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Week of November 27, 2023

In this Letter:

✒️Congressional Items

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations



💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities

Congressional Items

The House and Senate are back in session this week. Currently, the Continuing Resolution signed into law on November 16, 2023 funds the Special Diabetes Program for Indians and Indian Health Service through January 19, 2024 and February 2, 2024, respectively. However, if the regular appropriations bills are not signed into law by January 1, 2024, the Fiscal Responsibility Act will cap discretionary funding at one percent less than the Fiscal Year 2023 levels, which will take effect on April 30, 2024.  At the moment, Congress’s focus through the end of the year remains on passing the annual defense authorization bill and President Biden’s supplemental request, which includes $250 million for IHS in supplemental emergency spending to fight the fentanyl/opioids epidemic. In the coming weeks, NIHB will be on Capitol Hill discussing the need to preserve and increase IHS funding as Congress makes decisions for FY 2024. 

Please reach out to Caitrin Shuy, NIHB’s Director of Government Relations ([email protected]), if you have any questions or concerns. 


Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Hearing: “Unmasking Challenges CDC Faces in Rebuilding Public Trust Amid Respiratory Illness Season”

Committee: House Energy and Commerce

Date: November 30, 2023, 10:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link

Dear Tribal Leader Letters

View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

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)

HHS November 14 Letter: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Virtual Tribal Consultation on the regulations for the Health and Human Services Grants Regulation

HHS November 14 Letter: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Updates Tribal Leaders on Medicaid Fraud Related to Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities in Arizona

IHS November 13 Letter: The IHS Director invites Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to a 1 day Virtual Summit on the new IHS enterprise Electronic Health Record solution 

NIA November 2 Letter: National Institute on Aging writes to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on Alzheimer's Disease Real-World Data Platform

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

View NIHB’s full Regulations Tracker here


Portland Area Budget Formulation Meeting

Date: November 28, 2023

Meeting Webpage Link

Phoenix Area Budget Formulation Meeting

Date: December 5, 2023

Event 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

Listening Sessions

Tribal Listening Session on the HHS Framework to Support and Accelerate Smoking Cessation

Comments Due: November 29, 2023

Comment Submission: [email protected]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Prevention Environmental Justice Index 

Comments Due: December 1, 2023

Comment Submission: [email protected]

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

Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC)

Date: November 28 – 29, 2023

Location: Washington, DC

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

Date: November 30, 2023, 1:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Meeting Link 

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) National Meeting

Date: December 6, 2023

Location: TBA

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


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].


National Council of Urban Indian Health Culturally Responsive Care for Sexual Assault Survivors

Date: November 30, 2023, 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

Event 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

Special Diabetes Program for Indians 2.0 (SDPI-2) | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: between $25,000 and $600,000

Application Deadline: November 29, 2023

Description: The IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) is announcing a new 2024 funding opportunity (NOFO) for all federally recognized Tribes, Tribal Organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and/or Federal health care facilities that currently do not have a 2023 Special Diabetes Program for Indians grant.  The 2024 Special Diabetes Program for Indians 2.0 (SDPI-2) is a 4-year grant program to address diabetes treatment and prevention efforts in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. All eligible applicants are welcome to apply.  

CDC Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Understanding Drug Use and Overdose Risk and Protective Factors | Click Here to Learn More 

Award Amount: Up to $150,000

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

Description: CDC is providing funding to enhance the availability of trained scientists to address health research questions related to the prevention of drug use and overdose. The grants will provide intensive mentorship development experiences to increase the number of research professionals in this area. The grant includes, but is not limited to, a special focus on research among disproportionately affected populations, including Tribal communities and rural areas.

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.

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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