Tribal Public Health Broadcast
February 1, 2018
9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit

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Image: Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, from  Politco .

On Wednesday morning, January 31st, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned her position as Director of CDC and ATSDR.  Dr. Anne Schuchat (RADM, USPHS) began as Acting Director.  Dr. Schuchat previously served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and was director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015. CDC remains committed to their mission of saving lives and protecting people.

For more details, click HERE

Enrollment is Open for Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Suppliers
What You Need to Know
MDPP supplier enrollment has now begun for eligible organizations as of January 1, 2018, as a result of the publication of the  Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Final Rule. MDPP supplier applications can be accepted at any time. Delivery of and billing for MDPP services will begin April 1, 2018.
How to Enroll as an MDPP Supplier
There are two ways you can enroll in Medicare as an MDPP supplier: you can fill out and submit your enrollment application online using the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), or you can submit a paper enrollment application to a Medicare Administrative Contractor. The MDPP Supplier Enrollment Application (paper form) is now available online through  HERE. This application can also be accessed and submitted online through   PECOS.
If your organization currently meets the requirements for enrolling as an MDPP supplier, including recognition and additional supplier standards, follow the steps below to begin the MDPP enrollment process:
  • Review the MDPP Orientation Roadmap to understand the MDPP supplier journey
  • For a more detailed introduction, watch the MDPP Orientation Webinar to gain a better understanding of MDPP - including requirements to enroll as a MDPP supplier, furnish MDPP services, and submit claims (please note registration is required to view the webinar)
  • Use the MDPP Enrollment Fact Sheet  and the MDPP Checklist to guide you through the enrollment process

For more information, visit the 
MDPP website .   

ASTHO Releases Profile of State and Territorial Public Health, Volume Four

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) has released its new version (volume 4) of the ASTHO Profile of State and Territorial Public Health. This document examines funding levels, agency priorities, and the governmental public health workforce. It also identifies trends, challenges, and developments across public health agencies. Although this document focuses on states (and territories), Tribes may benefit from understanding more about the public health infrastructure in their states and identifying opportunities to increase collaboration that could benefit Tribal health. This document also identifies state priorities and contains statistics about information-sharing with Tribes.
Read the article HERE

Funding and Opportunities

For all questions, or to become an official sponsor, please contact NIHB Public Health Program Associate: Sarah Price at 202-507-4078 or .

Native Public Health Innovation Award: Call for Nominations
Due Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by 11:59pm ET

In an effort to honor individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved American Indian and Alaska Native public health, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites nominations for the Native Public Health Innovation Award. NIHB created this award to recognize excellence, achievement, and innovations that are above and beyond the call of service.  NIHB recognizes that public health is a traditional Native value, and that Tribes have led the way in creating and implementing public health programming and services that align not only with contemporary needs, but with cultural beliefs as well.  This award will highlight the work and vision of a Tribe, individual, organization or program that has worked to improve health status, implement new programming, address long standing health disparities, and/or increase the visibility of public health concerns. 
NIHB will present the award at the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit in Prior Lake, Minnesota during a plenary session. All nominations should be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The winner will be notified within three weeks upon close of the nominations.
To learn more or submit your nomination, click HERE
Have questions? Email Angelica at
Learn more about the Tribal Public Health Summit HERE
NIHB Releases Call for Proposals for the 9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
Due Friday, February 23, 2018
Summit May 22-24, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN

Public health practitioners, researchers, and policy experts are invited to submit abstracts for 90 minute workshops and 60 minute roundtables 
for the NIHB 2018 National Tribal Public Health Summit, taking place May 22-24 at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota. NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidenced-based, best, wise, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. NIHB highly encourages dynamic, interactive sessions that will draw upon the skills, knowledge and experience of session participants.  NIHB is particularly interested in interactive presentations that provide tools along with information and research, so that participants can make the knowledge they gain actionable. NIHB is also looking for presentations highlighting the social determinants of health (i.e. socioeconomic status, access to education and employment, the physical environment, etc.) as they pertain to the issues discussed.

