Funding and Opportunities
Improving Patient Care (IPC) Program
Online Introduction to Legal Epidemiology
American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month and is an ideal time to remind everyone to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends, and communities involved. About 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. An average of 1 death every 38 seconds. Heart disease is also a leading cause of death among the American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Funding and Opportunities
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
Download a copy of the call for proposals
Learn more about the Tribal Public Health Summit
CDC Strengthening Public Health Systems Grant
Letter of Intent due by February 27, 2018 11:59pm EST
Application due by MArch 29, 2018 11:59pm EST
The CDC has announced the CDC-RFA-OT18-1802: Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation's Health. The purposes of the grant are to strengthen the nation's public health infrastructure; ensure a competent, current and connected public health system; and improve the delivery of essential public health services through capacity-building assistance (CBA) activities. Organizations funded under this opportunity will implement activities to strengthen governmental and nongovernmental components of the public health system.
There will be informational Conference Calls on February 20, 2018, 10:00-11:30am EST and February 22, 2018, 4:30pm- 6:00p EST; details and dial-in information to come.
For more information and application details, click
Marijuana, Prescription Opioid, or Prescription Benzodiazepine Drug Use Among Older Adults Funding Opportunity
Due May 7, 2020
Despite significant scientific advancements made in substance use disorder research over the last century, the causes and consequences of drug use in later life remain poorly understood. The intent of this funding opportunity announcement [FOA] is to support innovative research that examines aspects of marijuana and prescription opioid and benzodiazepine use in adults aged 50 and older. This FOA encourages research that examines the determinants of these types of drug use and/or characterizes the resulting neurobiological alterations, associated behaviors, and public health consequences. This initiative will focus on two distinct populations of older adults: individuals with earlier onset of drug use who are now entering this stage of adult development or individuals who initiate drug use after the age of 50. Applications are encouraged to utilize broad methodologies ranging from basic science, clinical, and epidemiological approaches. The insights gleaned from this initiative are critical to our understanding of the determinants of drug use in later life, as well as its consequences in the aging brain and on behavior. This knowledge may have the potential to identify risk factors and to guide clinical practices in older populations.
The National Institutes of Health is offering this funding opportunity open to Native American Tribal organizations, Tribal governments, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian serving institutions, Indian housing authorities, and others.
HRSA Grant on Improving STI Screening and Treatment for People Living with or at Risk of HIV
Due Monday, April 2, 2018
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. A new grant is available from HRSA, Improving Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Treatment among People Living with or at Risk for HIV (HRSA-18-040).
The purpose of this project is to support a single organization that will identify three service jurisdictions and fund a minimum of three and a maximum of five intervention sites within each jurisdiction to implement clinical and system-level interventions to improve screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among low-income people living with HIV (PLWH) or at risk for HIV. Tribal governments and organizations are eligible to apply.
To view the grant, click
To view the HRSA Grants Web Page, click
Pregnancy Assistance Fund Grant Program
Letter of intent due February 12, 2018
Applications due April 12, 2018
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) announced the anticipated availability of funds for States and Tribes to develop and implement programs for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families to improve health and related educational, social, and economic outcomes.
OAH anticipates funding up to 23 grants with an annual budget of $250,000 to $1,000,000 for a two-year project period.
Share Your Story on STD Prevention
Due Monday, March 5, 2018
The Indian Health Service National STD Program is organizing a special newsletter for April, STD Awareness month. If you have success stories, events or other announcements/information you would like to share please email them to Dr. Andria Apostolou (IHS National STD Program lead)
You can sign up for the IHS National STD Program Listserv
Tribal Researchers' Cancer Control Fellowship
Applications due Friday, March 23, 2018
The Northwest Native American Research Center for Health (NW NARCH) Program, in collaboration with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Prevention Research Center, is offering a new fellowship in cancer prevention and control research. The training will be offered in conjunction with the last two weeks of the Summer Research Training Institute at the Indian Health Board in Portland, Oregon on June 17-29, 2018. In addition, fellows will attend a one-week session in the fall of 2018 that is focused on additional topics in cancer prevention and control research among Tribal people. Fellows will work with peer and career mentors to develop and implement cancer control projects, and will be supported to attend professional meetings to present their research findings.
