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Week of January 29, 2024

In this Letter:

📣Announcements 

✒️Congressional Items 

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

🎟️Events 

💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities

Announcements

New Tribal MIECHV Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Tribal, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) is thrilled to announce that the FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) application package has been published on Grants.gov. The opportunity number is HHS-2024-ACF-ECD-TH-0135. 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. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions. The deadline to apply is April 18, 2024.

THIS THURSDAY: NIHB Hosting Townhall Meeting on HHS Tribal Data Access Policy

Join NIHB on Thursday, February 1, from 2:30 – 3:30 PM ET for a virtual Town Hall to analyze the HHS Tribal and Tribal Epidemiology Center Data Access Policy. NIHB is hosting this Town Hall to present a summary of the draft policy and provide a forum for Tribal leaders and technical assistants to discuss priorities and strategies for the upcoming consultation. Click here to register for the event. 

Registration is now 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!  

HHS Launches New Medicaid/CHIP Resource Hub

The outreach and engagement resource portal includes materials from across the Federal government on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) transitions and renewals. The public can find help with coverage, review key data, and learn about Medicaid fraud. Targeted information for different states, rural areas, various ethnic and racial communities, and for those receiving Federal assistance is included. Of interest to Tribal communities are the graphics on Medicaid and CHIP renewals for American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), as well as a recorded webinar on Reaching Out to Special Populations: AI/AN Populations.  

Indian Health Service (IHS) Shares FY 2024 Performance Report 

Last week, the Indian Health Service released their first quarterly performance report for fiscal year 2024. The report includes historic milestones and great progress toward the agency’s strategic goals of delivering high-quality care, unveiling new facilities, improving systems, and strengthening critical partnerships. Included in the report are IHS receiving its first-ever advance appropriations, the significant progress in our efforts to modernize health care technology and systems, and breakthroughs in IHS’ partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The IHS FY 2024 First Quarter Performance Report can be found in the IHS Newsroom.

Congressional Items

The House of Representatives is back in session this week, and the Senate will return on Tuesday. Congress is quiet this week as legislators focus on the border policy agreement. As of late Friday night, appropriators reached a deal on FY 2024 spending bills. Over the weekend, House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees received their so-called “302(b)” allocations which will allow them to begin to write the 12 FY 2024 appropriations bills. At the time of this writing, specifics of those allocations have not yet been released to the public.  The most recently passed Continuing Resolution (CR) is another laddered funding approach with the first expiration being March 1st and the second March 8th, which includes an extension of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) and annual IHS discretionary funding. 

Hearings

Overseeing the Department of Health and Human Services’ Compliance with Congress

Committee: House Committee on Oversight and Accountability

Date: January 31, 2024, 10:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link  

Health Subcommittee Hearing: "Health Care Spending in the United States: Unsustainable for Patients, Employers, and Taxpayers"

Committee: House Energy and Commerce Committee

Date: January 31, 2024, 10:00 AM ET 

Hearing Webpage Link  

Vet Centers: Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families

Committee: Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Date: January 31, 2024, 3:30 PM ET 

Hearing Webpage Link  

Technology Modernization Subcommittee Hearing: “The Future of Data Privacy and Artificial Intelligence at VA”

Committee: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Date: January 31, 2024, 3:30 PM ET

Hearing Webpage Link

Dear Tribal Leader Letters


View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

IHS January 22 Letter: The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share Agency accomplishments during the first quarter of fiscal year 2024

IHS January 18 Letter: The IHS Director writes to invite you to join a series of four Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer sessions in calendar year 2024 on Health IT Modernization

IHS January 17 Letter: The IHS Director writes to notify you of an opportunity to comment on an NPRM published in the Federal Register, proposing the removal of outdated regulations on the use of IHS funds for certain abortions, and to initiate Tribal Consultation on the NPRM

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations


View NIHB’s full Regulations Tracker here


Consultations

IHS Consultation on the Proposed Supplemental Funding Request to Support Fentanyl and Opioid Programs 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: February 1, 2024, 4:30 – 6:30 PM ET

Comments Due: March 4, 2024

Comment Submission: [email protected], subject “Supplemental Request for Fentanyl and Opioid Abuse Funding”

HHS Tribal Consultation on Draft Tribal and Tribal Epidemiology Center Data Access Policy 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Draft Data Access Policy

Date: February 6, 2024, 3:00 – 5:00 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link

Comments Due: March 5, 2024

Comment Submission: [email protected], subject “HHS Tribal Data Policy” 

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer: Health Information Technology Modernization Enterprise Collaboration Group

Date: February 8, 2024, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link

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

Advisory Committee on Minority Health Meeting

Description: Implementation of the anticipated updates to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) federal race and ethnicity data collection standards

Date: January 30, 2024, 5:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link

FY 2026 National Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup Work Session 

Date: February 13 – 14, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link

DSTAC 2nd Quarter Meeting 

Date: February 15 — 16, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link

IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Meeting 

Date: February 21 – 22, 2024

Location: Washington, DC 

Meeting Webpage Link 

CANCELLED—Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) 

