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

February 11, 2021
News
Tribal Leaders Convene for Biannual CDC Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

Tribal leaders from six of the Indian Health Service Areas and four Tribes-at-large members gathered virtually for the 21st Biannual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Tribal Advisory Committee (CDC TAC) meeting on February 3, 2021. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the newly appointed CDC Director, addressed the TAC and emphasized CDC priorities of equity and core public health infrastructure, including data use and sharing, data modernization, lab capacity, and the public health workforce.

The TAC also received briefings on CDC funding allocations to Tribes and Tribal organizations, an invitation to review CDC’s strategic plan for American Indian and Alaska Native worker safety, and an update and discussion with CDC’s COVID-19 Response Tribal Liaison Division on vaccines. The TAC formed a new sub-committee to provide guidance to CDC on developing written guidelines for each CDC Center, Institute and Office on best practices for technical assistance for Tribes.

The Tribal leaders stressed to CDC the importance of government-to-government relationships, Tribal consultation, the need for direct funding to Tribes, and investments in Tribal public health infrastructure. Learn more about the CDC TAC, including the roster here, and access summaries from past meetings here. The NIHB contact regarding the CDC TAC is Tyler Dougherty, TDougherty@nihb.org.
CDC/ATSDR Extends Recruitment from Nashville, Phoenix, and Tucson Areas for Tribal Advisory Committee
Nominations extended to tomorrow, Friday, February 12, 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 increase Tribal health, wellness, and inclusion by providing CDC/ATSDR input and guidance on policies, programs, and priorities. The deadline to submit nomination letters has been extended to February 12, 2021. To access the Dear Tribal Leader Letter, TAC eligibility criteria, and a nomination letter sample, read more here.
HRSA Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Childhood Vaccines Notice

On January 28, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a notice on a series of meetings for the Advisory Committee on Childhood Vaccines for the following dates:
  • March 4, 2021
  • June 3, 2021
  • September 2, 2021
  • December 2, 2021

These meetings will cover topics like policy, program development, issues like implementation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and other updates from different Department of Health and Human service agencies. Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments and may submit written statements in advance. Read more here.
2.7% of ACF COVID Relief Funds Awarded to 265 Tribal Nations

On February 3, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded nearly $10 billion in supplemental Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program funding to states, territories, and Tribes to address the needs of child care providers and families resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 265 Tribes received a total of $275,000,000, about 2.75% of the total amount. Funds can be used for a range of activities, including providing relief from copayments and tuition payments for families; delivering technical assistance regarding the safe provision of child care services; and supporting other allowable CCDF program activities. The Office of Child Care (OCC) will provide further guidance to states, territories, and Tribes, including information on reporting requirements for these funds, through the OCC COVID-19 Resources page.
Funding & Opportunities
NIHB Requests Tribal Examples of Policies with Best and Promising Practices that Support Brain Health During Emergencies

People with brain health issues, and their caregivers that provide services, experience-enduring challenges when faced with a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of such an event. When people with brain health issues experience abrupt changes to their daily routine, which is reinforced through consistent mental expectations, confusion sets in which in turn contributes to health and safety risks and creates hardships for caregivers.

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking examples of Tribal policies with best and promising practices that support vulnerable people living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers, especially during emergency situations. This type of policy may reside within Tribal codes or alongside health, mental health, aging, social services, food distribution, emergency management, public safety, transportation, or other types of policies.  Your thoughts are welcomed if no such policy or best and promising practice exists.

The purpose of this request is to inform the development of a toolkit, intended for Tribal health leaders and Tribal Government officials, to support people living with brain health challenges and their caregivers during a pandemic or other emergency conditions. If you have examples that you are willing to share or would like to provide general input on the contents of the toolkit, contact Karrie Joseph, kjoseph@nihb.org, or (202) 507-4079.
International Association for Indigenous Aging Opportunities

The International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) is seeking 2-3 elders or caregivers with experience or interest in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (ADRD) as participants to serve on a national Tribal advisory group for ADRD. IA2 is looking for rural as well as urban-dwelling American Indian or Alaska Native representatives. There is a small annual honorarium available for elder or caregiver representatives. Elders who are experiencing early cognitive issues are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Contact Jolie Crowder (jolie@isquared.org) for more information.

