Tribal Public Health Broadcast
July 19, 2018

2018 AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference

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IHS Releases DTLL and DUIOLL on SDPI Data Infrastructure Funding
On July 12, 2018, Rear Admiral (RADM) Michael Weahkee, the acting director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL), followed by a Dear Urban Indian Organization Leader Letter (DUIOLL) on July 13. These letters are regarding fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
In accordance with the results of a Tribal consultation, and the recommendations from the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC), RADM Weahkee announced his decision to keep the SDPI funding distribution the same as it has been since FY 2016, with no changes to the Data Infrastructure Improvement set aside of $5.2 million.
There will be continued discussion on how data infrastructure funds should be spent at the upcoming TLDC meeting on September 17-18, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK. Highlights from the May TLDC meeting can be found at NIHB's Diabetes in Indian Country website

To read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter, click HERE

To read the Dear Urban Indian Organization Leader Letter, click HERE
World Breastfeeding Week
August 1-7, 2018

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is excited to announce the slogan of World Breastfeeding Week 2018 is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crises. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. The objectives of World Breastfeeding Week are to inform people about the links between good nutrition, food security, poverty reduction and breastfeeding, anchor breastfeeding as the foundation of life, engage with individuals and organizations for a greater impact, and galvanize action to advance breastfeeding as a part of good nutrition, food security and poverty reduction.

For more information, including infographics, outreach materials, and seed grant applications, visit the World Breastfeeding Week Site
Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid 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: 
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

Flyer available HERE
2018 American Indian & Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference- Registration closes Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST
Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27, 2018 in Washington, DC
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.
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
International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
August 26-29, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Since 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has hosted the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID). Held every 2-3 years, the conference brings together more than 1500 public health professionals from around the world to encourage the exchange of the latest information on issues affecting the emergence, spread, and control of infectious diseases. With scientific input from more than 30 national and global partners, ICEID 2018 will mark the 10th occurrence of this premier infectious disease conference.

The program includes plenary and panel sessions with invited speakers, oral abstract and poster presentations, and multiple scientific and public health exhibitors-all focusing on emerging and re-emerging infections. Major topics for ICEID 2018 include surveillance and outbreak response, laboratory diagnostics and systems, factors affecting disease emergence and control, and public health preparedness. Specific subjects focus on issues such as antimicrobial resistance, genomic and molecular epidemiology, foodborne and waterborne illnesses, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, healthcare-associated infections, respiratory infections, and global health.

Learn more or register HERE

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