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APHA Opens Public Access to Firearms Research
On March 6, 2018, the American Public Health Association (APHA) announced that all research papers, commentaries, and analytic essays related to public health and firearms, and published in the American Journal of Public Health would be available free of charge.
APHA hopes that increasing public access to research on firearms will lead to reduced intentional and unintentional deaths and injuries, and better policy to stop the "epidemic of violence in our communities."
To read the full news release from APHA, click HERE
Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee Meets with Acting IHS Director
Tribal leaders from eleven Indian Health Service (IHS) Areas participated in the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) meeting in Reno, NV on February 21-22, 2018. More than 40 people across Indian Country attended including local Tribal leaders, Tribal, IHS and Urban health program representatives, and members of regional and national organizations and committees. Presenters and Tribal leaders celebrated the reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI), and discussed upcoming Tribal consultation in relation to SDPI.
The TLDC met with Acting IHS Director, Rear Admiral (RADM) Michael Weahkee, and discussed updating Tribal consultation policies, improving communication with federal partners, navigating the implications of the current administration's goal of creating more efficient programs, and encouraging the importance of culturally appropriate programs in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Tribal leaders voiced their concerns with the reclassification of SDPI from mandatory to discretionary spending, as suggested in the President's 2019 budget. RADM Weahkee promised to work with others in IHS to insure that the messages of the agency reflected that of Tribal Leaders.
Stacy A. Bohlen, National Indian Health Board CEO and Vinton Hawley, NIHB Chair and Tribal Chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe presented TLDC members with updates on legislative issues of concern to Tribal leaders in regards to chronic disease prevention, including efforts for permanent SDPI authorization, the classification of SDPI funding from mandatory to discretionary spending, and advocacy on the Farm Bill to support AI/AN farmers and food sovereignty. Chairman Hawley emphasized that, "agencies want to hear directly from Tribal leaders. It is important we have collaboration and move forward with a unified voice." He challenged Tribal leaders to get involved with Native health issues both locally and nationally.
A common theme throughout the TLDC meeting was the need to improve data infrastructure, and to do a better job telling our stories about successful programs, particularly those that do not have federal data available to support them. The TLDC also heard from local SDPI programs. These stories, among many others, highlight the remarkable successes of SDPI in Indian Country, particularly those that, according to one of the SDPI presenters, "reincorporate traditional values into our lives... [and] keep traditions alive."
Follow the link
to view all of the Local Impact Stories submitted to NIHB by SDPI program participants and staff, or to submit your own.
To view highlights from the most recent TLDC meeting, click
The next TLDC meeting will be held May 20-21 at the location of the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit (May 22-24) at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, MN. For more information about the Tribal Leader's Diabetes Committee, contact Karrie Joseph,
Zika Summit in Louisiana Brings Together Tribes and their State and Local Partners
Communicating, coordinating, and collaborating with adjacent or overlapping governments can be daunting in the best of situations. Collaboration becomes especially complex when those partnerships get tested in public health emergency situations. Many Tribal governments face additional challenges, including the need to educate state and local partners on Tribal sovereignty, jurisdiction, and the status Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) hold as public health authorities. Nevertheless, Tribal-State-Local partnership are valuable and important - especially for emerging issues like Zika which can require emergency response as well as interdepartmental and cross-jurisdictional cooperation.
Keeping in mind that disease knows no boundaries and much public health work is local, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) hosted a Zika Summit, focused on collaboration with a theme of "Ensuring Healthy Tribes through State and Local Partnership" February 27-28 in Baton Rouge , Louisiana.
Nearly 40 state, local, and Tribal representatives came together during this day-and-a-half event to learn about and discuss collaborative efforts to address Zika and other vector-borne diseases and ways to increase collaboration between Tribal, state, and local partners.
Attendees stressed the potential benefits of partnership including the increased ability to share information and resources, to avoid duplication and waste, and to allow all stakeholders to contribute to program design.
