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

March 12, 2020
NIHB 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit Postponed

Due to the progression of COVID-19, the 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS), originally scheduled for March 17-19, 2020 in Omaha, NE, has been postponed to a later 2020 date. For more information, please read our statement here.
World Health Organization Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic

On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, meaning the disease has spread over several countries or continents. This label raises the responsibility for prevention and mitigation across the globe rather than in isolated areas.  Read more here.
The Rise of E-Cigarettes: How the Vaping Epidemic Impacts Indigenous Health & Culture

A campaign hosted by Sacred Breath Day took place, engaging Indigenous communities. The purpose behind the campaign was to demonstrate that E-Cigarettes are not part of the cultural tradition. Although many advocates are steadily raising awareness in the community, e-cigarettes and vaping still raises a great concern. Read more here.
Navajo Nation COVD-19 Preparedness Team Established to Address Coronavirus Precautionary Efforts

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer officially established the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Preparedness Team on Thursday, to monitor, plan, prepare, and coordinate precautionary efforts to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) . 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. On Wednesday, March 11, The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.  Also on Wednesday, President Trump announced travel restrictions from Europe to the U.S. as well as other changes to mitigate the effects of the virus.   Read more here.
TRIBAL INPUT REQUESTED : The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is asking for your assistance in assessing the coronavirus prevention and response capacity in Indian Country.

We are asking for this information because NIHB has the opportunity to share information on Tribal needs and advocate for resources with both Congress and the Administration. To ensure that these efforts have the best possible impact, we need to gather key data from as many Tribes as possible to create a comprehensive profile of what is needed. Please complete the brief survey at this link .
As of March 11, 2020
  • 124,910 infected people have been confirmed, still primarily in China, although cases have been identified in 122 countries/regions.
  • 4,589 people have died from the infection worldwide;
  • 66,702 people recovered from the infection; and
  • 938 reported cases of the virus in the United States.

News stories:
  • Hoarding and misuse of supplies due to COVID-19 panic is causing a global shortage and threatening lives. Learn more about the rational and correct use here.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a map of the U.S. that shows affected states and how many COVID-19 cases they have reported.
  • CDC published recommendations on environmental cleaning & disinfection.
  • CDC published information on people at risk for serious illness.
  • As of the evening of March 9, there are 79 state and local public health labs in 50 states and the District of Columbia that have successfully verified and are currently using COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
  • CDC has developed a map showing which states and territories have one or more laboratories that have successfully verified and are currently using COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
  • As of the evening of March 9, 2020, CDC and local and state public health laboratories had tested a total of 8,854 specimens.
  • On March 10, CDC published updated guidance on Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings.
  • The CDC has announced a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update—Information for Clinicians Caring for Children and Pregnant Women for today, March 12 at 2 PM ET. Learn more here.
COVID-19 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 Courtney Wheeler at or 202-507-4081.
Funding & Opportunities
Proposed Revisions to the 10 Essential Public Health Services
Comments due by Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

The Public Health National Center for Innovation (PHNCI) and the de Beaumont Foundation have teamed up together to rebuild the 10 Essential Public Health Services framework. With great efforts of various stakeholder, comments are being accepted for review from public health professionals. Read more here.
Community Care Corps Request for Proposal
Applications due Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5 PM ET

The Community Care Corps is seeking proposals for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly help older adults or adults with disabilities with non-medical assistance in order to maintain their independence. Community Care Corps seeks to fund local models that represent a diverse cross section of the nation reflective of geography, urban/rural/frontier and Tribal communities, underserved and limited English-speaking populations, communities with limited support programs, and more. Read more here.
Opioid Impacted Family Support Program
Applications due Monday, April 13, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is awarding funding for a program which aims to increase the number of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who work on inter-professional teams to provide services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders and their family members. Read more here.
Tribal Opioid Response Grants
Applications due Monday, May 4, 2020

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a grant funding opportunity announcement entitled, “Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) Grants.” SAMHSA will offer a webinar on how to apply for the grants.
TOR aims to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based services. Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations, including current TOR grantees, are eligible to apply. Read more here.
NIHB Seeks Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

NIHB is seeking qualified candidates for Director of Public Health Policy and Programs. This position is based in Washington, DC. NIHB encourages you to apply.  Read more here.
Public Health Training E-Course

The National Indian Health Board is pleased to announce the release of an interactive e-course: Public Health Training. This course is intended to educate Tribal leaders and Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) members on public health topics and provide information, including best practices, to support consultation on public health topics. Created by NIHB with funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this course is part of NIHB’s aim to strengthen the public health infrastructure of Tribal Nations; ensure a competent, current, and connected Tribal public health system; and improve the delivery of essential public health services through capacity-building. Read more here.
This Week's New COVID-19 Resources

The World Health Organization (WHO) offers several online trainings for public health professionals and others. Trainings include COVID-19 infection prevention and control, introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, etc. Read more here.

The WHO also recently released guidance for workplaces. View the guidance here. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) previously released similar guidance.

Avoid the spread of misinformation! Consider syndicating the CDC's microsite on your own web page. Learn more here.

A recently-published journal article offers guidance on tackling online heroisation and blame in epidemics, including the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here.

The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) is offering two online courses on COVID-19 legal preparedness and a toolkit on preparing hospitals for a COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more here.

Realities of Coronavirus: How to Travel and Meet Safely: podcast here.

The Lancet has created a Coronavirus Resource Centre , which brings together new COVID-19 content from across  The Lancet  journals as it is published. All content is free to access.

COVID-19 Resources
Be sure to check resources as they are updated regularly since the situation is rapidly changing.

POSTPONED: American Climate Leadership Summit 2020
New Date: August 26-27, 2020 in Washington, DC

In the interests of all stakeholders, the American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS) has been rescheduled for August 26-27, 2020. There will be some minor adjustments, but ACLS anticipates holding the current agenda, location, and speaker roster intact. Additional information on hotels and other the aspects of the Summit will be forthcoming.
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.