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

January 16, 2020
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! This is a chance for women to start the year with healthy actions that can help prevent cervical cancer. Although rates for cervical cancer have decreased dramatically nationwide, health disparities remain amongst American Indian and Alaska Native women. The main cause of cervical cancer is long-lasting infections with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer. Getting recommended screenings (Pap test, HPV test, or both) can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early by detecting HPV and cell changes on the cervix that might become cancer. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
CDC PHAP Program
Applications due between January 22-28, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is dedicated to training public health professionals who are early on in their careers. It is a two year paid program with an enticing comprehensive curriculum to satisfy the hands on experience for careers in public health. There are at least 11 Tribal organizations recently serving as host site: Navajo County Public Health Services, the National Indian Health Board, Indian River County Health Department, American Indian Cancer Foundation, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, New Mexico Department of Health, University of New Mexico Health Sciences, Center for Native American Health, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Public Health and Human Services, Carl Albert Indian Hospital, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.  Read more here.
Call for Abstracts: Public Health Improvement Training
Submissions due by Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT

The National Network of Public Health Institutes is seeking workshop abstracts for the 20th annual Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT). PHIT is a skills-based training experience, offering three days of interactive, hands-on sessions, intensive peer sharing and learning, and focused networking opportunities for public health professionals. The National Indian Health Board is a partner in planning this conference and encourages Tribal Health Department staff to consider presenting at and attending this training.

Abstracts for PHIT should propose 90-minute workshops that emphasize “how to” and skill development relating to this year’s theme, Optimizing Your Resources Through Performance Improvement .

Contact Sarah Price, , (202)507-4078 for more information about PHIT.
Ring in the New Year with New Skills: Apply to the Strategic Scholars Program
Informational Web Conference Wednesday, January 22 at 3:00pm ET
Applications Due Friday, February 7

Are you ready to learn new skills in financial, contract, and grant management in 2020? How about an opportunity to attend the Public Health Improvement Training, June 2-4 in San Antonio, TX? Then apply to participate in the Strategic Scholars Program! 

The Strategic Scholars Program, brought to you by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, is launching a Resource Management cohort in February. Over the course of six months, you will complete an online certificate program, interact with peers from across the country on web conferences, work one-on-one with a coach to apply your new skills in resource management, and attend the Public Health Improvement Training! 

To be eligible to apply, you must work in a state, tribal, or local health department and apply as a team—one representative who works in performance improvement and one representative from administration

Want to know more about this opportunity?  Register for the informational web conference here.
Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Program
Applications due by Friday, February 7, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a cooperative agreement: Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving   Program . This funding opportunity supports community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities, including minority, Tribal, low income, rural and homeless populations.

Seeking Native Artist Local to the IHS Bemidji Area!
(Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
Submissions due by Friday, February 7, 2020

The National Indian Health Board is seeking to work with a Native artist local to the IHS Bemidji Area (including Tribes in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin) for our 2020 National Tribal Behavioral Health Conference taking place in the Bemidji Area in late spring/early summer 2020. Selected artwork will be featured throughout our conference books, banners, staging, and digital marketing. Artwork can be paintings, drawings, beadwork, crafts, pottery, sculpture, photography, et cetera, and the selected artist will also receive a complimentary conference exhibit booth in our exhibit hall.

Please submit high resolution images of original artwork to Courtney Wheeler,  no later than Friday, February 7, 2020.
Tribal Researchers’ Cancer Control Fellowship Program
Applications due by Friday, March 13, 2020

Applications for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s Tribal Researchers’ Cancer Control Fellowship Program are now open! The overall goal of the Tribal Researchers’ Cancer Control Fellowship Program is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality and improve cancer survival in tribal communities through the efforts of American Indian and Alaska Native researchers. This fellowship program offers training and mentorship to prepare researchers to design and implement cancer-related research projects within AI/AN communities. Costs associated with the training, including travel, will be covered. Read more here.
Apply for 2020 Nsedu Obot Witherspoon (NOW) Youth Leadership Award (Environmental Health)
Nominations due by Friday, March 13, 2020

