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Week of October 30, 2023

In this Letter:

✒️Congressional Items

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations



💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities

Congressional Items

After electing a new Speaker, the House has an extended weekend and will be back on Capitol Hill this Wednesday to consider FY 2024 funding and aid to Israel. It is unlikely the health extender package, including reauthorization of SDPI, will make it to the floor this week, but NIHB is closely monitoring the legislation and advocating for immediate consideration. The Senate is back in session today with President Biden’s supplemental funding package first up on the schedule. The possibility of a government shutdown is looming since the continuing resolution passed on September 30th will expire on November 17th.

Bills NIHB is Tracking this Month

Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) 

There are multiple bills that contain a reauthorization for SDPI at $170 million per year for two years, including S.1855 - Special Diabetes Program Reauthorization Act of 2023, H.R. 3561 - Promoting Access to Treatments and Increasing Extremely Needed Transparency (PATIENT) Act, and H.R. 5378 - “Lower Costs, More Transparency Act." 

 The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2023 (S.3130)

Senators Barrasso (R-WY) and Thune (R-SD) reintroduced legislation to address the persistent inadequacies of healthcare services and increase accountability at the Indian Health Service (IHS). You can read their press release about this legislation here. 


Foundation of Care: Examining Research at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Committee: Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs 

Date: November 1, 2023, 3:30 PM ET

Hearing Webpage Link 

Clean Water Infrastructure Assistance

Committee: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Date: November 8, 2023, 10:00 AM ET 

Dear Tribal Leader Letters

View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

SAMHSA October 4 Letter: Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) Consultation

IHS October 1 Letter: The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share information regarding the current status of fiscal year 2024 appropriations for the Indian Health Service

IHS September 29 Letter: The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to acknowledge her 1-year anniversary as Director and reflect on our shared accomplishment

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

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Bemidji Area Budget Formulation Consultation

Date: November 7 – 9, 2023

Location: Prior Lake, Minnesota

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer: Health Information Technology Modernization The Path Forward 

Date: November 8, 2023, 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link 

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Section 504 Proposed Rulemaking 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Comments Due: November 13, 2023

Comment Submission: (RIN 0945-AA15)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) Consultation

Federal Register Link 

Date: November 9, 2023, 2:00 PM ET

Comments Due: November 23, 2023, 5:00 PM ET

Comment Submission: [email protected]

Administration for Children and Families Consultation on Parentage Establishment 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Comments Due: November 27, 2023

Comment Submission: [email protected], include the docket number and/or RIN number in the subject line 

California Area Budget Formulation Meeting

Date: December 13, 2023, 9:30 AM 

Location: Sacramento, CA 

Event Webpage Link 

Listening Sessions

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Listening Session on Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Resources for Native American Grant Programs 

Date: November 9, 2023, 4:00 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link

Tribal Advisory Committee Meetings

IHS November Tribal and Urban Indian Organizations Call

Date: November 2, 2023

Meeting Webpage Link

Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee (DSTAC) Monthly Meeting 

Date: November 16, 2023

Meeting Webpage Link

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

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

Meeting Link 

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 – 7, 2023

Location: TBA

Facilities Appropriation Advisory Board Meeting (FAAB) 

Date: December 5 – 6, 2023

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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

Date: December 28, 2023

Meeting Link

FY 2026 National Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup Work Session 

Date: February 13 – 14, 2023

Meeting Webpage Link


CMS: October 29 – November 4 is American Indian/ Alaska Native/ Tribal Week of Action 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has shared resources advertising the Health Insurance Marketplace opening on November 1. CMS has created resources including The American Indians/Alaska Natives/Tribal Week of Action Toolkit, American Indians/Alaska Natives/Tribal Week of Action Graphics, and the AI/AN Tribal Conference Card. These resources are intended to be shared with Tribal communities with the Health Insurance Marketplace. 


Culturally Inclusive Healthcare: Honoring Traditions for a Healthier Tomorrow

Description: This webinar features a facilitated discussion on the intersection of traditional and modern healthcare practices and their implementation strategies. 

Date: November 1, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET 

Event Webpage Link

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) FY 2024 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Webinar

Description: HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is hosting a virtual Technical Assistance Webinar dedicated exclusively to Tribal leader audiences to share information about the upcoming FY 2024 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning Program) Funding Opportunity and how Tribes and Tribal organizations can apply.

Date: November 20, 2023, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Event Link

IHS Health Information Technology Modernization Summit 

Date: December 13, 2023

Registration Link

2024 International Indigenous Women’s Health Meeting

Description: Meeting objectives include employ enhanced systems of culturally informed care to advance the health status of Indigenous people seeking obstetric and gynecologic care and examine strategies and unique solutions to meet the emerging health needs of Indigenous people seeking obstetric and gynecologic care and their families and communities.

Date: March 13 – 15, 2023

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Event Webpage Link

Notice of Funding Opportunities

NIHB Vaccine Event Funding | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount:  Up to $45,000 in sponsorship funds

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis 

Description: With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIHB is offering up to $45,000 in sponsorship funds for Tribal health organizations to host up to three vaccination events in your community. These events must feature COVID-19 vaccinations; however other vaccines may also be offered and promoted.

Funding can cover non-clinical costs associated with the event. Some examples of what we can fund include (but are not limited to): meeting space rentals, advertising for the event, event set up, incentives for attendees and event swag (limited value per person), and event administration staff salaries. NIHB will also provide Act of Love Kits for you to distribute to attendees. For any questions, contact Moones Akbaran, PHPP Project Coordinator, at [email protected].

NIH Office of Disease Prevention's Advancing Prevention Research for Health Equity (ADVANCE) T32 Program | Click Here to Learn More

Application Deadline: October 31, 2023

Description: The ADVANCE T32 program trains predoctoral scholars from diverse backgrounds in health disparities and health equity research, multilevel preventive interventions implementation, and analytics

NIH Native Collective Research Effort to Enhance Wellness Program Research Opportunities | Click Here to Learn More

Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Description: NIH is supporting a new research opportunity to support locally prioritized research related to overdose, substance use, pain, and related factors like mental health. Tribes and Tribal serving organizations are eligible to apply for two grants: (1) to plan, develop, pilot, and/or implement research and data improvement projects; and (2) to form a Native Research Resource Network to provide training and resources to Tribes and Tribal organizations.

FY 2022 and FY 2023 Small Ambulatory Program Application | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $3,500,000 for up to 12 IHS Areas

Application Deadline: November 10, 2023

Description: Under the SAP, American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes or Tribal Organizations that are operating an Indian health care facility pursuant to a health care services contract or compact entered into under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, P.L. 93-638, as amended (25 U.S.C. § 5301 et seq.), may competitively apply for funding for the construction, expansion, or modernization of small ambulatory health care facilities. The FY 2022 budget includes $25 million and the FY 2023 budget includes $25 million for a total budget of $50 million available for SAP. Fiscal year 2022 and 2023 SAP projects will be awarded up to $3.5 million and all 12 IHS Areas that submit an application will have an opportunity to receive an award.

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. 

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