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

December 6, 2018
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NIHB Announces Public Health Preparedness and Response Initiative

NIHB is pleased to announce a Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) initiative. NIHB will support capacity building of Tribal Governments to ensure effective and efficient emergency preparedness planning and response. This will include, but not limited to:
  • Sharing information, tools, and resources with Tribal Governments across Indian Country to improve identification of best practices
  • Supporting the implementation of evidence-based programs and services
  • Supporting enhanced surveillance and data sharing between states and Tribes
  • Supporting engagement and partnerships between stakeholders to improve capacity of Tribal governments to prepare, respond, and recover from public health emergencies.  
Funding & Opportunities
NIHB Announces Second Round of Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening Funding Opportunity
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce a second call for applications for a Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening award. This funding will provide awards of up to $8,000 to nine (9) Tribal clinics/programs. Funding will be used to participate in a second round of pilot testing of a toolkit developed by NIHB. This toolkit has been developed to share implementation guidelines for the priority evidence-based interventions (EBIs) found in the Community Guide to Preventive Services (Community Guide) Strategies. This action guide is designed specifically for Tribal health systems interested in increasing high-quality, population-based breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings. The funded pilot project is expected to run for a 3-month time period from approximately January to April 2019. Read more here . 
Call for Articles: Health Benefits of Indigenous Foods

The Center for World Indigenous Studies is seeking pitches for articles addressing topics related to indigenous foods and public health. The relationship between indigenous food and indigenous health will be explored in a new, twelve-part article series called Food as Medicine . Journalists worldwide are eligible and will be compensated for submissions meeting project requirements. Read more here .
Health in All Policies (Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention) Mini-Grants 2019
Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, December 13, 2018

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) in collaboration with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), will offer support to local governmental agencies to implement a Health in All Policies strategy as part of their lead prevention implementation program and activities. Up to three entities will be awarded a maximum funding amount of $20,000 each, as well as technical assistance from these national partners along the way. The purpose of these grants is to advance local efforts to reduce lead exposure and its effects and build capacity to use a Health in All Policies approach for future efforts. Read more here.
Behavioral Health Training Institute Request for Applications
Deadline: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (CSTLTS), the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) is pleased to announce the  Behavioral Health Training Institute for Health Officials . Up to 40 public and behavioral health officials will be selected to participate in this eight-month initiative. Selected health officials will gain direct access to training and technical assistance opportunities including but not limited to:
  • Integrated public health and behavioral health.
  • Addressing health disparities.
  • Evidence-based/informed interventions.
  • Building and/or enhancing cross-sector partnerships between public health and behavioral health.
Tribal Indoor Air Funding Opportunity
Deadline: Monday, January 7, 2019

The Office of Native American Programs announced a $65 million funding opportunity for Tribes in order to address the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and creating economic opportunities, primarily for persons with low and moderate incomes. Read more here
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
Deadline: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is offering grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning. Grants are designed to strengthen the capacity of multi-sector consortia to address prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder in rural counties. Eligible applicants include Tribes, Tribal organizations, and public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations. Read more here .
Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering funding through the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program to provide support for community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Read more here
Join NIHB’s New Climate and Health Learning Community

Sign up to join the new Climate and Health Learning Community at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). This learning community will offer resources and activities for learning, networking, and information sharing. Activities may include webinars and an optional in-person event at NIHB's Tribal Public Health Summit. NIHB will offer a certificate to each learning community member who attends at least two of the community calls or webinars. Read more here
NCAI Policy Brief: Climate Change and Global Warming

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) recently released a policy brief on climate change and global warming. The brief includes definitions, how climate change affects different geographical areas, and available databases to track climate change in your area. Read more here .