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September 21, 2017


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CDC Call for Tribal Public Health Stories
Deadline January 15, 2018
Tribal nations are active and important contributors to public health, and Tribal cultures have long fostered health and wellness among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites you to share stories that show how you do just that, so they can be a part of an exciting new exhibit at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta.
The exhibition--to be held from Sept 22, 2019, through May 1, 2020, in Atlanta--will recognize the public health contributions of the AI/AN community in a visually compelling, culturally appropriate manner. CDC's exhibition will showcase how Native traditions and wisdom have affected public health in the past and present, and how AI/AN people have made a difference in the health of their people.
Compared with other Americans, AI/AN people have higher rates of some diseases, disorders, and deaths . This call for stories offers an opportunity for individuals, Tribes, Tribal organizations, and others to showcase the strengths and resilience of Tribal communities, their heritage and traditions, and how their culture addresses risk factors unique to Tribes and promotes their health and well-being.
What Types of Stories Are Needed?
Please send stories that highlight how Native traditions and wisdom have affected health, or show contributions of specific AI/AN individuals to health and wellness among AI/AN people. CDC will consider stories that represent the diverse array of Tribes, Tribal organizations, health issues, and people of Indian Country and AI/AN culture, such as
  • Locations-reservation and non-reservation, urban, rural, all geographic areas across the United States
  • Health issues-environmental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, emergency preparedness and response, injury, behavioral health
  • People-individuals, Tribes, organizations
How To Submit A Story?
Story submissions, which should be no more than two pages, single spaced, and size 12 font, can be emailed to  by January 15, 2018. Please include website links to photos and pictures of objects that could be included in the exhibit, when available.
All submissions must include the following:
  • Brief historical background information that puts the story in context. For example, what is the traditional or cultural practice? How did it contribute to health and wellness in AI/AN people in the past?
  • A description of how this tradition or culture affects people's lives today. The impact could be lives saved, suffering reduced, fewer visits to health care facilities, adoption of a healthier lifestyle, or other similar benefits. This section should also describe how the practice is promoted among Tribes and AI/AN people.
  • A list of potential photographs, pictures, documents, media, and objects that can be used to illustrate the story. Is there artwork or children's drawings that represents the practice? Are there radio recordings, letters, posters, or other communications from public health efforts? Are there traditional objects that have evolved to become used in modern day? Are there objects that are still in use today? Please include images and files with the submission, if available.
CDC values the privacy and ownership rights of those in stories. As such, each agency, organization, or individual that contributes a story is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions or releases from any parties involved in the story.
2017 Tobacco-Free College Program Funding
Deadline October 11

The Truth Initiative is launching its new Tobacco-Free College Program, which offers 17-month grants of up to $20,000 to community colleges and minority-serving institutions, including Tribal colleges, to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free college policy. Truth Initiative recognizes and honors the fact that tobacco may have a sacred cultural place in American Indian life. Many Native American Tribes use tobacco for spiritual, ceremonial, and traditional healing purposes. Truth Initiative, therefore, distinguishes traditional, ceremonial and spiritual use of tobacco from its commercial use. Truth Initiative promotes tobacco control efforts that do not target traditional tobacco.

For more information , click HERE

2017 Emergency Preparedness Funding for Federally Recognized Tribes
Deadline November 14, 3:00pm ET

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering funding to Tribal,  State, and Local governments through the FY17 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant. The purpose of this funding is to encourage the creation of plans and programs that reduce the risk of damage to people and property during future disasters. An allocation of  $10,000,000 total in grant money has been set aside for Federally Recognized Tribes. 
For more information about applying to this grant, click HERE and search for Opportunity Number: DHS-17-MT-047-000-99

September - National Preparedness Month Activities

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) supports National Preparedness Month and encourages all individuals, families, and Tribes to take action to prepare for the possibility of an emergency. 

The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response has chosen four topics for the focus of this year's outreach. These are four key actions people can take to prepare: 
  • BE READY - build an emergency kit, make a plan, be informed
  • BE STEADY - review your plan with your entire family and update your kit (checking expiration dates every 6 months)
  • SHOW - talk with others to help them take action, consider taking a first aid/CPR class
  • GO - take action immediately as directed during an emergency, such as evacuating and taking appropriate protective action to shelter at home (learn what, when, where, and how before an emergency arises)
To learn more about National Preparedness Month and what you can do to prepare or get involved, click  HERE

Upcoming Webinar: National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Priority Populations - Part 2
Thursday, September 28, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

A goal of the the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 - 2020 is to prevent viral hepatitis in groups that have higher rates, or are at higher risk of transmitting viral hepatitis. This webinar will focus on 11 priority populations, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Speakers will include members of priority populations, health care professionals who work with them, and patients directly impacted by viral hepatitis.

This webinar is the second in a series by the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of HIV/Aids and Infectious Disease Policy.

To register, click HERE