This award, created by the Children's Environmental Health Network, honors a young person (age 10-21 at the time of the nomination) who has demonstrated exceptional environmental health leadership—efforts to protect human health, especially of our most vulnerable populations, through actions including: raising awareness of, advocacy for, and outreach around safer, healthier environments across places. As Tribes are often the first and most severely impacted by environmental harms and climate change, it would be great to see an Indigenous young person highlighted. Read more here.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020

The National Native HIV Network is pleased to announce 2020’s National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) theme “Resilience + Action: Ending the HIV Epidemic for our Native Communities” to highlight current health and biomedical strategies and community responses to HIV/AIDS in Tribal and urban communities. NNHAAD is observed annually on the first day of spring on March 20th. Read more here.
Come Work for NIHB!

NIHB is seeking qualified candidates for the following position:
  • Director of Public Health Policy and Programs
  • Congressional Relations Associate
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 Pre-Dental Student Gateway Program
Monday, June 22, 2020 - Friday, June 26, 2020

The Seneca Nation Health System and the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine have developed a ‘Gateway to Dentistry’ internship program for American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate students considering application to Dental School. This five day internship for approximately ten students will provide a ‘taste’ of dental education and the various disciplines and sub-specialties within the Dental profession.

Creating a Plain Language Summary

Sharing complex information about public health and science research allows your work to reach more people. View a fact sheet on making a plain language summary here.
Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship
Applications due by Friday, January 31, 2020

The ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., offers distinctive opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students who are interested in learning more about the Federal legislative process while gaining an insider’s view of the government’s unique trust relationship with Tribes. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to Tribal communities, hone their legal research and writing skills, and network with public and Tribal officials and Tribal advocacy groups. Read more here.
Call for Abstracts: 8th International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV and AIDS

The International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS invites you to attend and contribute to the 8th International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV and AIDS. This is an opportunity to share action and research that is transforming Indigenous health from local to global perspectives. For more information or to submit an abstract, read more here.
Does Your State Have a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan?

Check out a new resource from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): an interactive map to explore whether your state health agency offers climate adaptation plans or related resources. View the interactive map here.
61 Days until the 2020 Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
Tuesday-Thursday, March 17-19, 2019 in Omaha, NE

Register by February 14 for Early Bird Rates!

Join NIHB at the 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) on March 17-19, 2020 in Omaha, NE. This premiere Indian public health event attracts over 500 public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community providers. This event features dynamic national speakers, interactive presentations, a welcoming reception, a fitness event, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall and marketplace, local host activities, and the presentation of the Native Public Health Innovation Awards.

Learn more or register today on the conference website. Discounted early bird rates end February 14! 
Exhibitor Information

NIHB welcomes Tribal organizations, institutions, non-profits, vendors, and corporations to host an exhibit or vendor booth at TPHS. Space is limited. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis until full, or by March 6, 2020, whichever comes first. Register early to secure your spot!

For more information, view the exhibitor webpage.
Become a TPHS Sponsor

Sponsoring the National Tribal Public Health Summit provides a great opportunity to elevate the presence and visibility of your organization and work, as well as your commitment to Tribal public health care needs. Most importantly, your financial support helps NIHB advocate for Tribal sovereignty in health to the highest levels of national policy making. We are in Washington, D.C. fighting every day for your Tribe, your citizens and your health.

We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. For more information visit our sponsorship webpage.
Join NIHB for Injury Prevention and Surveillance Discussion Sessions!

Join the National Indian Health Board for a series of conversations on injury surveillance and prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native communities! Tribal communities, service providers, practitioners, and subject matter experts are invited to share their insights and expertise at 1.5 day sessions in Spring and Summer 2020. All are welcome to participate.

Registration is expected to open in early 2020. Sign up for our email list to receive updates and information on how to register.

Have questions? Please contact Nina Martin ( , 202-548-7299) or visit our website for more information.