Tribal Public Health Broadcast
November 09, 2017

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IHS 2017 Environmental Health Extern Stories

Funding and Opportunities


Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

Mental Health Risk Factors and Interventions for American Indian and Alaska Native People


World Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19

Healthy Native Youth Webinar, November 16th, 10-11am ET

NIHB Announces Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Awardees

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce the selection of fourteen Tribal health departments for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI).  For this fourth cohort of Tribal ASI awards, NIHB will provide a total support package of $147,000 to the fourteen Tribes.  The funding support will assist the Tribes as they work to prepare and apply for voluntary public health accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

"Health promotion and disease and injury prevention lie within the realm of public health and the National Indian Health Board is happy to be supporting Tribes as they continue to define and grow their public health systems.  It is exciting to witness these Tribes emerging as leaders in the field of Tribal public health improvement, " said NIHB Executive Director Stacy A. Bohlen.    

Achieving public health accreditation can be a lengthy process and the path is unique for each Tribe.  Nine of the Tribal ASI awardees have constructed their own individual workplans that will accomplish specific and concrete steps toward achieving one or more of the standards for public health accreditation.  Some Tribes will be working on conducting community health assessments to obtain Tribal specific data which they can use to inform policy, planning and programming.  Some will be focusing efforts on developing community health improvement plans that will guide their public health initiatives and others will be implementing quality improvement and performance management initiatives that will strengthen the health department.  All will be sharing and learning from each other through TALC (Tribal Accreditation Learning Community), a peer learning opportunity coordinated by NIHB. 

New this year, NIHB is happy to welcome five Tribal ASI awardees to a beginner cohort.  These Tribes will have the opportunity to explore the potential of achieving public health accreditation through completing training and conducting a self- assessment to gauge their public health system capacity in relation to the PHAB Standards and Measures.

The following is a list of the Tribal ASI awardees:

Beginner Cohort
  • Gila River Indian Community, Arizona
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community, Minnesota
  • Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota
  • Tulalip Tribe, Washington
  • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Nebraska
Advanced Cohort
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Arizona
  • Osage Nation, Oklahoma
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Michigan
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi
  • Ho-Chunk Nation, Wisconsin
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina
  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon
  • Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma
The Tribal ASI project is made possible by funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, and is administered by NIHB. As part of the Tribal ASI, NIHB and CDC will provide sites with technical assistance, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, and access to national networks and resources. 
IHS 2017 Environmental Health Extern Stories
IHS hosted 20 students from accredited environmental health schools for a the   U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training Extern Program (JRCOSTEP).  These students had the opportunity to perform the work of an IHS Environmental Health Specialist, while receiving local mentorship.  IHS Externships are meant to enhance pre-professional training, while also familiarizing students with Native communities.

To read testimonials highlighting the environmental health services provided in American Indian communities across the U.S., click HERE

For more information about JRCOSTEP pay, benefits, eligibility, and application requirements, please visit the USPHS Commissioned Corps Student Opportunities and Training website HERE

For more information on the IHS Extern Program click  HERE.

Funding and Opportunities
Cardiovascular Disease and Million Hearts®  2022 Strategies
Webinar Today, November 9 from 3:30-4:30 pm ET
Applications due Thursday, November 28 at 11:59 pm ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) are offering funding for local, state, Tribal, and territorial health departments, or their designee, to enhance efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease and implement Million Hearts ® 2022 strategies in their community. CDC and NACCHO have developed a Million Hearts ® Toolkit for Municipalities, which translates the national Million Hearts ® 2022 framework, priorities, and evidence-based strategies to local and state contexts. Program materials, on-going technical assistance and communication, and subject matter expertise will also be provided to awardees. In addition, there may be opportunities to collaborate and leverage efforts from Million Hearts ® national partners. 

Learn more about the award opportunity, apply, or register for the webinar  HERE
New Video Shows How Dental Therapy Helps Alaska Native Youth

Kake, AK -  The National Indian Health Board, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and participation from the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, is proud to release a new video highlighting the impact of Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs) on Tribal youth in the community of Kake, Alaska. This video can be used as a tool for Tribes outside of Alaska looking to learn more about this innovative program.

The video follows the story of two Tlingit youth, Paige and Sidney, and their families to show how their local DHAT, Savannah, has changed oral healthcare access and outcomes in their remote community. Watch their story:


View the  Press Release

Visit NIHB's  Tribal Oral Health Initiative  online to learn how you can pursue bringing dental therapy to your Tribe. If you are interested in more information or getting involved in advocacy efforts, please contact NIHB's Congressional Relations Associate, Brett Weber at

New Diabetes Education Lesson Plans are Available Online at IHS

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) has added new lesson plans and material on diabetes prevention and management to their website.  This material can be adapted for diabetes education.  The material is designed to assist educators in developing their own diabetes prevention lesson plans.  Currently, two topics are available- foot care, and physical activity.

