Tribal Public Health Broadcast
April 26, 2018
9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
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2018 AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference

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Climate Changes Tribal and Indigenous Health Article
The Climate for Health Blog recently published a guest blog post, Climate Changes Tribal and Indigenous Health, written by Ivana Castellanos, Policy Analyst at the Center for Public Health Policy, American Public Health Association.
Read the article  HERE
Learn more about NIHB's Climate Ready Tribes Project HERE

Feast for the Future Program

The Feast for the Future Program team is pleased to announce the launch of the Feast for the Future website. The website provides an interactive platform for users to develop their own Feast for the Future programs for their communities.

The Feast for the Future Program is an innovative initiative that supports access to healthy foods for Native American children and communities, through culturally-based gardening programs and inter-generational knowledge sharing. Feast for the Future was developed by Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with three Native American communities in the Southwest.

Find the website HERE

Create a new account to access the interactive tools and Edible School Garden curriculum HERE

US Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), data doesn't have to be daunting! What comes to mind when you hear the word "data?" It might be numbers on a spreadsheet or answers in an online form. But you might be surprised to learn that data can be shown in ways that are colorful, simple, and useful! That's the idea behind the CDC's  U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations tool . This application was made so everyone-not just scientists-can understand cancer data.

It uses information about cancer cases collected across the country-more than 1.7 million cases of cancer every year. You can search by types of cancer, places, and groups of people, then create charts, maps, and graphs. Many pages also tell you what the images mean.
How CDC Uses Data: While it's important that people without a background in science be able to understand the numbers when it comes to cancer, it's just as important to make sure you understand how experts use information to make everyone's lives better. Check out this special blog post for National Cancer Control Month by one of our epidemiologists (a scientist who studies how diseases affect groups of people). It shows how we look at data to help deliver cancer prevention and treatment where they're needed most.
Text taken from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) email. View the data visualizations tool HERE

Cultural Respect and the National CLAS Standards
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have information available online about cultural respect, such as what it is and why it is important for health and reducing health disparities.
The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Heath Care (the National CLAS Standards) are "intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services."
Learn more HERE
View a guide for implementing the National CLAS Standards HERE

National Women's Health Week
May 13-19, 2018
May 13-19, 2018 is National Women's Health Week! The US Department of Health and Human Services has information and recommendations available for women by age, with specific recommendations for women in their 20s through women in their 90s.

View the age-specific recommendations HERE

Learn more about National Women's Health Week and how you can get involved HERE

EPA Environmental Justice FY2017 Progress Report
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a report highlighting their work - including support and collaborations to Tribes and Tribal organizations - related to "accomplishments in advancing environmental justice to better address the issues confronting minority, low-income, [Tribal] and indigenous communities throughout the nation."
The EPA defines environmental justice as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys:
  • the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and
  • equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work."

Funding and Opportunities
Research to Improve Native American Health Funding Opportunity
Applications due Monday, May 14, 2018, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization; letter of intent due 30 days prior
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have released a funding opportunities to "encourage exploratory developmental research to improve Native American (NA) health. Such research can include: conducting secondary analysis of existing data (such as databases that the Tribal Epidemiology Centers have collected); merge various sources of data to answer critical research questions; conduct pilot and feasibility studies; and/or assess and validate measures that are being developed and/or adapted for use in NA communities. For the purposes of this FOA, the term 'Native Americans' includes the following populations: Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian. [...] Studies should: be culturally appropriate and result in promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyles; improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic disease; prevent or reduce the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; improve mental health outcomes; reduce risk of HIV infection; improve treatment adherence and/or health-care systems adopting standards of care to improve overall quality of life."

Native Behavioral Health Award: Call for Nominations
Due Friday, May 25, 2018 by 11:59 pm ET

In an effort to honor individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved American Indian and Alaska Native be havioral health, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites nominations for the Native Behavioral Health Award. NIHB created this award to recognize excellence, achievement, and innovations that are above and beyond the call of service.  NIHB recognizes that behavioral health is important to Native health and wellness, and that Tribes have led the way in creating and implementing behavioral health programming and services that align not only with contemporary needs, but with cultural beliefs as well.  This award will highlight the work and vision of an individual, organization, Tribe or program that has worked to improve behavioral health status, implement new programming, address long standing health disparities, and/or increase the visibility of behavioral health concerns. 
NIHB will present the award at the Annual National Tribal Behavioral Health  Conference in Washington, DC during a plenary session. All nominations should be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 25, 2018. The winner will be notified within three weeks upon close of the no minations.

Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018 by 11:59 pm ET
Anyone may submit nominations. To learn more or submit your nomination, click HERE
Have questions? Email Courtney at  
Learn more about the AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference HERE

Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the US
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), along with other National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers, i s participating in two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to support investigative and collaborative research focused on determining the mec hanisms for the variation in the prevalence of opioid use disorders (OUDs) and on understanding and reducing disparities in opioid care in minority health and health disparity populations in the United States. The two opportunities available are:
NIHMH is interested in OUD research involving health disparities populations in the following areas:
  • Treatment and health services
  • Education
  • Social/cultural/economic aspects
  • Epidemiology/technology
  • Community-level interventions
C lick the links above to learn more!

