Tribal Public Health Broadcast
April 12, 2018
9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
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Zika Champions in Indian Country: Spotlight on Three Zika Projects Funded by the National Indian Health Board, Friday, May 18 at 1:00 pm ET

Lower Sioux Indian Community (LSIC) Identified as Trailblazer by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Watch a brief video clip (around 2 minutes) from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN about this Tribe's community health work, including diabetes and pre-diabetes prevention efforts and the strengths they draw from Dakota culture and community, HERE
NIHB Celebrated National Tribal Public Health Week 
April 2-6, 2018 

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to celebrate National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has expanded on the original idea to create National Tribal Public Health Week, which runs concurrently and focuses on the unique needs, priorities, strengths, and systems within Tribal communities in order to encourage everyone to celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships, and champion the role of a strong public health system. 

NIHB celebrated from April 2nd-6th! Check out the events and resources NIHB hosted throughout the week.
  • Social Media Contest: to share their stories and for a chance to win $100, people submitted pictures to show what Tribal Public Health means to them and how they see public health in action every day using the hashtag #ThisisTribalPublicHealth! Check out the submitted images here:
  • Social Media Project Posts: Check out our TwitterFacebook, or Instagram for updates posted last week about some of our public health projects (including Zika, cancer, behavioral health, diabetes, and accreditation) and other posts celebrating Tribal Public Health Week. Look for the hashtag #ThisIsTribalPublicHealth.
National Tribal Public Health Week Resources

Last week, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) celebrated National Tribal Public Health Week. Learn more about the resources NIHB shared as part of the celebration! For example, see the diagram below about how a bill becomes a law, from our webinar, Advocacy 101: Gaining Congressional Support for Tribal Public Health. 

Check out all the Tribal Public Health Week resources HERE
Funding and Opportunities
NIHB Request for Applications (RFA) Announcement: Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening: Application Deadline Extended! 
Applications due Friday, April 13, 2018 by 11:59 pm ET 
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 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.
NIHB must be receive a complete, electronic copy of the application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, April 13. 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
Conference Wednesday, July 25-Friday, July 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!
Assertive Community Treatment Grants
Due Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, "Assertive Community Treatment Grants." The purpose of this grant is to "establish or expand and maintain ACT [Assertive Community Treatment] programs for individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI). SAMHSA expects this program will improve behavioral health outcomes for individuals by reducing rates of hospitalization, mortality, substance use, homelessness, and involvement with the criminal justice system.
Tribes and Tribal organizations, mental health systems, health care facilities, and consortia of Tribes are among those eligible to apply. This grant is expected to award up to seven recipients with up to $678,000 per year for up to five years.
To learn more, click HERE

Telling Your Story- 2 Methods
Buy in from leadership, management, and the general community is an important step for any Health Department pursuing Public Health Accreditation. However, it is often difficult to communicate the benefits of Public Health Accreditation in a short and succinct manner when they may not understand the benefits, or even the definition of accreditation. Sarah Price from National Indian Health Board will discuss how to develop a Public Health Accreditation "elevator speech"- a 90 second pitch on why your audience should care about and support your health department's efforts.
Tribal Presentation: Chickasaw Nation
Perception is everything, so having an effective brand for a public health department is essential. Effective brands come from effective branding strategies. Developing a branding strategy is now a requirement for all public health departments seeking accreditation, Measure 3.2.2 A. To gain a better understanding of this requirement, Miranda Willis, Accreditation Coordinator with the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, will discuss the importance of having an effective public health brand, an overview of the branding strategy's key components, tips to getting the right stakeholders on board, and our journey to creating a public health branding strategy.
To join this webinar, click  HERE
Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities
Nevertheless, Tribal-State-Local partnerships are valuable and important - especially for emerging public health issues like Zika which can require emergency response as well as interdepartmental and cross-jurisdictional cooperation. Zika concerns multiple stakeholders within Tribal systems - along with other public health allies from state and local health departments - including emergency management, environmental health, and public health, as well as arenas within healthcare systems such as maternal child health, behavioral health, community health, and primary providers. Moreover, disease knows no bounds and collaboration can benefit everyone mutually.
Using Zika as an example, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Deputy Director and Director of Public Health Programs and Policy, Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, JD, will discuss benefits to cross-jurisdictional collaboration and tools to use to advance partnerships.
This webinar is part of the NIHB Zika project and are made possible by funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

*Note that times may vary if your state or Tribe does not follow major time zone patterns.
Zika Champions in Indian Country: Spotlight on Three Zika Projects Funded by the National Indian Health Board Webinar  

Last summer, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) announced a funding opportunity that would provide Tribes and Tribal organizations with up to $5000 to tackle one or two high impact, capacity building activities to prepare for the possibility of Zika transmission in Tribal communities. Three awardees received funding: Bishop Paiute Tribe (California), Indian Health Council (California), and Kaw Nation (Oklahoma). These Tribal champions have been striving to address this critical threat in creative ways within their communities and will wrap up their current projects at the end of April 2018.
"Zika virus has the potential to cause devastating health affects for Tribal communities and the next generation of indigenous children. This funding opportunity can help mobilize Tribes to take action for preparedness and response planning to help keep their communities safe."
-Stacy Bohlen, Executive Director, National Indian Health Board
This webinar highlights the three Tribes and their projects' successes, challenges, best practices, lessons learned, and ways that this work may be continued beyond the NIHB funding. Project activities include implementing an education campaign and engaging in vector control activities such as: holding partner meetings, participating in community health fairs, creating educational documents, identifying homes at high risk for mosquito activity, writing newsletter articles, providing Zika training to department leads, and distributing Zika kits.
This webinar and the NIHB Zika Response and Planning Mini Award program are part of the NIHB Zika project and are made possible by funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

*Note that times may vary if your state or Tribe does not follow major time zone patterns.
NIHB 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit
May 22-24, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN

Registration is Still 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

Exhibitor and vendor registration is currently full. If you are still interested in exhibiting, email to join the wait list. 

Learn more about exhibiting 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  
2018 American Indian & Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
July 25-27, 2018 in Washington, DC
Registration is open!
For more information, visit the conference page HERE
Exhibitors and Vendors
Are you interested in exhibiting at the AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference? Exhibitor registration is open! The deadline to register as an exhibitor is July 13, 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, Omni Shoreham Hotel. To ensure the lowest rate, call 202-234-0700 or 888-444-6664 and ask for the NIHB event block. 
Online reservations can also be made HERE