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

May 21, 2020
HEROES Act Passes House of Representatives

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a massive $3 trillion COVID-19 relief package on a largely party line vote of 208-199. The behemoth package includes a number of significant Tribal healthcare and public health provisions to strengthen response efforts across Indian Country. Overall, the package includes billions in relief funding for Tribal, state, and territorial governments including $20 billion in economic relief funding for Tribal Nations. Read more here.
CDC Health Advisory: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends healthcare providers report any patient who meets the case definition of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) to local, state, and territorial health departments. The CDC health advisory includes 1) background information on several cases of a recently reported multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19; and 2) a case definition for this syndrome.   Read more here.
Pipeline Loses Permit, but Construction Continues

Even after a federal judge revoked permission for the Keystone XL Pipeline construction, the Canadian builder of the private hazardous materials infrastructure was still proceeding with work in May all along the route across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. Read more here.
Long-Acting Injectable Drug Prevents HIV Among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Women

Results from a National Institutes of Health-funded study is the first large trial to find that long-acting HIV prevention drug is effective. An investigational long-acting form of the HIV drug cabotegravir injected once every 8 weeks safely and effectively prevents HIV acquisition in men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men.  Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Building Tribal Provider and Patient Capacity for Addressing Opioid Misuse Prevention and Treatment
Deadline: Friday, July 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce Building Tribal Provider and Patient Capacity for Addressing Opioid Misuse Prevention and Treatment, made possible through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The funding will provide an opportunity to increase the level of programming, research, policy development, coordination, and/or communication between Tribal programs, leadership, community, and key partners involved in addressing the health consequences of the opioid epidemic. Read more here.
Notice of Funding Opportunity - Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning)
Informational Webinar: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET
Application Deadline: Monday, July 13, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP-Planning). HRSA will award approximately 50 grants to rural communities to enhance capacity to address substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder (OUD). FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. Contact for questions. Read more here.
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. 
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:
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)
Recording Available for NIHB Webinar: How to Be an Effective Tribal Environmental Health Advocate

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Climate and Health Learning Community webinar, How to Be an Effective Tribal Environmental Health Advocate, was held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 3-4 PM ET. This webinar described the basic principles of effective advocacy and how they apply to Tribal environmental health.

If you were unable to attend this webinar, a recording is now available at the link above. Read more here.
CDC Releases New AI/AN Data for HIV

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has used its most recent surveillance data to produce a new webpage with updated statistics on HIV in Indian Country, including data on new infections, trends over time, and viral suppression rates.

HIV Diagnoses Among AI/AN in the 50 States and the District of Columbia, 2010-2017*
*Changes in populations with fewer HIV diagnoses can lead to a large percentage increase or decrease. Source: CDC.  NCHHSTP AtlasPlus . Accessed April 27, 2020.
Report on Caregiving in the US Released

The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP have recently released the “Caregiving in the US 2020” report. Conducted approximately every five years, this study details the unique challenges faced by those providing this essential support. Although American Indians and Alaska Natives were not included in this analysis, Tribes may find this information useful. Read more here.
COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Contact
The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler at or 202-507-4081.
Circle of Life Curriculum Webinars
Wednesdays at 3 PM ET between May 20, 2020 and July 1, 2020

The  National Native Network , the  American Indian Cancer Foundation , and the  Indian Health Service Health Promotion and Disease Prevention  are partnering to host a seven-part webinar series focused on sharing important cancer information with health system staff. The  American Cancer Society  Circle of Life Initiative was developed with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to provide cancer education using a holistic and culturally tailored approach for individuals, families, and Tribes to make healthy choices and stay well. Read more here.
Indian Health Service (HIS) COVID-19 Response Webinar Series: Compassion Fatigue: Additional Risks while Serving Vulnerable Populations During a Pandemic
Today! Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET
The objectives of this webinar are to recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, identify how compassion fatigue impacts the workforce, and develop strategies for preventing and reversing compassion fatigue. Registration is required. Register here.
American Indian Cancer Virtual Survivor Support Group
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 12 PM CT

The American Indian Cancer Foundation is hosting its first ever virtual cancer survivor support group where attendees will have an opportunity to meet and discuss the group expectations and culture. Register here .
National Indian Health Board Grant Application Technical Assistance Webinars

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting virtual office hours webinars for technical assistance 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 the below NIHB webinars.

The virtual office hours provide an opportunity for applicants to have their questions answered about the application process, funding opportunity, or other related topics.

Webinar: NIHB Virtual Office Hours for CDC RFA-OT20-2004 Application
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

Webinar: NIHB Virtual Office Hours for CDC RFA-OT20-2004 Application
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 3:00-4:30 PM ET
NIHB Webinar: Emergency Preparedness Recovery Planning from Development to Implementation
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Planning. Planning for short and long term recovery after a public health emergency or disaster is as important as the initial planning for a response. Emergency preparedness plans should incorporate recovery and such efforts should be implemented while response efforts are still underway. Part of those recovery efforts include supporting communities as they return to a new reality. This webinar will provide tips and resources on recovery plans from development to implementation. Read more here .
Indian Health Service (HIS) COVID-19 Response Webinar Series: Supporting the Mental Health of Healthcare Workers during COVID-19
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET

The objectives of this webinar are to examine the importance of provider self-care in the prevention of long term trauma, develop a personal crisis management plan to safely cope in times of crisis, and apply positive coping skills, tools, and resources to promote wellness. Register 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.