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

April 22, 2021
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2021 Annual NationalTribal Public Health Summit Next Week!
April 27-29, 2021
April 26th: Special All Tribes COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Discussion Session with White House COVID Leadership (Free and Open to the Public, closed to press)

The 2021 National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native specific annual gathering focused on public health policy, systems, and infrastructure. The National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native specific annual gathering focused on public health policy, systems, and infrastructure. The 2021 Tribal Public Health Summit's theme "Indigenous Resilience in Tribal Public Health Practice" is a testament to the leadership and innovation coming out of Indian Country during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This year’s Summit will feature:

  • 3 exciting plenary sessions with, Tribal, Congressional, Federal and non-profit public health leaders
  • 5 tracks related to Indigenous resilience, sovereignty, and health with associated workshops
  • 6 listening sessions (free and open to the public) with representatives from the White House, IHS, CDC, VA 
  • 6 no-cost learning institutes on diverse topics (environmental health, infection prevention control, commercial tobacco, public health workforce development, intimate partner violence)
  • A virtual Arts and Crafts Marketplace (open now through April 30)
  • Virtual exhibitor hall
  • AND a virtual fitness event (and prizes!)

CDC to Hold a Listening Session with Tribes
Wednesday, April 28, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM ET

Taking place during the 2021 Tribal Public Health Summit next week, this free session will provide a forum for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to hear directly from Tribal nations on current and ongoing public health challenges, Tribal public health priorities, technical assistance needs, and strengthening CDC consultation with Tribes. Leadership from CDC’s Emergency Operation Center COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Task Force and Public Health Service and Implementation Science, among others, will be present. Hosts and moderators will be Chief Bill Smith, NIHB Chairperson and Alaska Area Representative and Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner, CDC Tribal Advisory Committee Co-chair. Attend this free session by registering for the Listening Sessions, Consultation Sessions, and No-Cost Institutes here!
Funding & Opportunities
RFP: Supporting Community-Based Organizations to Increase Vaccination Coverage Across Different Racial and Ethnic Adult Populations Currently Experiencing Disparities
Proposals due Monday, April 26, 2021 by 12:00 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to support efforts to increase influenza and COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake for adults in racial and/or ethnic populations experiencing disparities in the United States. The CDC Foundation will fund an estimated 100 community-based organizations (CBOs) to:
  • Equip influential messengers by providing training and materials;
  • Increase vaccination opportunities and enhance provider partnerships; and
  • Establish partnerships with state and local health departments.

Community Catalyst Vaccine Equity and Access Program
Info session Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET
Applications due Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Community Catalyst's Vaccine Equity and Access Program is a national initiative to support community-based organizations (CBOs) led by and working with people of color to facilitate information about, and access to, vaccines. With funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this program will invest in approximately 75 CBOs to:
  • Equip influential messengers within the community to become ambassadors for COVID-19 and influenza vaccine information;  
  • Increase vaccination opportunities within the community and enhance provider relationships with the communities they serve; and  
  • Establish and/or build upon partnerships with state and local health departments to support vaccine access in both the short and long term.

Successful applicants will receive $100,000 for a 12-month project building period. A virtual information session will also be held on April 26. Read more here.
University of Michigan Summer Program for Doctoral Students Conducting American Indian/Alaska Native, Latinx, and African American Research
Applications due Monday, May 3, 2021

The University of Michigan in conjunction with faculty from the Program for Research on Black Americans and its affiliated Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research is hosting a summer program that has now been expanded to include doctoral students who are committed to conducting research with American Indian/Alaska Native and Latinx populations. The Virtual 2021 Summer Mentoring Workshop for Doctoral Students who conduct American Indian/Alaska Native Research will take place June 2-4, 2021. Read more here. 
NIHB Notice of Opportunity – Infectious Disease Peer Learning Community
Applications due Monday, May 3, 2021
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support emergency-based infrastructure for Indian Country. American Indians and Alaska Natives have increased vulnerability to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases due to a lack of resources, public health emergency planning and response infrastructure intended to control outbreaks, and the complexity around jurisdictions, as well as lack of understanding among partners working with Tribes. Through this initiative, NIHB will assist Tribes with public health capacity building and training activities that engage public health and healthcare professionals and vulnerable populations to increase their ability to prevent and control outbreaks. A vital activity to aid in building capacity is creating peer learning community networks. Read more here.

