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

August 29, 2019
September 10 th is National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day

With Suicide Prevention Week taking place 9/8-9/14, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention ( Action Alliance )—the nation’s public-private partnership with 250+ partner organizations—wants to remind you about the important role we all play in suicide prevention. To further advance the Action Alliance’s priority to change the public conversation around suicide and suicide prevention, the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Task Force developed the National American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day (which coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 th ) and the National AI/AN Hope for Life Day toolkit. Read more here .
John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Expands Programming to Upper Midwest

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for American Indian Health will expand its programming to the Midwest. With the expansion into the Great Lakes region, the center now reaches more than 125 Tribal communities in 20 states, offering a variety of programs centered on holistic approaches to health such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention, maternal and child health, mental health, and obesity and diabetes prevention. The new Great Lakes hub will be located in Duluth, Minnesota, and will house a study examining a multigenerational approach to preventing diabetes in American Indians. 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.
NIHB is Seeking Indigenous Knowledge on Blood Lead Level Testing
Contact by Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET

NIHB is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the capacity of rural and non-urban Tribal communities for identifying and addressing elevated blood lead levels in Tribal children. To accomplish this, NIHB seeks to engage Tribal representatives and health professionals in 60-minute key informant interviews. The interviews will ask Tribal Health Directors or programmatic staff to describe their programs or operational plans in place for blood lead level testing and their current knowledge of lead exposure risk factors. Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Stephen Valliere, Public Health Project Coordinator ( or 202-507-4082) by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, September 13th. Read more here.
CDC/HRSA Seek Nominations for Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment 
Nominations Due: Saturday, August 31, 2019

The CDC and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are seeking nominations for the joint inter-agency Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). Committee members serve up to four-year terms, and are tasked with advising the CDC Director and HRSA Administrator for HIV/AIDS on policy, regulatory, and programmatic issues related to the surveillance, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections.

Nominees with expertise in these health areas, including broader experience in public health, epidemiology, healthcare delivery, health policy, and/or related disciplines, are sought.

Nominations can be emailed to , or submitted by mail to 600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop: E07, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027.

All nominations must be submitted by August 31, 2019.

For more information, read more here .
Funding Opportunity: Strong Systems, Stronger Communities: Strengthening Tribal Public Health Systems (Webinar Recordings Now Available)
Applications Due: Friday, September 20, 2019 by 11:59 PM ET
NIHB and the CDC are pleased to announce the second cycle of funding for Strong Systems, Stronger Communities (SSSC) for Tribes. This opportunity continues NIHB’s commitment to the strengthening of Tribal public health systems by offering support and technical assistance directly to Tribes for projects designed to build their public health capacity.  Read more here.

For additional questions about this Request for Applications, contact Sarah Price ( ).
Funding Opportunity: Systems for Action: System and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health
Applications Due: Wednesday November 6th, 2019 at 3:00 PM EST

Systems for Action (S4A) is a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which strives to build an evidence base for a culture of health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Studies conducted through the program test mechanisms for aligning delivery and financing for medical, social, and public health services. Read more here.
Funding Opportunity: HRSA Rural Health Network Development Program
Applications Due: Monday, November 25, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a funding opportunity through the Rural Health Network Development (RHND) program. The program will support integrated health care networks of high-functioning boards and experienced staff to address the needs of Tribes in rural areas and the surrounding communities. Read more here.
New CDC Preventing Chronic Disease Collection: Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the CDC and authored by experts worldwide. This Preventing Chronic Disease Collection of 7 articles chronicles the journey of CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) as the first 5 years come to a close. Together, the articles on GHWIC describe a model for public health practice to uplift culture, respect local knowledge, and institutionalize sustainable health improvements. Read the full collection here.
Webinar: 2019-2020 Influenza Planning
*TODAY* Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Please join the Indian Health Service (IHS) for the annual influenza planning webinar for the 2019-2020 influenza season. During this webinar Tricia Logan from Tohono O’odham Nation Health Care will discuss their strategies for the upcoming influenza season and Karsten Smith will give an update from the National Supply Center. Join the meeting here .
Webinar: Policies for Action Call for Proposals
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 2:30 PM EST
Please join Policies for Action and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) for an informational webinar about a new call for proposals to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in policy and law research. The RWJF is seeking early-career researchers from underrepresented or historically disadvantaged backgrounds to study existing policies and law reform so everyone may have a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life. Register Here .
Webinar: Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension: Partnerships that Work
Monday, September 16, 2019, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST
Please join Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group (REFS), a national workgroup coordinated by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, for a webinar that will provide an introduction to food sovereignty, discuss the implications of this principle for First Nations communities, and describe developed partnerships that promote food sovereignty. 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.