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

October 21, 2021
Biden Administration Announces Update on Operational Planning for COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids Ages 5-11

In anticipation of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) independent advisory committee meeting on October 26 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) independent advisory committee meeting on November 2-3, the Biden Administration is announcing a plan to ensure that, if a vaccine is authorized for children ages 5-11, it is quickly distributed and made conveniently and equitably available to families across the country. The start of a vaccination program for children ages 5-11 will depend on the independent FDA and CDC process and timeline, but planning efforts are in process so that the Administration will be ready to begin getting shots in arms in the days following a final CDC recommendation. These steps will be critical in ensuring that Tribal Nations are staying ahead of the virus by keeping kids and families safe, especially those at highest risk. Read more.
FDA to Hold Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Merck and Ridgeback’s EUA Application for COVID-19 Oral Treatment – Drug Information Update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an upcoming meeting of its Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC) to discuss Merck and Ridgeback’s request for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for molnupiravir, an investigational antiviral drug to treat COVID-19. On Nov. 30, the advisory committee will meet to discuss the available data supporting the use of molnupiravir to treat mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults who have tested positive for COVID-19, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. The FDA will also present its perspective regarding the sponsor’s data. There will be an open public hearing during which the public will be given an opportunity to provide comments. Learn more.
International Infection Prevention Week
October 17–23 is International Infection Prevention Week, which aims to shine a light on infection prevention. This year’s theme is “Make Your Intention Infection Prevention.”
Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important Tribal Infection Preventionists are for keeping our Tribal communities safe and healthy. Those working in infection prevention and control in Indian Country help protect communities from surges in healthcare-associated infections, measles outbreaks, flu season, and so many other day-to-day infectious battles.
Looking to brush up on your infection control knowledge this International Infection Prevention Week? Check out National Indian Health Board’s Project Firstline’s resources HERE and Centers for Disease Control Project Firstline resources HERE
Navajo Nation Council Passes Commercial Tobacco Free Legislation

The Navajo Nation Tribal Council has enacted the “Air is Life Act of 2021,” which requires all Tribal facilities on Navajo Nation territory, including gaming facilities, to operate smoke-free, meaning commercial tobacco products cannot be used indoors. Commercial tobacco smoke has been linked to several adverse health outcomes, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory conditions. The passage of this legislation follows monthslong organizing and advocacy work from the Air is Life Coalition. Navajo Nation President Nez has ten days after passage of the legislation to sign it into law. View the Council meeting here
NIHB Announces 5 Tribal Recipients of a Brain Health Mini Grant

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), through support from the Alzheimer’s Association, is pleased to announce that 5 Tribes have been offered funding at $15,000 each through a Brain Health mini grant called "Supporting Tribal Partnerships for Implementing the Road Map for Indian Country Strategies." The Tribal recipients have created individualized work plans and will form partnerships with other programs in their communities to address Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

The 5 Tribal recipients are:
  • Aleut Community of St. Paul Island
  • Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes Department of Health
  • Kickapoo Tribal Health Center
  • Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium
  • Sokaogon Chippewa Community

Learn more about NIHB’s efforts in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and the Road Map for Indian Country HERE.
Funding & Opportunities
NIHB is Seeking Comments on the PHICCS II Tool and Process
Deadline: 11:59 Pacific Time, Friday, October 29, 2021.
NIHB is seeking input from Tribal partners and subject matter experts to improve the second Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS II ), slated for early 2022. The purpose of PHICCS is to periodically assess the capacity of Tribal health and Tribal public health organizations for delivering public health services. The COVID-19 pandemic has focused national attention on U.S. public health capacity and infrastructure. Your guidance is essential to ensure PHICCS II captures current Tribally-driven infrastructure needs and priorities.

We invite you to offer comments through two opportunities:
Provide feedback on the PHICCS I tool, including emergent topics and strategies to increase ease-of-use. Your comments will help us revise and improve the PHICCS II tool. Provide Comments on the tool here.
Recommend how NIHB can best include Tribal voices and ensure PHICCS is relevant to Tribal public health infrastructure efforts. Your comments will help us improve PHICCS II outreach efforts. Provide Comments on the Process here.
Learn more about PHICCS, including the PHICCS 2019 Report, Frequently Asked Questions and the PHICCS II timeline here.
Contact Nina Martin, [email protected], or 202-548-7299 for more information.
Tribal Food Service Facility Input Requested by October 27

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites hospital food services, restaurant facilities, daycares, and school cafeteria staff to participate in a brief survey. The purpose of this survey is to connect with Tribal environmental health departments and foodservice facility operators to identify current strategies, policies, and procedures being implemented by Tribal health departments to ensure safe reopening and continued operations for Tribal food facilities. The survey will take you less than 10 minutes to complete.

To access the survey, click here.

