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

February 18, 2021
NIHB 2021 National Tribal Public Health Summit
April 27 – 29, 2021

Every year the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) brings together public health practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to allow for conversation, mobilization, and strategy. This year is no different despite COVID-19. In fact, COVID-19 has made our work even more urgent and vital. The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated, for all to see, the critical underfunding of the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the importance of improving Tribal public health infrastructure. Read more here.
"New Mexico In Depth: Hospitals Violated Rights of Native Mothers Amid COVID-19"

According to a federal investigation disclosure, a prominent women’s hospital in New Mexico is being investigated for potentially violating patients’ rights by singling out pregnant Native American women for COVID-19 testing and separating them from their newborns without adequate consent until test results became available. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
OURSTory Open Call for Historical Content

The National Native HIV Network (NNHN) has issued a community call for short narratives and images about a significant or memorable HIV-related program or event that occurred during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. These stories will be assembled as part of the NNHN's campaign titled OURStory to celebrate the contributions American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians made over the past 40 years of the HIV epidemic. Read more here.
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,, or (202) 507-4079.
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
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 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 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
Webinar: Bridging the Generations: Caring for our Elder Relatives
Today! Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET

In this event coordinated by the National Native HIV Network and funded by the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund, speakers will discuss how people in all generations can work to support Tribal elders.

Co-presenters include:
  • Steven Barrios, Co-Chair, Montana Two Spirit Society;
  • Sheldon Raymore, Deputy Director. American Indian Community House, NYC;
  • Maddalynn “Maddie Ashton” Sesepasara, Project Coordinator, Kua’ana Project, Hawai’i Health & Harm Reduction Center.

Webinar: Fall Prevention for Native Elders
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET

Sixtus Dominguez, a Tribal injury prevention specialist, will share strategies, activities, and interventions that can support injury prevention and independence for Native elders. 

Participants will learn:
  • about 4 evidence-based fall prevention interventions
  • basic fall prevention strategies and assessments
  • some simple activities to help keep elders moving and independent