Tribal Public Health Broadcast
March 8, 2018
9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
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Funding and Opportunities


New CDC Vital Signs Report Demonstrates a 30% increase in ER visits for Opioid Overdoses from July 2016 through September 27 in 52 Areas in 45 States.

A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that emergency room visits for opioid overdoses rose by 30%. The largest increases were seen in the Midwestern region of the country, largely driven by a 109% increase in the state of Wisconsin alone. The CDC reported that overdoses increased for men by 30%, and 24% for women, while those between the ages of 35-54 saw the largest increase in opioid overdoses at 36%.

The complete report in addition to strategies and recommendations for responding to the growing opioid crisis can be found on the CDC website, available  HERE
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

Preventing Chronic Disease 2018 Student Research Paper Contest
Due Friday, March 23, 2018 by 5:00 pm ET
Preventing Chronic Disease is currently looking for "high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and medical residency and recent postdoctoral fellows to submit work relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of chronic diseases, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease."
Learn more  HERE

NIHB Request for Applications (RFA) Announcement: Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening
Applications Due Friday, March 30th, 2018
Pre-Application Webinar Thursday, March 15th, 2018 4:00-5:00 pm ET
The 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) HERE
Register for the Pre-Application webinar  HERE

National Institutes of Health Strategic Plan for Data Science
Due Monday, April 2, 2018
In order to capitalize on the opportunities presented by advances in data science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing a Strategic Plan for Data Science. This plan describes NIH's overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem.  As part of the planning process, NIH has published a  Request for Information (RFI)  to seek input from stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public.
NIH invites your comments and suggestions on the  draft NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science . To ensure consideration, responses must be submitted by April 2, 2018

Call for Papers: Indigenous Peoples, Medicinal Plants, and Wild Foods
Due Friday, April 20, 2018
The Fourth World Journal is pleased to announce that it will publish a special themed, peer reviewed issue on "Indigenous People, Medicinal Plants and Wild Foods." There is increasing desire in the global health community to learn more beneficial approaches of nutrition for growing populations in all bioregions. The focus in this Special Issue is the use of low-resource strategies that are culturally and ecologically appropriate to the locality. Plants and other wildlife foods are known the world over to have medicinal value. The nutrient and pharmacological density of these resources if often overlooked, undocumented, or exploited for purely commercial purposes. The purpose of this themed issue, therefore, is to bring recognition to the myriad of potentially useful foods and medicines in the wild that exist, and to stimulate a dialogue on how to ensure their cultural uses and benefits.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
  • Locally applied research methods
  • Use of non-agricultural plants, fungus, animals and insects for food and medicine
  • Health Community/University/NGO partnerships
  • Mental health and nutrition
  • Nutritional trauma
  • Chronic disease
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Biodiversity
View submission requirements HERE or learn more HERE

National Tribal Water Council (NTWC) Launches New Website
The National Tribal Water Council (NTWC) has launched a new website. They state that, as the website grows, the following will be included: NTWC's policy analysis on water related polices that impact Tribes, important water quality resources for Tribes, and current water quality news.
Learn more or view the website HERE
New! Tribal Companion Document to the PHAB Standards and Measures
The new resource, called the Supplementation Process and Documentation Guidance For Tribal Public Health Department Accreditation is 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 the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) since 2008. PHAB believes that, if Tribal health departments will use this supplement as a companion document to Version 1.5 of the Standards and Measures, they will find very useful Tribal-centric examples and suggestions for ensuring conformity with the standards and measures. For more information on public health accreditation, visit the Public Health Accreditation Board's website and the NIHB Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative webpage. 
Data Into Action for Tribes: 2 New Courses Available
The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center announces two new courses have been added to the Tulane Learning Management System  The new courses are Data into Action for Tribes: Introduction to Epidemiology and Data into Action for Tribes: Publicly-Available Data Sources. Both courses are available on the Tulane LMS and TRAIN.
The Data into Action for Tribes curriculum is designed to provide general guidance and understanding to increase the knowledge among Tribal health departments of how to access available data from federal, state, and local resources for program planning, surveillance, and data use. The courses included in this curriculum will cover several topics related to data, including an overview of epidemiology, sources of publicly-available data, conducting assessments and writing reports, the use of Geographic Information Systems, and behavioral health.
Each course will take 1 hour.
How to Support a Survivor Course
Sexual assault is a serious issue for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women, who have higher rates of sexual violence than other groups in the United States. The Department of Defense's (DoD) Safe Helpline offers on online course with "concrete tools that can help friends, family members, and colleagues of survivors of sexual assault support a survivor's recovery. This program identifies both helping behaviors that support survivors of sexual assault and harmful behaviors that should be avoided. The program also includes concrete steps to help you become a stronger supporter for the people in your life affected by sexual violence." Although the course contains some details and resources specific to people in the DoD community, the majority of the information is applicable to a wide variety of populations and focuses on individual relationships.
To learn more or view the course, click HERE
To speak with someone for free, confidential, and immediate help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE or chat online
Additional resources which may be helpful include:
New Study Describes Suicide Trends Among American Indian/Alaska Natives

It is already well known that American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AI) are the racial/ethnic group with the highest suicide rates in the United States. This report is an analysis of National Violent Death Reporting System data from 18 states, and results showed that AI/AN people who died by suicide were generally younger and more likely to live in nonmetropolitan areas compared to non-Hispanic whites who also died by suicide. Suicide and nonsuicide deaths of friends and family, as well as alcohol use preceding death, were also associated with AI/AN deaths more than non-Hispanic white deaths. This study shows the high rates of suicide in AI/AN populations, the differences in suicide circumstances, and the health disparities this population faces. This demonstrates the need for focused, yet comprehensive, suicide prevention and intervention efforts that incorporate culturally relevant, evidence-based strategies at the individual, interpersonal, and community levels.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a technical package of policies, programs, and practices to prevent suicide. This package can help communities focus on strategies that have the best available evidence to prevent suicide. Innovative prevention strategies, such as school-based interventions, can improve access to life skills development programs for youth at-risk in non-metropolitan and rural areas.
To learn more about the study, click HERE
To view the technical package from CDC, click HERE
To speak with someone for free, confidential, and immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 

Best Practices for HIV Prevention among Transgender and Non-binary People Webinar
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET
The Best Practices for HIV Prevention among Transgender and Non-binary People Webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 2-3 pm ET. The intention of this webinar is to increase the organizational capacity of community-based organizations, health departments, and others to provide culturally relevant HIV prevention services to trans communities, and to promote National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) April 18, 2018. NTHTD is the only HIV testing initiative focused solely on the trans community. The webinar will increase awareness of the unique HIV testing needs of trans people, identify best practices to engage trans communities in HIV prevention and care services, and encourage HIV services providers (community-based organizations, health jurisdictions, HIV prevention programs) to develop and expand their trans specific HIV testing services.
Learn more or register  HERE

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