Tribal Public Health Broadcast
October 12, 2017
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Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Grants, Due December 1, 2017

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, Due December 4, 2017

Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants, Deadlines Vary


What is "One Health"?


Climate Changes Children's Health Webinar, Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 1:30-2:30 pm ET
USDA Farm-to-School Grant Application Process: Engaging Tribal Communities & Producers

Webinar: Wed, October 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


This webinar will provide an overview of the FY 2018 Farm to School Grant Request for Applications. Learn about the goal of this funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, the application process and how to set you and your team up for grant application success! This webinar is tailored to applicants interested in crafting proposals that will serve Native Communities.

To learn more or apply, click  HERE


  •  Community Food Projects (CFP) - may be funded up to $400,000 over 48 months
  • Planning Projects (PP) - may be funded up to $35,000 over one year 
The primary goals of the program include meeting the food needs of low-income individuals; increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs; promoting comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and meeting specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs. 

To learn more or apply, click HERE

Deadlines vary


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the NIH Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) put together a  genetics research resource for the recent Tribal Data Sharing &  Genetics workshop at the University of New Mexico. The resource includes brief descriptions of NHGRI-funded education and research projects with American Indians and Alaska Natives, definitions of terms used in  genetics research, and links to more in depth resources. The resource can be accessed on the  THRO website

To read the report, click HERE

What is "One Health"?

"One Health" is a term that refers to the relationships between the health of animals, humans, and the environment. Did you know that OVER HALF of all infections in humans are spread by animals?  One Health is an increasingly important idea discussed in public health. Since indigenous  people often live in close contact with nature , One Health topics may be of special concern but may also already be well understood by many  American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people according to traditional beliefs about health

The image below shows how cows contaminated with bacteria E. coli can cause people to get sick or die from eating salad. 

Image from CDC

He re are some other examples of the connections between the health of animals, humans, and the environment: 
  • Bats and other animals infected with rabies can spread rabies to humans. Rabies is a fatal disease if not treated quickly after potential exposure. 
  • Birds play an important role in West Nile virus. Birds infected with West Nile can spread the virus to other mosquitoes. Those mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus to humans. Unlike Zika virus, West Nile virus can not be spread from a human to a mosquito. Therefore, birds play a critical role. 
  • Influenza (the flu) can be a serious illness. Pigs and chickens can play a role in spreading flu or creating new types of flu. Increased animal monitoring and greater compliance with farm standards can help prevent a pandemic - a worldwide outbreak of flu, which may be deadly. [By the way, don't forget to get your flu vaccine this year. Vaccines are now available.]
Learn more about One Health HERE
Native America Calling: Climate Change in the Southwest
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Native America Calling is described as "a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet, and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities." 

This Thursday, October 12, they will have a conversation about climate change and how it is affecting Tribes in southern Arizona. 

 For more information, click HERE

Climate Change: Responses from the Public and Private Sectors
Friday, October 12, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with Reuters, is presenting a forum on Climate Change: Responses from the Public and Private Sectors. This forum will be hosted pm Friday, October 13, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm. 

The website states: "Climate-related programs face challenges from federal regulation rollbacks and proposed spending cuts. In response, some members of the public and private sectors have stepped in, announcing various commitments to take action to curb climate change. What can cities, states, research institutions and businesses do to lead the way on climate change and to make the greatest impact on the environment and public health? A stellar panel of national, state, corporate and science leaders address the question in this upcoming Forum." 

Learn more or participate HERE


Indigenous Pink Day
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Indigenous Pink Day is, per the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), "a national breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. [...] Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common cancer found in American Indian/Alaska Native women. The goal of Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings." 

AICAF suggests various ways you can participate: 
  • Wear pink "to honor breast cancer warriors and survivors."
  • Share a photo of yourself wearing pink on social media with hashtag #indigenouspink, or change your Facebook cover photo. 
  • Schedule your breast cancer screening appointment.
  • Spread the word! 
For more information, click HERE

To learn more about breast cancer, click HERE


Climate change is leading to serious health concerns and may have special impacts on indigenous people. To learn more, view the National Indian Health Board's (NIHB) Climate Ready Tribes website HERE