View Email Online

Week of December 11, 2023

In this Letter:


✒️Congressional Items

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations


💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities


President Signs Executive Order at White House Tribal Nations Summit  (WHTNS)

On December 6, President Biden signed an executive order intended to “usher in the next era of tribal self-determination.” The executive order requires agencies to “better embrace” their trust responsibilities and assess the extent of unmet federal obligations. The executive order addresses Tribal funding needs by directing federal agencies to take action to make federal funding more “accessible, flexible, and equitable.”  Additionally, the President announced the launch of Access to Capital Clearinghouse, an online database meant to increase access to and awareness of funding opportunities for Tribes across several federal agencies. Read the fact sheet on these announcements here

Revised VA Reimbursement Agreement to IHS Announced at WHTNS

Indian Health Service (IHS) Director Roselyn Tso announced a revised agreement to facilitate reimbursement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to IHS for eligible American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans’ health care and related services. Under the new agreement, the VA will now reimburse IHS for Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) and contracted travel. IHS published a Dear Tribal Leader Letter on December 6 summarizing this revised agreement. The revised agreement is available to read 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


S. 1840, SCREENS for Cancer Act of 2023; S. 3392, Advancing Research in Education Act; S. 3393, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Reauthorization Act; and S. 644, Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Date: December 12, 2023, 10:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link

What is Fueling the Diabetes Epidemic?

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Date: December 14, 2023, 10:00 AM ET 

Hearing Webpage Link

Dear Tribal Leader Letters

View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

IHS December 6 Letter: The IHS Director writes to announce the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) have executed a revised agreement to facilitate reimbursement by the VA to the IHS for health care and related services provided by the IHS to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans

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

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

View NIHB’s full Regulations Tracker here


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

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

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

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

Meeting Link

IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee

Date: December 13—14, 2023

Location: Washington, DC 

Meeting Webpage Link 

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) TAC Meeting 

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

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

Date: December 21, 2023

Meeting Webpage Link

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


IHS Health Information Technology Modernization Summit 

Date: December 13, 2023, 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM ET 

Registration Link

National Council of Urban Indian Health Fireside Chat in Partnership with Pfizer on Health Equity in Action 

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

Event Webpage Link

Notice of Funding Opportunities

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).

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.

Make a Donation
Join Our Mailing List

National Indian Health Board | | 202-507-4070

Visit the NIHB COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center at

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Youtube  Linkedin