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

May 9, 2019
Study Finds Common Food Preservative Increases Hormone Levels Associated with Obesity and Diabetes Risk

New research reveals that propionate, a common food preservative, may act as a “metabolic disruptor” that potentially increases the risk for diabetes and obesity in humans. The research was led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Read more here.
Status of Tribal Air Report (STAR) Released

The Status of Tribal Air Report (STAR) 2019 was released yesterday by the National Tribal Air Association Executive Committee. The 2019 STAR demonstrates the essential need for Tribes to have strong programs and support for air quality. The quantitative data in the Budget Analysis demonstrates the limited resources with which Tribes have to build air programs. The stories directly from Tribes demonstrate their skills in moving forward, despite these constraints and challenges. Read more here.
Request for Information (RFI) Released for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Federal Action Plan
Deadline for Comments: June 3, 2019 at 5:00pm ET

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office, of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) continues gathering public input for updates to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP). In addition, OHAIDP is leading/coordinating the development of the first-ever STI Federal Action Plan to address the increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections. Electronic responses to the RFI are strongly preferred and may be emailed to  
Funding & Opportunities
Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program 
Applications Due Friday, May 24, 2019

The goals of the RMOMS program are to: (i) develop a sustainable network approach to coordinate maternal and obstetrics care within a rural region; (ii) increase the delivery and access of preconception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum services; (iii) develop sustainable financing models for the provision of maternal and obstetrics care; and (iv) improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative ways to achieve these goals through an established or formal regional network structure. Domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit, entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and Tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Read more here.
Speaking Up About Mental Health Essay Contest
Applications Due Friday, May 31, 2019

Mental illness does not discriminate! It occurs in people from all racial/ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic groups and ages. U.S. high school teens, 16-18 years old are eligible to enter stories about how to reduce the stigma and social barriers teens face when seeking mental health treatment. Sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Mental Health, along with other federal and private partners.  Read more here.
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country- Amendment and Extended Due Date
Due Date Extended Application Due June 12, 2019

The Application for DP19-1903, Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country is now open. This Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFO) will fund American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, Tribally-designated Organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations to reduce rates of death and disability from commercial tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and reduce the prevalence of obesity and other chronic disease risk factors and conditions (e.g., oral health, dementia, COPD).  

An amendment has been made to the NOFO, and the application due date has been extended to June 12, 2019. Read more here.
NIHB Community Changemaker Grants for Native Youth-led Health Projects
Applications accepted until funding is gone! Apply ASAP.

AI/AN youth ages 14-24 years old are eligible to apply for NIHB's Community Changemaker Grants. These are small amounts of money ($250) that can help supercharge a YOUTH-led and YOUTH-planned health event. Read more here.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Federal Action Plan Virtual Listening Session
Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm ET

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) is leading/coordinating the development of the first-ever STI Federal Action Plan to address the increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections in the United States. The virtual listening session on the STI Federal Action Plan is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019. Read more here. 
Webinar: Advocating for Prevention in Communities of Color: The Role of Providers Amid the Opioid Crisis
Monday, May 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET

This Office of Minority Health webinar, will highlight key facts and statistics about opioid misuse and mortality, and the disparities that exist among racial and ethnic minority populations. Speakers will discuss principles, strategies and best practices for preventing opioid misuse, addiction and overdose, and will provide information on how providers can play a role in culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention efforts. Read more here. 
10th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit &
2019 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference *Next Week*
May 13-15, and May 15-17, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
Please join NIHB in Albuquerque, NM for two premier Tribal health events - the 2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit (May 13-15) and the 2019 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Behavioral Health Conference (May 15-17).

