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

May 7, 2020
Diabetes Prevalence Decreases in American Indians and Alaska Natives

A new report indicates that the prevalence of diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults decreased from 15.4% in 2013 to 14.6% in 2017. After many years of increasing, this is the first known decrease in diabetes prevalence for AI/AN people, and the AI/AN population is the only racial/ethnic group that has seen a decrease in recent years.

A lower rate of diabetes means more Native people are able to live healthy lives, free of diabetes and related health complications, including kidney failure, eye disease, and amputations. 

This decrease is likely due to the numerous diabetes prevention measures currently in place in Native communities across the nation through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI).

Read the research paper here.

Learn more about SDPI on the Indian Health Service website here or NIHB’s website here.
Trump Visits Navajo Nation in Show of Support for Indian Country During COVID-19

On May 5, 2020, President Trump visited Navajo Nation, one of the Tribes hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The presidential visit came about as a way for the White House to show support to Tribal communities impacted by the virus. Read more here.
Bristol Bay Tribes Grateful for Tribal Solidarity During Mine Opposition

Bristol Bay Tribes have been fighting the proposed Pebble mine for sixteen years. The mine’s infrastructure would include new ports built on top of their ancient fish camps, and traditional hunting and fishing grounds. Read more here.
The Risks of Vaping

Vaping devices, also known as e-cigarettes, vape pens, and e-hookahs among other terms, come in many shapes and sizes. These devices can expose the lungs to a variety of chemicals, such as (nicotine) or marijuana (THC), flavorings, and other ingredients that are added to vaping liquids. Read more here.
Funding & Opportunities
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) COVID-19 Funding for Tribes
Applications due Tuesday, June 30, 2020

EPA is making $1 million in grant funding available to states, local governments, Tribes, and territories for projects to improve the health and welfare of low income, minority, Tribal, and indigenous communities. EPA will give special consideration to those applications aimed at addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities with environmental justice concerns. The State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement (SEJCA) Program will provide funds to eligible states, local governments, Tribes and territories. EPA anticipates issuing 5 grants of approximately $200,000 each for a two-year funding period.

See additional details at the FY2020 SEJCA webpage.
Funding Opportunity: Building Tribal Provider and Patient Capacity for Addressing Opioid Misuse Prevention and Treatment
Applications due 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.
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:
  • Public Health Project Coordinator
  • Public Health Program Coordinator (Climate Change)
  • Public Health Project Coordinator (Behavioral Health)
  • Public Health Project Associate (Dental Therapy)
  • Director of Public Health Policy and Programs
Association of State and Territorial Health Official (ASTHO) Legal Preparedness Series and Emergency Authority & Immunity Toolkit

The Association of State and Territorial Health Official’s (ASTHO) toolkit addresses concepts regarding federal and state emergency declarations and the various response authorities and liability protections these declarations can initiate. This new toolkit’s component documents are designed to assist in education, training, and planning activities to prepare for emergencies. Read more here.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Quality Portal Resource section is a tool for gathering information, sampling policies and background data as you work toward providing quality care and implementing quality improvement projects within your facility. A searchable library filters your results by keyword, category or file type to find dozens of resource materials, all vetted by the Office of Quality (OQ). Submit your own documents and resources that relate to patient care and quality improvement, and following approval from OQ staff, your documents, audio or video files or website URLs can be shared with your colleagues. Read more here.
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Administrative Preparedness Legal Guidebook
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) developed a guidebook to help public health professionals improve their departments’ administrative preparedness capabilities and to encourage collaborative preparatory work among preparedness, legal, human resources, procurement, and other staff. Read more here.
Introducing Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) has announced the launch of a free, online training for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers. The course, Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers , will prepare new contact tracers helping to identify positive COVID-19 cases and those individuals they have been in close contact with. The course provides approximately three hours of free online training to teach participants the basics of contact tracing, regardless of prior experience in public health. Contact ASTHO at with any questions. 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.
Indian Health Service (IHS) COVID-19 Response Webinar Series - Compassion Fatigue: Additional Risks While Serving Vulnerable Populations During a Pandemic
Monday, May 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

This webinar will teach attendees how 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. Register here. This webinar will be repeated on Monday, May 18, 2020 and Monday, May 21, 2020.
NIHB Webinar: How to Be an Effective Tribal Environmental Health Advocate
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 PM ET

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.
NIHB Webinar: Generalized Anxiety Disorder and COVID-19
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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 generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and COVID-19 amongs AI/AN. The discussion will include general background on GAD as well as sharing resources with attendees. The presentation will be followed by Q & A. Read more here.
Native Farmer, Rancher, and Fisher Sovereignty Series: Sharpening Your Tools to Access Data Driven Analysis

The Mvskoke Loan Fund, Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Network, Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) and Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) seeks to share financial tools directly with Native farmers and ranchers. A recording of the first webinar on Wednesday, April 29 can be found online . Register for future webinars 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! 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.