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July 12, 2018

2018 AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference

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CPSTF Recommends Primary Prevention to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence Among Youth

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends primary prevention interventions that aim to prevent or reduce intimate partner violence and sexual violence among youth. Evidence shows these interventions decrease perpetration of intimate partner violence and sexual  violence and increase bystander action. 

The recommendation is based on a systematic review of 28 studies published through June 2016. Included  studies evaluated interventions that combined educational information about intimate partner violence and sexual violence with strategies to teach healthy relationship skills, promote social norms that protect against violence, or create protective environments. 

For more information and resources, click HERE
Funding and Opportunities
New CDC Funds for Tribes Includes Supporting Opioid Overdose Prevention
Application Due Wednesday, August 1st, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance on funds newly available to Tribes to address the opioid overdose epidemic. These new opioid overdose prevention funds augment existing CDC Tribal programs.

A competitive supplement is available to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and Tribal organizations that were awarded under the Tribal Public Health Capacity-Building and Quality Improvement Umbrella Cooperative Agreement (CDC-RFA-OT18-1803). All Tribes and Tribal organizations awarded supplemental funds for the Opioid Overdose Prevention in Tribal Communities project will be required to address strategic planning and to select at least one from three optional areas: 
  1. epidemiologic surveillance and public health data infrastructure to address issues of data quality and timeliness
  2. implementation of evidence-based health systems interventions that are appropriate to Tribal communities
  3. innovative community-based strategies that build upon strengths inherent to Tribal organizations.
This Opioid Overdose Prevention in Tribal Communities supplement will be a $10 million investment each year for three years, and will fund approximately 15 Tribal entities (maximum is 25 entities) with yearly grants ranging from $250,000-$1,000,000.

Three other project being funded under this umbrella include:
  • Baseline Assessment of Blood Lead Levels in American Indian/Alaska Native Children ($150,000)
  • Building Capacity to Prevent and Control Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Arizona ($150,000)
  • Support Tribal Health Department Capacity to Accelerate CDC's 6|18 Initiative and Approach ($80,000)
An additional supplement is also available to the 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) currently funded under the Building Public Health Infrastructure in Tribal Communities to Accelerate Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Indian Country program. This supplemental funding will support TECs to: 
  • provide technical support to Tribes and key partners for data collection, use, and sharing
  • expand data sharing to enhance non-fatal overdose data collection from Emergency Departments
  • improve data abstraction from death certificates to collect timely data on opioid-related overdose deaths.
The Deadline to Submit is August 1, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST

For more information and to apply, click HERE 
IHS announces Tribal Management Grant Funding Opportunity
Application Due Friday, August 17, 2018

Key Dates
Application Deadline Date:  August 17, 2018
Review Date:  August 20-24, 2018
Earliest Anticipated Start Date:  September 1, 2018
Signed Tribal Resolutions Due Date:  August 17, 2018
Proof of Non-Profit Status Due Date:  August 17, 2018
Note:  The Funding Opportunity will be posted to the IHS and websites soon.  Please look out for updates HERE
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Ken Coriz, Program Analyst, ODSCT, IHS, at 301-443-1104 or by email at

Partnerships for Advancing Tribal Health National Forum 

Opioids are taking a toll on Tribal communities and there is a call for a more comprehensive response for Tribal populations. Partnerships for Advancing Tribal Health (PATH) provides a national forum for Tribal and federal officials like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Indian Health Service (IHS), The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) to advance a collaborative approach.
For more information on the meeting, and to join a live webcast of the event, please click the link HERE
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is partnering with the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) to offer a Mental Health First Aid Training Tuesday, July 24, 2018 as a preconference event for NIHB's American Indian & Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference in Washington, DC (July 25-27, 2018).
Mental Health First Aid Training
The training is a full day course that will introduce participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Mental Health First Aid is a live training course, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources. The course will also provide information on how to adapt mental health first aid to AI/AN communities. Please see the event flyer HERE for more details about the training.
Please note there is no cost to attend this training. Limited spots available on a first come, first serve basis.
For additional questions, or to RSVP, please contact:
Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Public Health Project Coordinator, NIHB
Phone: 202-507-4081 (direct) or Email:
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
Sponsorship Opportunities

NIHB is honored to welcome your support for our American Indian & Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference. We invite you to contribute to Tribal behavioral health by becoming an official sponsor of the premier national AI/AN specific behavioral health gathering. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels with many benefits included. Sponsoring the National Behavioral Health Conference provides a great opportunity to elevate the presence and visibility of your organization and work, as well as your commitment to Tribal behavioral health and healthcare needs.

If you would like to discuss alternative packages than those listed here, please contact NIHB Behavioral Health Manager, Suzanne Andress-Udall at 202-507-7298 or

For all other questions or to become an official sponsor, please contact NIHB Public Health Project Coordinator, Courtney Wheeler at
or 202-507-4081.

Exhibitors and Vendors
Are you still interested in exhibiting at the AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference? Exhibitor registration will close tomorrow, Friday, July 13th. Currently, there are only a few more spots open and some categories (arts and crafts) are closed. Register today!
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 

Overflow hotel information:

Fairfax Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Line
1770 Euclid Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Do we have evidence of increased health coverage, improved health, and the delivery system changes needed to sustain and expand recent gains?  Join NIHB a t the 2018 American Indian & Alaska Native Tribal Data Symposium as we gather Tribal, state, and federal leadership and staff to answer this question through discussions on the impacts of health insurance coverage, evidence of improved health, existing gaps in data, and more.

The event will be held at the Kaiser Family Foundation  Barbara Jordan Conference Center, 1330 G St. NW, Washington, DC, 20005

View the agenda  HERE

For more information, contact Ed Fox at

September 17-20, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK 
J oin NIHB for the 35th Annual National Tribal Health Conference.

The National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC) is the largest American Indian and Alaska Native specific gathering each year focused specifically on health. The conference focuses on exploring health policy and its impact on Tribes, advancing Tribal capacity to expand policy work, and policy and political work in the arenas of health care, public, behavioral, and environmental health.

Registration and Lodging

Registration for the 35th Annual National Tribal Health Conference is open now! Take advantage of our Early Bird Special through July 31st to receive a special rate on your registration fee. You can register, and find information about lodging  HERE

Submit your Proposal

Tribal leaders, health directors, policy specialists, advocates, and allies are invited to submit abstracts.  Learn more, and submit your proposal HERE