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

May 6, 2021
Journal Article: "American Indian and Alaska Native Knowledge and Public Health for the Primary Prevention of Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons"

The Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice recently published “American Indian and Alaska Native Knowledge and Public Health for the Primary Prevention of Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons” as part of their March 2021 issue. The article applies a violence prevention and public health approach to discuss the role public health can play in addressing and preventing the prevalence of missing or murdered Indigenous persons. Read the article here (beginning on page 149).
Funding & Opportunities
Fiscal Year 2021 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program
Applications due Friday, May 14, 2021
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) is one of three grant programs that constitute the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) focus on enhancing the ability of state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the THSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. Read more here.
JHCAIH Scholarship Opportunity and Summer Institute
Applications due Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (JHCAIH) is currently accepting scholarship applications from American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, health professionals, and paraprofessionals serving Tribal communities to attend their Virtual Summer Institute. The Summer Institute features three courses related to collecting and analyzing public health data, early childhood research, and research ethics in the context of Native American communities. Course descriptions are available here. To access the scholarship application, read more here. For questions, please contact Anna Sundbo, (612) 247-4049, or Olivia Trujillo, (480)276-2768,
Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities Grant
Applications due Friday, May 18, 2021
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced $250 million from the American Rescue Plan to develop and support a community-based workforce who will serve as trusted messengers, increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence, and address any barriers to vaccination for individuals living in vulnerable and medically underserved communities. This funding will help community-based organizations to hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists, and others to conduct on-the-ground outreach to educate and assist individuals in getting the information they need about vaccination, help make vaccine appointments, and assist with transportation and other needs to get individuals to each of their vaccination appointments. 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
New Online Module Available for Alzheimer’s Curriculum

“Dementia Capable Systems and Dementia Friendly Communities”, the fourth online learning module in A Public Health Approach to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias, is now available. The module describes the concepts of dementia capable systems and dementia-friendly communities, both of which involve systems and infrastructure needed to accommodate the needs of a population with memory loss, and a variety of related physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms, as well as other comorbidities. Read more here.
Communication Tools to Help Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

The Tribal Self Governance Communication and Education Tribal Consortium has released communication tools to help combat vaccine hesitancy in Tribal communities including:
  • Tribal Community Stories and Vaccines Videos
  • "Why I Decided to Take the Vaccine"
  • "What Side Effects Did You Experience" 
  • Differences in #COVID-19 Vaccines Video and Toolkit resources
  • Informational animation video, one-pager, and social media toolkit with graphics focuses on the differences between the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, how they work within your body, and the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
All materials are available for public use including the videos, one-pager on the vaccines, and social media images. Check back as more materials will be rolled out in the series. To access the communications tools, read more here.
COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler at or 202-507-4081.
JHCAIH Webinar: Advancing Public Health Training and Research by Indigenous Scholars in Tribal Communities
Today! May 6, 2021 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (JHCAIH) is hosting a webinar today to discuss the Bloomberg Fellows Program, which provides world-class public health training to individuals in organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States. The panel of speakers features both public health faculty members and Bloomberg Fellows with experience working with Tribal nations. Register here.
Today! Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM MDT

Join the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, Native Roots Radio, and the We Can Do This Campaign for “Keeping the Circle Strong: We Can Do This Indian Country”, a Montana Region town hall in which Tribal leadership, community advocates, and health experts will talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and the available vaccines in Indian Country. Come prepared with questions and watch it live on Facebook or on Youtube. Read more here.
Achieving Health Equity – What’s Next?
Friday, May 21, 2021 from 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET

The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will host the “Achieving Health Equity – What’s Next?” webinar on Friday, May 21 from 2:00 – 3:15 PM Eastern Time. The COVID-19 pandemic placed a spotlight on the shocking health disparities that American communities of color have endured for decades and underscored the need for change. Mortality rates linked to COVID-19 for Native Americans, Latinos and Black Americans are approximately double those of White Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the nation recovers, health experts are taking a close look at addressing the health inequities that contributed to this situation and ensuring that it does not happen again. For this webinar, the National Indian Health Board's CEO, Stacy A. Bohlen, along with other leaders in public health will discuss key issues that harm health in America’s Indigenous, Black and Latino communities, as well as solutions. Read more here.
SAVE THE DATE: Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation
Thursday - Friday, August 17-20, 2021

The Office of Violence Against Women, Department of Justice is hosting their 16th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation virtually between August 17-20, 2021. The consultation testimony sessions are open to federally-recognized, Tribally elected and appointed leaders or their authorized designee to provide oral testimony. Tribal Leaders may also submit written testimony.
The purpose of the consultation is to solicit recommendations from Tribal government leaders on the following topics:

  1. Administering Tribal funds and programs;
  2. Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, homicide, stalking, and sex trafficking;
  3. Strengthening the federal response to such crimes; and,
  4. Improving access to local, regional, state, and federal crime information databases and criminal justice information systems.

For more information, including registration details, click 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.