Tribal Public Health Broadcast
May 17, 2018

9th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
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2018 AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference

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NIHB Announces Upcoming Vector-Borne Disease and  Collaboration Meetings in California 

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB), has announced two meetings to take place in California this June. These meetings will be held to discuss and learn about vector-borne disease, including Zika virus, and discuss state-local-Tribal collaboration and ways to build stronger partnerships that can benefit a wide variety of public health responses. These meetings welcome interested Tribal, state, and local representatives who want to come together to address Zika virus and other vector-borne diseases and foster increased collaborations between Tribal, state, and local partners. Since California is such a large state, sister meetings will be held in San Francisco for Northern/Central California attendees and in San Diego for Southern California attendees. 

Meetings will be held June 4-5 in San Diego and June 6-7 in San Francisco. Registration is free, but attendees are asked to register online. Some travel scholarships are available for Tribal representatives to support their travel expenses. 

Learn more about the San Diego meeting or register (free) HERE
Learn more about the San Francisco meeting or register (free) HERE
View a flyer about both meetings HERE
Funding and Opportunities
Native Behavioral Health Award: Call for Nominations
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


Learn more about this opportunity  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.


Learn more or register HERE


The United States has been experiencing an "opioid epidemic" of crippling magnitude that has led the Government on October 26, 2017 to declare the opioid crisis "a public health emergency."  This epidemic has severely impacted most populations, including tribal communities. Join Regroup, the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as they discuss how telemental health services can be used to combat this crisis within tribal communities.
Learn more about this webinar or register HERE

NIHB 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit
Monday-Thursday, May 21-24, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN ***NEXT WEEK***

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.

The Summit, beginning next Monday, is approaching fast! NIHB hopes to welcome you to our event in Prior Lake next week. 
Online registration is currently closed but registration will reopen onsite Monday, May 21st. For more information about this event, visit the conference website  HERE
Sponsoring the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Summit
It's not too late to sponsor! 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 individualized options, click  HERE 
Lodging Information
Lodging in the NIHB room block at  The Mystic Lake Casino Hotel i s now closed.  Rooms may still be available, but you will no longer be able to receive our reduced rate.  To make a reservation call 952-445-9000 or 800-262-7799. 
Online reservations can also be made  HERE   

2018 American Indian & Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
Wednesday-Friday, 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  


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition must be submitted by 6pm ET on Friday, June 29, 2018. 

Learn more or register HERE