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

September 26, 2019
Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with Using E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and abdominal pain. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Come Work for NIHB!

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

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, at or 202-507-4082 . Read more here.
CDC E-learning Institute Fellowship
Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 CDC E-learning Institute Fellowship. This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fellowship, in partnership with the Public Health Foundation (PHF), invites professionals at state, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments who develop online training products to apply. University and hospital teaching professionals who are involved in public health are also encouraged to apply. CDC employees and contractors are not eligible to become fellows. Read more here.
Call for Abstracts for 6 th International Meeting on Indigenous Women’s Health
Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Meeting Dates: Tuesday-Friday, February 18-21, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is accepting abstracts for the 6 th International Meeting on Indigenous Women’s Health. All session types will be considered, but preference will be given to sessions with discussions of behavioral health issues and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders amongst indigenous mothers in rural and urban communities. Submit your proposal here.
Join NEHA’s Twitter Chat to Celebrate World Environmental Health Day
TODAY! Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is honored to join the International Federation of Environmental Health in celebrating World Environmental Health Day TODAY, September 26, 2019. NEHA invites you to join their World Environmental Health Day Twitter Chat this afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT. The theme for the Twitter Chat is “Climate and Health.” Read more here .
Updates on Measles Outbreaks and CDC’s Strategic Framework to Address Vaccine Hesitancy
TODAY! Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET

This webinar will provide those partnered with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an update on current measles outbreaks in the U.S. and their implications for the country’s measles elimination status. In addition, this webinar will outline CDC’s strategic framework for addressing vaccine hesitancy and preventing future outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.  Attend Here.
New Tribal Health Exhibits at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum
September 21, 2019 – May 1, 2020 in Atlanta, GA

The David J. Sencer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Museum has two new exhibits related to Tribal health! These exhibits celebrate contributions made by American Indians and Alaska Natives to public health and other contemporary concerns like restoring ecosystems and rediscovering traditional foods and crafts. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Read more here.
IHS 2019-2020 Influenza Season Kick-Off
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET

Join the Indian Health Service (IHS) for the 2019-2020 Influenza Season Kick-off. Topics covered include a summary of the 2018-2019 influenza season, a description of changes to the 2019-2020 influenza vaccination recommendations, review of the 2018-2019 Influenza Surveillance and Vaccine Coverage, identifying 2 strategies to increase influenza vaccine coverage, and an update from the IHS National Supply Service Center. This session is free however registration is required. Read more here.
Webinar: Facing Alzheimer's Through Community Strengths
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Please join NIHB and the Alzheimer's Association for our joint webinar, Facing Alzheimer's Through Community Strengths . The rise in Alzheimer’s and other dementias is a challenge for all communities, including those in Indian Country. The webinar will cover what is Alzheimer’s and other dementias, how dementia relates to diabetes and heart disease, and why dementia affects multiple generations. While responding to this growing health problem may seem daunting, there are ways to get started using a communities’ existing strengths and partners. Read more here and download the flyer here.