This year's summit emphasizes balance, harmony, culture and health, so please consider topics and content that focus on these interconnections within one of the six summit tracks: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Public Health Infrastructure and Capacity, Public Health Policy, Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health, Climate Change and Environmental Health, and Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

For more information and to submit your proposal, click HERE

Native American Research Internship at the University of Utah
Due Friday, February 23, 2018
With funds from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Utah is offering a 10-week, summer internship program for junior and senior undergraduate students interested in health and biomedical sciences. The program is titled Native American Research Internship (NARI) and is considered employment, paying up to $5500 for completion of all program activities. Each student will participate in approximately 40 hours/week of internship activities - approximately 30 of which are for research and approximately 10 hours/week for academic/professional development.  
The opportunity website states, "Students will work closely with research mentors as well as Native American faculty and staff mentors, develop meaningful relationships within the Health Science and Native American research communities, attend a Native American Health conference, and have opportunities to shadow physicians at their clinical practice. Students will also gain insightful knowledge in the areas of: graduate/medical school preparation, career development, additional academic opportunities, community engagement, professionalism, creating scientific posters, and presenting research material. Additionally, students who successfully complete a summer internship have the option to apply to participate again the next summer."

Nominations are Now Being Accepted for HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes
Due Wednesday, February 29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the annual HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes. HUD recognizes excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes research, education, and program delivery, especially in low-to-moderate income communities.
The Award provides a national platform to showcase results from a range of housing and indoor environmental health programs. The Award highlights some of the nation's most significant work on the relationship between living environments and resident health, and lays the foundation for future healthy homes work.
Eligible applicants include Tribal governments, Tribal associations, and Tribal Designated Housing Entities.
To learn more, click HERE

SDPI Poster Session Call for Proposals
Due Friday, March 16, 2018
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, in Prior Lake, MN from May 22-24, 2018. 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. 
For instructions, and to submit your proposal, click  HERE
Download a copy of the call for proposals   HERE
Learn more about the Tribal Public Health Summit  HERE
Questions? Please contact Sarah Price at  or (202)507-4078

2018 Population Health Research Summit - Call for Posters
Due Friday, March 16, 2018
The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) and the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research (CHOPR) invite you join us for the 2018 Population Health Research Summit being held April 16-18, 2018, at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 
This year the summit will be hosting the Poster Session over the lunch period on April 17, 2018. The poster session is a wonderful opportunity for networking and sharing information on your great projects. 
If you are interested in presenting at this event, please complete the Poster Submission Form .

Technical Assistance for Response to Public Health or Healthcare Crisis- Funding Opportunities for Organizations
Due Friday, March 16, 2018 by 11:59pm ET
The Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new funding opportunity: Technical Assistance for Response to Public Health or Healthcare Crises. This funding opportunity is "a novel approach to emergency response that will allow CDC to expedite funding to qualified organizations so they can provide expert technical assistance and other support to entities engaged in a public health or healthcare crisis. The purposes of this [notice of funding opportunity] are 1) to establish a pool of organizations capable of rapidly providing essential expertise to various parties involved in an emergency response and 2) fund select awardees to provide that support, when required, based on CDC's determination of need." Applicants will be selected and will remain "approved but unfunded until a crisis occurs, and then CDC will make funding available to organizations as needed when a public health emergency response is necessary.
American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal governments are NOT eligible to apply, but organizations are. Tribal governments can apply for the related opportunity, also found in this email, entitled " Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response."

Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response
Due Friday, March 16, 2018 by 5:00pm ET
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new funding opportunity: Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response. "The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to announce a program to strengthen the nation's public health infrastructure, ensure a competent, current and connected public health system, and improve delivery of essential services through capacity building assistance (CBA). CBA is defined as activities that strengthen and maintain the infrastructure and resources necessary to sustain or improve system, organizational, community or individual processes and competencies. CBA is delivered through technical assistance, training, information sharing, technology transfer, materials development, or funding that enables organizations to serve customers better and operate in a comprehensive, responsive, and effective manner. The goal is to fund organizations that have the capability, expertise, resources, reach, and history of providing capacity building relevant to implementing this program's key strategies, activities, and outcomes. The program strategies include strengthening the capacities of health systems infrastructure; leadership and workforce; data and information systems; communication and information technology; partnerships; laws and policies; and programs and services. Capacity building efforts of this program are expected to strengthen and optimize the public health system and services to improve the nation's health."
American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, and several others are eligible to apply. Organizations not eligible for this opportunity may be eligible for the related opportunity, also found listed in this broadcast, entitled "Technical Assistance for Response to Public Health or Healthcare Crises."  
To learn more about this funding opportunity, click here and search for CDC-RFA-OT18-1802 in the opportunity number box on the left hand side of the page. 

