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

April 23, 2020
NIHB Announces Tribal Awards for Climate and Health Communication

As part of Earth Week (April 19-24), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is continuing its work to support Tribes in their efforts to combat the ill effects of the changing environment and climate. NIHB is supporting three Tribes to develop climate and environmental health communication materials. The three Tribes are:

  • Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
  • Greenville Rancheria

Each of these awardees will develop education and communications materials reflecting cultural values and raising awareness of climate health in a culturally appropriate way. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Three Funding Opportunities for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Programs

Multiple funding opportunities for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias programs are available for Tribal public health departments and governments:
Rural Tribal COVID-19 Response
Applications due Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will provide support for the Tribes to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 in rural communities. Funding can assist Tribes to engage in activities that may include, but are not limited to establishing testing sites, purchasing test kits, implementing telehealth strategies/activities, purchasing personal protective equipment and other supplies, and hiring and/or training health care providers and other health care personnel to provide care for COVID-19 patients. Read more here.
Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response
New Noncompetitive Grant
Applications due Sunday, May 31, 2020

The purpose of this emergency funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to provide Tribes funds to conduct public health activities in response to COVID-19 and/or to reimburse costs for these purposes incurred on or after January 20, 2020, with CDC approval. All Tribes are encouraged to apply. 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.
NPAIHB Tribal Opioid Strategic Agenda and Educational Material

To assist Tribes in addressing the opioid epidemic, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) has developed the Tribal Opioid Response National Strategic Agenda. This agenda details recommendations on seven key action items, including opioid use disorder prevention (OUD) and evidence-based treatment and recovery services. Additionally, NPAIHB has developed fact sheets and educational videos to share with Tribal community members. Read more here.
COVID-19 Resources

  • New Website: Support for States, Tribes, Localities and Territories. This features a variety of resources for state, Tribal, local, and territorial health agencies. Topics featured include infection prevention and control, laboratory capacity, community mitigation, financial resources, surveillance and data analytics, contact tracing, and communication materials. It includes resources from federal agencies, the private sector, academia, and non-profit organizations.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with partners to bring together weekly forecasts for COVID-19 deaths on the CDC forecasting webpage. Forecasts include state specific models. These forecasts were developed independently and are shared publicly.
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) / Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) COVID-19 Clinical Rounds Email List Sign Up.
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – Individual Resilience: Factsheet for Responders. Learn how to take care of yourself.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance on:
  • April 10, 2020 - COVIDView: A Weekly Surveillance Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Activity
  • Households Living in Close Quarters
Registration open for ALL Injury Prevention and Surveillance Discussion Sessions

Join the National Indian Health Board 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. All are welcome to participate.

Registration is now open for ALL SESSIONS:
  • Session #1: April 28, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST via Zoom
  • Session #3: June 2, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST via Zoom
  • Session #4: June 11, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST via Zoom
  • Session #4: June 24, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST via Zoom

You can register for all sessions here: .

Space is limited to 50 participants per session, so sign up today! You can also register 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.
CDC Webinar on COVID 19 for Community Health Workers
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 4 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be hosting a webinar specifically designed for Community Health Workers (CHW).  Information on what CHWs need to know to engage with COVID-19 emergency response efforts, as well with current myths and rumors will be presented. Register here.
Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall: Improving Health Within Our Communities
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

This virtual Town Hall is co-hosted by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) grantees at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (JHCAIH) and Indian Health Service (IHS). The purpose is to inform people engaged with Tribal communities on the current state of COVID-19, community-based responses and available resources, with an opportunity for Q & A.  Read more here.
National IHS Listening Session on HIV
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board is hosting a listening session for the Indian Health Service (IHS) on HIV in Indian Country. IHS Leadership will be present on the call and would like to hear your thoughts and guidance on what would strengthen the HIV prevention, care and treatment field in the I/T/U system. The listening session is open to all, but the first speaking opportunities will be afford to elected Tribal leaders. After which, all will be allowed to share. Register here.

To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
  • Toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493
  • Access code: 475 503 750
  • Event Password: HIV