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August 2, 2018

2018 National Tribal Health Conference

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Prevention of Underage Drinking on California Reservations Using Individual- and Community-Level Approaches

The American Journal of Public Health recently published an article on individual and community interventions to reduce drinking by American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth on California Indian reservations. These interventions included community mobilization and awareness, restricting alcohol sales to minors, motivational interviewing, and psychoeducation for Tribal youth. This study compared AI/AN and non-AI/AN youth in the intervention with AI/AN students outside the intervention. This study "documented significant, sustained past 30-day drinking or heavy episodic drinking frequency reductions among AI/AN 
9th- and 11th-grade current drinkers in rural California Indian communities exposed to multilevel interventions," suggesting that "multilevel community-partnered interventions can effectively reduce underage alcohol use in this population." 
Read the full article  HERE!

Influenza and Zoonoses Education among Youth in Agriculture

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an article about youth education initiatives in agriculture and zoonotic disease. The Youth in Agriculture program has provided funding to 14 states and jurisdictions, some for multiple funding cycles. The program aims to: improve awareness and knowledge of influenza and other zoonotic diseases among rural youth; motivate them to take steps to prevent the spread of flu and other zoonoses (both swine to human and human to swine); help them understand the roles of public and animal health in disease prevention; and increase their awareness of careers in public and animal health. In addition, the program helps to develop relationships among stakeholders to improve responses to important public and animal health issues, such as outbreak responses. The article also highlights some work taking place in Minnesota. 

The article notes that this program provides a sustainable and adaptable model in public health education that can be used in local, state, regional, or national initiatives. This might also be useful for Tribal nations. 

Click HERE to learn more or read the article.

    Funding and Opportunities
Housing Preservation Grants
Due Thursday, August 9, 2018 by 5:00 pm local time for submission to a Rural Development State Office and 5:00 pm ET for electronic submissions  

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering funding to support "the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low and very low income rural citizens. USDA will award a total of $10 million in Housing Preservation Grant Program funding for the repair and rehabilitation of rural housing units."  

Many Tribal communities experience housing disparities. Federally recognized Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and most state and local government entities are eligible to apply. Individual homeowners are not eligible. 

Applicants will provide grants or low-interest loans to repair or rehabilitate housing for low- and very-low-income homeowners. Rental property owners may also receive assistance if they agree to make units available to low- and very-low-income families. 

The following are eligible expenses: 
  • Repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems and water/waste disposal systems
  • Handicap accessibility features
  • Labor and materials
  • Administrative expenses
Click HERE to learn more or apply. 


The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive grant applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. This program is a competitive grant program that is capacity building and developmental in nature and has been available for federally recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations since 1975. The TMG Program was established to assist Tribes and Tribal organizations to prepare for assuming all or part of existing IHS programs, functions, services, and activities (PFSAs) and further develop and improve Tribal health management capabilities. The TMG program provides competitive grants to Tribes and Tribal organizations to establish goals and performance measures for current health programs; assess current management capacity to determine if new components are appropriate; analyze programs to determine if a Tribe or Tribal organization's management is practicable; and develop infrastructure systems to manage or organize PFSAs.  The purpose of this IHS grant announcement is to announce the availability of the TMG program to enhance and develop health management infrastructure and assist Tribes and Tribal organizations in assuming all or part of existing IHS PFSAs through a Title I contract and assist Title I contractors to Title V compactors to further develop and improve management capability. Approximately 16-18 awards of between $50,000-$100,000 each are expected to be awarded. 

Learn more  HERE!

Submit Public Comments on the Draft Indian Health Service Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2018-2022
Due Thursday, August 23, 2018

The strategic goals of the IHS are: (1) To ensure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people; (2) To promote excellence and quality through innovation of the Indian health system into an optimally performing organization; and (3) To strengthen IHS program management and operations. 

Click  HERE to learn more or submit a comment. 
Suicide Clusters within American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations

The US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration had a report prepared in 2017 regarding suicide clusters affecting American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The report's purpose was to "examine what is known about suicide clusters within [AI/AN] populations and to use that information to develop recommendations for stakeholders working to prevent and contain suicide clusters within AI/AN communities." 

The Health Resources and Services Administration invites you to a FREE Grants Education and Technical Assistance Webinar Series for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, Indian Health, Tribal and Urban Indian Health Programs.  The webinars will be held the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm to 2:30pm ET (10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT). This month's session focuses on preparing a budget for your grant proposal. 

Tribal Vision, Design, and Capacity Technical Grant Writing Workshops

  • August 14-15: Sacramento, CA
  • August 23-24: Atmore, AL
  • September 12-13: Denver, CO
  • September 20-21: Oklahoma City, OK
  • September 26-27: Fairbanks, AK
Click  HERE t o learn more or register to attend! 


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Monday-Thursday, 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 and public, behavioral, and environmental health.

Registration and Lodging

Registration for the 35th Annual National Tribal Health Conference is open now! Registration closes Wednesday, September 12 and will reopen onsite. Register now to take advantage of lower registration costs. You can register, and find information about lodging  HERE

Sponsors and Exhibitors

NIHB is honored to welcome your support. We invite you to become an official sponsor of this premier Tribal health care gathering. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels with many benefits included.  Learn more about sponsorship opportunities HERE

NIHB welcomes a variety of exhibitors and vendors to this premier Indian health conference. Click HERE to learn more about exhibiting. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and the deadline to register as an exhibitor is Wednesday, September 12, 2018.