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

December 12, 2019
IHS and AAP Release Clinical Recommendations to Improve Care of American Indian/Alaska Native Women and Infants Impacted by Prenatal Opioid Exposure

On December 5th, the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Native American Child Health released clinical recommendations on neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, or NOWS, for IHS, Tribal, and urban Indian organization health care facilities. These recommendations provide standards of care surrounding screening, diagnosing, and treatment of pregnant mothers and infants affected by prenatal opioid exposure. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
SAMHSA FOA Announcement: System of Care (SOC) Expansion and Sustainability Grants
Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, “Grants for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances." The short title for this program is “System of Care (SOC) Expansion and Sustainability Grants." The purpose of this program is to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 21, with serious emotional disturbance, and their families. Read more here.
Come Work for NIHB!

NIHB is seeking qualified candidates for the following position:
  • Director of Public Health Policy and Programs
  • Director of Congressional Relations
  • Congressional Relations Associate
These positions are based in Washington, DC. Those who are interested in making a positive difference in the health of America’s Native Peoples’ lives are encouraged to apply. Read more here.
NIHB is Seeking Indigenous Knowledge on Blood Lead Level Testing

NIHB is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the capacity of rural and non-urban Tribal communities for identifying and addressing elevated blood lead levels in Tribal children. To accomplish this, NIHB seeks to engage Tribal representatives and health professionals in 60-minute key informant interviews. The interviews will ask Tribal Health Directors or programmatic staff to describe their programs or operational plans in place for blood lead level testing and their current knowledge of lead exposure risk factors. Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sara Zdunek at or 202-507-4077 .
Special Diabetes Program for Indians: Poster Session Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, December 20, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grantees to submit proposals to highlight the accomplishments of their programs at the Annual NIHB National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) in Omaha, NE on March 17-19, 2020. The Annual SDPI Poster Session is a great way for success stories to be heard by a large audience of Tribal leaders and Tribal health professionals, as well as share program ideas with other grantees. The poster session will take place the evening of March 17, 2020 during TPHS Opening Reception.

SDPI presenters are also invited to volunteer to lead a fitness session during the Summit- please indicate in your proposal if you are interested.

For instructions, and to submit your proposal, click here.
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: Supplemental Issue on Indigenous Food Sovereignty in North America

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) recently released a new supplemental issue featuring papers on indigenous food sovereignty in North America. Read more here.
Commercial Tobacco Free K-12 School Model Policy

With youth vaping on the rise, schools and school districts are revisiting their tobacco-free policies to ensure that they promote an environment as free from commercial tobacco as possible. The Public Health Law Center has released comprehensive K–12 school tobacco-free policy resources that can be used as a model or it can be modified as needed. The Center also released a publication about the effectiveness of measures, other than suspension and expulsion, in addressing student commercial tobacco use as part of school tobacco-free policies. Read more here , here , and here.
Redesigned AMBER Alert Website Now Features Indian Country Resources

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has launched a refreshed AMBER Alert website . The refreshed website now includes access to the AMBER Alert in Indian Country website , a summary of the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative , and training and technical assistance resources. The website provides resources to help regional and state-level AMBER Alert training and coordination efforts and links to resources that support the AMBER Alert program through national partners and OJJDP grantees.
Webinar Slides: An Update on CDC’s Response to E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state health departments, and public health and clinical partners to investigate the multistate outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, product use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). The latest national and state findings suggest products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), particularly those from informal sources (e.g., friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak. THC is the major chemical responsible for marijuana's psychological effects. Slides from the webinar are available here.

2020 Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit Call for Proposals! Deadline this Sunday! Public health practitioners, researchers, and policy experts are invited to submit proposals for workshops and roundtable sessions. NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidenced based, best, wise, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities.

This year, the Summit will feature 5 tracks:
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health Policy, Infrastructure, Workforce, and Systems
  • Substance Misuse, Opioids and Behavioral Health
  • Environmental Health and Climate Change
  • NEW THIS YEAR! Traditional Public Health Practice

NIHB hosted an informational webinar to learn more about writing a high quality conference proposal for TPHS. View the recording here.

For more information, or to submit a proposal, click here
Registration Now Open! 2020 Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
Tuesday-Thursday, March 17-19, 2019 in Omaha, NE

Save the date! Please join NIHB in Omaha, NE for the 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit. Registration is now open—take advantage of early bird registration fees by registration before February 14, 2020. For more information on registration, location, lodging, exhibitors, and sponsorship, visit the  Summit website here.
WEBINAR: Trauma and Substance Use
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM MDT

The Harm Reduction Coalition is hosting a webinar designed primarily for service providers without formal mental health training. The training provides an overview of trauma, mental health issues, symptoms, and treatment options as they relate to substance use. Case examples highlighting realistic expectations and effective responses will be discussed, with particular attention to people with co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance use) in the context of harm reduction programs and settings. Read more here.
8 th Annual Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences Workshop
Applications due: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Event: Wednesday-Friday, April 29-May 1, 2020

The 8 th Annual Rising Voices Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences Workshop is hosted in partnership with the Lummi Nation and the Northwest Indian College. Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, community members, educators, scientists, and practitioners are invited to attend. Read more here.
38 th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
Sunday-Wednesday, March 29-April 1, 2020 in Denver, CO

Each year, the National Indian Child Welfare Association hosts the largest national gathering on American Indian and Alaska Native child advocacy issues. Read more here.
National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference
Monday-Friday, August 31-September 4, 2020

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) will host the United States’ First Annual National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference (NTICC) with support from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program. The conference will convene experts on climate change which include a balance of Western Science and Traditional Indigenous Knowledges. Topics include impacts, assessments, adaptation, mitigation, implementation, and solutions. Read more here.
WEBINAR: School Crisis Mental Health Recovery: A Community and School Partnership
*This webinar has been postponed from its original date and time of December 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET. The new date and time has yet to be determined.*

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on the   School Crisis Mental Health Recovery: A Community and School Partnership. This webinar will demonstrate the importance of school and community partnership when preparing for mental health emergencies. The attendees will learn key factors; Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) and an evidence-based crisis intervention training curriculum to build capacity for mutual aid during immediate and long term postvention efforts for schools. Register here.