For the latest information on registration, agenda, location, lodging, exhibitors, and sponsorships, visit the conference websites:
Conference Attendees: Download The Mobile Device Apps for the National Tribal Public Health Summit and the American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference

Registered attendees will be able to have the conference information at their fingertips! Create your own schedule ahead of time, find the rooms for the sessions when you are onsite, receive real time updates and notifications, post to the social wall and, new this year, WIN PRIZES by completing the session evaluation surveys in the app! Check your email to download the mobile app.
Listening Sessions for Both Conferences Take Place Wednesday, May 15
Listening Sessions are open to the public as well as attendees of both events.
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Listening Session - E-cigarettes and Indian Country
  • Special Listening Session: Developing the National Strategies for HIV and Viral Hepatitis
  • Environmental Health Discussion Session - Read more here.
Training Sessions on Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Tips for Successful Grant Writing
  • START UP!: Art Therapy Trauma Treatment for Native American Youth. Registration is required and closes TOMORROW, May 10, 2019. Read more here.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training. Registration is required and closes TOMORROW, May 10, 2019. Read more here.
  • Culture and Drugs Don’t Mix. Registration required. Read more here.
Special Events for Attendees
  • Fitness events at both conferences!
  • Climate and Health Learning Community In-Person Networking Event, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Sponsored by the Sierra Club: Rio Grande Chapter. Refreshments served. NEW DETAILS AVAILABLE. Registration required - now open! Read more here.
  • Culture Night, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Call for Exhibitors!
The AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference is seeking exhibitors from corporations/businesses, Tribal businesses/enterprises, Tribes/governments, educational institutions/Tribal colleges, and non-profit businesses. Exhibitor space for arts and crafts vendors are now sold out.
Clinical Scholars Information Reception
Hosted by: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
RECEPTION DETAILS: May 16th from 5:30-6:30 pm MST Albuquerque Convention Center, La Sala Lobby

AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference attendees: want to know how you can receive program funds, executive coaching, and leadership training to improve health in your community? Attend this reception to hear about the Clinical Scholars Program and how you can apply. Current participants working with the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation and Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, New Town, North Dakota will be present to discuss this and other leadership and funding opportunities for community leaders, researchers, and doctoral students. Please RSVP by May 9 th . Read more here
Webinar: Success Factors for Cross Jurisdictional Sharing (CJS): What does it Take to Succeed
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET

By collaborating with other jurisdictions and sharing capacity and services, public health departments can create economies of scale that make the most of existing resources. And yet, even the strongest partnerships can be challenged when engaging in a collaboration. Senior staff from the Center for Sharing Public Health Services will describe 10 factors that promote successful CJS efforts, along with field-based examples of each one. Read more and register here.
NIHB Webinar: Enhancing Relationships between Tribal and State Governments
RESCHEDULED FOR Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 3-4 pm ET

Cross-jurisdictional collaboration between Tribes and states is critical, especially during an environmental health crisis. Having a positive existing relationship and effective communication channels is vital to a successful response. During this webinar, participants will hear from both Tribal and state health department representatives that are taking a proactive approach to collaboration by convening in-person Tribal environmental health summits. This is a Climate and Health Learning Community Webinar, and all are welcome. Read more here. 
Climate & Health Communications Webinar: Creative Material Development  
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a climate and health communications webinar “Creative Material Development” as part of a series to help viewers more effectively communicate the health impacts of climate change and in their communities.  These webinars are designed for state and local health departments, but may be useful for Tribes as well. Read more here. 
Integrated Pest Management Training for Tribal Communities
Wednesday-Friday, June 26-28, 2019 in San Diego, CA

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) will be sponsoring and coordinating a National Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Training for Tribal communities this summer. ITCA will be accepting registration for 75 eligible participants. Travel reimbursement is available. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available for some attendees from Arizona. Read more here. 
Native HOPE Conference
Monday- Wednesday, June 3-5, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM

Native HOPE is a culture and resilience based program endorsed by Tribal Leaders, state and federal agencies as an effective prevention model. The topics include suicide prevention, and the related risk factors, substance abuse, violence prevention, coping with stress-trauma and depression. The training includes strengthening facilitation and group process skills. Read more here.