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

April 12, 2019
YES! Magazine: How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change

“Quinault people speak of ‘clam hunger,’ a physical, emotional, and spiritual craving that connects them to their ecosystem, their ancestors, their very existence. Clam hunger can drive people to eat this food despite scientists and resource managers telling them that toxins render it unsafe […].” “When [Tribal member] Ralston first learned climate change would cause sea levels to rise, he thought of those clams. “If we lose them, well, that is who we are” […]. Read more here. 
Funding & Opportunities
NIHB Seeking Tribal Nations Interested in Building Partnerships to Address Elevated Blood Lead levels

NIHB will be looking to Tribes to help select two IHS areas to hold convenings. At the convenings, key stakeholders will work to generate region-specific solutions to enhance BLL testing and related activities. Additionally, Tribal participants will gain an improved understanding of how state and county lead programs might work with Tribal Nations. Read more here.
Addressing Unmet Vision Needs of Native Communities in the United States
Due Friday, April 26, 2019

This funding opportunity, from the Seva Foundation, provides funding to primary eye care clinics, training to build local capacity and sustain eye service delivery, pediatric eye care and screening programs, and technology to leverage resources and extend the range of eye care services. Eligibility is limited to organizations with established relationships and/or programs with American Indian or Alaska Natives. Read more here.  
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country
Due Monday, May 15, 2019

This funding opportunity supports efforts by American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to implement holistic and culturally-adapted approaches to reduce tobacco use, improve physical activity and nutrition, and increase health literacy. Read more here. 
Comment Period Open for FDA Proposal
Comments Due by Monday, June 17, 2019

T he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the proposed rule “Content and Format of Substantial Equivalence Applications; Food and Drug Administration Actions on Substantial Equivalence Reports” in the Federal Register on April 2, 2019. This rule would establish requirements for the content and format of reports manufacturers must send to the agency to demonstrate the substantial equivalence of a new tobacco product. The public may submit comments to the docket through June 17, 2019.
Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) Funding Opportunity Summaries
Due dates vary

Summaries of funding programs are provided by RHIhub for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information. Read more here. 
NIHB Community Changemaker Grants for Native Youth-led Health Projects
Applications accepted until funding is gone! Apply ASAP.

AI/AN youth ages 14-24 years old are eligible to apply for NIHB's Community Changemaker Grants. These are small amounts of money ($250) that can help supercharge a YOUTH-led and YOUTH-planned health event. Read more here.
Healthy Heart and Healthy Brain

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the International Association for Indigenous Aging have released Communicating in Indian Country: Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain . This series of health communication materials have been developed to improve the quality, availability and accessibility of public health resources to address the connection between brain health and heart health. It including posters, flyers, a provider guide and radio public service announcements geared towards an AI/AN audience. Read more here .
Injury Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Communities

In recognition of the disparities AI/AN people face in unintentional injury, drug overdose, and motor vehicle-related death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched a web page— Injury Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities—where you can find all of the center’s current resources and information on injury prevention work in Tribal communities.
Tribal-State-Local Collaboration Resources Now Available from Tribal Law and Policy Institute

Tribal Sovereignty and e-Cigarette Companies: Emerging Concerns Webinar
TODAY Friday, April 12 from 12:00 to 1:00pm ET

Join representatives from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the National Native Network, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, and the Canli Coalition to talk about why e-cigarettes/e-cigs are not proven effective cessation devices, why e-cig use is a problem in Indian Country, some of the most recent tactics by e-cig companies, and potential ideas and resources for Tribes to use as they navigate this issue. Read more here.
Cultural Competence in Preparedness Planning
Wednesday, April 24 at 1:00 pm ET

Cultural competency helps protect racial, social, and linguistic communities from being disproportionately affected by emergencies. Join CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection and Julio Dicent Taillepierre from CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity for a discussion on why cultural competency matters during emergencies, the potential consequences of being culturally incompetent, and resources to help build your understanding. Click here to join.
2019 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality
Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, 2019 in Temecula, California

This event provides environmental professionals from Tribes, EPA, and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, and technical topics in air quality. Read more here.
Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Workshop
Wednesday-Thursday, June 5-6, 2019 in Pala, California

The Pala Band of Mission Indians will host this two-day, interactive training to provide resources on adaptation planning and help Tribal professionals understand and address human health exposures and impacts. Stipends are available. This workshop is appropriate for Tribal health, environmental health, environment, and/or other Tribal professionals who may be involved in climate change preparedness and adaptation or who work for organizations that serve Tribes. Read more here.
2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit
Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
Please join NIHB in Albuquerque, NM for the 2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit. For the latest information on registration, agenda, location, lodging, exhibitors, and sponsorships, visit the summit website here.
2019 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
Wednesday-Friday, May 15-17, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
Please join NIHB in Albuquerque, NM for the 2019 National AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference. For the latest information on registration, agenda, location, lodging, exhibitors, and sponsorships, visit the conference website here.

Pre Conference Training Sessions
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Sessions are offered at no cost but registration is required for the following sessions. Space is limited.

START UP! : Art Therapy Trauma Treatment for Native American Youth
This workshop will introduce health-care professionals to the START UP! Program: Art Therapy Trauma Treatment for Native American Youth. START UP! is aimed at healing historical and inter-generational trauma by bringing mental health to the Tribal classroom as prevention and early intervention of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide in children and adolescents. Participants will be guided through Art Therapy experientials using various art media. Read more here .

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training
This workshop introduces health-care professionals to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and helps with decisions about whether DBT is the right fit. This workshop is appropriate for mental health providers who are exploring whether learning DBT to a standard of clinical proficiency would benefit their own clinical skills and their clients suffering from complex disorders. It can also be useful for health care providers, outside of mental health, who are interested in determining whether DBT is appropriate for their patients. Read more here .

The Culture and Drugs Don’t Mix (CDDM) Train-the-Trainer is a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health services Administration (SAMHSA). The CDDM initiative strives to educate students about healthy alternatives to alcohol and other drug use and ensure that students understand that meth is NOT a part of Native culture. The goal of the CDDM is to provide a culturally appropriate alcohol and drug prevention tool for Native American youth through community and inter-agency involvement. Each session features a speaker from Tribal justice, a behavioral health professional, and a cultural expert from the local community. Read more here .