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

April 16, 2020
COVID-19, formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, is a virus causing an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The virus is currently a world-wide pandemic and poses a serious public health risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic.
As of April 15, 2020*
  • 605,390 reported cases of the virus in the United States; 
  • 24,582 people have died from the infection in the United States.
COVID-19 News
Increase in Coronavirus Cases on Navajo Nation

As federal, state, and Tribal leaders still fight the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, Navajo Nation's coronavirus cases jumped to 17%. Efforts are being implemented at increasing the number of test kits for availability to get a better handle. Read more here.
COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Events
  • Webinar Series: Leading in the Crisis: Flattening the COVID-19 Curve. Every Thursday at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET. Read more here.
  • Webinar: National Council for Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is hosting a webinar on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET titled Community of Learning on COVID-19 Response - Session 2: Promoting Wellness, Self-care, and Hope During COVID-19. Read more here.
COVID-19 Contact
The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler at or 202-507-4081.

* As of April 14, 2020, CDC case counts and death counts include both confirmed and probable cases and deaths. This change was made to reflect an interim COVID-19 position statement issued by the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists on April 5, 2020. The position statement included a case definition and made COVID-19 a nationally notifiable disease.
NIHB Tribal Public Health Week Photo Contest Winner

The National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) Tribal Public Health Week (TPHW) photo contest ran Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10, 2020. The selected winner of the TPHW photo contest is Maka Monture from Anchorage, Alaska. She posted these two photographs on Instagram titled, “Balance” with a description of how she honors her mind, body, and spirit, and posed these questions to all of us “What does health mean to you? How are you taking care of mind body, and spirit at this time?” Thank you Maka for the beautiful photographs and reminding us the importance of caring for our mind, bodies, and spirits. Visit her Instagram page here !
NIHB Chairwoman Victoria Kitcheyan appears on C-SPAN's Washington Journal

National Indian Helath Board's (NIHB) Chairwoman Victoria Kitcheyan, who is also a Tribal Councilwoman with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, appeared on C-SPAN's live program Washington Journal to speak about the impact of COVID-19 on Tribal communities. Ms. Kitcheyan highlighted the health disparities American Indian and Alaska Natives face, spoke about the current situation in Indian Country and gave an outline of the funding for Tribes from COVID-19 legislation passed by Congress. Watch the video of the segment here.
NIWRC Supports Federal Court Decision Ordering Full Environmental Impact Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) supports the decision made by the United States District Court, District of Columbia in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (D.D.C.) , in which the judge remanded the case back to the Corps to prepare a full environmental impact statement (EIS) to address the health, safety, and treaty concerns by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Environmental Health Capacity Notice of Funding Opportunity
Deadline for Letter of Intent (requested, not required): Friday, April 17, 2020
Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) titled, Strengthening Environmental Health Capacity to Detect, Prevent, and Control Environmental Health Hazards through Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Approaches (CDC-RFA-EH20-2005) has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Environmental Health Capacity (EHC) is a 5-year opportunity to bolster the capacity of environmental health programs in public health departments. The new funding opportunity allows recipients to develop evidence-based practices needed to improve community environmental health. Read more here.
Administration for Community Living (ACL) Dementia Capability in Indian Country
Applications Due: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The ACL's Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative (ADPI): Dementia Capability in Indian Country funding announcement seeks to support and promote the development and expansion of dementia-capable home and community-based services (HCBS) in Indian Country.  The dementia-capable services resulting from program activities are expected to provide quality, person-centered services and supports that help people living with dementia and their caregivers remain independent and safe in their communities.

Join an informational webinar on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET. To connect, use the conference line 800-369-1989 and participant code: 3650051. Those who cannot make the live call can access an instant replay recording until May 24, 2020 at 800-627-3229, passcode 5986.

For questions, contact Erin Long at Read more here.
NIHB Seeks Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

NIHB is seeking qualified candidates for Director of Public Health Policy and Programs. This position is based in Washington, DC. Read more here.
Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC): Using the PHAB Standards & Measures in Public Health Emergencies and the COVID-19 Response
Monday, April 20, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

TALC is a free, monthly webinar series held by the National Indian Health Board. It is designed for sharing and learning about public health performance improvement, system improvement, and accreditation in Tribal communities.

Many Tribal public health agencies are dealing with unprecedented challenges with COVID-19. Fortunately, Tribes that are working towards public health accreditation have many tools to respond to public health emergencies.

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Standards & Measures focus health department disease control and response efforts in Domain 2 – Conducting Timely Investigations. There is also a link to communication in Domain 3 and response plans in Domain 5. Others can also link, such as workforce issues in Domain 8 and legal needs in Domain 6.

This session, led by David Stone, Education Services Manager with PHAB, will focus on the requirements around laboratory services and support during an outbreak or public health emergency. Using this specific need, we’ll examine how the lab is connected to all domains that help a Tribal Health Department build its response capabilities.

Join the webinar here. (Password: TALC)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series
Thursday, May 14 and Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Health Equity Research and Policy is celebrating National Minority Health Month with a Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series. This series will highlight the unique role of academic medicine in the fight for maternal health justice and feature talks from physicians, community leaders, and researchers who are committed to eliminating these inequities.  Read more here.
Registration Open for First Injury Prevention and Surveillance Discussion Session

Join the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for a series of conversations on injury surveillance and prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native communities! Tribal service providers, public health practitioners, and subject matter experts are invited to share their insights and expertise at 1.5 day sessions in Spring and Summer 2020. The first session will be held virtually. All are welcome to participate.

Registration is now open for the first session on April 28-29, 2020. This will be held using the virtual platform Zoom, co-hosted with the California Rural Indian Health Board. A draft agenda will be available on NIHB’s website.

Please register via this link. Space is limited to 50 participants per session, so sign up today!

The dates and times of the remaining sessions will be announced later this week, and will be posted on our website. Sign up for our email list to stay up to date.

Have questions? Please contact Nina Martin ( , 202-548-7299) or visit our website for more information.