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

June 27, 2019
News
Congratulations to the Talihina Diabetes Wellness Center staff!
Choctaw Nation Diabetes Wellness Center First Outpatient Center to Be Certified As a Centers of Excellence
 
The Joint Commission has recently recognized the Choctaw Nation Diabetes Wellness Center as a Centers of Excellence for Diabetes Care, passing the Joint Commission’s survey with an impressive zero findings. The Diabetes Wellness Center met rigorous standards and is the first outpatient organization in the nation to receive this certification. The Center is supported by the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) , the country’s most strategic and comprehensive investment to combat diabetes in Indian Country.
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.
The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) and NIHB Release Colorectal Cancer Screening Toolkit for Tribal Clinics
 
The National Indian Health Board, in collaboration with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), is pleased to announce the release of a new resource, Advancing Health Systems: Colorectal Cancer Screening within American Indian & Alaska Native Communities . In recognition of the high colorectal cancer rates amongst American Indians and Alaska Natives, this toolkit is geared towards helping Tribal health care providers and clinic teams implement health system changes that will increase colorectal cancer screening rates within their communities. Read more here.
IHS Issues Two Special General Memos on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

In the previous weeks, the Indian Health Service Chief Medical Officer (IHS CMO) has issued two Special General Memorandums (SGMs).

Amongst American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) mortality remain more than double the national rate. In a recent IHS survey, nearly 50% of individuals diagnosed with HCV were born after 1965. As a result, the IHS has expanded HCV screening from persons born in 1945-1965 to all persons 18 years of age or older. Read the HCV SGM here.

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is a comprehensive evidence-based approach to recovery using pharmacological interventions and substance abuse counseling, social support, and culture. To combat the disproportionate opioid use disorder in AI/AN, the SGM requests all IHS federal facilities to:
  • Identify local opioid treatment programs or office-based opioid treatment models in their respective IHS Area, to improve access to MAT for patients with opioid use disorder; and
  • Create an action plan to identify local MAT resources and to provide and coordinate patient access to these services when indicated
Read the MAT SGM here.
Funding & Opportunities
Applications for Community Impact Contracts
Deadline Friday, June 28, 2019 3:30 PM ET

The Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is now calling for applications for its Community Impact Contracts – Strategic, Timely, Actionable, Replicable, Targeted (CIC-START) Program. DASH CIC-START aims to help multi-sector collaborations catalyze their efforts to share and use data to improve health and build a culture of health in their communities. Up to 15 CIC-START contracts of up to $25,000 will be available to local collaborations to support targeted, short-term activities that build skills and capacity at the community or regional level. Read more here.
Nomination Submissions for NIHB's 2019 Outstanding Service Awards
Deadline Extended to Friday, June 28, 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 16-19, 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 NTHC@nihb.org or (202) 507-4070.
36 th Annual National Tribal Health Conference Registration and Call for Proposals
Proposals Due Friday, July 12, 2019 11:59 PM ET
Early Bird Registration Due Wednesday, July 31, 2019
 
Registration is now open for the National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) 36 th Annual National Tribal Health, taking place September 16-19, 2019 in Temecula, CA . 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. Early bird registration and more information can be found here.

Additionally, NIHB encourages Tribal leaders, health directors, policy specialists, advocates, and allies to submit proposals for 3-hour seminars and 90-minute workshops for the conference. Proposals can be submitted here.
Native Voices Rising 2019 Grants
Deadline Friday, July 19, 2019 11:59 PT
 
The Native Voices Rising (NVR) project is now accepting applications for the 2019 Native Voices Rising grants. Applications are encouraged from Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change. NVR grants provide general operating support of $10,000 to strengthen Native-led organizations in the United States that are improving the lives of their community members. Read more here.
Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program
Deadline Friday, July 26, 2019 5:00 PM ET
 
The Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant solicitation is part of a series of demonstration projects funded under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP). These demonstration projects are designed to build capacity, foster cross-sector collaboration, and support innovation. The solicitation is part of a series of solicitations to support national demonstration collaborations to build local capacity and support innovation. Under this solicitation, up to eight rural communities or regions will be selected for an award of up to $750,000 each for a 24-month time period. Read more here.
SAMHSA FOA: Tribal Opioids Response Grants
Deadline Tuesday, August 6, 2019
 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, “Tribal Opioid Response Grants”. The short title for this program is “TOR”. This program aims to address the opioid crisis in Tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) using one of the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). Read more here.
HUD Funding Available for Addressing Healthy Homes Hazards in Tribal Housing
Deadline Friday, August 9, 2019 11:59 PM ET

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has announced the availability of $12 million for Healthy Homes Production for Tribal Housing grants exclusively for federally recognized Tribal governments and organizations. HUD will award 12 grants of up to $1 million each.

