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

April 25, 2019
Opioid Use Creates "Public Health Emergency" for Pregnant Native Women

A recent article from Indian Country Today highlights the Indian Health Service's work with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to develop an opioid treatment program for those most at risk for dying of opioid overdose: American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women, who already face special barriers and challenges. This treatment specifically targets AI/AN women who are pregnant or of childbearing age. Integrating culture and tradition, as well as trauma-informed approaches, is key. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
NIHB Seeking Tribal Nations Interested in Building Partnerships to Address Elevated Blood Lead Levels

NIHB is seeking non-urban and rural Tribal Nations interested in participating in convenings with state and county representatives. At the convenings, key stakeholders will generate region-specific solutions to enhance blood lead level (BLL) testing and related activities. Additionally, Tribal participants will gain an improved understanding of how state and county lead programs can work with Tribal Nations. 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.
World Health Organization Releases Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health Systems Strengthening

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released guidelines for digital interventions designed to strengthen health systems. "Today we have more health information – and misinformation – at our fingertips than any generation in history. Before we ever sit down in a doctor’s office, most of us have Googled our symptoms and diagnosed ourselves – perhaps inaccurately," Dr. Ghebreyesus, Director-General, states in the forward. "A key challenge is to ensure that all people enjoy the benefits of digital technologies for everyone. We must make sure that innovation and technology helps to reduce the inequities in our world, instead of becoming another reason people are left behind. [...] That's what this guideline is all about." Read more here.
WEBINAR: Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies in Indian Country
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on the Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies in Indian Country. Public health emergencies, including infectious disease and natural disasters, are issues that every Tribal Nation faces. To address these threats, it is critical for all jurisdictions to understand how law can be used to enhance public health preparedness. This webinar will cover the basics of public health legal emergency preparedness for Tribal Nations. Participants will learn about the importance of legal preparedness for Tribal Nations and how to use the law to enhance cross-jurisdictional collaboration. In addition, participants will view a demonstration of the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project (TLPP) website. Read more here.
10th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit &
2019 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
May 13-15, and May 15-17, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
Please join NIHB in Albuquerque, NM for two premier Tribal health events - the 2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit (May 13-15) and the 2019 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Behavioral Health Conference (May 15-17).

For the latest information on registration, agenda, location, lodging, exhibitors, and sponsorships, visit the conference websites:
Listening Sessions for Both Conferences on Wednesday, May 15
Sessions are open to the public as well as attendees of both events.
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Listening Session - E-cigarettes and Indian Country
  • Special Listening Session: Developing the National Strategies for HIV and Viral Hepatitis
  • Environmental Health Listening Session - Read more here.
Training Sessions on Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Tips for Successful Grant Writing
  • START UP! : Art Therapy Trauma Treatment for Native American Youth. Registration required. Read more here.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training. Registration required. Read more here.
  • Culture and Drugs Don’t Mix. Registration required. Read more here.
Special Events
  • Fitness events at both conferences!
  • Climate and Health Learning Community In-Person Networking Event, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Sponsored by the Sierra Club: Rio Grande Chapter. Refreshments served. NEW DETAILS AVAILABLE. Registration required - now open! Read more here.
  • Culture Night, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Call for Exhibitors!
The AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference is seeking exhibitors. Exhibitors are welcome from corporations/businesses, Tribal businesses/enterprises, Tribes/governments, educational institutions/Tribal colleges, and non-profit businesses. Unfortunately, slots for arts and crafts exhibitors are now sold out. The Summit also has a few open spots for exhibitors (in categories other than arts and crafts).
Columbia University Hosts Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit
Tuesday-Thursday, August 13-15, 2019 in Black Hills, South Dakota

Columbia University is hosting "Water is Sacred, a Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water" event. Join Indigenous peoples & allies from throughout the world community to come together for the future of water. Learn more about the Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit, August 13-15 , Black Hills, South Dakota, USA. Presenters will share about water issues impacting their communities, Indigenous water innovations, and traditional knowledge.