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August 10, 2017
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APHA Call for Applications - 2018 Public Health Fellowship in Government, Deadline Monday, August 14th

NIHB Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Funding Opportunity, Deadline Friday, September 1st

Advancing Health Equity in Tribal Communities through Public Health Accreditation Webinar, Thursday, August 24th

Public Health News
BRFSSMake Your Voice Heard: Office of Minority Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaborating to Improve Understandings of American Indian/Alaska Native Health

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a new collaboration initiative to better understand the health status of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities by enhancing the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. Because of small AI/AN sample sizes in most health initiatives, AI/AN health issues may not always be accurately represented or even included in national health reports. To better represent AI/AN health, this initiative will oversample AI/AN people in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

Phone numbers will be randomly selected and adults will be asked to answer questions about personal demographics (such as age and gender) and current health behavior (such as use of seatbelts or tobacco products). All information is confidential and completing the survey is expected to take less than 30 minutes. This initiative is important because the public health data collected will be used to improve AI/AN communities and guide decisions for health programs now and in the future.  

Learn more about the initiative  HERE

PreventionNew Article from the Prevention Institute on Effect of Adverse Community Experiences on Diet and Physical Activity

There is a growing understanding of the impact Adverse Childhood Experiences have on individual health risks and outcomes. Subsequently, this demonstrates a need to expand the focus to understand the influence of Adverse Community Experiences on health, safety, and equity outcomes. Exposure to Adverse Community Experiences--including violence, discrimination, and poverty--acts as a barrier to community health. In  The Interplay of Community Trauma, Diet, and Physical Activity: Solutions for Public Health , published this week by the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Howard Pinderhughes calls for further analysis of the role of community trauma in shaping diet and activity-related illnesses and driving health inequities. 

As Pinderhughes notes, efforts to improve health at a community level must increase health practitioner and stakeholder awareness of actions that allow communities to heal from community trauma, protect against community trauma, and prevent community trauma in the first place.

To read the full article at the National Academy of Medicine, click HERE 

ASINIHB Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Funding Opportunity 
Deadline Friday, September 1st 
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, is providing awards to eligible Tribal entities for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI).  The Tribal ASI will fund 15-20 Tribes or Inter-Tribal Consortiums at amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 to work in one or more categories related to strengthening the Tribal health entity in working towards public health accreditation as defined by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Friday, September 1, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
BEGINNER COHORT NEW THIS YEAR! There will be a separate funding category for Tribal entities new to public health accreditation who wish to explore, in-depth, the potential of achieving public health accreditation with the option of taking the first steps on a path toward achieving such accreditation.
On August 3, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, NIHB held a pre-application webinar.  The recording can be accessed  HERE

Follow the link for the Request For Applications (RFA) below.

APHA Call for Applications - 2018 Public Health Fellowship in Government
Deadline Monday, August 14th

The American Public Health Association has announced a call for applications for its 2018 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health." 

For eligibility information, applications and additional information, click 

Webinar824Advancing Health Equity in Tribal Communities through Public Health Accreditation Webinar 
Thursday, August 24th, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Tribal communities bear a disproportionate burden of social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage relative to other racially or ethnically defined population groups. Therefore, ensuring that all American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) achieve the highest level of health possible will require broad-spectrum action that goes beyond addressing individual determinants and disease management to include action to address such disadvantages.

The changing landscape of public health, with a multi-disciplinary approach focused on the social determinants of health, is a true opportunity to advance the well-being of AI/AN communities. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), has taken a proactive and strategic approach to supporting public health capacity-building of Tribal health departments through information gathering and dissemination, capacity building, and awareness raising.

This webinar is hosted by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team which is a group of 12 federal agencies convened under the NPA.  The webinar will highlight the work that has been done at the national level as well as within a Tribal community to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Presenters will:
  1. Provide a background on the landscape of public health in Indian Country;
  2. Discuss the findings of an environmental scan on the state of public health accreditation and health equity within tribal communities; and
  3. Share one Tribe's approach to using public health accreditation activities to achieve health equity within its community.
  • Karrie Joseph, MPH, CHES, Public Health Programs Manager, National Indian Health Board
  • Carrie Sampson (Umatilla, WallaWalla, Cayuse), Assistant Administrator, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center