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

May 14, 2020
Call for Tribal COVID-19 Resources

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking to create a pool of resources which Tribes can access when planning or implementing their own COVID-19 response.  To this end, NIHB is asking Tribes to share with us any tools, operational plans, guides, policies, communication products, etc. that has helped your Tribe combat this pandemic.  The materials can be de-identified, if needed. These resources will be placed online within NIHB’s COVID-19 Tribal Response Center alongside other community health materials. We hope this aids Tribes to build on successes and support each other in the collective effort to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on Indian Country. 

To submit any materials or resources, please email them to Courtney Wheeler ( If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Wheeler. 
Learn When to Seek Emergency Care for Symptoms Not Related to COVID-19

A recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODOHP) blog post discusses when to seek emergency care for illness or disease not related to COVID-19. Many people may have some concerns about going to a hospital or urgent care, but it is important to monitor your health and know when to seek emergency medical care for serious symptoms that are not related to COVID-19. Read more here.
AI/ANs Are at Higher Risk for Serious Illness if Infected with Coronavirus

A recent study published by the Kaiser Family Foundation investigated characteristics of people at a greater risk of illness if infected with the novel coronavirus. One key finding detailed that approximately one-third of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) non-elderly adults are at a higher risk of serious illness if they contract the virus. This proportion is greater than all other racial and ethnic groups. 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:
Funding Opportunity Announcement: Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) (S06 Clinical Trials Optional)

Applications due Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is partnering with several Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Indian Health Service (IHS), to support a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA): PAR-20-125. Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) (S06 Clinical Trials Optional). The objective of the NARCH initiative is to support biomedical research and career enhancement opportunities toward meeting health needs prioritized by American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The NARCH initiative will also support research capacity building and development of research infrastructure to enhance the biomedical research capabilities of AI/AN communities.  Federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible for the NARCH initiative. Read more here.
Community Preventive Services Task Force Nominations
Nominations due Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5 PM ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collecting nominations to appoint qualified individuals to serve as new members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). The CPSTF produces recommendations (and identifies evidence gaps) to help inform the decision making of federal, state, and local health departments, other government agencies, communities, healthcare providers and organizations, employers, schools, and research organizations. Read more here.
NIHB is Seeking Indigenous Knowledge on Blood Lead Level Testing
NIHB is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the capacity of rural and non-urban Tribal communities for identifying and addressing elevated blood lead levels in Tribal children. To accomplish this, NIHB seeks to engage Tribal representatives and health professionals in 30-minute key informant interviews. The interviews will ask Tribal Health Directors or programmatic staff to describe their programs or operational plans in place for blood lead level testing and their current knowledge of lead exposure risk factors. Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sara Zdunek at or 202-507-4077.
NIHB is Hiring!

NIHB is seeking qualified candidates for the follow positions based in Washington, DC:
  • Director of Public Health Policy and Programs
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Infection Control)
  • Public Health Program Coordinator (Climate Change)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Behavioral Health)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Core Infrastructure)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Dental Therapy)
Two New CDC HIV Surveillance Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published two new HIV reports: Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 ( Updated ) and Estimated HIV Incidence and Prevalence in the United States 2014–2018 . In addition, an AtlasPlus update provides data from these reports. Important changes in reporting include data by gender, including transgender persons, and persons of additional gender identity, and HIV incidence and prevalence estimates for Puerto Rico and at the county level.
Indian Country ECHO

Indian Country Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) is a Tribally led effort to support Tribal, Indian Health Service, and Urban Indian health programs with regular telehealth ECHO sessions. ECHO telehealth sessions provide discussion and recommendations from expert faculty on topics including: Diabetes, Hepatitis C, HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Substance Use Disorders, Harm Reduction, and Transgender Care. Indian Country ECHO is also supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response with twice weekly telehealth ECHO sessions. Please see this newsletter for more information or visit .
COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Contact
The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler at or 202-507-4081.
National Indian Health Board Grant Application Technical Assistance Webinars

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting two technical assistance webinars on the application for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Tribal noncompetitive grant funding opportunity, Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response (CDC-RFA-OT20-2004). Applications are due May 31, 2020. All federally recognized Tribes, Tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized Tribes, or their bona fide agents are eligible for this funding and encouraged to join these NIHB webinars.

Webinar: NIHB Walkthrough of Application for CDC RFA-OT20-2004
Date: TODAY, Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET
During the walkthrough, NIHB staff will provide an overview of the grant application process and the materials that applicants will need to submit.
Webinar: NIHB Virtual Office Hours for CDC RFA-OT20-2004 Application
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM ET
The virtual office hours provide an opportunity for applicants to have their questions answered about the application process, funding opportunity, or other related topics.
NIHB Webinar: How to Be an Effective Tribal Environmental Health Advocate
TODAY, Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 PM ET

**Please register using the fixed link below**

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar: "How to Be an Effective Tribal Environmental Health Advocate." This webinar will describe the basic principles of effective advocacy and how they apply to Tribal environmental health.

This webinar will be presented by NIHB staff and is hosted as part of the Climate and Health Learning Community. The learning community is focused on knowledge exchange and members are encouraged to share information and build relationships with each other and the presenters. The webinar is open to the public. Read more here.
Webinar: TEC Directors Roundtable Discussion on COVID-19 Response Efforts
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2 PM ET

Join the Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TEC) directors and Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, during their roundtable discussion on TEC’s seven core functions, overview of COVID-19 response efforts, and use of Tribal data. Read more here.

NIHB Webinar: Anxiety and COVID-19
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce a Mental & Behavioral Health Webinar Series. This 4-part series will address topics such as anxiety, substance misuse, and suicide prevention among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The first Mental and Behavioral Health webinar will explore anxiety and COVID-19 among AI/AN. The discussion will include general background information as well as sharing resources with attendees. The presentation will be followed by Q & A. Read more here.
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! These meetings are opportunities for you to share your insights and expertise on Tribal injury surveillance and to be heard by your peers, the National Indian Health Board, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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:
  • June 2, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST via Zoom
  • June 11, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST – 6:00 PM EST via Zoom
  • 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.