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News
AccreditationAwards
NIHB Recognizes Twenty Tribal Health Departments as Leaders in Public Health Accreditation 
                                  

NIHB recognized twenty Tribal health departments for their work in public health accreditation during the closing plenary at the 2018 National Tribal Public Health Summit. Public health accreditation is a voluntary process in which health departments are recognized for meeting "nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidenced-based standards." Engaging in the quality improvement activities leading up to public health accreditation has allowed Tribes to identify gaps in their public health services, improve the quality of their services, and improve relationships with states and counties. It has also been reported that Tribal health departments feel this process increases their credibility, and improves staff morale.
 
For the past 4 years, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIHB has provided mini-grants to Tribal health departments working on public health accreditation through the Tribal Public Health Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI). This grant has gone towards supporting initiatives that improve public health activities, and increase Tribal health departments' readiness to apply for public health accreditation. Tribal ASI grantees worked on many different activities, including conducting community health assessments, increasing community member engagement, finding creative methods that honor tradition to convey the improvement of their services, providing recommendations on public health laws and Tribal codes, and developing relationships with outside entities to ensure that their people receive the highest level of public health services.
 
The Tribal health departments who participated in the Tribal ASI have been leaders in public health for Indian Country, and NIHB is proud to recognize their dedication to advancing Tribal public health. Learn more about their work HERE.
 
Learn more about the Tribal Public Health Accreditation Support Initiative HERE.

Funding and Opportunities
ZikaTravelScholarships
 
In the "Events" section of this newsletter, NIHB announces three meetings taking place in California and New Mexico related to vector-borne disease and Tribal, state, and local collaboration. These meetings are listed under the headings:
  • Vector-Borne Disease and Collaboration Meetings in California
  • Partnerships for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Disease in Tribal Communities Meeting
The meetings are free to attend, but travel scholarships are available for interested Tribal attendees! Contact aaljanabi@nihb.org to request a travel scholarship.
BHPosterSess
Behavioral Health Poster Session Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites MSPI/DVPI grantees, Tribal behavioral health experts, public health professionals, advocates, researchers, community-based providers, and others to submit proposals to highlight the accomplishments of their programs at the American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference, in Washington, DC from July 25-27, 2018. The Poster Session is a great way for success stories to be heard by a large audience of Tribal leaders, Tribal behavioral health professionals, health experts, public health professionals, federal employees, advocates, researchers and community-based providers as well as share program ideas with others.

Submissions are due June 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET
 
For instructions, and to submit your proposal HERE .

Download a copy of the call for proposals  HERE.

Learn more about the AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference  HERE

If you have any questions, contact Courtney Wheeler (cwheeler@nihb.org, 202-507-4081)
TribalResilience
Program to Support Tribal Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management and Planning Department of the Interior Grants
Due Monday, July 2, 2018 (grant for Tribes)
Due Thursday, July 12, 2018 (grant for non-profits and Tribal organizations)
 

The application deadline is July 12, 2018.
 
Find the full announcement HERE.

A separate funding announcement, specifically for federally recognized Tribes is closing July 2, 2018. 

The full announcement can be found HERE.

SAMHSAFOASAMHSA FOA Announcement: Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success
Application Deadline: July, 6, 2018
 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, "Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success" (SPF-PFS). 
 
The purpose of this grant program is to address one of the nation's top substance abuse prevention priorities; underage drinking among persons aged 9 to 20.  The SPF-PFS grant program is intended to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, Tribal, and community levels.  These awards provide an opportunity for federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, or consortia of Tribes or Tribal organizations as well as states to acquire additional resources to implement the SPF process at the state/Tribal and community levels. At their discretion, states/Tribes may also use grant funds to target up to two additional, data-driven substance abuse prevention priorities, such as the use of marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamine, etc. by individuals ages 9 and above.
 
Applications are due July 6, 2018
 
More information on the FOA can be found HERE.
Events
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB), is hosting two meetings taking place in California the first full week of 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. Travel scholarships are available for Tribal representatives to support their travel expenses. 


Learn more about the San Francisco meeting or register (free)  HERE.

View a flyer about both meetings HERE.
Swinomish
Including Indigenous Health in Climate Change Assessments: Overview of Methods and Results from Swinomish
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET
 
Many indigenous communities are at the forefront of developing and implementing plans to address climate change in their homelands. These plans vary in focus and content, but always remain rooted in the geography of the community's homelands, making each plan unique.
 
One aspect of climate change planning that has been difficult to capture is potential impacts to indigenous health. The difficulty arises because mainstream evaluation methods focus primarily on physiological health, such as increased heat stroke or vector-borne diseases, while many indigenous communities see health as much more - such as complex relationships between humans, non-human beings, and the natural and spiritual worlds. These broader definitions of health do not fit in mainstream public health evaluation methods.
 
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, a Coast Salish Community in the Pacific Northwest, will discuss how they determined and evaluated projected public health impacts by tailoring the CDC's "Building Resilience Against Climate Effects" (BRACE) public health framework to better fit Swinomish health priorities. Swinomish staff Dr. Jamie Donatuto will present an overview of the Swinomish Indigenous Health Indicators-aspects of health not seen in mainstream assessments-and how to evaluate them for use in climate change evaluations and planning. Results from the Swinomish project will be shared as well as next steps. Dr. Donatuto will discuss how the BRACE framework can be tailored by other indigenous communities seeking to determine and evaluate their own unique aspects of health.

This webinar is part of the NIHB  Climate Ready Tribes project and is made possible by funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Date and Time
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET*
*Beginning at 2:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm MT, 12:00 pm PT, 11:00 am Alaska
 
Presenter
Jamie Donatuto, PhD
Environmental Health Analyst
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
 
Audience
This webinar is intended for anyone working in areas related to health and climate change with indigenous communities.
 
Learning Objectives
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the modified BRACE steps used in the Swinomish health and climate change assessment
  • Describe methods used to complete the Swinomish project and how they may be useful for other Tribal communities

Register for the Webinar HERE

NMmeeting
Partnerships for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Disease in Tribal Communities Meeting
Thursday, June 28 (full day) and Friday, June 29 (half day) in Albuquerque, NM

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board and Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC), is hosting a meeting taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the end of June: Partnerships for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Disease in Tribal Communities. This meeting 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. 

Registration is free, but attendees are asked to register online. 

Learn more, register, or request for travel scholarship  HERE.
BHConf
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