For interest in creating a peer learning community contact Courtney Wheeler,
FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding Opportunity
Applications due Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is providing a COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding opportunity. The program provides funding to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support the telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices needed to provide critical connected care. Read more here. When the application window opens, apply here.
Community-Based Organization and Tribal Government Scholarships for AMCHP Conference
Applications due Friday, May 7, 2021

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is offering approximately 16 need-based scholarships for individuals working at community-based organizations or representing Tribal governments to attend their annual conference. The conference theme is “Global Meets Local: A Global Approach for Local Outcomes and will be held virtually from May 24-27. To learn more about the application for a scholarship, read more here. To learn more about the conference, read more here.
CDC Project Firstline Listening Session

In support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Project Firstline, RTI International and The Henne Group are looking for nurses, allied health professionals who deliver clinical care (such as CNAs, LPNs, LVNs, phlebotomists), and environmental service workers to provide feedback on infection control training materials and supporting communications. Feedback will be collected during a virtual, 90-minute group interview. If you are interested, please complete the online screener by May 7, 2021.
Call for Articles - American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Articles due Friday, August 20, 2021 by 5 PM ET

The Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health - University of Colorado is seeking article submissions for a special issue of the American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research. Submissions from reservation-, rural-, and urban-based AI/AN health research projects are welcomed. Read more here.
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NIHB Tribal Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship Opportunity
Rolling acceptances

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 the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiologists (CBIC) certification exam. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For additional information, contact Carmen Sanders at For the application, 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:

  • Deputy-Director of Public Health Programs Management
  • Public Health Program Manager (Infectious Disease)
  • Public Health Program Coordinator (Infectious Disease)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Emergency Preparedness)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Environmental Health)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Behavioral Health)

Job descriptions are available at
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

OMH Tribal Listening Session - Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity
Today! Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a virtual Tribal Listening Session today to seek input and feedback regarding the Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (CIIHE). The purpose of the CIIHE is to support efforts including research, education, service, and policy development related to advancing Indigenous solutions to decrease health disparities in the American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations.

The objectives of the CIIHE include:
  • $2,000,000 for grant(s) in FY 2021 to support a Center that draws on Indigenous cultural values and practices
  • Populations of focus: AI/AN and NHPI
  • Focus on Indigenous health research, policy and innovation 
  • Partnership with Indigenous leaders and community partners 
  • Dissemination of best practices and lessons learned

Commercial Tobacco Institute: Strategies for Cessation During COVID-19
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

During the National Indian Health Board’s Tribal Public Health Summit, there will be an opportunity for individuals to attend a no-cost institute focused on commercial tobacco cessation.

Speakers are:
  • Alberta Becenti, Indian Health Service (HQ), sharing information about the Sacred Circle of Tobacco, smokefree text messaging program, and other programs to address commercial tobacco use,
  • Reiko Yazzie and Janna Vallo, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, sharing their knowledge on the impact of commercial tobacco use in Tribal communities in the southwest.
  • Tammie Scott, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, sharing the work that is happening in her community to address increasing tobacco cessation with the youth and how they can be leaders of change.

This institute is designed for public health professionals working to increase tobacco cessation in their area. You can find the registration link here under “Consultation Sessions and No-Cost Institutes Only.” This is a no-cost institute and you should not be asked to pay (unless you are planning to attend the conference).
OLJ Listening Session/Roundtable Discussion for Grassroots Organizations Working in the Area of MMAIAN
Friday, May 7, 2021 from 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET

The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives (MMAIAN), also known as Operation Lady Justice (OLJ), is hosting a listening session to gather insight from grassroots organizations working in Tribal communities or with Tribal members on the issues surrounding missing person or murder cases. In the first half of the session, public comments from one member of each organization will be allowed to speak. In the second half, a series of questions for anyone on the call will be addressed. Read more here.
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.