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health - Winter & Summer Institute Courses and Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals
Summer 2018 course registration closes Friday, June 22, 2018 ($100 late registration fee)
Scholarship deadline Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Courses are held July 2018 (dates vary)

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health "conducts two to three  week-long courses in AI/AN [American Indian/Alaska Native] public health every summer (June/July) and winter (January). The courses are part of the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Summer and Winter Institute Programs. Courses are designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to p ublic health approaches to address health disparities in [Tribal] communities. Because our institute scholars may be assessing community health care priorities from a variety of educational or professional backgrounds, we offer our courses on a for-credit or non-credit basis. Contingent on current funding, a limited number of scholarships are available to financially assist with costs involved with attending a course. The [scholarship] covers the following costs: travel to and from Baltimore, hotel accommodation in a room shared with another Native student, course materials including books, and full credit tuition for one 5-day course. A Bachelor's degree is required, with a minimum GPA of 2.75."
This summer's courses include:
  • Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data
  • Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • American Indian Health Policy
Learn more about the courses online or view a flyer
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health also offers a Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals. This 18-credit, for-credit certificate has three core courses and five electives. The required courses come from the Summer and Winter Institutes.
Learn more HERE

New OAH Funding Opportunities: Replicating Programs (Tier 1) and New and Innovative Strategies (Tier 2)
Applications Due Friday, June 29, 2018
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) announces the anticipated availability of funds for two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).
Phase I Replicating Programs (Tier 1) Effective in the Promotion of Healthy Adolescence and the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and Associated Risk Factors

The purpose of this FOA is to replicate and scale up programs that include the protective factors shown to be effective in the prevention of risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy. The overall goal is to promote healthy adolescence and to address youth sexual risk holistically or across the interrelated factors that promote optimal health and result in healthy decision-making, including teen pregnancy prevention.
OAH anticipates funding up to 270 grants with an annual budget of $200,000-$500,000 for a two-year project period (FOA Number: AH-TP1-18-001). To learn more, view the announcement on
Due Dates:
Non-binding letters of intent: May 21, 2018
Applications: June 29, 2018
A technical assistance webinar for potential applicants will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET
Participants can join the event directly  HERE
Call Number: 1-800-619-7898
Access Code: 9501280
Phase I New and Innovative Strategies (Tier 2) to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy and Promote Healthy Adolescence 

The purpose of this FOA is to develop and test new and innovative strategies to prevent teen pregnancy, promote healthy adolescence and address youth sexual risk holistically. The goal is to improve healthy decision-making and future thriving by enhancing protective factors with youth, with supplementary focus possible at the systems-level, with families and among caregivers. Projects are expected to have high potential to enhance protective factors shown to improve the health of adolescents.
OAH anticipates funding up to 75 grants with an annual budget of $250,000-$375,000 for a two-year project period (FOA Number: AH-TP2-18-001). To learn more, view the announcement on
Due Dates:
Non-binding Letters of Intent: May 21, 2018
Applications: June 29, 2018
A technical assistance webinar for potential applicants will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET.
Participants can join the event directly HERE
Call Number (toll free): 888-946-3817
Access Code: 5313026

Cross-Jurisdictional Considerations for Addressing Zika and Other Public Health Threats Webinar ***TODAY***
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.

Tribal Public Health Emergency Law Webinar
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response and the CDC Public Health Law Program (PHLP) are co-hosting a webinar about Tribal Public Health Emergency Law. The announcement states, "American Indian/Alaska Native [Tribal] governments are sovereign entities with inherent authority to create laws and enact health regulations. Coupled with state and federal laws, [Tribal] laws are an essential tool for ensuring effective public health emergency preparedness and response on [Tribal] lands. This webinar [...] will explore the legal challenges of working on public health emergencies that affect [Tribes] or cross [Tribal] borders. It will also offer practical tips for addressing those challenges through cooperation with [Tribes].
Learn more HERE
Log on at the time of the webinar to watch HERE (registration is not required)

Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC) May Webinar,  Quality Improvement Training
Friday, May 11, 2018, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET
National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce the next session of the Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC).  TALC is a free, monthly webinar series held the second Friday of each month.  It is designed for sharing and learning about public health accreditation in Tribal communities.
Quality Improvement:
Quality Improvement (QI) is the use of a defined improvement process to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, and outcomes of public health services. QI can be a valuable tool in the field of public health. Learn about QI basics, steps to developing a culture of quality, and review a variety of successful QI projects. Emily Vanderklok is the Community Health Outreach Manager with the Notawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. She is a certified QI Trainer through the Michigan Department of Community Health/Michigan Public Health Institute
For more information about TALC, and to view past webinars, click  HERE
To join this webinar, click  HERE

Creating Effective Messaging Campaigns
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm ET
The Notah Begay III Foundation and IROOTS Media, LLC will host a webinar about creating effective messaging campaigns, including effective mainstream and community-based messaging. Ben Calabaza, from the Pueblo of Santo Domingo (Kewa) in central New Mexico will present.
Learn more or register HERE

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

Summit Highlights:
  • Pre-Summit 2-day Opioid Listening and Consultation Session! (free)
  • Half-Day Pre-Summit Institutes!
  • 5 Tracks and 2 days of over 40 workshops and roundtables!
  • Fitness Event!
The National Tribal Public Health Summit is a premier Indian public health event that attracts over 500 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year's conference theme, "Balance, Harmony, Culture, Health", will provide evidenced-based, best, wise, or promising practices developed in and for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
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, which closes May 1st. 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   

Protecting Mother Earth Conference
Thursday, June 28-Sunday, July 1, 2018
The 2018 Protecting Mother Earth (PME) conference will take place in the Nisqually Nation, near Olympia, Washington. The conference description states in part:
"From the Bakken oil fields to Standing Rock, and to the Bayou Bridge, from the Canadian Tar Sands to the Keystone XL and Kinder Morgen pipelines, to the Northwest coastal Salish Sea, Indigenous peoples are standing up to private corporations and governments that want to treat their ceded or UN-ceded territories, waters and lands, as a sacrifice zone for profit. Native Nations have inherent [...] legal rights to decide what happens to their land, their waters, air, sacred sites and the climate. [...] The conference is a call to action for Indigenous peoples of North America to build narrative and action leading to a response to the protection of Native rights, treaties and the protection of the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sky."
Learn more 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