Date: February 27—28, 2024

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC)

Date: February 27, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET 

Meeting Announcement Link

IHS National Tribal Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Behavioral Health Q1 Meeting

Date: February 27, 2024, 12:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET 

Meeting Link

Events

2024 HHS Food Is Medicine Summit 

Date: January 31, 2024, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Event Webpage Link 

SAMHSA Webinar on Medicaid Coverage of Medications to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

Date: January 31, 1:30 PM ET 

Event Registration Link

NIHB Townhall Meeting on HHS Tribal Data Access Policy

Date: February 1, 2024, 2:30 PM ET

Event Registration Link

Draft HHS Tribal Data Access Policy

National Congress of American Indians State of Indian Nations 2024

Date: February 12, 2024

Event Webpage Link

Event Registration Link

National Congress of American Indians 2024 Executive Council Winter Session

Date: February 12- 15, 2024

Location: Washington, DC

Event Webpage Link

National Council of Urban Indian Health Building Bridges, Building Trust: An Open Forum on COVID-19 Insights 

Date: February 13, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Event Registration Link 

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 

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

Indian Health Service Small Ambulatory Program | Click Here to Learn More 

Description: The Indian Health Service is announcing $55 million in funding to 15 tribes and tribal organizations as part of the competitive Small Ambulatory Program to invest in the construction, expansion, or modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities. The IHS Small Ambulatory Program supports work towards expanding access to various outpatient services for patients, including offering new services, expanding existing services, and upgrading outdated facilities.

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).

Indian Health Service Funding Opportunity for the Community Opioid Intervention Prevention Program | Click Here to Learn More 

Application Deadline: February 7, 2024

Description: The purpose of this grant program is to address the opioid crisis in AI/AN communities by doing the following: first, developing and expanding community education and awareness of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid misuse and opioid use disorder; second, increasing knowledge and use of culturally appropriate interventions and to encourage an increased use of medication-assisted treatment/medications for opioid use disorder (MAT/MOUD); third, supporting Tribal and Urban Indian communities in their effort to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services to address the impact of the opioid crisis; and fourth, increase harm reduction within their communities.

Indian Health Service Funding Opportunity for Tribal Self-Governance Negotiation Cooperative Agreement Program | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $84,000

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024

Description: The purpose of this Negotiation Cooperative Agreement is to provide Tribes with resources to help defray the costs associated with preparing for and engaging in TSGP negotiations. TSGP negotiations are a dynamic, evolving, and Tribally-driven process that requires careful planning, preparation, and sharing of precise, up-to-date information by both Tribal and Federal parties. Because each Tribal situation is unique, a Tribe's successful transition into the TSGP, or expansion of their current program, requires focused discussions between the Federal and Tribal negotiation teams about the Tribe's specific health care concerns and plans.

Indian Health Service Funding Opportunity for Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement Program | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $180,000

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024

Description: The purpose of this Planning Cooperative Agreement is to provide resources to Tribes interested in entering the TSGP and to existing Self-Governance Tribes interested in assuming new or expanded PSFAs. Title V of the ISDEAA requires a Tribe or Tribal organization (T/TO) to complete a planning phase to the satisfaction of the Tribe. The planning phase must include legal and budgetary research and internal Tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to the administration of health care programs.

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program | Click Here to Learn More

Application Deadline: February 26, 2024

Description: The purpose of this program is to educate and train the health care and supportive care workforces to care for older adults by collaborating with community partners. Applicants must maximize patient and family engagement to address care gaps and improve health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care and other appropriate specialties using the Age-Friendly Health Systems Framework.

Native Connections Tribal Behavioral Health | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Up to $250,000 per year

Application Deadline: March 6, 2024

Description: The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use/misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, up to and including age 24, by building a healthy network of systems, services, and partnerships that impact youth. SAMHSA expects this program will be a model for community change that integrates a community’s culture, resources, and readiness to address suicide prevention and substance use/misuse among AI/AN youth.

Funding Opportunity for the Tribal Management Grant Program | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $50,000 - $150,000

Application Deadline: March 14, 2024

Description: The TMG Program is a competitive grant program that is capacity building and developmental in nature and has been available for federally recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations (T/TO) since shortly after enactment of the ISDEAA in 1975. The TMG Program was established to assist T/TOs to prepare for assuming all or part of existing IHS programs, functions, services, and activities (PFSAs) and further develop and improve Tribal health management capabilities. The TMG Program provides competitive grants to T/TOs to establish goals and performance measures for current health programs, assess current management capacity to determine if new components are appropriate, analyze programs to determine if a T/TO's management is practicable, and develop infrastructure systems to manage or organize PFSAs.

Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program (EB-TNP) | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Up to $350,000

Application Deadline: March 22, 2024

Description: The purpose of this program is to integrate behavioral health services into primary care settings using telehealth technology through telehealth networks and evaluate the effectiveness of such integration. The goal for the BHI/EB-TNP Program is to support evidence-based projects that utilize telehealth technologies through telehealth networks in rural and underserved areas.

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.

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