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

June 13, 2019
NIHB’s Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS)—Still Time to Participate!
Deadline July 31st, 2019 11:59 PM ET
There is still time to support the National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) efforts in creating a national-level, comprehensive profile of public health in Indian Country! NIHB, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is currently gathering information from Tribal health directors across Indian Country as part of the Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS) . The information from this scan will be used to create and disseminate a national-level, comprehensive profile of the public health system and infrastructure in Indian Country. This profile will be vital to increasing the knowledge of Tribal and federal health leaders and advocates. The deadline for participation is July 31, 2019, so please help to ensure this scan has comprehensive participation from across Indian Country. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Nomination Submissions for NIHB 2019 Outstanding Service Awards
Nominations Due Friday, June 21, 2019 11:59 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is now seeking nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Service Awards to honor individuals, organizations, and programs that have benefitted American Indian and Alaska Native health, health systems, or policy. Awardees will be announced at the NIHB Annual Heroes in Native Health Gala on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in conjunction with the NIHB National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC) September 16-20, 2019 at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. You can submit your nominations here . For questions, contact Jennifer Vigario and the NIHB Awards Committee at or (202) 507-4070.
36 th Annual National Tribal Health Conference Call for Proposals
Proposals Due Friday, July 12, 2019 11:59 PM ET
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) encourages Tribal leaders, health directors, policy specialists, advocates, and allies to submit their abstracts for the 2019 National Tribal Health Conference, taking place September 16-20, 2019 in Temecula, California. The conference aims to feature novel approaches in improving the quality of health systems, strengthening the business of medicine, pathways for successful advocacy efforts, enhancing government to government relationships, and evidenced based, wise, best or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. Read more here.
CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting and 19 th Biannual Tribal Consultation Session
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13-14, 2019 9:30 AM – 5:45 PM EDT in Cherokee, NC

Tribal leaders are encouraged to register for the Summer 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting and the 19 th Biannual Tribal Consultation Session. This event provides the opportunity for Tribal leaders to present formal testimony on public health issues affecting their Tribal nations. Discussion will include securing sustainable funding to Indian Country and ensuring Tribal voices in CDC policy, programs, and priorities. More information will be available later in June here.
NIHB Webinar: Climate Change and Indoor Air Quality
Friday, June 14 from 1-2 PM ET
In this webinar, presenters will explore three methods for communicating risk and reducing exposure during wildfires. With increasing frequency and severity of wildfires, in addition to ongoing woodsmoke challenges, thousands of Tribal families are impacted by unhealthy ambient and indoor air quality. The Tribal Healthy Homes Network and the Tulalip Tribes will provide new research and practices that they are testing in the field (residential, school and worksite) to protect human health. Read more here.
Who Counts? Racial Misclassification and American Indians/Alaska Natives
Friday, June 14, 2019 from 2-3 PM ET
The Urban Indian Health Institute is hosting a free webinar on the racial misclassification of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in data. This webinar will discuss how misclassification and limited analysis have excluded AI/AN populations from health assessments and community conversations, and will provide training on ways to improve capturing race in data. Read more here.
NIHB Webinar: Programs and Resources from the National Environmental Health Association
Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 PM ET
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar where partner organization, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) will present on opportunities and credentials offered by NEHA, openings for the climate and health committee, and more. This webinar is part of the Climate and Health Learning Community (and is open to the public). It’s a great opportunity to learn about a climate and health partner and resources and opportunities available for Tribes concerned about health and climate change. Read more here.
NIHB Webinar: Conducting a Public Health Accreditation Self-Assessment: Who, What, Why and How
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 2-3 PM ET
Prior to committing to public health accreditation or for those who are simply interested in exploring what public health accreditation entails, Tribal public health entities may consider conducting a Self-Assessment. A public health accreditation self-assessment can be a powerful tool for highlighting strengths in the public health system, as well as identifying gaps and areas for improvement. Many Tribes have found this process extremely valuable and have used it to guide efforts toward improving their public health systems, regardless of whether or not their goal is public health accreditation. Join National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and three Tribal public health officials who conducted a self-assessment of their public health system and hear:
  • Why they chose to conduct a self-assessment
  • What they learned about their organization from the process
  • Who was involved, and
  • How they are using the results