Combating Trafficking: Native Youth Toolkit on Human Trafficking
American Indians and Alaska Natives are considered an at-risk population for human trafficking.  Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, which includes forced labor, involuntary servitude, or forced commercial sex.  Traffickers can be anyone, strangers, peers, friends, romantic partners, or family.  They sometimes may make offers of false employment, and generally prey on individuals seeking better opportunities.
This toolkit offers Native Youth information about trafficking, tips for protecting themselves, and resources for preventing trafficking.  The goal of the toolkit is to empower youth and their community to prevent and respond to human trafficking.
To view the toolkit, click HERE

2nd Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition Conference Report
Last fall, more than 500 Tribal officials, elders, youth, researchers, and practitioners from 37 states, four countries, and more than 50 Tribes attended the 2nd Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition in Prior Lake, Minnesota. This annual conference brings together indigenous and academic scientific knowledge on Native nutrition and food science. Building off the inaugural conference in 2016, last year's conference focused on traditional foods, community-university collaborations, environment, land, and nutrition.
To share lesson learned, a conference report was created. Inside the report you will find speaker information, key takeaways from presentations and panels, and testimonials from attendees. You can also find videos and presentations from the 2017 conference speakers HERE
Read the 2017 nutrition conference report HERE
Information on the 3rd Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition HERE

Safe to Sleep Campaign Stipends and Outreach Materials for American Indians/Alaska Natives

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has announced outreach stipends for Tribes and organizations serving American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to have customized materials with Safe to Sleep Campaign messages printed by NICHD, utilizing the Healthy Native Babies Project Toolkit Disk. The Toolkit Disk allows individuals to design culturally appropriate and regionally specific materials with phrases translated into Native languages as well as photographs of Native families taken across the country. 

For further information, please contact

You can also click HERE to learn more about the campaign or click HERE to view a brochure for AI/AN populations.
Image: L&R: Various species of Triatomine bugs, which if infected can transmit T. cruzi. Center: T. cruzi trypomastigote in a thin blood smear stained with Giemsa.

Chagas Disease in Texas Webinar
Friday, February 2, 2018, from 9:30am- 12:00pm CT
This webinar is aimed at giving healthcare providers and veterinarians the most up to date information on Chagas disease, which is considered a neglected parasitic infection in the United States.  Topics will include the epidemiology of the disease, including the parasite's life cycle and transmission, phases and clinical presentation of the disease, screening and diagnostic tests, current treatment options, and case studies presented on physicians.
To register for this webinar, click HERE

February 4 is World Cancer Day
Sunday, February 4, 2018
American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) face significant cancer disparities ( Source 1 , Source 2 ). World Cancer Day is February 4. Consider taking this as an opportunity to learn more about cancer from Indian Health Service , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , or the American Indian Cancer Foundation . You can also learn about World Cancer Day here and find ways that you can get involved.

101 Webinar on Indian Health Service and National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Opportunities
Monday, February 5, 2018
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), in collaboration with the Indian Health Service (IHS) is offering an upcoming event: 101 Webinar on IHS and the NHSC Scholarship and Loan Repayment Opportunities. This webinar will provide information about the eligible disciplines for health care providers interested in practicing in American Indian Health Facilities, award specifics, service commitments, and more.

Register for the webinar HERE

Introduction to Traumatic Stress: Who is Affected and What Does it Look Like Webinar
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 3:30- 4:30pm ET
During this webinar, the speakers will discuss working with people exposed to trauma.  Participants will be able to define 'Trauma' and explain the most common types of trauma, learn appropriate words to use in  helping people describe their experience, understand the variety of ways people express trauma, and learn how to describe unique cases of trauma in ways that will help traumatized individuals explain their experience.
To register for this event, click HERE

NIHB Webinar: Tribal Accreditation Learning Community
Friday, February 9, 2018 from 2:00- 3:00pm 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.

