Tribal Public Health Broadcast
September 13, 2018

2018 National Tribal Health Conference

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Funding and Opportunities

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People - News Article

"From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires." Click here to read the article.

Climate Change, Health, and Equity

The Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health recently published "Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments." This guide addresses how "inequities and climate change are deeply interconnected. Climate change acts as a threat multiplier, exacerbating poverty, environmental degradation, and political instability. Like health inequities, climate change is a problem rooted in the structures, systems, and values of our society and economy." The guide also discusses health equity and climate change, climate change 101, health impacts, benefits of climate action, public health programs and climate change, public health functions, and climate and health communications."

Although this resource was developed for local health departments, it may be of interest to Tribes for several reasons. The guide includes information about American Indian/Alaska Native people and offers recommendations for working together. Partnership between state, local, and Tribal partners can help improve public health in a variety of key ways. Additionally, the guide also contains valuable information about climate change and health, some of which may be of interest to Tribes or relevant for their own preparedness activities as sovereign nations.

ethicsResearch Ethics: A Source Guide to Conducting Research with Indigenous Peoples has compiled a list of literature and guidelines for working ethically with Native people. This list includes global resources from the United States and other countries with indigenous populations. This resource could be valuable for researchers, but also for Tribes who may be contacted by people interested in research. Click here to view the list or submit a publication to be added.

NIMHD HDPulse Health Disparities Data Portal

The National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) is unveiling its new online resource HDPulse: An Ecosystem of Health Disparities and Minority Health Resources. HDPulse consists of two easy-to-use portals: a Data Portal and an Intervention Portal (forthcoming in Fall 2018). The Data Portal will help public health professionals and researchers identify, track, and study issues related to health disparities, and the Intervention Portal will offer evidence-based interventions to improve minority health and health disparities.
The Data Portal houses data collected from public health surveillance systems, published reports, and public use files. The portal offers:
  • Quick, easy access to descriptive statistics, interactive graphics, and maps that can help tell the story of health disparities burdens at the state level.
  • The ability to explore health disparity topics such as screening and risk factors, socio-demographics, and mortality - with more topics to come!
  • Easy navigation and a mobile-friendly interface, providing several ways to view and download health disparity data.
The Data Portal will help public health professionals and researchers take action to reduce health disparities.
Coming soon, the Intervention Portal will give users a way to submit, code, find, sort, and download interventions and resources related to minority health and health disparities, such as community-based programs or published studies. The Intervention Portal will also help people design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions to improve minority health and health disparities. You can access HDPulse here.
CDC Data Show that Adult Obesity Prevalence Continues to Remain High Across the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on self-reported adult obesity prevalence by state and territory. The 2017 data show that adult obesity prevalence across the country continues to remain high, and differs across race, ethnicity, and education.
  • Estimates across states vary and range from a low of 22.6% in Colorado to a high of 38.1% in West Virginia.
  • There are now 7 states with an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35%, including: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. This is up from 5 states in 2016. Just 5 years ago, no U.S. states had an obesity prevalence as high as 35%.
  • Adults without a high school degree had the highest prevalence of obesity at 35.6%, followed by high school graduates (32.9%), and adults with some college (31.9%). College graduates had the lowest prevalence of obesity (22.7%).
Adults with obesity are at an increased risk for many serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, poorer mental health, and more. Additionally, obesity costs the United States health care system over $147 billion a year and currently, nearly 1 in 4 young adults are too heavy to serve in the military.
Turning the tide on obesity will take a comprehensive effort by all parts of society. State and community leaders, employers, government agencies, healthcare providers, and individuals all have an important role in preventing and managing obesity. CDC continues to work to address both adult and childhood obesity by focusing on increasing breastfeeding support, promoting the availability of healthy, affordable foods, and creating safe, easy places where people can be physically active.
The 2017 obesity maps are available online here .

Funding and Opportunities
Nominations sought for CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) 
Due October 1, 2018
CDC is the leading public health agency in the United States. For more than 60 years, CDC has protected health and promoted quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. CDC shares its focus on health protection with ATSDR, its sister agency. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.
As federal agencies, CDC and ATSDR recognize their special commitment to Indian Tribes and are dedicated to fulfilling their critical role in promoting Tribal health and safety. In 2005, CDC and ATSDR established the TAC to advise the two agencies. The TAC provides input and guidance about policies, guidelines, and programmatic issues affecting the health of Indian Tribes.
Click on the following links to find information about the vacant seats, eligibility, selection criteria, and nomination procedures. 
If you have questions or concerns about the TAC or the nomination process, contact the Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances (proposed) at  We look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship among Tribal governments, CDC, and ATSDR in promoting the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
We R Native: My Impact Mini Grants for Youth

