Tribal Public Health Broadcast
March 1, 2018
9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
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Funding and Opportunities


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  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

Tribal Action Plan Development Workshop: A Tribal Law and Order Act Training Initiative
May 8-10, 2018, The National Advocacy Center in Columbia South Carolina Nominations Due Friday, March 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice's National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI), together with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is pleased to announce the Tribal Action Plan Development Workshop: A Tribal Law and Order Act Training Initiative. Travel and lodging accommodations will be paid for by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Education. There is no tuition fee.

The Tribal Action Plan (TAP) Training Initiative was established in direct response to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. TAPs support the principle of Tribal self-determination and provide Tribes the opportunity to take a proactive role in the fight against alcohol and substance misuse in their communities (25 U.S.C. ยง 2412). This workshop is designed to provide Tribes with the tools and guidance to assist in developing a TAP.

The TAP Workshop will be led by experienced faculty and will include sessions focused on: 1) community readiness; 2) resource identification; 3) needs assessment; and 4) strategic plan development. Tribes who are chosen to participate are asked to send a core team of five representatives with responsibility for creating the Tribe's TAP. Suggested disciplines for the Tribal Coordinating Committee include the following: leadership, behavioral, public or community health; the criminal justice system; and education. Tribes who have participated in a Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) training possess important preparation for the TAP Workshop.

Core Tribal TAP Team members will be required to participate in pre and post workshop technical assistance, attend the entire workshop, and sign a letter of commitment to work with Federal TAP points of contacts and consultants to complete a Tribal-specific TAP. Tribes selected to attend the TAP Workshop must adopt a resolution (or legally-equivalent action) to develop and implement a Tribal action plan.

To Nominate a Tribe, e-mail Delores McCarter at 
Due Monday, April 16, 2018
Grants for projects to provide nutrition education to participants in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) program.
Desired outcomes include:
  • Improve nutrition-related knowledge among FDPIR participants, resulting in healthier food choices and a better understanding of healthy food preparation methods
  • Foster Tribal capacity to provide nutrition education through the development of nutrition education resources, such as lesson materials and videos, and facilities, such as food demonstration spaces and educational gardens
  • Develop skills among FDPIR participants, such as canning, preparing fresh produce, and using lower fat cooking methods, leading to greater self-sufficiency and providing participants with greater flexibility in how they utilize healthy foods
Projects should use the  FY 2018 SNAP Education Plan Guidance as the basis for educational activities.

For more information, Click  HERE

Due Tuesday, April 24, 2018
This program's purpose is to provide resources for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal nations and regional AI/AN Tribally designated organizations to optimize the quality and performance  of Tribal public health system, including infrastructure, workforce, data and information systems, programs and services, resources and communication, and partnerships. Work in these areas will increase the capacity of Indian Country to identify, respond to, and mitigate public health threats and decrease the burden of disease among AI/ANs.
Successful applicants will focus on building Tribal public health systems' capacity in one of more of the following areas:
  • Improving Tribal public health system infrastructure and operational capacity
  • Building the competencies of the Tribal public health workforce
  • Improving Tribal public health data and information systems
  • Strengthening Tribal public health programs and services
  • Improving the provision of Tribal public health resources and communication
  • Developing and maintaining Tribal public health partnerships
Letters of intent are requested, but not required, by Friday, March 30, 2018.
For more information, click HERE
Clinical Guidance to Help Broaden Health Care Professionals' Understanding of Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published new guidance to help expand healthcare providers' understanding of using medications to treat people with opioid use disorder (OUD). Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63, Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, reviews the use of the three U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications to treat OUD:
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine
TIP 63 is the latest in a series of topic-specific best-practice guidelines that SAMHSA has developed to help educate and inform healthcare professionals of the most up-to-date practices for treating OUD, as part of the Agency's effort to combat the nation's opioid crisis.

Learn more and read TIP 63

Different Ways of Knowing: Successful Examples of Knowledge Co-production in Arctic Research

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) has posted a new webinar, entitled "Different Ways of Knowing: Successful Examples of Knowledge Co-production in Arctic Research." This webinar addresses traditional/indigenous knowledge.
This webinar recording is available HERE or HERE
Also, learn more about IARPC Collaborations or join the member space (free) to access many resources and events like this. Learn mor e HERE
SAMHSA New Behavioral Health Publications

Suicide Clusters within American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities
This paper examines what is known about suicide clusters within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and uses that information to provide recommendations for stakeholders working to prevent and contain suicide clusters within AI/AN communities. Inventory#: SMA17-5050.

Clinical Guidelines for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants
This Clinical Guide provides comprehensive, national guidance for optimal management of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder and their infants. The Clinical Guide helps healthcare professionals and patients determine the most clinically appropriate action for a particular situation and informs individualized treatment decisions. Inventory#: SMA18-5054.

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
This fact sheet serves as a guide for individuals seeking behavioral health treatment. It provides three necessary steps to complete prior to utilizing a treatment center and the five signs of a quality treatment center, which include a review of the accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, position on the role of families, and support networks. Inventory#: PEP18-TREATMENT-LOC.