These resources can be found HERE


In addition to online resources, there is a physical, in-person exhibit travelling across the country to 104 different organizations. Learn more about these sites HERE

View the online exhibit HERE

Mental Health Risk Factors and Interventions for American Indian and Alaska Native People

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) recently published a blog post on mental health risk factors and interventions for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. This article discusses how research has evolved and improved and gives examples which "represent the continued marriage of good science with local benefit, consistent with the expectations of NIH and [T]ribal communities." 

Read the post  HERE

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Reports

Below are recent publications of the Alcohol Epidemiologic System (AEDS). These include a newly updated data directory that contains an exhaustive list of epidemiologic datasets with alcohol questions/variables and an updated report on per capita alcohol consumption in the US. All are available for download on the NIAAA website.

Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Directory

This Directory is a current listing of surveys and other relevant data suitable for epidemiologic research on alcohol. Some surveys included in the Directory are designed specifically to answer alcohol-related questions. Other surveys may address other issues but still contain alcohol-related data. The first section of the Directory includes data sets that are representative of the overall U.S. population, although many use different age categories in the sample design. The second section includes data sets on special populations (e.g., adolescents, prison inmates, military personnel, older Americans, and specific racial or ethnic groups).


Surveillance Reports

Apparent Per Capita Alcohol Consumption: National, State, and Regional Trends, 1977-2015 
Examines trends in apparent alcohol consumption in the United States. Findings are based on alcoholic beverage sales data, collected from the States or the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association by the Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System (AEDS), and various reports produced by beverage industry sources. Population data from the U.S. Census Bureau are used as denominators to calculate per capita rates. The report provides data on national consumption of beer, wine, and distilled spirits as well as for all alcoholic beverages combined; consumption trends for each State for the same beverage categories; and consumption trends for each type of beverage and all beverages combined for U.S. regions.


Trends in Substance Use Among Reproductive-Age Females in the United States, 2002-2015

Presents trends in substance use among reproductive-age females, ages 15-44 years. Data for these trends are compiled from public-use data from a nationally representative survey, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The report presents trend data on alcohol consumption; cigarette, illicit drug, and marijuana use, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs among current drinkers; alcohol/illicit drug dependence and abuse among current drinkers; and need for treatment for alcohol and illicit drug use. Key measures are presented overall and by age group and by race/ethnicity. Because of small sample sizes of pregnant females, only a subset of substance use measures (any drinking and binge drinking) have reliable prevalence estimates and are presented by pregnancy status.


Trends in Underage Drinking in the United States, 1991-2015

Presents trends in underage drinking among youth ages 12-20 years. Data were obtained from three separate sources, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Monitoring the Future survey, and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The report presents trends for prevalence of alcohol consumption, drinking patterns, alcohol-related attitudes, and alcohol-related risk behaviors.



World Antibiotic Awareness Week 
November 13-19

"Without urgent action, we are heading for a future in which infections and minor injuries could once again kill."
-World Health Organization

Using antibiotics incorrectly, or when not truly needed, is dangerous. These practices can lead to untreatable infections worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) says: "Without urgent action, we are heading for a future in which infections and minor injuries could once again kill." Protect yourself and your community by learning about the safe use of antibiotics, following safe and correct usage, and educating others in your community. You can also view campaign materials, access posters and infographics, quiz yourself on antibiotic resistance knowledge, and post your antibiotic-related event. 

Learn more on the WHO website HERE

Healthy Native Youth Webinar
November 16th, 10-11am ET

This webinar will explore trends in health information-seeking by AI/AN teens and young adults. It will also introduce viewers to the Healthy Native Youth website, a one-stop-shop for health advocates who want to expand learning opportunities for Native youth. Guest speakers will share tips for navigating the Healthy Native Youth website, highlight a few of the health curricula available on the site, and will encourage viewers to engage youth in their own health and wellbeing.  To sign up for this webinar, click HERE

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity  Webinar
November 16th, 12-1pm ET

Good nutrition, physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person's overall health and well-being. Together, these can help decrease a person's risk of developing serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. A healthy diet, regular physical activity, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight also are paramount to managing health conditions so they do not worsen over time.

This webinar will discuss  progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020  Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Leading Health Indicators

For more information, click HERE

IHS Influenza Update
Occurs monthly: November 16, 2017- March 15, 2018

IHS is offering a monthly update on influenza in Native communities.  This includes summaries of CDC and IHS influenza surveillance data, summaries of current influenza vaccine coverage for IHS patients, and updates on influenza vaccine and antiviral supply.  Registration is required for each session.  The dates of these updates are:
  • November 16, 2017, 1pm ET
  • December 21, 2017, 1pm ET
  • January 18, 2018, 1pm ET
  • February 15, 2018, 1pm ET
  • March 15, 2018, 1pm ET
For more information, download the event flyer HERE

To register for the November 16th update, click HERE


Stay tuned for more information!