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

March 18, 2021
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NIHB CEO Stacy A. Bohlen Appears on Native American Calling to Discuss Vaccine Distribution for Natives in DC

Yesterday afternoon, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) CEO, Stacy A. Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), appeared on Native American Calling to talk about COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Indian Country and the availability of vaccines for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Listen to her appearance and recount of receiving her vaccine here.

Additionally, the NIHB Board of Directors recently passed a resolution (Feb. 26) in support of prioritizing and promoting American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the Washington, DC metro area for the COVID-19 vaccine. With the resolution, NIHB brings the support of Tribes to advocate to the Indian Health Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House. NIHB submitted a letter to the Biden Administration on March 5 and is available to read here.
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2021 National Tribal Public Health Summit: Call for Abstracts Open
Abstract submissions due by Friday, April 2, 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. We invite you to join us virtually, present your work, and kick off these important explorations. To submit an abstract for our 2021 National Tribal Public Health Summit, read more here. To register, read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Notah Begay III Foundation Community Empowerment Grants
Applications due Monday, April 12, 2021

The Notah Begay III Foundation with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation has recently announced its Community Empowerment Grants Request for Applications which aims to support Native American communities and/or organizations engaged in advancing Native American youth health. Up to five 22-month grants of $200,000 each will be awarded. Native-led organizations are encouraged to apply. Read more here.
ACF Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs
Applications due Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is currently seeking applications from Tribes, Tribal organizations, and migrant programs to develop, operate, expand, enhance, and coordinate activities to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect consistent with the goals outlined in Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Upwards of $202,200 a year will be awarded during a five-year project period. Read more here.
Humans of Dementia: An Intergenerational Storytelling Contest
Applications due April 21, 2021

The HFC (formerly Hilarity for Charity) is currently seeking written and photo applications for their Humans of Dementia Storytelling Contest from current high school or college students. This contest seeks to highlight intergenerational storytelling in honor or remembrance of a family member with Alzheimer's Disease or other related dementias by talking to a person or people, exchanging memories, and swapping anecdotes. Read more here.
Funding Opportunity: Minority Research Grant Program
Applications due Friday, June 11, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health has recently released a notice of funding opportunity for researchers at minority-serving institutions as part of their Minority Research Grant Program. Two awards up to $250,000 will be made out to eligible institutions to fund studies pertinent to health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations. Tribal college and universities are eligible to apply. 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 (Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Environmental Health)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Behavioral Health)

Job descriptions are available at
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.
17th Annual American Indian Disability Summit
Tomorrow! Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET

Ability360 is hosting a free virtual event for their 17th Annual American Indian Disability Summit with the theme of resiliency and self-care. Guest speakers will represent a variety of expertise and experience with different areas of disability and American Indian culture. Captioning and ASL interpretation services will be provided. For registration inquiries, please contact Darrel Christenson at Register here.
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NIHB Webinar: IPV & Teen Dating Violence
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a second webinar in a 3-part series on intimate partner violence (IPV), specifically focusing on teen dating violence (TDV) in Native Youth. Guest Speaker, Jovita Belgarde, is a Native Youth Program Coordinator at the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) and will provide information on TDV in Indian Country, as well as the prevention programming that has been implemented at CSVANW. The webinar is recommended for behavioral health professionals, public health professionals, youth leaders, education staff, and those working with American Indian and Alaska Native youth. For more information on this webinar please contact Chyna Locklear at Register here.
IHS Community Health Representative Webinar Series
Thursdays, April 8-29, 2021 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is presenting a special four-part series for Community Health Representatives starting April 8th at 3pm Eastern Time. The webinar series is for non-clinical staff in key positions of behavioral and community health care, focusing on critical updates for HIV, Hepatitis C, Substance Use Disorder, and 2SLGBTQ health services. The four-session program offers a free collaborative to continue learning, knowledge sharing and support in your work.

Speakers: Janet Cifuentes, PharmD, Heather Huentelman, PharmD, Jessica Rienstra, BSN, RN and Rick Haverkate, MPH

This publication is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,600,000, and by the Indian Health Service (IHS) of HHS as part of a financial assistance award totaling $266,000, with up to 75 percent funded by CDC, up to 15 percent funded by IHS, and up to 10 percent funded by other governmental and non-governmental source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.