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Week of April 1, 2024

In this Letter:

📣Announcements 

✒️Congressional Items 

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

🎟️Events 

💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities

Announcements

Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Announces American Indian and Alaska Native Public Witness Hearing Dates and Testimony Instructions

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will hold American Indian and Alaska Native public witness hearings on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, and Wednesday, May 8, 2024. As in past years, written testimony from Tribes or Tribal organizations will be accepted in accordance with the guidelines linked below. The deadline to submit requests to testify is Friday, April 12, 2024. The deadline to submit written testimony is Friday, May 10, 2024. Please find instructions for submitting a request to testify at the American Indian and Alaska Native public witness hearings by clicking here. All testimony will be reviewed by the Subcommittee and will be included in the public record. 

Registration is Open for the National Indian Health Board 2024 National Tribal Health Conference in Rapid City, SD 

Click here to visit the conference website to learn more about the event, exhibiting, and sponsoring NTHC 2024. Check the co­nference website often for upcoming information regarding speakers, the call for abstracts, and exciting opportunities!  

Congressional Items

Congress is out of session again this week. The Senate will return on April 8th and the House on April 9th.

Hearings

When Health Care Becomes Wealth Care: How Corporate Greed Puts Patient Care and Health Workers at Risk (Field Hearing)

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security

Date: April 3, 2024, 11:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link

Dear Tribal Leader Letters


View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

IHS and VA March 27 Letter: The VHA and the IHS are writing to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on the Draft Annual Operational Plan for FY 2024 and share our updated FY 2023 VHA-IHS MOU Operational Plan

SSA March 7 Letter: SSA announces the Slam the Scam campaign to Tribal Leaders to prevent further losses, we urge everyone to use caution when receiving calls from someone claiming to be from a government agency and recognize the basic signs of a scam to stop fraudulent activity.

CDC March 5 Letter : CDC is looking to collaborate with public health and correctional partners in federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial jurisdictions to improve food safety in jails and prisons.

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations


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Consultations

CMS All Tribes Consultation Webinar on Traditional Health Care Practices Medicaid Coverage

Save the Date

Date: April 3, 2024

Comments Due: April 24, 2024

Comment Submission: [email protected]

Meeting Registration Link

HHS Annual Tribal Budget Consultation

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: April 9 – 10, 2024

Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building  

Comments Due: April 12, 2024, 5:00 PM ET

Comment Submission: [email protected], subject "HHS Annual Tribal Budget Consultation"

Meeting Registration Link

In-Person Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Veteran’s Administration VHA and IHS Draft Annual Operational Plan

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Draft VHA-IHS Operational Plan

Date: April 15, 2024, 1:30 – 3:15 PM

Location: Tribal Self-Governance Conference, Gila River Indian Community Wildhorse Pass Resort, Chandler, AZ

ACF Proposes Amendments to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Regulations

Federal Register Link

Comments Due: April 23, 2024

Comment Submission: www.regulations.gov (RIN 0970-AC98)

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Health IT Modernization Program: Deployment and Cohort Planning

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: May 9, 2024, 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link 

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Health IT Modernization Program: Multi-Tenant Domain Considerations 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: August 8, 2024, 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link 

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Health IT Modernization Program: Site Readiness and Training

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: November 7, 2024, 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link

Tribal Advisory Committee Meetings

Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee (DSTAC)

Date: April 18, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link 

IHS Information Systems Advisory Committee (ISAC) Semi-Annual Meeting

Date: April 23 – 24, 2024

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Meeting Webpage Link

Direct Service Tribe Advisory Committee (DSTAC) Third Quarter Meeting

Date: June 5 – 6, 2024

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Meeting Webpage Link

Listening Sessions

ACF Tribal Listening Session on Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: April 11, 2024, 10:15 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location: Prior Lake, MN

Events

National Indian Child Welfare Association 42nd Annual Protecting Our Children Conference

