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Week of January 8, 2024

In this Letter:


✒️Congressional Items 

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations


💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities


Workshop Proposal Webinar Now Available 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. 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

Congress is back in session this week, and House and Senate leaders have made progress on Fiscal Year 2024 funding negotiations. As detailed in a January 7th Dear Colleague Letter from Speaker Mike Johnson, the new topline deal mostly sticks to the Fiscal Responsibility Act’s spending limits. Johnson’s letter indicates that $704 billion in nondefense spending has been agreed upon, but how this funding will be potentially allocated to the Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies is not yet certain. Additionally, it was announced that there will be a $6.1 billion dollar cut to COVID funds, though it remains unclear which exact COVID funds this cut will impact. Finally, the Continuing Resolution funding programs like the Special Diabetes Program for Indians expires on January 19th, and plans for additional extensions as negotiations continue remains unsure. 


Stopping the Flow of Fentanyl: Public Awareness and Legislative Solutions

Committee: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Date: January 11, 2024, 10:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link 

Lowering Costs and Increasing Access to Health Care with Employer-Driven Innovation

Committee: House Committee Education & the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 

Date: January 11, 2024, 10:15 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link

Rural Access: Is VA Meeting All Veterans Where They Live?

Committee: House Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Date: January 11, 2024, 10:15 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link 

Dear Tribal Leader Letters

View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

SAMHSA December 27 Letter: 2024 SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) Meeting Notice

ACL December 21 Letter: ACL Tribal Consultation on Draft Tribal Consultation Policy

IHS December 21 Letter: The IHS Director writes to announce the publication of the Federal Register Notice for calendar year 2024 reimbursement rates, and to share the launch of a new page on the IHS website dedicated to information about the process for these rates

CDC December 20 Letter: CDC Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) offers an update on proposed changes to the National Diabetes Prevention Program’s (National DPP) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Standards and Operating Procedures (DPRP Standards)

IHS December 18 Letter: The IHS Director writes to announce the award of the Forensic Nursing Consultation Program contract that will help boost forensic health care-related workforce activities

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

View NIHB’s full Regulations Tracker here


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

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]

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

Listening Sessions

Potential ACIP recommendation update for hexavalent combination vaccine (DTaP-IPV-Hib-HepB [Vaxelis]) for American Indian/Alaska Native infants

Date: January 9, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link

Tribal Advisory Committee Meetings

IHS Director’s Workgroup on Improving Purchased/Referred Care

Date: January 17 – 18, 2024 

Location: Portland, OR

Meeting Webpage Link

DSTAC Monthly Meeting 

Date: January 18, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link

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 

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


IHS CY 2023 Reporting for CMS’s Quality Payment Program Webinar

Date: January 11, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Meeting 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

Submit Proposals Link

Notice of Funding Opportunities

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).

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.

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