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

October 11, 2018
NIHB Debuts New Broadcast Format

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Tribal Public Health Broadcast has a new look! Tell us what you think by filling out this quick survey HERE
Blackfeet Nation Environmental Director Receives 2018 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources
Mr. Gerald Wagner, Director of the Blackfeet Environmental Office and pictured right in the image, was recently an honored recipient of the 2018 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources Award, in the Tribal Government Category, at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting.

With support from the National Indian Health Board’s Climate Ready Tribes Initiative , Mr. Wagner received this award for leading the Blackfeet Nation’s first-ever climate change adaptation planning initiative, bringing together natural resource managers to complete the Blackfeet Nation Climate Change Adaptation Plan in April 2018. 

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee Meets in Oklahoma City
The Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) met in Oklahoma City, OK, on September 17-18, 2018. TLDC members reaffirmed the importance of collecting diabetes data, discussed the upcoming SDPI data infrastructure budget, and considered the role of SDPI in international indigenous health conversations.

A Portrait of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families

There is little national data about the need for early childhood and health services for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children. The American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs Assessment project was initiated in 2015 to develop three designs for future studies to inform a national early childhood needs assessment for AI/AN children.

This brief summarizes findings from the implementation of the first design, which used existing data to create a national picture of the AI/AN population of young children and their families, and their access to and participation in early childhood services using the 2010–2014 American Community Survey.

Click here to learn more and view the report. 
Gene Mutation Points to New Way to Fight Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease

A news release from the National Institutes of Health on October 9, 2018 reports that researchers say they have discovered a gene mutation that slows the metabolism of sugar in the gut, giving people who have the mutation a distinct advantage over those who do not. Those with the mutation have a lower risk of diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and even death. The researchers say their finding could provide the basis for drug therapies that could mimic the workings of this gene mutation, offering a potential benefit for the millions of people who suffer with diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.  

The study, which is largely supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 

Funding & Opportunities
Submit Your Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Story
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is collecting local impact stories from diabetes care providers and SDPI program participants. These stories will be featured on NIHB’s website, and may be used in future projects to educate on and support SDPI, including sharing stories with Members of Congress.

If you have participated in an SDPI program, and want to share your experience, click here. If you are a diabetes care provider, and you want to share information about your SDPI program, including data, successes, challenges, and innovative ideas, click here.

Please contact Sarah Price, with any questions.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Stakeholder Workshop – Call for Abstracts
Abstracts Due Friday, October 19, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA) has opened a call for abstracts for the 2019 Hazard Mitigation Stakeholder Workshop, to be held April 1-5, 2019. FEMA is looking to incorporate more sessions on Tribal emergency management this year, as indigenous communities are increasingly on the forefront of hazard mitigation planning.

Forms and instructions can be found on the workshop website HERE
Funding Opportunity: Implementing Effective Strategies to Identify, Treat Unhealthy Alcohol Use
Applications Due Friday, January 4, 2018
Technical Assistance Call October 24, 1:30-2:30pm ET

A new Funding Opportunity Announcement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks applications for increasing the dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research findings in primary care practices to identify and manage patients’ unhealthy alcohol use. AHRQ anticipates investing up to $13.5 million over three years to support up to six awards. Grant applicants must propose a comprehensive plan to improve the identification and management of unhealthy alcohol use among adults, including screening and brief intervention and medication-assisted therapy.

Applications will be accepted Dec. 4- Jan. 4, 2019. A technical assistance call will be held on Oct. 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET.

For additional information, to register for the technical assistance call, and to submit questions, click HERE.

For questions, email .
Final Report on Evaluation of Alaska’s Village Public Safety Officers (VPSO) Program

A recently published report, “An Innovative Response to an Intractable Problem – Using Village Public Safety Officers to Enhance the Criminal Justice Response to Violence Committed Against Alaska Native and American Indian Women in Alaska’s Tribal Communities” is available HERE

The principal goal of this project was to empirically document and evaluate the impact Alaska’s village public safety officer (VPSO) program has on the investigation and prosecution of those who commit acts of sexual and domestic violence against Alaska Native and American Indian women in Alaska’s Tribal communities. Results show that the men and women who constitute Alaska’s VPSO program play a central role in the criminal justice response to incidents of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and domestic violence committed in Alaska’s Tribal communities. This study documents the many ways that VPSOs not only serve as a “force multiplier” for Troopers by serving as first responders and assisting with investigations. VPSOs also serve victims and their communities by providing crucial post-incidents support and services in the aftermath of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and domestic violence incidents. 
NIHB Releases Tribal Public Health Accreditation Readiness Case Study featuring Chickasaw Nation

NIHB supported Chickasaw Nation to conduct accreditation and performance improvement activities in their health department through the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI) grant. Chickasaw Nation used the Accreditation Readiness Model (ARM), a tool developed by NIHB, to measure both improvements and challenges, as well as to set priorities, and determine which initiatives are most successful. NIHB has released a case study highlighting how Chickasaw Nation used the ARM to support their public health accreditation efforts. This case study illuminates the importance of using a readiness tool when making a system-wide change. 

Alaska Native Traditional Health Based Practices Online Training
Various Fridays – November 2018 through March 2019 via Video Call

These training sessions offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the traditional lifestyles and health practices of people living in Alaska prior to western contact. Attendees will be introduced to beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge of health promotion and maintenance that were practiced, and will examine major changes leading to the current health status of the Alaska Native community. Special emphasis will be placed on potential strategies for improving behaviorally based health.

Click here to learn more.