The grant program’s purpose is to assist Tribal governments in developing comprehensive programs to identify and remediate housing issues that contribute to health and safety issues in urban, Tribal communities by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. Read more here.
Resources
HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy Launches New Sexually Transmitted Infections Webpage

The Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) under the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently launched its newest HHS webpage, HHS.gov/STI , in response to the nation’s dramatic rise of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This webpage provides basic STI information and resources on policies, guidelines, and best practices for STI prevention, diagnoses, and treatment.

Additionally, the webpage will also house the STI Federal Action Plan, expected to be released in 2020, and provide information about its implementation and progress.
California Department of Public Health Report on American Indian/Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Health Status
 
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the release of the California American Indian/Alaska Native Maternal and Infant Health Status Report . This landmark report provides a comprehensive overview of the health and well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) mothers and babies. This includes the key finding that while the overall rate of infant mortality in California has declined steadily since 2005, the California AI/AN infant mortality rate has remained high. Read more here.
Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition Report
 
Last October, more than 600 people from 38 states, three countries and more than 100 different Tribes attended the Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition in Minnesota. This annual conference series is the only one in the world solely devoted to the food and nutrition of Indigenous peoples. To help share the insight from last year's conference presentations, Seeds of Native Health created the Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition report. This report includes speaker information and key takeaways from presentations, panels and elder responses. Read more here.
LGBTQ2+ Toolkit: Celebrating Our Magic

Pride Month may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean support for LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit youth is! The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s (NPAIHB) toolkit, Celebrating Our Magic , is now available online. Celebrating Our Magic is a culturally-specific, LGBTQ2+ resource for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals, relatives, allies, and healthcare providers. Read more here.
Events
Webinar: Developing a Competitive SAMHSA Grant
Today Thursday, June 27, 2019 2:30-3:30 PM ET
 
The Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy and the Office of Financial Resources at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be offering a webinar specifically designed for Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations on how to develop a SAMHSA grant application budget. In addition, the webinar will provide FY 2019 Tribal Opioid Response grant applicants an opportunity to ask questions about preparing or submitting the application. Read more here.
NIHB Webinar: Conducting a Public Health Accreditation Self-Assessment: Who, What, Why and How?
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:00-3:00 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
The Use of Telehealth to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care Webinar
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:00 PM ET
 
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) will be hosting a webinar on the Use of Telehealth to Improve Children’s Access to Health Care. Highlighted topics include current telehealth models and initiatives to improve access to pediatric specialty care, funding to implement telehealth programs, telehealth visits and patient satisfaction data. Register here.
Communicating Data for Maximum Impact Climate & Health Webinar
Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:00 PM ET
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a climate and health communications webinar series called Amplify: Increase the Impact of Your Climate and Health Communications. This series is brought to you by the CDC Climate and Health Program. These webinars are designed for state and local health departments, but may be useful for Tribes as well. The webinars can help viewers more effectively communicate the health impacts of climate change and in their communities. The next and last webinar in this series, Communicating Data for Maximum Impact, will take place on July 18. Read more here.
Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Summit: Creating Coordinated Solutions to Plan, Respond, and Recover from Emergencies  
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

This one-day summit is designed to bring together Tribal, state and local emergency preparedness departments, Tribal Leaders, Tribal Administrators, Area Indian Health Boards, National and Regional Tribal Organizations and other key stakeholders to enhance Tribal public health emergency preparedness capacity.
  • Attendees will increase knowledge and awareness of available emergency preparedness resources
  • Attendees will identify best practices through shared information, tools and resources
  • Attendees will identify opportunities for partnerships between stakeholders to improve capacity of Tribal governments to prepare, respond, and recover from public health emergencies.
Hotel information is available here.