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

February 6, 2020
Certificate in Native American Health Debuts This Semester at the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is offering an onsite 12-credit hour American Indian Public Health and Wellness Certificate. Courses include law, health services administration, cultural humility, research and evaluation and others. Read more here and here.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Updates

2019 Novel Coronavirus (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 4, 2020:
  • 20,704 infected people have been confirmed, mainly in China;
  • 427 people died from the infection*;
  • 727 people recovered from the infection;
As of February 5, 2020:
  • 11 people have tested positive for the virus in the United States
*Note: This data is not yet enough to accurately calculate a mortality rate.
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
NIHB Announces NEW Opportunities to Pilot Online Trainings

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking individuals to pilot two electronic training modules: one educating Tribal leaders on public health and providing materials on Tribal consultation, secondly, training federal government partners on effective working practices with Tribal nations. NIHB requests input from Tribal leaders, current and former Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) members, stakeholders from Tribal organizations/Area Indian Health Boards, and non-Tribal stakeholders such as Tribal liaisons or national/regional organization staff. Piloting is expected to take two hours but will vary based on each piloter's individual pace. A small incentive may be available for those who meet project requirements. For more information, email
Seeking Native Artist Local to the IHS Bemidji Area!
(Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
Submissions due TOMORROW, Friday, February 7, 2020

The National Indian Health Board is seeking to work with a Native artist local to the IHS Bemidji Area (including Tribes in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin) for our 2020 National Tribal Behavioral Health Conference taking place in the Bemidji Area in late spring/early summer 2020. Selected artwork will be featured throughout our conference books, banners, staging, and digital marketing. Artwork can be paintings, drawings, beadwork, crafts, pottery, sculpture, photography, et cetera, and the selected artist will also receive a complimentary conference exhibit booth in our exhibit hall.

Please submit high resolution images of original artwork to Courtney Wheeler,  no later than Friday, February 7, 2020.
Arctic Indigenous Scholars Program
Applications due Friday, February 21, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET

The Arctic Indigenous Scholars Program led by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) and the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Alaska aims to create a space for Indigenous scholars to educate and inform policy- and decision-makers engaged in Arctic issues from the nation's capital, Washington DC. The program defines a scholar as “an expert within their own knowledge system” whose “education may have come from the land, the water, or a classroom.” Read more here.
APHA Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge
Applications due Wednesday, February 26, 2020

In partnership with the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will provide $100,000 in funding and nonfinancial support to selected communities to address access to foods that support healthy eating patterns and access to health services through systems-level approaches and resident engagement over a two-year period as part of their Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. Federally recognized Tribes that are prepared to work across silos in order to advance health equity and prevent chronic diseases are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants with eligibility or project questions may email and apply to the Challenge here.
SAMHSA Circles of Care Grant
Applications due Monday, March 9, 2020

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this grant is meant to provide Tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, evidence and community-based, coordinated system of care to support mental health for children, youth, and families. Read more here.
Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program
Applications due Monday, April 13, 2020

This program offered by the Health Resources and Service Administration supports training programs enhancing and expanding paraprofessionals knowledge, skills and expertise. It aims to increase the number of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who work on interprofessional teams to provide services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders, and other family members who are in guardianship roles. There's a special focus on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns for children, adolescents, and transitional aged youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for mental health disorders and SUDs. Read more here.
NIHB Wants You on the Team!

NIHB is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:
  • Director of Public Health Policy and Programs;
  • Congressional Relations Associate.
These positions are based in Washington, DC. NIHB encourages you to apply. Read more here.
Tribal Legal Preparedness Project

During times of infectious disease or natural disasters, it is imperative for communities to understand how law can be used to enhance public health preparedness and response to such crises. As sovereign entities, Tribal governments have the capability to create their own laws and are encouraged utilize such authority to prepare for public health emergencies. As such, the University of Pittsburgh Tribal Legal Preparedness Project has been established to assist Tribal Nations interested in expanding their legal preparedness capacity. Read more here.
New Performance Improvement Resources Available for Tribes!

Are you looking for ways to strengthen your public health system? The National Indian Health Board has released new resources to help you develop a plan. As part of the Stronger Systems, Stronger Communities (SSSC) project, NIHB has released 4 sample workplans, including budget considerations, for conducting several key public health activities.

Community/Tribal Health Assessment (CHA) Workplan : A Tribal assessment collects and analyzes community data on health status and the social determinants of health to identify key health needs and issues for their community.

Community/Tribal Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Workplan : A plan for a long term, systematic effort to address health problems based on CHA results.

Strategic Planning Workplan : A plan that guides a Tribal public health program in creating a vision, and identifying priorities for public health work moving forward.

Quality Improvement Project Workplan : A project for systematic improvement of a specific public health problem, including identifying the root causes, potential solutions, and monitoring improvement.

Learn About the Coronavirus
What do you know about the 2019-nCoV? The World Health Organization published a short, video infographic to answer basic questions, including:
  • Where did the virus come from and where was it first identified?
  • What is the connection between the virus and animals?
  • Why is it called "coronavirus"?
  • How does it spread?
  • What symptoms does the virus cause?
  • What is the mortality rate?
  • How is the disease diagnosed?
  • Is there a vaccine?
  • How can I protect myself?
  • What should I do if I think I've been infected?
To watch the video, click the screenshot below or click here.
Only 39 Days until the 2020 Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit!!
Tuesday-Thursday, March 17-19, 2019 in Omaha, NE

Save money and time! Register by February 14 for Early Bird Rates!

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

NIHB welcomes Tribal organizations, institutions, non-profits, vendors, and corporations to host an exhibit or vendor booth at TPHS. Space is limited. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis until full, or by March 6, 2020, whichever comes first. Register early to secure your spot!

For more information, view the exhibitor webpage.
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.
CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, 2020 in Chamblee, GA

The Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) will be holding a meeting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on policy issues and broad strategies that may significantly affect American Indian and Alaska Native communities this coming March. For transportation logistics and registration, 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 communities, service 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.