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

January 7, 2021
News
Special Diabetes Program for Indians Reauthorized for Three Years

After 15 months of short-term extensions - equaling six in total - Congress has finally reached an agreement on long-term reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). As a result of a bipartisan and bicameral agreement on surprise medical billing, Congress was able to secure the cost savings to pay for a three-year extension of SDPI - through the end of Fiscal Year 2023. This keeps SDPI on the same timeline as other "health extenders" including the Special Diabetes Program (which funds Type 1 diabetes research), funding for Community Health Centers, Teaching Health Centers, and other health programs. Together, the SDPI and SDP programs have become the nation’s most strategic, comprehensive, and effective effort to combat diabetes and its complications. SDPI currently provides grants for 301 programs in 35 states.

However, the reauthorization does not include an increase in funding for SDPI long sought by the Tribes and NIHB, or a critical legislative amendment to permit Tribes and Tribal organizations to receive SDPI awards pursuant to Title I contracting or Title V compacting agreements under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA). NIHB remains committed to securing these changes in the 117th Congress in close collaboration with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration.

You can learn more about SDPI and NIHB’s diabetes work here.
Funding & Opportunities
NIHB Project Firstline Infection Control Scholarship

In support of Project Firstline, National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is offering a scholarship opportunity for Tribal infection control officers and health officials to complete online infection control training courses. Scholarship funds can also be used to complete either the Association of Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) certification or the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiologists (CBIC) certification exam. For application information, contact Carmen Sanders at csanders@nihb.org. Read more here.
First Nations Development Institute: GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant
Applications due Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Gather Food Sovereignty Grant program, an initiative of First Nations Development Institute, aims to support organizations working to build a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced, and supported by community policies and systems. This funding round will provide up to 13 grants of approximately $32,000 for emerging projects that focus on developing Tribal food sovereignty. Tribal governments and Native-controlled nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Read more here.
COPIC Medical Foundation Healthcare Delivery Improvements Grant
Applications due January 15, 2021

Provided by the COPIC Medical Foundation, this grant aims to improve patient safety and quality of care through education and training of healthcare professionals or through systems changes and improvements, pilot programs that are designed to reduce medical errors, and the development and implementation of checklists and other tools to improve disease management and transitions in care. The focus area for the 2021 funding cycle is "Fragmentation Across Care Settings." Read more here.
CDC/ATSDR TAC Nashville, Phoenix, and Tucson Nominations
Nominations due Monday, January 18, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) is currently recruiting delegates for the Nashville Area, Phoenix Area, and Tucson Area to Tribal health, wellness, and inclusion by providing recommendations to inform National Institutes of Health policies, programs, and priorities. For TAC eligibility and nomination guidance, read more here. To Access the Dear Tribal Leader letter, read more here.
Request for Feedback: FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide
Comments due by Monday, January 25, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking feedback on the recently updated “Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans," which provides guidelines on developing emergency operations plans and promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of community-based, risk-informed planning and decision making to help planners examine a threat or hazard and produce integrated, coordinated and synchronized plans.

FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to discuss changes to the updated CPG 101 and gather feedback from whole community partners. The sessions will include facilitated discussions with stakeholders to help improve the existing draft. For more information about the FEMA planning guides and webinars, read more here. To provide comments or recommendations, email NPD-Planning@fema.dhs.gov.
Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth
Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a request for applications (RFA) for a grant program to address interpersonal violence impacting children and youth. The purpose of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support for an intensive, supervised (mentored) career development experience in violence prevention research leading to research independence. NCIPC supports K01 grants to help ensure the availability of an adequate number of trained scientists to address critical public health research questions to prevent violence and injury. Applicants must propose a research project that addresses at least one of the research priorities in the interpersonal violence prevention section of the NCIPC Research Priorities as they relate to violence impacting children or youth (from birth through age 17). These research priorities include cross-cutting violence prevention, child abuse and neglect, youth violence, intimate partner violence (teen dating violence), and sexual violence. Read more here.
The National Indian Health Board is Hiring!

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking qualified candidates for the following open positions in the Public Health Policy and Programs Department based in Washington, DC:

  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Emergency Preparedness)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Aging)
  • Public Health Program Coordinator (PHICCS)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Environmental Health)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Behavioral Health)

Job descriptions are available at www.nihb.org.
Resources
CDC’s Inside Infection Control

In December, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Project Firstline launched a video series for frontline healthcare workers called Inside Infection Control. The videos feature Dr. Abby Carlson, an infectious diseases doctor with experience on the frontlines of COVID-19 and a Project Firstline staffer. Ranging from 3-5 minutes, the videos are designed to answer a question heard from frontline healthcare workers. 

Questions answered during the month of December include:

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) National Strategic Plan

Through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has worked with federal partners and public comment from a wide range of nonfederal stakeholders, to develop the nation’s first STI National Strategic Plan (STI Plan). The plan will serve as a roadmap to help federal, state, Tribal, and local public health officials and policymakers, community- and faith-based organizations, schools and other educational institutions, health plans and health care providers, private industry, researchers, and others in all sectors, reverse the sharp upward trends in STI rates and further address this growing public health epidemic. A copy of the STI Plan is available here.
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New! COVID-19 Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States. Read more here.

CDC COCA Calls/Webinars

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheets

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Factsheets

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Urban Indian Health Institute
NIHB COVID-19 Contact
 
The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Visit our COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center for more information and resources.
Events
Crisis Standards of Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Real-Time Legal Issues & Solutions
Today! Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM ET

The National Academy of Medicine is hosting a webinar on crisis standards of care (CSC). In this session, Dr. Dan Hanfling, Professor James Hodge, Research Scholar Jen Piatt, and Roger Severino, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights examine key legal issues underlying CSC. These include concerns surrounding emergency declarations, invocation, duties to care, inter-jurisdictional challenges, discrimination, licensure/scope of practice, risks of liability, documentation, and mitigation. Potential solutions to real-time issues will be offered, including through direct questions among attendees and others. Register here.
10 Ready-Made Tips You Can Use to Prepare for Disaster 
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Join the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II National Preparedness Division in partnership with Region IV Individual and Community Preparedness for a webinar on how you can resolve to be ready in 10 steps for any disaster. During this webinar, presenters will go over how you can effectively develop an individual emergency preparedness plan to ready yourself and your family including what notifications you need, emergency supplies to have, and more. Register here.
Webinar for Indigenous Peoples on EPA’s Competitive Grants Award Process
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM ET

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a webinar for Indigenous peoples on EPA competitive financial assistance programs and cover the EPA’s competitive grants process and general management and administrative issues. This event is part of the EPA Environmental Justice Webinar Series for Tribes and Indigenous Peoples and the Office of Grants and Department EPA Grant Award Process. Register here.
Be COVID Prepared: A Toolkit for Institutes of Higher Education 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Join the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II and Region VII National Preparedness Divisions for a webinar on how to be “Be COVID Prepared” by learning the pandemic preparedness actions to take while on a college or university campus. Presenters will walk through FEMA toolkit which provides important information and an isolation/quarantine plan template so that students can be better prepared should they be exposed to COVID-19. Register here.
Save the Date: Tribal Researchers' Cancer Control Fellowship Program
June 6-18, 2020

Hosted by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Tribal Researchers’ Cancer Control Fellowship Program aims to reduce cancer incidence and mortality and improve cancer survival in Tribal communities through the efforts of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) researchers. This fellowship program offers training and mentorship to prepare researchers to design and implement cancer-related research projects within AI/AN communities. Costs associated with the training, including travel, will be covered. Applications will be available in January and due in March.

For more information, contact Ashley Thomas at athomas@npaihb.org. Read more here.