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

August 15, 2019
Fifth Circuit Court Rules in Favor of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Last Friday, August 9th, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Brackeen v. Bernhard , where it upheld the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), reversing the decision of the Northern District of Texas and affirming the federal government's unique political relationship with the Tribes. Read more here.
New Journal Supplement Featuring Tribal Epidemiology Centers Focus on Reducing Health Disparities in American Indians and Alaska Natives
Efforts to monitor and improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) populations face unique challenges , including racial misclassification and underrepresentation in health research. The role of the Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) in improving the public health infrastructure for the AIAN population is highlighted in a special September supplement to the  Journal of Public Health Management and Practice . Read more here
Funding & Opportunities
Come Work for NIHB! Public Health Project Associate and Public Health Project Coordinator Positions Now Open

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:
  • Public Health Project Associate
  • Public Health Project Coordinator
  • Event and Meeting Manager
  • Congressional Relations Associate
  • Director of Congressional Relations
These positions are based in Washington, DC. Those who are interested in making a positive difference in the health of America’s Native Peoples’ lives are encouraged to apply. Read more here.
Native American Agriculture Fund Request for Applications
Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm CDT
The 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) for funding through the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is now open. This opportunity will support Native American farmers and ranchers and promote their continued engagement in agriculture. Read more here .
IHS Dear Tribal Leader Letter: Behavioral Health Funding Recommendations from NTAC
Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has issued a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) as part of its Tribal Consultation activities, to develop a distribution method for behavioral health initiative funding. Written comments will be accepted until Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Read more here .
Policies for Action Policy Research Funding Call for Proposals
Deadline: Wednesday, October 2 at 3:00 PM EST

Policies for Action is issuing a special call for proposals to advance health equity by introducing new and diverse perspectives into the policy research field. This opportunity will support early-career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds to help understand and find solutions that promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people can attain and preserve good health and well-being. Read more here.
First Kids 1st Data Resource Book

The First Kids 1st (FK1) Initiative has published a Data Resource Book highlighting research and data for Tribes to develop systems of support for Native youth to thrive. Access the resource book here. For an annotated bibliography, access the resource book appendix here.
Tribal Public Health Law Framework Article

Law is integral to advancing public health. Although the study of law has expanded to consider law as a tool in advancing public health, much of the research does not contemplate the cultural, legal, and practical realities of Tribes and American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This academic article offers a framework for public health law as applied to Tribes, whose history, culture, legal structure, and population health outcomes differ greatly from other jurisdictions. Read the abstract here. Read the full article here.
Policy Brief: Health Disparities in Rural American Indians and Alaska Natives

The University of South Carolina’s Rural and Minority Health Research Center (RMHRC) produced four policy briefs examining health disparities in rural minority populations, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read the brief here.
Webinar: Improving the Health and Well-Being of Rural Communities Through Collaboration
TODAY , Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 1:00-2:00 PM EST

In this webinar, hosted by the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), participants will learn how rural hospitals, community health centers, local public health departments, Tribes, and other rural stakeholders can work together to assess and address their rural communities' health needs. Read more and register here.
2019 BIA Inaugural Indian Country Public Safety Summit
Monday - Tuesday, August 26-27, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
This two day session organized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will focus on identifying and coordinating public safety resources for Indian Country Public Safety and an opportunity for federal partners to discuss public safety priorities with Tribal Leaders, Indian Country Chiefs of Police, Tribal Judges, and Tribal Prosecutors. The BIA wants to hear from you on ways to stop the escalating cycle of violence occurring in Indian Country Communities. Read more here .
2019 Statewide Arizona American Indian STD/HIV/HEP C Conference
Wednesday-Thursday, August 28-29, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ
Registration is open for the 2019 Statewide Arizona American Indian STD/HIV/HEP C Conference, hosted by the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC). The conference will be held at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ. I f you have any questions about this event, c ontact NNPTC at . Register here .
36 th Annual National Tribal Health Conference Registration
September 16-19, 2019 in Temecula, CA
Registration is now open for NIHB's 36 th Annual National Tribal Health Conference, 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. Registration and more information can be found here.