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December 21, 2017

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Indian Health Service Launches Native Youth Website


Apply to the CDC Public Health Associate Program as a Host Site or an Associate
Host site applications open January 2-18, 2018, and associate applications open January 2-8, 2018
The application period for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) will be open for potential host sites from January 2-18, 2018, and for potential associates from January 2-8, 2018.

PHAP is a two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  PHAP associates are assigned to various public health agencies (host sites) across the United States and US territories, including Tribal health departments. 

Tribes can benefit greatly from hosting a PHAP associate.  Assignees bring their skills to the host agency, foster a partnership between their host site and CDC, facilitate access to CDC resources, trainings and subject matter expertise, and build Tribal capacity by filling human resource gaps.  In return, the Tribe will offer the PHAP associate opportunities to grow as an early-career public health professional.

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) early-career professionals in public health should also consider applying to be PHAP associate.  PHAP offers the opportunity for recent bachelor's and master's degree students to be recognized as a CDC employee, gain valuable skills in public health, receive mentoring from both their host site and from CDC professionals, and contribute to improving public health in their assigned community.

For more information, or to apply as a host site or PHAP associate, click HERE  

Funding and Opportunities
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Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country Funding Announcement, Applications due Feb. 20, 2018
The CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has just posted the  Notice of Funding Opportunity   (NOFO) for a new three-year cooperative agreement - Tribal Practices for Wellness In Indian Country - to support Tribal practices identified by Tribal health leaders. These practices aim to build resiliency and connections to community, family, and culture, which over time, can reduce risk factors for chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Recipients will include up to 14 American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, or American Indian or Alaska Native tribally designated organizations.  Up to two awards to Tribes and Tribal organizations will be made within each Indian Health Service Area.  Up to 14 Urban Indian Organizations will also be funded to address the same strategies for that portion of their patient populations that is American Indian and Alaska Native.  A total of $4 million will be awarded in FY18 for up to 28 recipients with an average award of $140,000.
Recipients will address these strategies:
*   Connect cultural teachings to health and wellness
*   Seasonal cultural practices that support health and wellness
*   Social and cultural activities that promote community wellness
*   Collaborations that strengthen wellbeing
*   Intergenerational learning that supports wellbeing and resilience
*   Promote traditional healthy foods
*   Promote traditional and contemporary physical activities
In preparation for this NOFO CDC convened Tribal health leaders to increase understanding of Tribal practices that strengthen physical and mental health, wellbeing, Tribal identity, and connection to culture to better support the work Tribes and their members do to stay healthy and well. The NOFO will include evaluation to strengthen the evidence-base for this approach in Tribal communities.  The long-term goals are to reduce morbidity and mortality due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities: AAIP Report

The Association of American Indian Physicians' (AAIP) Healthy Active Native Communities project is working toward increasing the access to and impact of obesity prevention projects in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The CDC's Winnable Battles obesity prevention initiative has been found effective in non-AI/AN communities. To determine whether or not CDC Winnable Battles are effective in addressing obesity in AI/AN communities, AAIP selected and provided mini-awards to eight Native organizations. The selected organizations were required to adapt and implement one recommended strategy within the CDC Winnable Battles for increased fruit and vegetable consumption or increased physical activity.

Access the Full Report HERE
Indian Health Service Launches Native Youth Website

Indian Health Service (IHS) has launched a website targeting Native Youth and adults who work with Native Youth.  The website offers resources, information, and tools focusing on suicide and substance abuse prevention, sexual health and responsibility, mental health, and professional development.

View the site HERE  
Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth
The Child Welfare Information Gateway has created a bulletin on supporting brain development in traumatized children and youth.  This bulletin summarizes the effects of early trauma on brain development and looks at steps child welfare professionals can take to screen for developmental delays and identify the trauma-affected children and youth in their care. It also looks at ways to access cross-sector, therapeutic, and evidence-based treatment to encourage healthy recovery for trauma-affected children and youth.
This bulletin will help you:
  • Understand the effects of early trauma on infant, child, and adolescent brain development
  • Learn how child welfare professionals can screen for developmental delays 
  • Identify trauma-affected children and youth
  • Access evidence-based treatment models to encourage healthy recovery
View the bulletin HERE  
Tribal Accreditation Learning Community - Online 
Friday, January 12, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce the next session of the Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC).  TALC is a free, monthly webinar series held the second Friday of each month.  It is designed for sharing and learning about public health accreditation in  Tribal communities.
The January webinar will feature the topic "Preparing for a Site Visit".  Ho- Chunk Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe recently began the process of formally applying for PHAB accreditation, and will be hosting a site visit this grant-year. The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin has already hosted the PHAB site visit team. The panel will be offering insight on how to prepare for a site-visit, and share how they reached this point in their accreditation efforts. Presenters will include Pam Thunder, Accreditation Coordinator, and Renee Brocker, Public Health Associate with Ho-Chunk Nation, Apryl Krause, Alternative Medicine Clinic Practitioner and Manager, Shanna Tautolo, Program Developer Manager, and Yesenia Alvarez, Accreditation Project Assistant from Pascua Yaqui Tribe, as well as Michelle Myers, PHAB Coordinator with the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.  We will also hear from David Stone, PHAB Education Specialist, on the application process and avoiding common application mistakes.

For more information about TALC, and to view past webinars, click  HERE

To join this webinar, click  HERE
NNPHI Annual Conference May 22-24, 2018 in New Orleans, LA
Abstracts due by Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by 11:59 pm PT
Early Bird Registration due by Wednesday, January 31, 2018
National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has announced its 18th annual conference, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from May 22-24, 2018.  The conference serves to highlight and support the work of the nation's public health institutes.  Topics will include behavioral health, health equity, rural health, public health institute, development, health systems transformation, workforce development, and what's on the horizon.
This year, the annual conference will also feature a one-day Public Health Workforce Forum, on May 22, 2018.  This will bring together public health practitioners to discuss their best practices, ideas, and innovations.
In addition to registration, abstract submissions, sponsorship, and exhibiting opportunities are now open.
To view the announcement, click HERE
To view the conference website, click HERE