We R Native is offering mini grants for young people ages 13-21. These grants provide $475 for community service projects, including health or public health events. This could include, among other ideas, leading a prevention/health promotion community event or hosting a booth/exhibit at local center or pow wow. Click  here  to learn more about the award, view suggested ideas, or apply.
Suicide Prevention Month Hopeful Messages Contest
Due Thursday, September 20, 2018

September is Suicide Prevention Month! We R Native is hosting a contest for American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 15-24. Print out a #WeNeedYouHere sign and write a hopeful message to remind a friend, family member, or even a stranger that #weareconnected and #weneedyouhere. You can win up to $75! Click here to learn more.


NNPHI Open Forum Call of Abstracts
Due September 26, 2018

NNPHI is seeking exciting and engaging sessions for the 2019 Open Forum for Quality Improvement and Innovation. Practitioners are encouraged to submit an abstract to present tools & resources used across the field of public health QI and Innovation for inclusion at the next Open Forum Conference that will be held Thursday, March 28th through Friday, March 29th, 2019, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If you have questions you can join the Abstract Overview and Process Q&A call Wednesday, September 19th, 2018.  During the call, NNPHI will review conference priority areas, walk you through the submission process, share FAQs, and provide the timeline for reviewing abstracts.

More here

SAIGE Carol Jorgensen Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship
Due Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm ET

In 2018, the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) will offer two scholarships for $1000 to full-time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in an environmental stewardship discipline, including environmental studies, natural resource management, the natural sciences, public administration, public policy, and related disciplines. This award honors the memory and legacy of Carol Jorgensen (Tlingit) from the Yandestake Village in southeast Alaska, who served many years in public service and was Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency's American Indian Environmental Office when she passed. Applicants for the scholarship must be affiliated with a federally recognized Tribe.

To learn more about the scholarship, or apply, click here The deadline is Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm ET, but keep in mind that the application packet requires letters of support, a transcript, and personal statement.
Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
Tuesday-Friday, October 2-5, 2018 in Prior Lake, MN

The third annual Conference on Native American Nutrition will bring 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. Session topics include nutrition across the lifecycle, intergenerational learning about food and nutrition, recovering from historical trauma, learning from Indigenous communities globally, and more. Click here  to learn more about the conference.
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) - Call for Papers
Deadline October 31, 2018
The American Associate of Suicidology has opened its Call for Papers for the 52nd Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology. The conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, from April 25th through the 27th, 2019, with preconference workshops on April 24th. The theme of the 2019 conference is Converging Fields, Expanding Perspectives.
This year's theme of "Converging Fields, Expanding Perspectives" is a great opportunity to showcase the suicide prevention work being done in Indian Country.
More information is available HERE
Call for Papers submission manual available HERE.
MLA Scholarship for Minority Students
Due Saturday, December 1, 2018

A scholarship of up to $5,000 is awarded annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship. The scholarship is announced at the annual meeting of the association, where the recipient will also receive a one-year MLA student membership and free inclusive student registration at the association's annual meeting. The applicant must be a member of a minority group, including Aboriginal, North American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, among others. The applicant must be entering a master's program at an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited graduate library school or, at the time of the scholarship (February), have completed no more than one-half of the academic requirements of the graduate program. The applicant must be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Membership in MLA is not required. A transcript, letters of reference, and other materials for an application package are required. Click here to learn more or apply.

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month . All month long, mental health professionals, advocates, organizations, survivors, allies, and community members work to promote suicide prevention awareness.

The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and its partners will be coming together to inform the public about the simple actions that can support someone in crisis and potentially help save a life. The Action Alliance is asking you and organizations across the U.S. to step up to educate the public about the role anyone, anywhere can play to #BeThere there for someone who is struggling or in crisis.

There are many ways to join and promote this collective effort!
  • Use the collective hashtag #BeThere when posting social media messages about being there for others who are struggling or in crisis
  • Visit this website to access information about our partner's campaigns focused on being there for others
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 still open, but not for much longer! Online registration will be closing 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. Exhibitor registration is currently full. For more information about exhibiting, click here. You can email to join the wait list.  
Introduction to Zero Suicide Workshop
September 26, 2018 in Flagstaff, AZ

This interactive workshop is intended to provide attendees with information about the official Zero Suicide framework and how others have implemented the framework at their organization.

Who should attend? Health and behavioral health care providing organizations, administrators, and professionals: providers, administrators, quality improvement professionals, and support staff to learn more about Zero Suicide.
Wed, September 26, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM MST

McGee Auditorium at Flagstaff Medical Center
1200 N. Beaver Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Register: HERE