Tribal Public Health Broadcast
March 23, 2018
9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
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Funding and Opportunities


Dr. Robert Redfield Named as New Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On Wednesday March 21st, 2018, University of Maryland School of Medicine HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Robert Redfield was selected as the new Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Redfield replaces Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, who had stepped in after the resignation of former CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statement on Dr. Redfield's appointment can be found  HERE
Funding and Opportunities
NIHB Request for Applications (RFA) Announcement: Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening
Applications Due Friday, March 30th, 2018
The National Indian Health Board  with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screeningaward. 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.
NIHB must be receive a complete, electronic copy of the application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, March 30th. Please submit a single PDF version of the application to 
Download the Request for Applications (RFA) HERE
Download the Pre-Application Webinar slides HERE
Call for Proposals for the 2018 American Indian and Alaska Native National 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 American Indian and Alaska Native National 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.

Conference Tracks
  • 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
Click HERE for additional information or to submit your proposal today!
BIA Indian Highway Safety Program Grants
Due May 1, 2018
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Justice Services (OJS), Indian Highway Safety Program (IHSP) is soliciting proposals for implementing traffic safety programs and projects which are designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, deaths, injuries and property damage within these populations. Indian Highway Safety Grants are reimbursable grants available to federally recognized tribes. Proposals are being accepted for the following Funding Opportunities:
  • BIA-IHSP-2019-0001: Indian Highway Safety Law Enforcement Grants
  • BIA-IHSP-2019-0002 : Indian Highway Safety Occupant Protection Grant
To apply and learn more about the Indian Highway Safety Law Enforcement Grants, click HERE
To apply and learn more about the Indian Highway Safety Occupant Protection Grant, click HERE
Each Tribe must submit its application packet to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services at the following address:
Attention: Indian Highway Safety Program Director
1001 Indian School Rd. NE, Suite 251,
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Grant applications can be sent by e-mail to For further information, Tribes should contact Ms. Kimberly Belone, Indian Highway Safety Program, 1001 Indian School Rd. NE, Suite 251, Albuquerque, NM 87104; telephone (505) 563-3900.
Integrative Action for Resilience: Progress Through Community-Research Partnerships
Application Deadline: April 11, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET

The Integrative Action for Resilience initiative is a two-phase opportunity for local community leaders-who are interested in designing and implementing rigorous resilience research to generate evidence that can inform their own decision-making about policies and projects needed to build resilience in their community, and for researchers-who are interested in partnering in new ways with community-based organizations to apply their analytic capabilities to community-identified challenges. This is a unique opportunity to connect community leaders and researchers who have not worked together before but may be interested and well-suited to pursue resilience research  together. Current community-research partnerships are important, but this call is for new partnerships to develop between community leaders and researchers who have not previously worked together but will find complementary benefits from engagement.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Healthy Transitions Funding Opportunity Announcement
Applications due May 14, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, "Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program".

The purpose of this program is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16-25, who have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a serious mental illness (SMI), hereafter referred to as serious mental disorders. It is expected that this program will improve emotional and behavioral health functioning so that this population of youth and young adults can maximize their potential to assume adult roles and responsibilities and lead full and productive lives.

Eligible applicants are among the following: State/tribal agency that oversees delivery of mental health services to youth and young adults, ages 16-25, with serious mental disorders; and Federally recognized (as defined in Section 4[b] and Section 4[c] of the Indian Self-Determination Act) American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations. Eligibility is limited because SAMHSA believes that only state/tribal agencies overseeing the delivery of mental health services to youth and young adults are in the unique position to leverage community agencies that can support the wide scale adoption of Healthy Transitions programs and services.

*          Anticipated Total Available Funding: $3,368,000
*          Anticipated Number of Awards: Up to 4
*          Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000 per year
*          Length of Project: Up to 5 years
Find information on the FOA is HERE .
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  HERE
NIHB 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit
May 22-24, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN

Registration is open!

For more information, visit the conference page  HERE

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   

Generation Indigenous Youth Resiliency Panel Series
Monday, March 26, 2018 2:30PM EST
Hear how the IHS partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America Native Services helps to promote positive development and resiliency among Native Youth. We are kicking off the series on March 26, 2018 from 2:30-4:00pm ET with Part 1 of the series highlighting Partnerships. Join us as we here from CEOs and staff from the Boys and Girls Club of America Native Services. They will share how they promote positive development and foster resiliency among Native youth through their partnership with the Indian Health Service.  
To register, please click HERE.
For more information on MSPI Gen-I, please visit the MSPI site HERE .
To learn about Native youth specific resources, visit the IHS Native Youth site HERE .
Maternal Depression Webinar
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Maternal depression encompasses a range of conditions that can affect women at any time, and occurs most often during pregnancy and in the first year postpartum. Having a depressed mother can have a negative impact on young children's behavior and social/emotional development. Home visitors and early childhood professionals are often best positioned to support very young children and their families. Infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) consultants can help home visitors and early care and education (ECE) providers learn the skills needed to support children and families who are experiencing the effects of maternal depression.
This webinar is for program directors in infant and early childhood mental health consultation, early care and education, Early Head Start and Head Start, and home visiting, as well as federal, state, tribal, and community maternal and child health agency workers.
Please register by March 26, 2018 to receive webinar login information. Register HERE
National Autism Awareness Month event: Autism Awareness Interagency Roundtable
Monday, April 2, 2018 from 9:00am-11:00am
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, please join the Indian Health Service (IHS) and other Federal partners at the Autism Awareness Interagency Roundtable. IHS is pleased to host this joint-agency event with partners from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, United States Department of Labor, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institute of Mental Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and showcase how various Operating Divisions are addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Speaks representatives will provide a brief description on key themes related to the Autism Spectrum Disorder, family resources, public health issues, research, and health disparities in the United States and abroad. Federal representatives will provide a brief description on key themes related to raising awareness for Autism and share agency resources, collaborations, and activities related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Opening Remarks: RADM Michael Toedt
Presenters: Autism Speaks with a Federal Panel Fireside Chat
Connect via Adobe Connect HERE
For more information, please contact Dr. Marcy Ronyak, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral Health via email at .
Diabetes ALERT! Day
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and 90% of those most at risk don't know it.  American Indians and Alaska Natives now have the highest diabetes prevalence rates of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States . Type 2 diabetes is a disease that can lead to serious complications such as kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. Fortunately, it can be delayed or even prevented with healthy lifestyle modifications. Knowing your risk is the first step.
On March 27, The National Indian Health Board is joining the American Diabetes Association for a one-day wake-up call about the prevalence and risks of type 2 diabetes, #DiabetesAlertDay. Take the one-minute Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and find out if you are at risk. With simple questions like "do you have a family history of diabetes," and "are you physically active," participants can learn their risk in just 60 seconds