All personal information that you provide will be kept secure and not shared. NIHB will only report results in the aggregate with no identifying information attached. Please complete the survey by October 27, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Audrianna Marzette by email at [email protected].
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The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board ECHO Project Influenza Survey

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) ECHO is working with PRIME Education to develop a webinar series on Influenza. To best understand the information NPAIHB should share, NPAIHB is conducting a small research study: Influenza Diagnosis and Treatment: Tailored Provider Education to Address the Needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. The survey will take approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete. The survey is intended to obtain your viewpoint about the healthcare experiences of your patients with influenza. Physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs, PharmDs, patient navigators as well as community health aids are welcomed to complete the survey. At the end of the survey, you will be able to claim an Amazon e-gift card by entering your email address. To participate, please click here.
Tribes Eligible to Apply for 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health Funding
Applications due November 8, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

The American Rescue Plan Act invested $400 million to recruit, train, and support the next generation of public health leaders. Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations [see Section C of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)] are eligible to apply. These funds are meant to provide additional capacity and support to advance equitable health outcomes, and provide workforce development and training. Tribes can propose programming focused on both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 efforts.

To assist applicants, AmeriCorps hosted several technical assistance webinars, including an overview of the NOFO, introductions to AmeriCorps and Public Health AmeriCorps, and best practices in performance measures and budget development.

You can read more, including the NOFO and access webinar recordings and slides here.
The National Indian Health Board is Hiring!

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking qualified candidates for the following open positions in the Public Health Policy and Programs Department based in Washington, DC.

  • Communications Director
  • Director of Congressional Relations
  • Congressional Relations Associate
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy Research Analyst
  • Policy Center Communications Coordinator
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Environmental Health)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Infectious Disease)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Maternal and Child Health)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Maternal Mortality Review Committee)
  • Public Health Social Media Communications Specialist
  • Public Health Administrative Assistant

Job descriptions are available here.
FEMA Applications for Preparedness Exercise Assistance
Due Monday, November 1, 2021
As emergency managers know, exercises are a great way to validate a community’s preparedness for all-hazard events. But in today’s world, they sometimes find themselves without adequate time, resources, or funds to do so. Luckily, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting requests for exercise support through the National Exercise Program. The National Exercise Program is a two-year cycle of exercises in which Tribes and Tribal organizations can request no-cost assistance for exercise design, development, conduct and evaluation to validate capabilities across all mission areas.

Fall 2021 requests for support are due Monday, November 1, 2021.

To submit a request for exercise support, complete the nomination form, then email the completed form with any supporting documentation to [email protected]. Awardees will be notified by December 10, 2021. FEMA will hold additional exercise support rounds in the spring and fall of 2022.
Indian Country ECHO: CHAP Learning Collaborative
The Community Health Aid Program (CHAP) ECHO Learning Collaborative is designed to bridge the gap between traditional practices and modern standards of care through bringing together several types of practitioners, including Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs), Behavioral Health Aides and Practitioners (BHA/Ps), and Community Health Aides and Practitioners (CHA/Ps). Sessions are open to all, but advanced registration is recommended. Sign up and view past sessions here!
Request Technical Assistance on Injury Surveillance and Prevention Data Policies and Key Issues

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is offering technical assistance to support Tribal injury surveillance and prevention efforts. Topics include but are not limited to analyzing state policies that may impact data sharing or establishing data sharing partnership agreements.

For questions and more information, contact Nina Martin ([email protected], 202-548-7299).
American Medical Association N-95 Respirator Video
The American Medical Association (AMA) is one of many partners in the Project Firstline infection prevention and control learning collaborative. AMA’s new video “How to Protect Yourself from Counterfeit N95 Respirators” shows learners how to identify and select NIOSH-approved N-95 respirators vs. counterfeit N-95 respirators. It is important for Tribal healthcare organizations to be cautious of inadequate and counterfeit respirators on the market, especially when they are in high demand. Tribal frontline healthcare workers interested in learning more about how to identify counterfeit N-95 respirators may watch AMA’s new video HERE. Want to learn more? Make sure to check out additional information on ways to ensure your N-95 respirators aren’t counterfeit HERE
The HHS COVID-19 Community Corps - Resources About COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) COVID-19 Community Corps Team has developed the NEW Boosters resource page that includes guides, infographics, and social media posts to share them online them for your communities. Read more.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Updated: Underlying medical conditions associated with higher risk for severe COVID-19: Information for healthcare providers. Read more.
  • Updated: CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8 pm ET. Read more.
  • Updated: People with certain medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Severe illness means that a person with COVID-19 may:
  • Be hospitalized
  • Need intensive care
  • Require a ventilator to help them breathe
  • Die
COVID-19 vaccination (initial doses and boosters) and preventive measures for COVID-19 are important, especially if you are older or have multiple or severe health conditions. Read more.
  • Updated: To help inform CDC’s COVID-19 Response, as well as to help CDC staff stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 research, the Response’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer has collaborated with the CDC Office of Library Science to create a series called COVID-19 Science Update. This week’s update includes information on Willingness of children and adolescents to have a COVID-19 vaccination: Results of a large whole schools survey in England.
  • New: Ivermectin and COVID-19 — What is ivermectin? Ivermectin is a medication used for parasitic infections (primarily worms) and is safe when used at recommended doses. Should ivermectin be used to treat COVID-19? No. The doses needed to possibly work against COVID-19 in a test tube are 50-100x higher than current recommended doses. These doses would not be safe in humans. Learn more.
  • New: The Vaccine Task Force has released the Pediatric Planning Guide and Pfizer one-pager. These documents will be useful resources to continue planning for a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Updated: Holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are several and safer ways to enjoy and celebrate the holidays. Read more.
  • Updated: When You have Been Fully Vaccinated. Read more.
  • Updated: Interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Read more.
  • Updated: Quarantine and Isolation. Read more.
  • The CDC and COPE initiative are recruiting health departments to participate in an anonymous survey to collect case-control data on risk factors of COVID-19 prevention and vaccination behaviors. Complete the survey here.
  • Updated: Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination. Read more
NIHB COVID-19 Contact
The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler at [email protected] or 202-507-4081.
CDC’s Coronavirus Self Checker
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2 to 12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the Self-checker tool. 
New Infectious Disease ECHO
Today! Thursday October 21,2021 at 2:00 PM ET
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s Indian Country ECHO is a free service for clinicians and health programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native people. Indian Country ECHO is launching a new Infectious Disease ECHO which will be held on the third Thursday of the month from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT beginning October 21, 2021. The ECHO virtual clinics will provide an opportunity to be updated on the latest emerging infectious disease topics, engage in challenging case discussions, participate in a didactic session, and join a learning community to effectively screen, treat, and manage patients with infectious diseases. CE will be provided. Learn more here.
What Clinicians Need to Know about the Recent Updates to CDC’s Recommendations for COVID-19 Boosters
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a call on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, to provide updates about the latest recommendations and clinical considerations for administering COVID-19 boosters, including an update on early safety monitoring for additional COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Registration is not required.

