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

February 20, 2020
‘We Can Help Ourselves:’ Native Women Come Together to Confront High Rates of Maternal Mortality

In a December 2019 story reported by Cronkite news, too many Native women are dying due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth – deaths that should be preventable with the right intervention and care. Read more here.
COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19, formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, is a virus causing an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Because the virus is newly identified, there are many unknowns and experts are unsure how it may impact health worldwide. This is a rapidly-evolving situation. However, the outbreak has been declared a public health emergency internationally and nationally.
As of February 18, 2020:
  • 73,451 infected people have been confirmed, still overwhelmingly in China;
  • 1,875 people died from the infection worldwide;
  • 13,147 people recovered from the infection;
  • 29 people have tested positive for the virus in the United States. No deaths have occurred in the US.
Novel Coronavirus Contact
The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Angelica Al Janabi at or 202-507-4074.
Funding & Opportunities
NAFC Fitness Instructor Scholarships
Applications due Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Native American Fitness Council (NAFC) is offering 6 total scholarships for Native Trainers In Need to attend 2020 spring events. Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary enrollment for one of the certifications:
  • Exercise & Aging Specialist Certification - March 30th & 31st, Rapid City, SD
  • Medical Conditions & Exercise Certification - April 1st & 2nd, Rapid City, SD
  • Native Youth Fitness Leader Certification - April 27th & 28th, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Personal Trainer Certification - April 29th - May 1st, Flagstaff, AZ
Read more here and access the application here.
Public Health Surveillance for the Prevention of Complications of Bleeding Disorders
Applications due by Monday, May 11, 2020

Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible for this grant program. Since 1996 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has funded the federal network of hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs) for the collection of data for the monitoring of health indicators of importance to persons with bleeding disorders. This data is used to measure rates of complications of bleeding disorders and monitor trends over time (including inhibitors and other issues of blood and treatment product safety); identify high risk populations for prevention programs; and identify issues that require research. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to continue the surveillance for these conditions through the HTCs.  Read more here.
NIHB Wants You on the Team!

NIHB is seeking qualified candidates for the following position:
  • Director of Public Health Policy and Programs.
This position is based in Washington, DC. NIHB encourages you to apply. Read more here.
COVID-19 Resources
Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have guidance available for businesses and employers to help prevent COVID-19 transmission. This guidance is meant to be used in non-healthcare settings to help prevent workplace exposures and respond to community outbreaks. For example, the guidance recommends implementing workplace protocols to prevent infection and prepare to continue business operations during a period of local transmission. View the guidance here.

Five Things to Know about COVID-19
View a CDC informational video here.
Only 23 Days until the 2020 Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit!!
Tuesday-Thursday, March 17-19, 2019 in Omaha, NE

Join NIHB at the 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) on March 17-19, 2020 in Omaha, NE. This premiere Indian public health event attracts over 500 public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community providers. This event features dynamic national speakers, interactive presentations, a welcoming reception, a fitness event, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall and marketplace, local host activities, and the presentation of the Native Public Health Innovation Awards.

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor spots are currently filled!

If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please contact Sara Zdunek at with your name, preferred method of contact, and booth type.
Become a TPHS Sponsor

Sponsoring the National Tribal Public Health Summit provides a great opportunity to elevate the presence and visibility of your organization and work, as well as your commitment to Tribal public health care needs. Most importantly, your financial support helps NIHB advocate for Tribal sovereignty in health to the highest levels of national policy making. We are in Washington, D.C. fighting every day for your Tribe, your citizens, and your health.

We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. For more information visit our sponsorship webpage.
NIHB Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC) February Session: Funding your Performance Improvement Efforts
Monday, February 24 from 3-4 PM ET

TALC is a free, monthly webinar series held by NIHB. It is designed for sharing and learning about public health performance improvement, system improvement, and accreditation in Tribal communities.

Securing funding is vital in supporting a Tribal health agency’s ability to sustain public health performance improvement (PI) work. During this webinar, participants will discuss skills and tips for securing this funding through both grants and internal funding sources. 

Robert Foley, Chief Program Officer with NIHB will share tips for introducing PI into your grant proposals, discuss the relationship between PI and program evaluation, provide information on how CDC grant funding can support your PI and accreditation efforts, and review best practices for identifying grants. In addition, Tribal presenters will discuss how they were able to prioritize PI in their budgets to support their PI and accreditation initiatives long term.

Join the webinar here (Password: TALC)
American Climate Leadership Summit 2020
Wednesday-Thursday, March 25-26, 2020 in Washington, DC

The realities of climate change are being felt intensely in communities across the country, and the 2020 elections are poised to determine our fate. Advocacy is increasing, but opposition remains formidable. How can we make climate a winning issue in 2020, and make certain our leaders implement policies ensuring a healthy, just, and prosperous future? Join NIHB at the 9th annual American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2020) — AMBITION • RESTORATION • JUSTICE on March 25-26 in Washington, DC. It’s the nation’s largest and most diverse gathering of leaders dedicated to broadening and catalyzing action and advocacy for climate solutions. Learn strategies and ideas to help transform climate action into a true national priority. ecoAmerica is pleased to offer a 35% discount to all program partner members on the Summit Two Day Pass only. To receive this discount, you will be asked to verify your affiliation during registration. Register now at !
Fifth Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
Sunday-Wednesday, September 20-23, 2020 at Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, MN

The 5 th Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition will be held September 20-23, 2020 at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, MN. This is the only conference series in the world devoted to Indigenous nutrition. The event brings together Tribal leaders, researchers, practitioners and many more to discuss the state of Indigenous and academic knowledge about Native nutrition, dietary health and food science, and to identify new areas of work. Read more here.
Join NIHB for Injury Prevention and Surveillance Discussion Sessions!

Join the National Indian Health Board for a series of conversations on injury surveillance and prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native communities! Tribal public health service and program providers, practitioners, and subject matter experts are invited to share their insights and expertise during one of the 1.5 day sessions in Spring and Summer 2020. All are welcome to participate.

Registration is expected to open in early 2020. Sign up for our email list to receive updates and information on how to register.

Have questions? Please contact Nina Martin ( , 202-548-7299) or visit our website for more information.