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NIHB Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Funding Opportunity, Deadline September 1
IHS Division of Behavioral Health: New Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Funding, Deadline August 31  

Public Health News
obesityNew report from the IHS and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, "Obesity and Overweight in American Indian and Alaska Native Children, 2006-2015"

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus released a joint paper on July 20 in the American Journal of Public Health, "Obesity and Overweight in American Indian and Alaska Native Children, 2006-2015." The report found that the prevalence of overweight and obesity among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in this population may have stabilized. It is key to note that this is the largest, most comprehensive data set ever used to assess obesity in AI/AN children.

Read the full report HERE

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee Receives an IHS Director's AwardTLDC

Connie Barker, Chickasaw Nation Legislator and Co-Chair of the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC), accepted an IHS Director's Special Recognition Federal Partnership Award on behalf of the 2016 TLDC in a ceremony at IHS Headquarters in Rockville, MD on July 28, 2017.

An Indian Health Service (IHS) Director's Award recognizes service significantly advancing the IHS mission and goals through enhancements supporting IHS priorities. Priorities include: renewing and strengthening Tribal partnerships; bringing reform to the IHS; improving quality and access to care for IHS patients; and ensuring transparency, accountability, fairness, and inclusion.

The Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) consists of Tribal leader representatives from each of the twelve IHS Areas, one federal co-chair, and five advisers.  The TLDC provides leadership, guidance, and recommendations to the Indian Health Service (IHS) on issues related to diabetes and related chronic health conditions among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The TLDC has been providing recommendations to the IHS Director for close to 20 years on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) since the program was first authorized by Congress in 1997. SDPI has been one of the more successful chronic disease treatment and prevention programs in the nation and certainly in Indian Country. However, despite the impressive clinical outcomes,  the program is at risk.   SDPI will expire next month in September 2017 if not reauthorized by Congress.

FDAtobaccoFood and Drug Administration Announces New Comprehensive Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation

On July 28, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced  a new, comprehensive tobacco framework to significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death. The approach places nicotine at the center of the agency's harm reduction efforts and ensures the FDA has the proper foundation to efficiently and effectively implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Since nearly 17.3 million Americans are predicted to die prematurely from cigarette smoking by mid-century, this announcement has significant public health implications, particularly for young people. The framework is intended to protect children and reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. 

The  tobacco homepage on will be updated with new information regarding this announcement, including a link to  the Commissioner's speech.

Read the full press announcement  HERE

F act Sheet Infographic:  Special Diabetes Program for Indians, Changing the Course of Diabetes diabetINFOg

infographicPIInfographic:  Medical High Utilization - A Complex Challenge That Can Be Prevented

In this resource, the Prevention Institute breaks down what high utilization is, how it comes about, and what can be done to lower it. Improving community conditions can complement existing healthcare strategies focused on reducing medical high utilization and its associated costs.

NIHB Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Funding Opportunity ASIan
Deadline September 1

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  webinar about the funding opportunity. The time has passed, but the webinar was recorded and will be available soon on the NIHB Tribal ASI webpage. 
Follow the link for the RFA below.

IHSBehHealthIHS Division of Behavioral Health Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Funding Announced 

The total amount of funding identified in FY 2017 is approximately $3.6M.  Individual award amounts will range from $50,000 to $200,000 for IHS, Tribes, and tribal organizations.  Urban Indian organization awards will be $100,000 each. The project period will operate from September 30, 2017 to September 29, 2020, dependent upon appropriations. 

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