NIHB led interactive activities designed to clarify values, discuss barriers to collaboration and possible solutions, and workshop through potential Zika scenarios that might affect Tribal communities in Louisiana. USET described Tribal health systems and the role of TECs to help non-Tribal staff better understand the Tribal health/public health framework. The Louisiana Department of Health staff discussed non-Tribal public health systems for Tribal attendees and also provided information about Zika and other vector-borne diseases. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) presented about partnerships and collaboration.
Participants shared best practices and identified opportunities for improvement that could lead to more successful communication, coordination, and collaboration including:
- Ensure contact lists are up-to-date
- Be consistent, transparent, and fair
- Learn about each other - ask about needs and priorities, look at the data that does exist
- Build relationships and consider phone or in-person meetings
- Spend time in partnership before urgent needs arise; for example, work together during "friendly events"
- Pair staff or liaisons at both Tribal and state/local level
- Attempt formal and informal contact in different ways when reaching out
- Use long term cross-jurisdictional sharing agreements
- Solidify shared goals and objectives
- Keep lines of communication open and ensure ongoing opportunities for discussion such as forums, summits, or partnership events
Over the next few months, working with our Area Indian Health Board partners, NIHB aims to host similar meetings in New Mexico and California. If you live or work in one of these states, please look out for additional information about these upcoming events.
To learn more about NIHB's Zika project,
or to request technical assistance, please contact Angelica Colagreco, NIHB Public Health Project Coordinator at
or 202-507-4074 or visit the NIHB website
Dear Tribal Leader Letter - Community Health Aide Program
The Indian Health Service Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders to provide updates on efforts to expand the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP). This includes:
- Formation of the CHAP Tribal Advisory Group (TAG)
- Developing the policy and implementation plan. The CHAP TAG will convene for a two-day meeting March 21-22, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.
View the Dear Tribal Leader Letter HERE.
Spotlight on Behavioral Health Interventions Using Indigenous Traditions
The American Psychological Association recently published an article entitled "The Healing Power of Heritage." The article describes the serious problem of suicide and substance abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and the frequent attempts professionals made to address these problems using "Western evidence-based strategies that failed to recognize indigenous values - such as spirituality, the wisdom of elders and family relationships." The article also touches on other issues with these interventions - for example, Native people were most often excluded from helping develop solutions. More recently, However, it appears that progress has been made in more recent times by closely collaborating with indigenous people to include their heritage and values. "Many of the struggles Native communities face are caused by broken connections with their heritage," the article quotes Art Blume, PhD (Cherokee and Choctaw), psychology professor at Washington State University Vancouver. "Progress has been made over the last few years because we are combining the best indigenous cultural practices for healing with empirically supported interventions, plus we have enhanced the trust of the communities by working with them." The article then describes four communities with innovative and culturally-tailored programs to address these serious public health problems.
These communities and programs are:
- Yup'ik Alaska Native: a toolbox for survival
- White Mountain Apache: connecting spirituality to mental health
- Cheyenne, Arapaho, and other Tribes: success with integrated care
- Great Plains Indians: finding strength in the buffalo
CDC Releases the 2017 Diabetes Report Card
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2017 Diabetes Report Card, containing information on diabetes, prediabetes, diabetes preventive care practices, health outcomes, risk factors, and trends.
Overall, the rate of new cases in the US has decreased, and more adults and organizations are participating in the national Diabetes Prevention Program. However, American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) had the highest age-adjusted rates of diagnosed diabetes among the racial and ethnic groups examined. AI/AN children aged 1-19 years old also had the highest rates of Type 2 Diabetes among the racial/ethnic groups, although the results were not representative of all AI/AN youth.
To read more about the 2017 Diabetes Report Card, click HERE
Funding and Opportunities
Nominee Submissions 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. This workshop will be held May 8-10, 2018, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. 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. § 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.
