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

June 3, 2021
News
Call for Interviewees for Tribal Injury Prevention Project!
 
Last year, the National Indian Health Board hosted four discussions on injury surveillance and prevention priorities, needs, and opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. To understand current activities and priorities at the Tribal level, we are conducting a second round of in-depth interviews with Tribal subject matter experts (SMEs). SMEs hold rich insight and knowledge of how to prevent injuries (unintentional and intentional) and create positive change.
 
Those interested are invited to participate in one in-depth interview with NIHB staff on the following topics, including but not limited to:
  • Definitions of injury
  • Current injury surveillance and prevention activities
  • Data collection and utilization experiences, including facilitators of information sharing and knowledge translation
  • Priority topic areas
 
We expect each interview to last between 45 to 60 minutes, and will be conducted over Zoom or phone. At the end of these sessions NIHB will compile general themes from the additional interviews to inform a white paper that will help guide future CDC injury prevention surveillance activities for AI/AN communities.
 
If you are interested in participating in an interview, please contact Nina Martin at nmartin@nihb.org or 202-548-7299!
Learning Indigenous Knowledge to Solve Wildfires

In this article by Colorado Public Radio News, getting out onto the land is an important part of American Indian Academy of Denver, a new public charter middle school in its first year of operation. Centering Indigenous knowledge throughout its science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) curriculum, the Academy is teaching a new generation of students to explore their roots and learn from traditions, including traditional practices around land management. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tribal Advisory Committee

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee is currently recruiting for Alaska Area, Nashville Area, Phoenix Area, and Tucson Area delegates.
Nominations will be accepted until this Friday, June 4, 2021.

TAC Recruitment Information
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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 csanders@nihb.org. For the application, read more here.
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NIHB Infectious Disease Peer Learning Community
Accepting applications
 
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 joining creating a peer learning community contact Courtney Wheeler, cwheeler@nihb.org.
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:

  • Director of Congressional Relations
  • Human Resource Manager
  • 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 www.nihb.org.
Resources
NCAI COVID-19 Data Situation Summary Document

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center has recently released a document that details American Indian and Alaska Native COVID-19 case data compared to the wider U.S. population as a whole. This document highlights data by state, Indian Health Service (IHS) region, and age group and was developed with COVID-19 data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, and IHS. 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 cwheeler@nihb.org or 202-507-4081.
Events
Webinar: Using Federal Law to Protect American Indian and Alaska Native Women
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

This webinar, hosted by the Tribal Forensic Healthcare Project, will cover some of the federal obligations to Tribes and specifically, the efforts underway to meet the requirements of the recently enacted Savanna's Act. The session will also address what is needed to prosecute in federal court violent crimes that frequently occur in Indian country, strangulation, habitual domestic violence, and sexual assault. Read more here.
Virtual Native Talking Circles: Staying Connected in Challenging Times
Monday, June 14, 2021 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC is hosting a virtual talking circle that will be facilitated by a Native guest, focusing on concerns about yourself, your family, your work, and/or your Tribal community that you may be experiencing during these uncertain times. There is no fee or expectation to participate in this event. Read more here.
Webinar Series: Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET

The National American Indian & Alaska Native PTTC, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center, is holding virtual trainings for prevention specialists to support Native communities. These monthly trainings will cover topics such as crisis response, creating safe spaces to heal, sexual assault awareness, youth engagement, food sovereignty and will share resources and encourage peer support among participants. 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.