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August 30, 2018

2018 National Tribal Health Conference

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STDIncreaseNew CDC Analysis Shows Steep and Sustained Increases in STDs in Recent Years

Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. This surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases and marked the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The CDC analysis of STD cases reported for 2013 and preliminary data for 2017 shows steep, sustained increases:
  • Gonorrhea diagnoses increased 67 percent overall (from 333,004 to 555,608 cases according to preliminary 2017 data) and nearly doubled among men (from 169,130 to 322,169). Increases in diagnoses among women - and the speed with which they are increasing - are also concerning, with cases going up for the third year in a row (from 197,499 to 232,587).
  • Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses increased 76 percent (from 17,375 to 30,644 cases). Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) made up almost 70 percent of primary and secondary syphilis cases where the gender of the sex partner is known in 2017. Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages of the disease.
  • Chlamydia remained the most common condition reported to CDC. More than 1.7 million cases were diagnosed in 2017, with 45 percent among 15- to 24-year-old females.
For more information, visit the CDC release here. 

Funding and Opportunities
APHAFellowship APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
Application Due Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM EST'

The call for applications for the 2019 American Public Health Association (APHA) Public Health Fellowship in Government is underway. The fellowship provides a unique learning opportunity and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science.

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.

Training for the fellowship will begin in January 2019 so the applicant must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area in January. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

Fellowship candidates must:
  1. be an APHA member;
  2. have a graduate degree in public health or a related discipline;
  3. have at least five years' experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training (internships, graduate assistantships and residencies do not count);
  4. be a citizen of the U.S. or its territories or have permanent residence status in the U.S.; and
  5. not be a federal employee. 
The completed application, Curriculum Vitae (CV) and three letters of recommendation are due to APHA on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 by 6 p.m. EST.

Application instructions are available here.

For more information, see the program flyer or explore the website here.
You may also contact APHA directly at or 202-777-2510.

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program), Notice of Funding
Application Due Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million in funding provided by the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program (Tribal Transit Program (TTP)), as authorized by 49 U.S.C. 5311(c)(1)(A), as amended by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST), Public Law 114-94 (December 4, 2015). This is a national solicitation for project proposals and includes the selection criteria and program eligibility information for Fiscal Year 2018 projects. The primary purpose of these competitively selected grants is to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for Tribal public transit services.
Read the Notice of Funding and apply here.
LeadBasedPaint HUD Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant Program Application Due Tuesday, September 25, 2018
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced their Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant program with the purpose of assisting units of local government, including the Tribes, in undertaking comprehensive programs to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately-owned rental or owner-occupied housing populations. 

Funding of up to $212,000,000 is available through this Notice of Funding Availability and HUD expects to make approximately 50 awards. The minimum award for any applicant to request under this opportunity is $1,000,000.

R ead the full grant opportunity and apply here.
Keepseagle Fast-Track Grants to Support Native Farmers and Ranchers
Letter of Intent (Required) Due October 5, 2018 Application Due December 14, 2018

First Nations is now accepting letters of intent under its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). First Nations expects to award 17 to 20 grants averaging $30,000 to $40,000 each to organizations in Native communities with the goal of growing and/or expanding direct services to and/or programs that serve or directly collaborate with Native American farmers and ranchers.  In sum, the goal of these grants is to provide much-needed grant assistance to grow or expand programmatic and other services to organizations in Native communities that serve Native farmers and ranchers. 
Read more here.
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.  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.