Additionally, IA2 is conducting an environmental scan to gather information resources (flyers, posters, videos, etc.) for AI/AN populations focused on ADRD and to learn more about other ADRD “assets” including programs, people, and Tribal public health laws (and policies) for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. If you have Native-specific ADRD resources, you can share or recommend either by emailing them to jolie@iasquared.org or here to submit information online. 
Free Summer Program at University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

University of Buffalo is accepting applications for their “Destination Dental School”, which is a pipeline program that is held online this coming summer. Students who participate in this program will receive training in hand skill development, prep test and dental school strategies, and more. This program is to encourage talented underrepresented students to pursue a career in dentistry. Eligibility criteria for this program are:
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.
  • Enrolled undergraduate student or post-baccalaureate
  • Minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.

NIHB Tribal Infection Control Mentorship Program
 
 
In support of Project Firstline: Tribal Infection Prevention & Control Capacity Building Program, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is offering an opportunity to participate in a mentorship program. This mentorship program will connect interested mentees with industry professionals (who will serve as mentors) to introduce them to Infection Prevention and Control programs. For more information about the application process please contact Carmen Sanders at csanders@nihb.org
NIHB Tribal Infection Control Steering Committee
 
 
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is continuing to accept applications for the Tribal Infection Control (TIC) Steering Committee. The TIC Steering Committee will assist in reviewing and advising on program materials and provide advisory for developing and implementing infection control projects in support of Project Firstline. Project Firstline is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the purpose of the project is to provide infection prevention and control (IPC) training and provide technical assistance to Tribal Health Officials and Tribal Health Systems. For more information contact Carmen Sanders at csanders@nihb.org. The application can be found here.
NIHB Tribal Infection Control Scholarship Opportunity
 
 
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has a scholarship opportunity available 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 Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiologists (CBIC) certification exam. For additional information, contact Carmen Sanders at csanders@nihb.org or you may find the application 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 Health Tribes Website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) has partnered with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to promote health, prevent disease, and strengthen cultural connections to improve health and promote wellness. The Healthy Tribes website offers a variety of resources and information in four action areas: epidemiology and surveillance; environmental approaches; health care system interventions; and community programs linked to clinical services. Read more here.
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
Impact of COVID-19 on Suicide Among Tribes and Tribal Communities Webinar Series
February - April 2021

The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is hosting a Community of Learning series on Mental Health and Wellness. This series is focused on promoting the mental wellness of urban Native youth by providing urban Indian organization staff and leadership with a comprehensive view of the extent of suicide and substance misuse among the group. The next session is February 16th on 'Understanding Suicide and Substance Misuse Among Urban Native Youth' from 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET. The objectives for this webinar are as followed:
1. Understand the extent of substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults
2. Recognize risk factors of substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults
3. Recognize protective factors of substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults
4. Assess the impact of COVID-19 on substance misuse and suicide among Native Youth and Young Adults

For more information on this event and other upcoming events in this series click here.
Webinar: Connecting Children to Coverage and Care
Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cover essential dental services, like check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and fillings. For February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign webinar will showcase significant oral health data trends among children and will also promote the Campaign’s resources available to incorporate into Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment efforts. Read more here.
CDC National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine
Register by Tuesday, February 16, 2021
February 22-24, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a virtual National Forum on the COVID-19 vaccine. This event will bring together practitioners from national, state, Tribal, local and territorial levels who are engaged in vaccinating communities across the nation and is meant for practitioners focused on vaccine implementation and those who champion vaccine uptake within communities. Read more here.
IHS COVID-19 Implementation Progress and Safety Update
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET
 
The Indian Health Service (IHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force (VTF) is working to operationalize COVID-19 vaccines approved under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The first two COVID-19 vaccines approved under an EUA have been available for over a month in the US. There are many lessons learned since the initial launch of the vaccines, and IHS will share important details about the process of storing, monitoring, administering, and documenting vaccines. This series of webinars will inform healthcare team members at all levels about clinical aspects, logistics and complexities of the novel COVID-19 vaccines. Read more here.