View all new publications HERE
UIHI Webinar: Indigenous Epidemiology
The Urban Indian Health Institute, a Division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, will be hosting a 90-minute webinar on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm ET. The online webinar description is as follows: "In 2016 and 2017, UIHI released a series of Community Health Profiles detailing the health status of urban Native communities. The reports use data on demographics, social determinants of health, mortality, sexually transmitted infections, maternal and child health, substance use, and mental health to examine health outcomes that exist among urban Native populations compared to the non Hispanic White populations. In an effort to make the Community Health Profiles more accessible and useful to urban Native communities, UIHI is launching a series of online Data Dashboards. Please join UIHI on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 from 10:30 AM PST to 12:00PM PST for a webinar exploring the features and potential applications of this exciting new data tool. This webinar will explore the features and functionalities of the Data Dashboards, giving participants the skills necessary to begin using this interactive online tool. Information accessed in the Data Dashboards can be used to identify strength-based programs and interventions, help program identify health priorities, document and assess health disparities, and assist in program planning, grant writing, advocacy, and community health assessments."
SAMHSA Webinar: Historical Perspectives and Best Practices: Substance Use Treatment and Prevention in the Indian Health Service
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10:00 am - 11:30am EST
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Learning Community is hosting a webinar featuring Dr. David "Joel" Beckstead. Dr. Beckstead serves as the National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Consultant for Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Behavioral Health. He assists Tribes in the planning, development, and implementation of culturally informed programming, and helps improve the quality of and access to care by lowering the incidence and prevalence of alcohol abuse and alcoholism among American Indian/Alaska Native people.

learn more about Dr. Beckstead and register for the webinar
Dial-in Number: 866-831-8713

For more information, please contact CDR Anthony Johnson via phone at 240-276-0135 or via email at or CAPT Josefine Haynes-Battle, Co-Chair via phone at 240-276-2563 or via email at .

NIHB Webinar: How to Use the New PHAB Supplemental Guidance for Tribal Public Health Departments
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
Please join us for a webinar presenting a new resource for Tribal public health departments who are currently or are interested in using the Public Health Accreditation Board's (PHAB) Standards and Measures for building public health system capacity and/or for public health accreditation purposes. The new resource, called the Supplementation Process and Documentation Guidance For Tribal Public Health Department Accreditationis a result of the work between the Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board (TPHAAB) and the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The intent of this collaboration is to increase accessibility to public health accreditation opportunities by Tribal public health entities. TPHAAB is composed of technical and public health subject matter experts from across Indian Country that are informed or are actively working on Tribal public health accreditation efforts. The group has been facilitated by NIHB since 2008.
During the webinar, PHAB will introduce the new Supplementation Guidance along with an accompanying guide on how to use it. 
Register  HERE
Think Heart: Strategies for Managing High Blood Pressure
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Association of American Indian Physicians is hosting an event - Think Heart: Strategies for Managing High Blood Pressure - on March 14 in Oklahoma City, OK. The event will be held at:
Embassy Suites
Oklahoma City Downtown
Medical Center
741 N Phillips Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
For more information, contact Jamie McDaniel at or ( 405) 946-7072. 
IHS Influenza Update Webinar
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 1pm ET
The Indian Health Service (IHS) Immunization Program, IHS Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, and IHS National Supply Service Center will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 1pm ET.
Learn more about this webinar or register HERE
Legal Implications of Substance Use among Pregnant Women in Tribal Communities
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST.
This webinar will focus issues related to pregnant women in Tribal communities and common reasons they do not self-report substance use due to fear of child removal and fear of legal action. Issues surrounding lack of knowledge or awareness among care providers about how to respond when women self-disclose substance use while pregnant will also be reviewed. Current trends among Tribal nations to banish and dis-enroll Tribal members who are using or distributing substances on Tribal lands will be shared, along with the different layers of jurisdiction for Tribal people including Tribal, county, state, and federal and Urban Indian populations.


Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) Training of Facilitators
April 10-12 in Suquamish, WA

The Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) curriculum was developed in the 1980's and has stood the test of time as an effective healing and planning model for Tribal communities addressing impacts of historical and intergenerational trauma. Impacts include substance abuse, suicide, meth and other drug use, violence, poverty and more.
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort 
15347 Suquamish Way NE
Suquamish, WA 98392
Register HERE
Contact Shannon Kissinger, Native Wellness Institute, 503-457-6520,
NIHB 9th 
Annual Tribal Public Health Summit
May 22-24, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN

Sponsoring 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  HERE

Exhibitors and Vendors

Are you interested in exhibiting at the Tribal Public Health Summit? Exhibitor registration is open! The deadline to register as an exhibitor is May 15, 2018, but registration is first come, first serve and registration may close sooner for certain exhibitor categories. 

Learn more about exhibiting or register HERE

Lodging Information
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  HERE   
Registration is open!
For more information, check the conference website HERE

Native HOPE Training Conference
June 4-6, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM
Native HOPE is a culture and resilience based program endorsed by Tribal Leaders, state and federal agencies as an effective prevention model. The topics include suicide prevention, and the related risk factors, substance abuse, violence prevention, coping with stress-trauma and depression. The training includes strengthening facilitation and group process skills.
Who Should Attend: Prevention Specialists, Domestic Violence Advocates, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Substance Abuse Counselors, MSPI-DVPI workers, school-youth workers, Tribal Leaders, and Community Members.
Learn more HERE