For more information, click
Bed Bug Educational Package for Tribal Members
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) in conjunction with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a Bed Bug Educational Package meant to provide useful information to Tribal members for bed bug prevention and control. This package is available online
or as a PDF HERE
. The website also contains the Bed Bug Issue Paper (a survey of the problem in Tribal Country), an EPA webinar on bed bugs in schools, links to other bed bug resources, and federal funding resources. This package may be useful for Tribal members, environmental/health professionals, public housing, medical clinics, schools, day care centers, and other interested individuals or organizations.
View the bed bug package
Improving Patient Care (IPC) Program
The IPC program is pleased to provide access to the
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Open School to support you in your quality improvement efforts. The Open School offers essential training and tools in an
online, educational community
to help you and your team deliver excellent, safe care and to build core skills in improvement, safety, and leadership. The Open School offers more than 30 online courses in quality, safety, leadership, the Triple Aim, and patient-centered care. You would obtain continuing education credits (CEU).
For IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian Health Program ambulatory facilities, access is available through the
IPC Program. Enrollment instructions and a passcode provided for those registering through IPC.
How to Access the IHI Open School Online Courses
Step 1: Log in to IHI.org
- If you are not yet registered, do so at www.IHI.org/RegisterFull.
Step 2: Enter your group's passcode.
- After you have successfully logged in, enter passcode here.
- Enter your group's 8-digit passcode E934A094and click the "Get Access" button.
- A confirmation message will appear, indicating you have joined your group and inviting you into the courses.
Step 3: Take courses.
- Now that you are registered for the courses, return directly to your learning here.
IHS Direct Service CMS-certified hospitals and their associated ambulatory care facilities, access is available through
your PATH partner. Contact your PATH partner to get enrolled. The attached informational flier pertains to both the PATH and IPC program regarding access to the Open School for IHS facilities.
Online Introduction to Legal Epidemiology
Legal epidemiology provides a scientific approach to studying the impact and effectiveness of laws on health. This online training is part of the Public Health Law Academy, created by the CDC's [Center for Disease Control and Prevention's] Public Health Law Program (PHLP) and ChangeLab Solutions through Cooperative Agreement Number 6NU380T000141-04-02 from CDC. This training will explain how law affects health, enable participants to define and describe basic legal epidemiology principles, and apply legal epidemiology in practice.
View these resources under Legal Epidemiology Overview in the Public Health Law Program
Population Health Research Summit
April 16-18, 2018 in Sioux Falls, SD
The Collaborative Rsearch Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) and the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research (CHOPR) invite you to join us for the 2018 Population Health Research Summit being held April 16-18, 2018 at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Join them for a storytelling workshop, speakers on American Indian and rural health, a poster session, or more.
Safety Precautions for Total Release Foggers
Total release foggers are products used to fumigate an area to kill pests, such as cockroaches and fleas. A new
journal article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
highlights the dangers of using a fogger incorrectly, and supports using safer methods for pest management. The EPA has an online guide to encourage the safe use of foggers, which includes leaving a residence when it is treated with a fogger, using foggers only when necessary, and keeping foggers away from ignition sources, as they are flammable.
View the EPA guide
to learn more
Study on Healthy Foods in North-Central Tribal Community
A new study provides information about healthy foods in an unidentified rural community in a North-Central Tribal community. The researchers "assessed the availability and price of healthy foods offered at all stores (n=27) within a 90-mile radius of the town center of a large American Indian reservation. Stores were classified by type, and availability and cost of foods were measured using the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in Stores [...]."
Social Determinants of Health Report on Native New Mexico Youth
The report, What Shapes the Health of Native American Children in New Mexico?, focuses on the range of factors that affect health of New Mexico's Native American children and families. Using a Native/indigenous perspective framework and building on established social determinants of health like socioeconomic status, education and physical and social environments and access to health care, the report specifically looks at unique factors, such as historical trauma, self-determination and cultural activities.