A few minutes before the webinar begins, click this link to join.
National Indian Health Board Hosts IPV Webinar
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, at 3:00pm ET

The National Indian Health Board is hosting an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) webinar on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 at 3:00pm EST. This webinar will be focused on Indigenous led research and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) crisis. Guest speaker, Ariel Richer, LMSW (pictured), CEO of the Urban Indigenous Collective (UIC), will provide information on how UIC enacts Indigenous research methods and will discuss the MMIWGT2S NYC+ project year 1 along with its next steps. This webinar is recommended for behavioral health professionals, public health professionals, education staff and anyone who works with AI/AN communities around IPV. To register, please click here.

For more information contact Chyna Locklear at [email protected]
Webinar: The Role of Research and Data in Advancing American Indian and Alaska Native Health Policy
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 12:00pm ET

Harvard’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), are hosting a colloquium featuring Yvette Roubideaux who will be speaking about the role of research and data in the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native health policy. This colloquium is being held via Zoom on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 12:00pm ET. To join the colloquium, click here.

Save the date for their next virtual colloquium with Dr. Melissa Walls, who will be speaking about Indigenous Health and Well-being, on December 1, 2021.
Ask Your Burning Questions: COVID-19 Vaccines and Booster Shots
Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 2:00-3:00pm ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), is hosting the first event in the COVID-19 Ask Me Anything (AMA) Series. American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) across the country are getting a COVID vaccine for various reasons -- going back to school, playing sports, and protecting their family and communities. Native youth and parents, young people, and Tribal community members are invited to join the AMA to ask any questions they might have about COVID-19 vaccines or booster shots to an expert from the CDC.
  • Dr. Kimberley Fox, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This AMA is focused on knowledge sharing and helping Tribal communities dispel any myths about COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. Submit questions ahead of time with this form so presenter(s) have time to review them. Please come prepared to ask questions or share your own insights and experiences.
This AMA will be free and streamed live on Zoom and Facebook.
For questions, please contact Darby Galligher at [email protected]
Save the Date: Recovery and Healing Conference
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:30 am ET- 7:00 pm ET
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is partnering with We are Warriors Emergency Operations Center and Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board to host a virtual Recovery & Healing Conference on Nov. 10, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT. The conference will help Tribal leaders, nonprofit organizations, emergency managers, community leaders, disaster responders and funders understand:
  • The basic tenets of disaster recovery.
  • Long-term recovery groups and how they function in Native communities.
  • The importance of healing, strategies for healing and stories of healing. 
Additional event details and registration information coming soon! 
Save the Date! Don't Miss Your Shot: COVID-19 Youth Summit
Friday, November 19, 2021, from 11:00am-6:00pm ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is excited to announce the 2021 Don't Miss Your Shot: COVID-19 Youth Summit. The Youth Summit will be virtually held on Friday, November 19, 2021.
NIHB is hosting Don’t Miss Your Shot: COVID-19 Youth Summit to provide opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, their parents/caregivers, and those that work with AI/AN youth with the tools necessary to have effective COVID-19 vaccine conversations and to address vaccine misinformation.
This Youth Summit is targeted towards AI/AN youth, parents/caregivers, and those that work with AI/AN youth. 

Additional event details and registration information coming soon!
This publication is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,600,000, and by the Indian Health Service (IHS) of HHS as part of a financial assistance award totaling $266,000, with up to 75 percent funded by CDC, up to 15 percent funded by IHS, and up to 10 percent funded by other governmental and non-governmental source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.