SDPI Poster Session Call for Proposals DUE TOMORROW
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
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Webinar Today! NIHB Request for Applications (RFA) Announcement: Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening
Applications Due Friday, March 30th, 2018
Pre-Application Webinar Today (03/15/2018) at 4:00-5:00 pm ET
National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
, with support from the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
, is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening award. This funding will provide awards of up to $5,000 to three (3) Tribal clinics. Funding will be used to pilot test a toolkit developed by NIHB. This toolkit has been developed to share implementation guidelines for the priority evidence-based interventions (EBIs) found in the Community Guide to Preventive Services (Community Guide) Strategies. This action guide is designed specifically for Tribal health systems interested in increasing high-quality, population-based breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings. The funded pilot project will focus on breast and cervical cancer screenings and is expected to run from May 1st to July 31st, 2018.
Download the Request for Applications (RFA)
Register for the Pre-Application webinar
Call for Proposals for the 2018 National Tribal Behavioral Health Conference
Due Friday, April 13, 2018
Conference July 25-27, 2018 in Washington, DC
Tribal behavioral health experts, researchers, community-based service providers, and Tribal professionals are invited to submit abstracts for the 2018 National Tribal Behavioral Health Conference, taking place July 25-27, 2018 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. NIHB is accepting abstracts for 90-minute workshops and 60-minute roundtables.
NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidence-based, best, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. NIHB is particularly interested in presentations that provide tools in addition to information and research, so that gained knowledge can be made actionable. NIHB is also looking for presentations that address Tribal behavioral health issues from multiple perspectives, paying close attention to the social determinants of health (i.e. socioeconomic status, exposure to trauma, access to education, the physical environment, etc.) which directly influence behavioral health outcomes. This year's conference focuses on actions and tools that promote connections with culture and community and knowing your purpose through the implementation of Tribal best practices. Please consider topics and content that emphasize this theme.
- Community-Based Behavioral Health Services
- Sharing Traditional Best and Promising Practices
- Behavioral Health Integration- Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders, and Suicide Prevention
- Behavioral Health Workforce Innovation
- MSPI and DVPI Grantee Track
for additional information or to submit your proposal today!
NIHB Webinar Slides Available
In the last several months, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has hosted some successful webinars with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the Climate Ready Tribes and Zika projects. This is a reminder that slides and recordings are currently available online, so please consider checking out these resources if you were unable to attend and sharing information with colleagues or partners who may also be interested.
The following webinars have slides available:
Thank you to all our previous attendees and presenters! Please keep an eye out for additional webinars from NIHB in the near future.
World Water Day and Water Safety Resources
Trans-NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Community Listening Session
Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 1:00- 3:00 pm ET
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities hosted a community engagement virtual listening session on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The listening session was an opportunity for community stakeholders to provide input on the
Trans-NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan
If you were unable to join us this Thursday but would like to participate in one of the listening sessions below, send a message to the email below indicating your interest
* Thursday, April 5 - Omaha, NE
* Monday, April 16 - Washington, DC
* Friday, April 27 - San Francisco, CA
* Wednesday, May 2 - Montgomery, AL
* Friday, May 4 - Virtual Session
Your time and support are greatly appreciated through this process. If you have any questions, please email
March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) recognizes the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indian, Alaska Native (AI/AN), and Native Hawaiian people. The day serves as a national community mobilization effort to encourage AI/AN and Native Hawaiian people to get tested for HIV, and to get involved in HIV prevention care and Treatment.
To learn more about NNHAAD, click
NNHAAD's website provides information on NNHAAD, educational material, resources, media kits, products, and testing incentives.
Tribal Water & Habitat Restoration Forum
Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ
Audubon Arizona and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) are co-hosting and presenting the Tribal Water & Habitat Restoration Forum at the Nina Mason Pullium Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix, AZ on March 29, 2018.
Learn more or register
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
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
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 is open!
For more information, check the conference website