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

April 1, 2021
Osage Nation Leads Initiative to Distribute Vaccines Despite Vaccine Hesitancy

In the midst of widespread vaccine hesitancy, the Osage Nation was recently recognized on Cable News Network (CNN) for their efforts in making the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible to both Tribal and non-Tribal members. In this CNN feature, Tribal members discuss the complicated history of Tribal and federal governments that consequently may impact how readily community members would receive their vaccine. However, as Osage Tribal elder Raymond Lasley says, "We need to put our trust in science." Watch the CNN feature here. For more information related to the COVID-19 vaccine, read more 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
WeRNative Youth Community Service Mini-Grants
Rolling acceptances

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board's campaign, WeRNative, is accepting applications for their Native Youth Community Service Grants. This funding opportunity is intended for American Indian and Alaska Native youth, 13-21 years old, with an adult mentor to support community service projects. Project ideas may include:
  • Health Fairs
  • 5K walk/runs
  • National health observances such as World No Tobacco Day, National HIV Testing Day, National Safety Month, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

USDA Rural Development Water & Waste Disposal Grants
Rolling acceptances

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development is accepting applications for their Water & Waste Disposal Grant to alleviate health risks on Tribal lands by improving access to safe, reliable drinking water and waste disposal facilities and services. Funding may be used for the construction of basic drinking water and waste disposal systems, including storm drainage. Federally-recognized Tribes 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 (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.
Free Conference: Clear the Vapor
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes is hosting a free conference on issues related to youth utilization of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. The conference is intended for parents, educators, advocates, practitioners. Read more here.
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NIHB Webinar: IPV & Teen Dating Violence
Rescheduled date: Wednesday, April 14, 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. If you have already received a confirmation email for the previous date of March 31, you do not need to register again. 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.