Tribal Public Health Broadcast
January 11, 2018

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Funding and Opportunities



NIHB Releases Call for Proposals for the 9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
Due Friday, February 23, 2018
Summit May 22-24, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN
Public health practitioners, researchers, and policy experts are invited to submit abstracts for 90 minute workshops and 60 minute roundtables 
for the NIHB 2018 National Tribal Public Health Summit, taking place May 22-24 at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota.  NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidenced-based, best, wise, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. NIHB highly encourages dynamic, interactive sessions that will draw upon the skills, knowledge and experience of session participants.  NIHB is particularly interested in interactive presentations that provide tools along with information and research, so that participants can make the knowledge they gain actionable. NIHB is also looking for presentations highlighting the social determinants of health (i.e. socioeconomic status, access to education and employment, the physical environment, etc.) as they pertain to the issues discussed.

This year's summit emphasizes balance, harmony, culture and health, so please consider topics and content that focus on these interconnections within one of the six summit tracks: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health Infrastructure and Capacity, Public Health Policy, Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health, Climate Change and Environmental Health, and Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

For more information and to submit your proposal, click  HERE

Safe Sleep for Babies Vital Signs Report Signals Need for More Caregivers to Follow Safe-Sleep Practices
The CDC analyzed Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data to describe sleep practices for babies. PRAMS is a state-based surveillance system that monitors self-reported behaviors before, during, and after pregnancy among women with a recent live birth since late 1980s. Date reported from 2015 about unsafe sleep positioning (i.e. placing the baby on his or her side or stomach to sleep), bed sharing, and the use of soft bedding (i.e. pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed toys, and sleep positioners) were  examined. Each year about 3,500 sleep related deaths occur among US babies.
In 2015, within states included in the analysis:
  • About 1 in 5 mothers (21.6 percent) reported placing their baby to sleep on their side or stomach
  • More than half of mothers (61.4 percent) reported any bed sharing with their baby
  • 2 in 5 mothers (38.5 percent) reported using any soft bedding in the baby's sleep area

Read the entire Vital Signs report HERE
For more information on safe sleep practices, see the AAP Policy Statement, "SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment," HERE 
Parents may find it helpful to visit the Safe to Sleep┬« website┬« HERE  for additional information and materials .  

Funding and Opportunities
The Public Health Improvement Training: Call for Abstracts

The Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) has released a call for abstracts for the 2018 annual conference, which will take place June 26-27, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. This training conference offers health department leadership and professionals networking opportunities in conjunction with a series of interactive learning and skill-building sessions. Topics include performance management and quality improvement, national voluntary accreditation and reaccreditation, workforce development, health assessment, and improvement planning.  Attendees will include leaders and professionals working in performance improvement and public health accreditation from national, state, local, and Tribal health departments.
National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is a partner in the collaborative planning for the PHIT conference, and encourages Tribal health departments to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase the performance improvement work being done in Indian Country.
For more information about PHIT, click  HERE

Deadline Extension: National Environmental Public Health (NEHA) Internship Program Accepting Applications
Due Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NEHA is pleased to announce the fourth year of the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program, which is funded by CDC's Environmental Health Services Branch. Local, state, and Tribal environmental health departments can apply to host one of 35+ environmental health internships during summer 2018. Students from universities with undergraduate and graduate environmental health programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council may be eligible for internships. NEHA encourages health departments to apply to host an intern by submitting an application by the extended deadline of January 31, 2018


Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury (R01)
Letter of intent due Friday, February 9, 2018 
Application due Monday, March 26, 2018
This is a funding opportunity from the CDC ( RFA-CE-18-001, Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence- Related Injury ) . The CDC aims to commit up to $1,050,000 for fiscal year 2018 to provide support for up to three awards. The agency is seeking investigator-initiated research that will expand and advance knowledge about violence prevention by evaluating primary prevention strategies, policies, and programs to address specific gaps in the prevention of youth violence and/or teen dating/intimate partner/sexual violence in any of three area.

The research objectives focus on evaluation the effectiveness of:
  1. Community-level or societal-level strategies, programs, and policies
  2. Strategies to prevent serious and lethal violence involving youth
  3. Hospital-based strategies to prevent violence involving youth

Pre-application teleconference call to address prospective applicants' questions:
  • January 16, 2017, 2:30- 3:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Toll-Free Number: 1-866-600-6035; conference ID: 23198543
  • Telecommunications for the hearing impaired: 770-488-2783


The CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Violence Prevention works to stop violence before it begins. Learn more about this funding opportunity here. Search for grants under the "Search Grants" tab. Enter RFA-CE-18-001 for "Opportunity Number," and click on the "search" button. 

