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JuLY 5, 2018

2018 AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference

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Funding and Opportunities
Mystic Lake Center, Prior Lake, MN, October 2-5, 2018
Abstract deadline: July 6, 2018 at 5:00pm
This annual conference brings together Tribal officials, researchers, practitioners, and others to discuss the current state of Indigenous and academic scientific knowledge about Native nutrition and food science, and identify new areas of work.
If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation by 5 p.m., Friday, July 6.
Presentation categories include one hour breakout sessions, six minute and 40 second Pecha Kucha talks, and printed posters.
Session topics at this year's conference will include:
  • Nutrition across the lifecycle
  • Intergenerational learning about food and nutrition
  • Learning from Indigenous communities around the world
  • Linking agriculture to nutrition
  • Recovering from historical trauma
Find more information about the conference  HERE

Instructions and information on submitting an abstract  HERE
2019 National HIV Prevention Conference- Call for Abstracts, Reviewers, and Registration
Abstracts due Friday, July 20, 2018 by 12:00pm, ET
Conference dates March 18-21, 2019 in Atlanta, GA
The National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) is the preeminent HIV prevention conference in the United States involving state and local health departments, community based organizations, federal agencies, researchers, clinicians, people living with HIV and others sharing the latest advancements, strategies, and accomplishments in HIV prevention. The theme for NHPC 2019 is Getting to No New HIV Infections, which will highlight dynamic approaches to HIV prevention, detection and management, and the critical roles that different communities have in achieving this vision.
Benefits to attending this conference include:
-Plenary Sessions with distinguished speakers and vibrant panels
-Oral and Poster Presentations that will highlight new HIV science and program activities
-New! Storytelling Sessions - brief personal stories that reveal life lessons and breakthrough moments in HIV prevention work
-Opportunities to network with researchers and program personnel working in HIV prevention
HIV remains an important public health issue within Tribal communities. To submit an abstract, apply as a reviewer, or register as an attendee, click HERE
Mental Health First Aid®
Mental health literacy program to certify 15 instructors in Aberdeen South Dakota
Aberdeen, SD, August 14-16, 2018

The Great Plains Behavioral Health program is pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid (Youth) Instructor Training in Aberdeen, South Dakota, August 14-16, 2018.  If you would like to attend please fill out the attached Instructor Application form HERE.  There is only space for 15 participants.  It is suggested that applicants come in teams of two from each location so when you send your application back please indicate who you will be training with.  Participants are REQUIRED to attend all three days of the training. This course is intensive and participants will be expected to do outside work beyond their regular tour of duty.  New trainers will also be expected to conduct a minimum of THREE trainings per year and coordinate those trainings through the Great Plains Division of Behavioral Health. The Division of Behavioral Health will provide ALL training materials for courses that the new instructors will need to conduct their courses.
Once trained our new instructors join more than 9,000 U.S. instructors already certified by MHFA-USA as instructors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, including behavioral healthcare, law enforcement and public safety, universities, faith communities, and primary care. 
Mental Health First Aid is Included on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices.  Studies show that training in Mental Health First Aid builds confidence in helping an individual experiencing a mental health challenge, reduces negative or distancing attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses, and increases mental health literacy - being able to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 
*The first round of applications will be reviewed on June 29th, I anticipate this training will fill up fast so please do not delay in sending in your completed application
**The second round of applications will be reviewed on July 11th.
(There is no charge to attend the training, however, participants WILL BE required to pay for their own travel)

IHS Clinical Rounds: Overview of the AI/AN Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness
Monday, July 9, 2018, from 3:00-4:00pm ET

This webinar features the AI/AN Culture Card as a guide to enhance cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communication styles, the role of veterans and older adults, and health disparities.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Examine the Five Elements of Cultural Competence and categories of culture and history identified in the AI/AN Culture Card.
  2. Consult with local cultural advisors for questions about symptomology and treatment options.
  3. Utilize the culture card as a framework for community-specific cultural competency.
To register, click HERE, and follow the instructions for registering

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 pm local time in Scottsdale, AZ

The Association of American Indian Physicians is having a Pre-Conference Session titled "Opiate Use Disorder in Indian Country: Best Practices for Prevention and Treatment" on July 25th from 1:00- 5:00 pm at the We Ko Pa Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

Learn more HERE  or HERE

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 at
or 202-507-4081.

Exhibitors and Vendors
Are you interested in exhibiting at the AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference? Exhibitor registration is open! The deadline to register as an exhibitor is July 13, 2018, but registration is first come, first serve and registration may close sooner for certain exhibitor categories. Currently, there are only around 11 more spots open. 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
11th Annual National Rural Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Conference
University of South Carolina Lancaster, August 8-10, 2018
Join the Coalition for Healthy Youth at the 11th Annual National Rural Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Conference in Lancaster, South Carolina. The Coalition for Healthy Youth is a community partnership of local and state agencies, the school district, local non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and businesses.
The primary goals of the Coalition are to:
* promote policies, programs, and activities that enhance the health and well-being of local youth
* utilize data collection and community engagement to understand how and why youth engage in substance use and where they obtain those substances
* intervene early in the lives of youth to address and mitigate the risk factors that contribute to youth substance abuse in order to delay the initiation of alcohol and tobacco use
* implement research-based prevention and intervention services in order to combat youth substance abuse
* conduct community outreach efforts to change the societal acceptance and expectations surrounding youth substance abuse, and educate the public about the risks and dangers of youth substance abuse
* and to reduce and eventually eliminate the loss of life, wasted potential, and negative health and economic impacts associated with youth substance abuse in Lancaster County.
The Coalition was initially funded by the Drug Free Communities grant. Funding is currently provided primarily through the Sober Truth grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and from our own annual conference fees.
Find more information about the conference and registration 
35th Annual National Tribal Health Conference
September 17-20, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK 

Join 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