Read the full report
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
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
To join this webinar, click
Annual Tribal Public Health Summit
May 22-24, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN
Call for Proposals
Due Friday, February 23, 2018
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.
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.
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.
To submit an abstract click
Sponsor the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit
We invite you to contribute to Tribal public health by becoming an official sponsor of the premier national AI/AN specific public health gathering. The National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) offers key opportunities for allies, organizations and agencies to network, build relationships and establish partnerships with Tribal health leaders in an effort to address AI/AN health priorities. NIHB is honored to welcome your support for TPHS. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels with many benefits included. Sponsoring the TPHS provides a great opportunity to elevate the presence and visibility of your organization and work, as well as your commitment to Tribal public health and healthcare needs.
To view more information about sponsorship opportunities, including our sponsorship packages, click
Native Public Health Innovation Award: Call for Nominations
Due Tuesday, February 20, 2018
In an effort to honor individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved American Indian and Alaska Native public health, NIHB invites nominations for the Native Public Health Innovation Award. This award was created to recognize excellence, achievement, and innovations that are above and beyond the call of service. 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.
To learn more or submit your nomination, click
NIHB has a room block at the conference hotel, The Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. To ensure the lowest rate, call 952-445-9000 or 800-262-7799 and ask for the NIHB block
Online reservations can also be made
Registration opening soon
For more information, check the conference website
Advancements in Diabetes Webinar: Hypertension Guidelines
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 3pm ET
Dena Wilson, MD, FACC, Clinical Consultant with the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) will present on hypertension guidelines.
The session will include a discussion of various clinical practice guidelines for hypertension and how they relate to individual hypertension management, including blood pressure measurement, hypertension identification, and the IHS hypertension protocol. In addition, the session will include discussion of assessment of medication adherence in treating hypertension. A clinician tool for using the IHS hypertension protocol for managing hypertension will also be provided.
To join the webinar, click
Indian Health Service (IHS) Influenza Update
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1-1:30 PM ET
Get up-to-date CDC and IHS influenza surveillance data, along with information on vaccine coverage and antiviral supply for IHS patients.
Safe Water Program Improvement (SWPI) e-Learning Series
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is happy to announce the launch of the new
Safe Water Program Improvement (SWPI) e-Learning Series
(SWPI). Created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Network of Public Health Institutes, Texas Health Institutes, Tulane University, and NEHA, SWPI provides information and resources for improving health department programs on household wells, springs, cisterns, and other drinking water sources. The training is free and available online. NEHA continuing education units are available upon completion of the courses and the final evaluation.
For more information, click
Update on the 2017-2018 Influenza Season for Clinicians
Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm ET
Influenza-related hospitalization rates so far in the 2017-2018 season are exceeding milestones set during the 2014-2015 season-a high severity, H3N2-predominant season.
During this COCA call, CDC flu experts will address clinical issues for influenza patients, including those with severe disease, and provide the latest updates on the 2017-2018 influenza season.
The recordings (audio, slides, and transcript) for this call will be posted on the
a few days after the COCA Call.
To join the webinar, click:
To join by telephone:
US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968
Webinar: The Art of Storytelling, Weaving Diverse Narratives into STD Prevention in the Midwest
Monday, February 19, 2018 from 11:30am- 1:00pm ET
Surveillance data show higher rates of reported STDs among some marginalized communities when compared with rates amongst others. Race and ethnicity in the U.S. are population characteristics that are correlated with other factors affecting health status. Access to quality STD prevention and treatment services is key to reducing STD disparities in the Midwest. Even when health care is available, fear and distrust of health care institutions can negatively affect the health care-seeking experience for many marginalized communities when there is social discrimination, provider bias, or the perception that these may exist. Please join anthropologist Nikki Lane and epidemiologist Amara Ross as we discuss health disparities in the Midwest and explore the stories of those disproportionately impacted by STDs.
Healthy Beverage Summit - Albuquerque, NM
February 21, 2018
The one-day Healthy Beverage Summit brings together NB3 Foundation current community partners (grantees), early childhood stakeholders and others working with Native youth to learn, share and network on how best to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages among Native American youth.
For more information on the summit, click