Mechanisms of Disparities for HIV-Related Co-morbidities in Health Disparity Populations Funding Opportunity
Due Wednesday, February 21, 2018 with letter of intent due 30 days before
This funding opportunity is intended to "support research to understand the mechanisms and the effect of HIV related co-morbidities on the complexity of HIV/AIDS disease progression, quality of life and overall health outcomes among HIV positive individuals from health disparity populations. It is well established that HIV disproportionately affects racial/ethnic minorities, including [...] American Indians/Alaska Natives." This grant funds "multi-disciplinary translational, population science, epidemiological, behavioral, or health services projects that leverage understanding of the biological factors that may explain worse health outcomes (burden of disease, premature or excessive mortality, poorer health-related quality of life) for HIV positive individuals from health disparity populations. In addition, projects can involve primary and/or secondary data collection and analysis." Application budgets may request up to $450,000 direct costs for each year of the project, with a maximum project period of five years.

Learn more about this funding opportunity  HERE

Tribal Accreditation Learning Community
Friday, January 12, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce the next session of the Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC).  TALC is a free, monthly webinar series held the second Friday of each month.  It is designed for sharing and learning about public health accreditation in  Tribal communities.
The January webinar will feature the topic "Preparing for a Site Visit".  Ho- Chunk Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe recently began the process of formally applying for PHAB accreditation, and will be hosting a site visit this grant-year. The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin has already hosted the PHAB site visit team. The panel will be offering insight on how to prepare for a site-visit, and share how they reached this point in their accreditation efforts. Presenters will include Pam Thunder, Accreditation Coordinator, and Renee Brocker, Public Health Associate with Ho-Chunk Nation, Apryl Krause, Alternative Medicine Clinic Practitioner and Manager, Shanna Tautolo, Program Developer Manager, and Yesenia Alvarez, Accreditation Project Assistant from Pascua Yaqui Tribe, as well as Michelle Myers, PHAB Coordinator with the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.  We will also hear from David Stone, PHAB Education Specialist, and Genny Lush from PHAB on the application process and avoiding common application mistakes.

For more information about TALC, and to view past webinars, click  HERE

To join this webinar, click  HERE

Seeking Safety Webinar: An Evidence Based Collaborative Harm Reduction Intervention for Substance Use and PTSD Series
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 3:30- 4:30 pm ET

This webinar is aimed at educating health care providers, social workers, educators, and other health professionals working with patients who are struggling with substance abuse and trauma.  As the second part of this series, "Building In-the-moment coping skills to safely manage distress" will allow participants to:
1. Describe in detail why "Safety" is an important feature in treating co-occurring substance abuse and trauma.
2. Describe how trauma exposure can lead to substance use problems, including how substance use can impact trauma healing. Be able to provide a few examples of what this might look like in real-life situations.
3. Describe the 3 different forms "grounding" techniques and learn how "grounding" can help consumers suffering from severe psychological distress.
4. Describe strategies for helping consumers develop interpersonal skills of asking for help and making commitments to treatment. Give examples of how you would use these strategies in your practice.
To register, click  


SAMHSA Issues Dear Tribal Leader Letter for Participation in Virtual Tribal Consultation 
Monday, January 22, 2018 from 2:30-4:30 pm ET 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a Dear Tribal Leader letter inviting Tribes to participate in a virtual Tribal Consultation Session on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 2:30 PM - 4:30 pm ET. The virtual session is in regards to implantation of the Confidentially of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations (42 CFR Part 2 or Part 2). You may register for the session  HERE

In addition to the Tribal Consultation session, SAMHAS is taking written comments on the implementation of Part 2 no later than February 28, 2018. Comments may be sent to or by mail to:

Sharece Tyer, MBA, MS
Public Health Analyst
Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy
Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation (OPPI)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, 18E09C
Rockville, Maryland 20852

Climate Change and Health in the Arctic Webinar: Impacts on Alaska Native Communities and a Spotlight on Efforts to Improve Climate Health
Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 3:00-4:30 pm ET
Climate warming in the Arctic is occurring twice as fast as the global average. Although Alaska Native peoples are resilient, live in one of the most severe climates on earth, and have adapted to varying conditions throughout history, current changes to climate are rapid and extreme. These changes are severely impacting the lives and communities of Alaska Natives, since many people in Arctic villages live close to the land and rely on subsistence lifestyles. During this webinar, learn more about climate change in the Arctic, how it is affecting the health of indigenous people, and various types of work occurring in this space - including state and local efforts and a spotlight on an NIHB-funded grant for the Village of Wainwright. The presentation will also include resources for climate change and climate health in the Arctic.

Please register in advance and log on early to help the webinar start on time. You may email NIHB  if you have questions about the event. 

Learn more about the webinar or register  HERE
Read a recent article about The Village of Wainwright's climate health work taking  place in the Arctic HERE
Also, learn about the National Indian Health Board's work with Climate Change  HERE

Note: Photo is courtesy of the Village of Wainwright, NIHB awardee. During this webinar, project coordinator Alana Shaw will present about her community's climate health work.