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

June 18, 2020
New Legislation Introduced to Reauthorize SDPI with a Funding Increase

U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) for an additional five years and increase funding to $200 million per year. The proposed legislation also will permit Tribes and Tribal organizations to request the SDPI awards through 638 Contracts and Compacts.

SDPI is the nation’s most effective federal initiative to combat diabetes and serves as a useful model both for diabetes programs nationwide and public health programs in Indian Country. However, stagnant funding and multiple short-term extensions has been a challenge for the community-based programs SDPI supports.  NIHB has expressed support for permanent reauthorization of SDPI, increased funding based on medical inflation, and allowing Tribes to receive funds through self-governance contracts and compacts.

Funding & Opportunities
Infection Prevention & Control: Project Firstline Survey
Applications due Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on an infection prevention and control (IPC) training initiative for frontline Tribal healthcare facility personnel. In order for this initiative to be as responsive to the needs of Tribal healthcare workers and the Tribal health system as possible, we are asking you to complete this survey on infection prevention and control training interests, needs, and preferences. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Responses will be used to inform decisions on the development and delivery of training and capacity building efforts to ensure it best meets the needs of you and your colleagues. The survey link will be “live” until 11:59 ET on June 24, 2020 or until the survey receives 10,000 responses.   Read more here.
Funding Opportunity: Dental Therapy in Indian Country
Applications due Monday, July 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for three funding opportunities related to dental therapy in Indian Country. These announcements are part of NIHB's Tribal Oral Health Initiative.

  • Tribal Colleges/Universities to conduct activities to develop dental therapy education programs
  • Tribes and Tribal Organizations to conduct activities to implement dental therapy in health settings
  • Tribes and Tribal Organizations to conduct outreach and education activities in support of dental therapy

Completed applications should be submitted to Brett Weber at and should reference the grant code in the subject line. Read more and download the applications here.
Funding Opportunity: Supporting Tribes to Increase Commercial Tobacco Cessation
Applications due Friday, August 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce  Supporting Tribes to Increase Commercial Tobacco Cessation , a funding opportunity for Tribal governments, Tribal health departments, and Tribal health care facilities/health systems seeking to implement projects to increase commercial tobacco cessation, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) cessation and ‘quit smoking’ attempts by promoting evidence-based services and activities, and/or adapting evidence-based health systems changes.  Read more here.
CDC Foundation COVID-19 Corps Positions Open Across Indian Country

The CDC Foundation is recruiting for critical positions related to the COVID-19 across Indian Country. Open positions can be found on the COVID-19 Corps careers page and are updated daily. Jobs vary by Area Indian Health Board locality, but include roles for epidemiologists, infection preventionists, informaticians, data analysts, laboratorians, community support specialists, community health program managers, project managers, and more. Click here for a list of currently open COVID-19 Corps positions in Indian Country.
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 Courtney Wheeler ( If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Wheeler. 
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 20-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.
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.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month! From knowing the signs of Alzheimer’s and related dementias to tips on brain health over the life course, you can be a champion for Alzheimer’s and Brain Health. You can learn more at the Alzheimer’s Association’s website.

The National Indian Health Board is supporting brain health and elder wellness through our Brain Health Action Institute for Tribal Nations. This event, which will be held virtually, will bring together Tribal health providers, public health practitioners, and community experts to explore ways to support brain health for Tribes across the life course.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nina Martin at 202-548-7299 or
Recording Available for NIHB Webinar: Public Health and Clean Air

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Climate and Health Learning Community webinar, Public Health and Clean Air, was held on Thursday, June 4, 2020. This webinar described the connection between air quality and community health outcomes, as well as provide an overview of tools and resources available to Tribes and Tribal public health officials to monitor and improve air quality. This webinar is a Climate and Health Learning Community event and was presented by Wilfred Nabahe, Chairman of the National Tribal Air Association.

If you were unable to attend this webinar, a recording is now available at the link above. Read more here.
Webinar: Advancing Performance Improvement in the Age of COVID-19
Monday, June 22, 2020 at 2 PM ET

This webinar, hosted by the Public Health Performance Improvement Network (PHPin) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will highlight the relevance of performance improvement (PI) as health departments manage the pandemic response in their communities by creating a forum for PI professionals and health department staff to discuss how to continue this work in the age of COVID-19. We will hear from Ken Komatsu from the Arizona Department of Health Services and Nicole Morley from the Indiana State Department of Health, who will discuss some of the ways that their state health department has continued and modified their performance improvement work to address new community needs. This brief presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion about how PI work has changed over the last few months, including both challenges and successes.

NIHB Webinar: Health Education & Communication in Indian Country
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar: Health Education & Communication in Indian Country. This webinar will discuss best practices in conducting health education and communication activities in a Tribal setting; tools and resources that Tribal health professionals have used successfully; and how COVID-19 and other barriers can be overcome to ensure Tribal public health professionals can connect and engage with community members successfully.

This webinar 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.
ONE Injury Prevention and Surveillance Discussion Session Left on June 24, 2020!

The National Indian Health Board is hosting 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.

These discussion sessions, which will take about 3-4 hours total, are opportunities to strengthen understanding about current practices, programs, policies and needs on injury surveillance and prevention. All are welcome to participate.

Registration is still open for the final session on June 24, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST – 3:00 PM EST via Zoom. You can register for that session here: . 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.
COVID-19 Event: Suicidality and COVID-19: How to Help
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

The third NIHB Mental and Behavioral Health COVID-19 webinar will explore suicidality during the COVID-19 pandemic in American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) communities. The discussion will include general background on suicide in Indian Country; intervention, and prevention; what is unique about COVID-19 that may contribute to suicide risk; resources and suggestions that may help during these extraordinary and stressful times; as well as time for questions and answers with all attendees. This webinar is designed for community members, Tribal health and behavioral health professionals, Tribal leaders, and partners alike. Register here.
COVID-19 Event: COVID-19 Contact Tracing in Indian Country
Friday, July 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on contact tracing in Indian Country. Case investigation and contact tracing are core methods used by Tribal, local, and state health departments for disease control and is a key strategy in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing is used to identify and alert people of potential contact with a person infected with the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. This webinar will explore how contact tracing is being carried out in Indian Country. Register here.