

Date: December 5, 2023

Event Webpage Link

Tucson Area Budget Formulation and Confer

Date: December 7, 2023

Meeting Webpage Link

Alaska Area Budget Formulation Meeting 

Date: December 12—13, 2023

Location: Anchorage, AK

Event Webpage Link

Nashville Area Budget Formulation Meeting

Date: December 13, 2023, 9:00AM – 11:00 AM CT

Meeting Webpage Link

California Area Budget Formulation Meeting

Date: December 13, 2023, 9:30 AM 

Location: Sacramento, CA 

Event Webpage Link 

Great Plains Budget Formulation Meeting

Date: December 14, 2023, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Location: Rapid City, SD

Indian Health Service (IHS) Tribal Consultation on Developing a Spend Plan for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: December 18, 2023, 3:00 – 6:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tribal Consultation on Regulations for HHS Grants Regulation

Dear Tribal Leader Letter 

Date: December 19, 2023, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link

Virtual Tribal Consultation Session: IHS Tribal Consultation Policy

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Dates: January 9, 2024 | January 11, 2024 | January 17, 2024 | January 18, 2024

Listening Sessions

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Grants Governance Board Tribal Listening Session

Date: December 6, 2023, 2:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link 

SAMHSA Use of High Dose Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder 

Comments Due: December 15, 2023

Comment Submission: [email protected]

Tribal Advisory Committee Meetings

Facilities Appropriation Advisory Board Meeting (FAAB) 

Date: December 5 – 6, 2023

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) Meeting

Date: December 5 – 6, 2023

Location: Portland, OR 

Meeting Webpage Link

Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee (DSTAC) 1st Quarter Meeting

Date: December 6, 2023

Meeting Webpage Link

Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) Tribal Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting

Date: December 12, 2023, 12:00 – 3:30 PM ET

Meeting Link

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) TAC Meeting 

Date: December 14, 2023, 1:00 – 2:30 PM 

DSTAC Monthly Meeting

Date: January 18, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link

FY 2026 National Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup Work Session 

Date: February 13 – 14, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link


National Council of Urban Indian Health Policy Webinar: Medicaid Unwinding for Urban Indian Organizations 

Date: December 5, 2023, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Event Webpage Link

All Tribes Webinar: Tribal Protections in Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Oversight Toolkit

Date: December 6, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Event Registration Link

IHS Health Information Technology Modernization Summit 

Date: December 13, 2023, 11:00 AM

Registration Link

Notice of Funding Opportunities

HRSA National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment 

Application Deadline: December 7, 2023

Description: Students in the final year of a primary care health professions school may qualify for up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment for their medical, nursing, or dental school student loans in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need rural, Tribal, or urban community. New this year, a Maternity Care Target Area Supplemental Award of an additional $40,000 is available to physicians specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, or family medicine physicians who practice obstetrics on a regular basis, as well as certified nurse midwives. 

HRSA Healthy Start Initiative – Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: up to $1,100,000

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Description: The program, administered by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, seeks to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy and reduce the well-documented racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes. It is intended to support projects in areas experiencing the greatest disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes. Funding is set aside for rural communities.

Maternal and Child Health – Improving Oral Health Integration Demonstration Projects| Click Here to Learn More 

Award Amount: $425,000 per year of the performance period

Application Deadline: January 22, 2024

Description: MCH-IOHI Projects will aim to improve access to integrated preventive oral health care (integrated POHC) in primary care services accessible to MCH populations at increased or higher risk for poor oral health. Funding will support an MCH-IOHI Alliance (Alliance), to include key state stakeholders such as policy, practice, and public health leaders; healthcare providers; healthcare payers; and public health surveillance experts. 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge | Click Here to Learn More

Description: HHS, through the OASH, is supporting Tribes and disadvantaged communities who face environmental injustices, including harms due to climate change, through the new Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge. Community-driven projects will receive funding in two phases to address these inequities. The first phase will provide up to $25,000 for concept design (apply through January 30, 2024). The second phase will provide a minimum of $70,000 for small-scale testing and implementation of projects (opening in spring 2024).

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