Date: April 7 – 10, 2024

Location: Seattle, WA

Event Webpage Link

2024 Tribal Self-Governance Conference 

Date: April 15 – 19, 2024

Location: Chandler, AZ

Event Webpage Link 

HRSA Webinar on Addressing Substance Use in Maternal Health within Tribal Communities

Date: April 18, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Save the Date Link

National Council of Urban Indian Health 2024 Annual Conference 

Date: April 29, 2024 – May 2, 2024

Location: Washington, DC

Event Webpage Link

National Indian Health Board 2024 National Tribal Health Conference

Date: May 19 – 23, 2024

Location: Rapid City, SD

Event Webpage Link

Notice of Funding Opportunities

Rape Prevention and Education: Enhancing Capacity for Sexual Violence Prevention | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $90,000 – $900,000

Application Deadline: April 16, 2024

Description: This NOFO focuses on preventing sexual violence (SV) perpetration and victimization by increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors. With this NOFO, up to 10 Tribal Sexual Assault (SA) will be funded to address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) within the community and societal-levels of the Social Ecological Model (SEM) using evidence-informed and culturally validated strategies. The goal is to promote health equity in prevention efforts and to foster meaningful engagement and coordination among Tribal and Sexual Assault coalitions and State/Territory Health Departments.

Tribal MIECHV Notice of Funding Opportunity | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $250,000 – $1,000,000

Application Deadline: April 18, 2024, 11:59 PM ET 

Description: Administered by the Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), this grant will support 5-year cooperative agreements between ACF and federally recognized Indian Tribes (or a consortium of Indian Tribes), Tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations interested in developing, implementing, sustaining, or expanding an evidence-based home visiting program serving expectant families and families with young children aged birth to kindergarten entry. Awards will support the implementation of high-quality, culturally grounded, evidence-based home visiting services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) families and children; implementation of performance measurement and continuous quality improvement systems; development of early childhood systems; and participation in research and evaluation activities to build evidence around home visiting, particularly in Tribal communities. Reach out to [email protected] with questions.

Poison Control Centers Program | Click Here to Learn More

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

Description: The goal of this program is to reduce poisonings and the harms resulting from poisonings by ensuring that individuals across the United States can connect to a Poison Control Center and obtain expert consultation on preventing and managing poisonings. The objectives of this program are to: 1. Support poisoning prevention activities; 2. Provide high-quality guidance and information to callers to the Poison Help Line; 3. Provide treatment recommendations when poisonings occur; 4. Collect data related to poisonings and poisoning outcomes; and 5. Use data to inform public health and emergency preparedness responses.

Indians Into Medicine | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Between $230,000 – $700,000

Application Deadline: May 14, 2024

Description: The purpose of this program is to add to the number of Indian health professionals serving Indians by encouraging Indians to enter the health professions and removing barriers to serving Indians. Only the following type of organization may apply: A public or nonprofit private college or university that: 1. Has a medical or other allied health program, other than a nursing program. 2. Is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. 3. Has a target population for its proposed program that does not include Indian Tribes within the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. The existing University of North Dakota InMed grant program serves these states.

Indians Into Nursing | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Between $300,000 – $400,000

Application Deadline: May 14, 2024

Description: Our purpose is to recruit, retain, graduate, and increase the number of registered nurses, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners who deliver health care services to AI/AN communities. Our primary objectives are to: 1. Recruit and train Indian people in nursing fields. 2. Increase the skills of, and provide continuing education to nurses and advanced practice nurses.

Indians Into Psychology | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Between $ 227,500 to $267,500

Application Deadline: May 14, 2024

Description: Our purpose is to increase the number of Indian clinical psychologists who deliver health care services to AI/AN communities. Our primary objectives are to: 1. Recruit and train Indian people to be clinical psychologists; 2. Provide stipends to people enrolled in schools of clinical psychology to pay tuition, books, fees, and stipends for living expenses.

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