Tribal Public Health Broadcast
Weekly News, Funding, Resources, and Upcoming Events in Indian Country

September 5, 2019
September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. Organized by and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) , the 2019 National Preparedness Month theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." Read more here.
New Article Released Examining Changes in Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by Opioid Type

The current issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes an article on the changes in opioid-involved overdose deaths. From July–December 2017 to January–June 2018 in 25 states, opioid deaths decreased 5% overall and decreased for prescription opioids and illicit synthetic opioids excluding illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF). Read more here .
Funding & Opportunities
Come Work for NIHB! Public Health Project Associate and Public Health Project Coordinator Positions Now Open

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:
  • Public Health Project Associate
  • Public Health Project Coordinator
  • Event and Meeting Manager
  • Congressional Relations Associate
  • Director of Congressional Relations
These positions are based in Washington, DC. Those who are interested in making a positive difference in the health of America’s Native Peoples’ lives are encouraged to apply. Read more here.
NIHB is Seeking Indigenous Knowledge on Blood Lead Level Testing
Contact by Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET

NIHB is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the capacity of rural and non-urban Tribal communities for identifying and addressing elevated blood lead levels in Tribal children. To accomplish this, NIHB seeks to engage Tribal representatives and health professionals in 60-minute key informant interviews. The interviews will ask Tribal Health Directors or programmatic staff to describe their programs or operational plans in place for blood lead level testing and their current knowledge of lead exposure risk factors. Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Stephen Valliere, Public Health Project Coordinator ( or 202-507-4082) by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, September 13th. Read more here.
Funding Opportunity: Strong Systems, Stronger Communities: Strengthening Tribal Public Health Systems (Webinar Recordings Now Available)
Applications Due: Friday, September 20, 2019 by 11:59 PM ET
NIHB and the CDC are pleased to announce the second cycle of funding for Strong Systems, Stronger Communities (SSSC) for Tribes. This opportunity continues NIHB’s commitment to the strengthening of Tribal public health systems by offering support and technical assistance directly to Tribes for projects designed to build their public health capacity.  Read more here.

For additional questions about this Request for Applications, contact Sarah Price ( ).
2018-2019 SSSC Cohort at the in-person training in Washington, D.C.
Request for Information (RFI) Released for NIH All of Us Research Program to Inform Tribal Collaborations
Deadline: Thursday, October, 31, 2019
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us research program aims to build a participant community that reflects the country’s rich diversity, including American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and other groups that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research. In this regard, All of Us has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking additional public input on the issues raised during the program’s 2019 Tribal Consultation. The RFI will be open for comment through October 31, 2019. Read more here .
National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day - September 10, 2019

To further advance the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's priority to change the public conversation around suicide and suicide prevention, the Action Alliance American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Task Force developed the National AI/AN Hope for Life Day (which coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10). The  National AI/AN Hope for Life Day toolkit is available here .
Webinar: Overview and Outcomes of the Healthy Dine' Nation Act on Navajo Nation
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 3:00-4:00 PM EST

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan's National Native Network, in conjunction with the Indian Health Service Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and the Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center (Accredited Provider), present a webinar series: Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country. The next webinar in the series is the Overview and Outcomes of the Healthy Dine' Nation Act on Navajo Nation . Register here .
36 th Annual National Tribal Health Conference Registration
September 16-19, 2019 in Temecula, CA
Registration is now open for NIHB's 36 th Annual National Tribal Health Conference, taking place September 16-19, 2019 in Temecula, CA . The conference aims to feature novel approaches in improving the quality of health systems, strengthening the business of medicine, pathways for successful advocacy efforts, enhancing government to government relationships, and evidenced based, wise, best or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. Registration and more information can be found here.