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

December 17, 2020
"The Opposite of Deficit-Based Language Isn’t Asset-Based Language. It’s Truth-Telling."

As we all continue to improve and uphold Tribal health, the deficit-based language used to describe health priorities may have unintended consequences. In her Shelterforce article, Miriam Axel-Lute discusses how deficit-based language can reinforce stereotypes or lead to ostracization, yet the use of asset-based language alone may have its own concerns. How do we lead positive and productive conversations when working with ourselves and others while acknowledging the issues worth prioritizing? Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Project Firstline- Tribal Infection Prevention and Control

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Project Firstline — a comprehensive infection control program designed to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in U.S. healthcare settings. With Project Firstline funding, NIHB will implement a multi-pronged approach to providing infection prevention and control (IPC) training and technical assistance to Tribal health officials and Tribal health systems. To help guide the development of the training NIHB is creating a steering committee. The steering committee will assist with reviewing and advising on program materials and developing and implementing the infection control project. NIHB is also offering a mentorship program and scholarships to those interested in completing online IPC courses and/or completing the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) certification. Anyone interested in applying for the Steering Committee, mentorship program or scholarship, please contact Carmen Sanders at
International Association for Indigenous Aging Representative Opportunity

The International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) is looking for two (2) elders and two (2) family caregiver representatives to participate on a National Advisory Committee to help guide the work of a project focused on Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias (ADRD). If you would like more information or would like to submit your name to volunteer to participate, please email Jolie Crowder at to learn more. Read more here.
Council on Linkages Seeking Feedback to Inform Core Competencies Revisions

The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, a collaborative group of 22 national organizations tasked with improving public health education, training, practice, and research, is currently revising the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. These competencies have been widely used among departments and institutions to inform public health education, workforce development, and training. With an anticipated October 2021 release date, the Council on Linkages is now collecting input and feedback as a part of efforts to promote equity and ensure Tribal Health Organizations are included in the process. For more information on how to contribute to the Core Competency revisions, read more here.
2021 Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) announced they are accepting applications to the 2021 Lincoln Leaders Program, which includes fellowship opportunities to connect USDA resources with faculty and staff at 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). The Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship benefits faculty and staff from TCUs and secondary education superintendents, principals, agricultural and/or district level teachers working for Bureau of Indian Education designated high schools. Fellows will receive access to long-term collaboration opportunities, and then share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions. Read more here.
NIH Tribal Advisory Committee Nomination Deadline Approaching
Nominations due Friday, January 15, 2021

Established in 2015, the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Tribal Advisory Committee, was designed to provide Tribal representatives and NIH staff a space to exchange information about NIH research policies and program priorities. Advisory committee members contribute to Tribal health, wellness, and inclusion by providing recommendations to inform NIH policies, programs, and priorities.

The NIH TAC’s Tribal representation is comprised of seventeen positions: one delegate (and one alternate) from each of the twelve Indian Health Service (IHS) areas and one delegate (and one alternate) for five National At-Large Member positions.

Vacancies open for nomination include:
  • Albuquerque Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Billings Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • California Area (Alternate)
  • Navajo Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Oklahoma Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • National At-Large Members (four Delegates) and (four Alternates)

Letterhead templates are available here and here. Read more here.
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals
Applications due by Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Health Resources Service Administration has announced the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals application is now open. The purpose of the BHWET is to develop and expand experiential training opportunities to improve the distribution and supply of the behavioral health workforce. Interested accredited institutions of higher education or professional mental health training programs, doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral programs of health service psychology, and master’s and doctoral degree programs of social work are encouraged to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to learn more about the eligibility requirements.
Spirit Aligned is Inviting Applications for Legacy Leaders and Future Legacy Leaders
Application due Monday, February 1, 2021

The Spirit Aligned Leadership Program elevates the lives, voices, and dreams of Indigenous elder women who are working to heal, strengthen, and restore the balance of Indigenous communities and the world. The organization will choose 8 intergenerational partnerships consisting of a Legacy Leader and Future Legacy Leader. Both the Legacy Leader and Future Legacy Leader will apply together in one application and describe an “intergenerational knowledge transfer project." Read more 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:

  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Emergency Preparedness)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Aging)
  • Public Health Program Coordinator (PHICCS)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Environmental Health)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Behavioral Health)

Job descriptions are available at
CDC Tribal Road Safety: Get the Facts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new fact sheets about Tribal road safety and how to reduce crash-related injuries and deaths in Tribal nations by:
  • Increasing the use of seat belts and child car seats
  • Reducing alcohol-impaired driving
  • Improving teen driver safety

The fact sheets focus on restraint use, child passenger safety, alcohol-impaired driving, and safer driving in Tribal communities. These fact sheets provide proven strategies to help reduce crash-related injuries and deaths in Tribal nations. Tribal communities can use the new fact sheets to identify strategies that help people stay safe on the road. Read more here.
Information Hub: Adverse Childhood Experiences in Indian Country

Visit the National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Information Hub for resources, findings, and instruments around adverse childhood experiences. The ACEs Hub also provides a “Technical Assistance Request Form” for behavioral health workers to request assistance from NIHB and a “Continuous Feedback” form for individuals to voice their comments and suggestions on the Hub. Read more here.
Tribal Solid Waste Codes Virtual Training

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency are pleased to offer Development and Implementation of Tribal Solid Waste Codes and Ordinance training. The virtual courses will be held February 1-4, March 3, and April 19-22, 2021 and will focus on the writing and implementation of effective Tribal solid waste codes. Read more here.
New! COVID-19 Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
NIHB COVID-19 Contact
The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Visit our COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center for more information and resources.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call: Making Practical Decisions for Crisis Standards of Care at the Bedside During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Today! Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

The CDC is hosting a COCA call with experts from Hennepin Healthcare and Bellevue Hospital. They will present background on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) framework, Guidance for Establishing Crisis Standards of Care for Use in Disaster Situations (IOM, 2009), and identify how Crisis Standards of Care apply to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will also highlight systems-level information sharing and coalition-level coordination activities to help clinicians plan for these potential situations and make medical decision during a crisis. Join the webinar here.
Manufacturer COVID-19 Vaccine Training & Education Series
Thursday-Friday, December 17-18, 2020

This week, Pfizer will be hosting a series of training sessions to review information and answer questions about their COVID-19 vaccine. Please click on the link below to join the sessions at the designated times.