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Week of January 22, 2024

In this Letter:

📣Announcements 

✒️Congressional Items 

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

🎟️Events 

💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities

Announcements

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. 

Closing Friday—Workshop Proposals for NIHB’s 2024 National Tribal Health Conference 

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has created a webinar to help you with your 2024 NTHC Workshop Proposal Submission to ensure you submit the best proposal possible. Learn the ins and outs of the submissions process and what it takes to be a successful applicant. 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. 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].

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!

White House Requests Recommendations for the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Ares Development Board of Trustees (IAIA)

The White House Office of Presidential Personnel is soliciting recommendations for members of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development Board of Trustees. The Institute aims to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach. The Board is authorized to formulate the policy of the Institute; to direct the management of the Institute; and to make such bylaws and rules as it deems necessary for the administration of its functions under this title, including the organization and procedures of the Board. Read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter here.

Congressional Items

On Friday, January 19, President Biden signed a third continuing resolution, H.R. 2872, into law. This is the second “laddered” stopgap measure of Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. This means that the first of two sets of expirations will come on March 1 and include agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funds for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will expire on March 8th. This week, the Senate is in session while the House of Representatives will not be on Capitol Hill. Going forward, House and Senate appropriators will continue to negotiate FY 2024 funding. 

Hearings

Oversight of Toxic Substances Control Act Amendments Implementation

Committee: Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works 

Date: January 24, 2024, 10:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link  

FIELD HEARING - The State of Veterans' Long-Term Care in Maine

Committee: Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Date: January 26, 2024, 2:00 PM ET

Hearing Webpage Link  

Dear Tribal Leader Letters


View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

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

White House January 16 Letter: White House Request for Recommendations for IAIA Board Members

IHS January 16 Letter: The IHS Director writes to announce the appointment of the new IHS Deputy Director for Quality Healthcare and Enterprise Risk Management

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations


View NIHB’s full Regulations Tracker here


Consultations

Administration for Community Living (ACL) Tribal Consultation on Draft Consultation Policy

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: January 24, 2024, 1:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Location: Capital Hilton, Washington, DC

Meeting Link

Comments Due: February 23, 2024

Comment Submission: [email protected]

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

Robotics in Aging: Long-Term Services and Supports Webinar 

Date: January 24, 2024, 2:00 PM ET

Event Registration Link 

FY 2026 National Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup Area Report Webinar

Date: January 24, 2024, 2:30 – 4:30 PM ET & January 25, 2024, 2:30 – 4:45 PM ET 

Event Webpage 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 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: Between $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.

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