Accreditation Readiness Assessments - What do They Really Mean?
The National Indian Health Board conducts a pre and post assessments with Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative awardees to show that the Tribal ASI awards are indeed helping Tribes make progress toward public health accreditation. More importantly the assessments give Tribes valuable feedback on their individual accreditation paths. Karrie Joseph with the National Indian Health Board will discuss the 6 Dimensions of the Accreditation Readiness Model and how small actions can result in big gains for accreditation readiness.

Tribal Panel: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) are both in the middle of conducting surveys to collect data for their Community Health Assessments. Durnene Farmer (MBCI) and Katie Russel (CTWS) will share their lessons learned on defining their population, choosing indicators, developing survey instruments, and the challenges and successes of getting people to actually take the survey!

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

To join this webinar, click  HERE

Why You Should Kiss and Tell About This: Kissing Bugs and Chagas Disease
Tuesday February 13, 2018, from 2:00- 3:30pm ET
The EPA Integrated Pest Management invites you to learn about the Triatominae - commonly known as kissing, conenose, or assassin bugs - that transmit the parasite that causes Chagas disease in humans. These bugs feed on blood during the night and are called kissing bugs because they prefer to bite humans around the mouth or eyes. Loyola University's Dr. Patricia Dorn and University of Arizona Department of Medicine's Dr. Stephen Klotz will describe kissing bugs, Chagas disease, their importance in the U.S., and the steps you can take to prevent being bitten. Your participation will bring you up-to-date on the latest research and strategies to protect yourself from kissing bugs and Chagas disease.
To register, and view other upcoming webinars, click HERE

2018 Vector Control Summit
Tuesday, March 13- Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Orlando, FL
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has announced its 2018 Vector Control Summit, "Itching to Improve: Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity!" This event will be held in Orlando, Florida from March 13-15 and focuses on building mosquito control capabilities in local jurisdictions. NACCHO's website states that the event will "convene local health departments, mosquito abatement districts, public works departments, and mosquito control experts, with the purpose of providing: technical assistance to local health departments and partner organizations that are focused on Zika response efforts and/or serving populations affected by Zika; opportunities to exchange successes and challenges shared by local vector control organizations around the country; and, forums for education and networking." The event will also include various speakers, learning sessions, workshops, and booths. There is no cost to register for the event and scholarships are available. Please note that space is limited and certain registrations are prioritized.
Learn more or register HERE

2018 Tribal Training Week
Sunday, March 18- Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Anniston, Alabama
The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will be hosting the 2018 Tribal Nations Training Week during the week of March 18-24, 2018 on the CDP campus in Anniston, AL. CDP training is completely funded for state, local, Tribal and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training and any equipment required during training. All personnel who work in an emergency response capacity and are affiliated with one or more Tribal Nations, Indian Health Service (IHS) and those who work directly with Tribal Nations are authorized to attend.

List of classes:

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL)
Integrated Capstone Event (ICE)

Biological Incidents Awareness (NCBRT)
Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT)
Integrated Capstone Event (ICE)
Social Media Tools and Techniques (NDPTC)
Incident Command: Capabilities, Planning and Response Actions for All Hazards
Integrated Capstone Event Table-Top Exercise
Medical Countermeasures: Point of Dispensing (POD), Planning and Response (TEEX)
Community Based Response to All-Hazards Threats in Tribal Communities (RDPC)
Integrated Capstone Event Table-Top Exercise
ICS / EOC Interface Workshop (G 191)
Incident Command System (ICS) Curricula, Train the Trainer
Registration for this class only will close on February 19 at 1500 hours Central Time.

Contact Information: David Hall, CDP Western Region and Tribal Training Coordinator at or 866-213-9548

University Vision, Design and Capacity Technical Grant Writing Workshop
Thursday, March 22- Friday, March 23, 2018 in New Orleans, LA
The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) will host a conference to teach how to write winning grants for minority serving institutions of higher education and build sustainable partnerships to improve minority health.
Register HERE

2018 Population Health Research Summit
Monday, April 16- Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Sioux Falls, SD
The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) and the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research (CHOPR) invite you join us for the 2018 Population Health Research Summit being held April 16-18, 2018, at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 
2018 Summit Registration is Open;  Learn more  HERE