Tribal Public Health Broadcast
September 6, 2018

2018 National Tribal Health Conference

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Community Commons Spotlights Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The Community Commons website hosts a series of Spotlight Stories, featuring "examples of how people across the country are working creatively and effectively to enhance well-being for themselves and to leave a legacy of well-being for generations to come. These are stories from communities creating lasting legacies identified through the Well Being Legacy Initiative." 

A recent spotlight highlighted the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota Nation, in South Dakota. The article spotlights some of the health issues the Tribal community faces and identifies the systemic and historical circumstances that have affected the Tribe. Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (TVCDC) was a response to these challenges and inequalities and grew out of a small community discussion among Lakota young people. TVCDC has staff from each of the nine districts on the reservation, working together to address key issues, such as housing. Thunder Valley works as "a convener and connector, building relationships with federal partners, foundations, and districts on the Reservation" to build infrastructure and community. This type of partnership and organization can build community and improve health and well-being in many different ways. 

Funding and Opportunities
Submit to Fourth World Journal on "Indigenous Peoples, Medicinal Plants, and Wild Foods"

The Fourth World Journal is pleased to announce that it will publish a special themed, peer reviewed issue on "Indigenous Peoples, Medicinal Plants and Wild Foods." There is an increasing desire in the global health community to learn more beneficial approaches of nutrition for growing populations in all bioregions. The focus in this Special Issue is the use of low-resource strategies that are culturally and ecologically appropriate to the locality. Plants and other wildlife foods are known the world over to have medicinal value. The nutrient and pharmacological density of these resources is often overlooked, undocumented, or exploited for purely commercial purposes.
Traditional medicine systems are the "mother" of all medicine. More that 80% of the world's population uses a form of traditional medicine to treat primary health. The intimate connection between life on earth and the living universe has formed the foundation for virtually all systems of healing for milennia.
Forces of "modernization" and "technological development" have an adverse effect on wild foods, medicinal plantas and indigenous knowledge systems. The purpose of this themed issue, therefore, is to bring recognition to the myriad of potentially useful foods and medicines in the wild that exist, and to stimulate a dialogue on how to ensure their cultural uses and benefits.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
- Locally applied research methods
- Uses of non-agricultural plants, fungus, animals and insects for food and medicine
- Healthy Community/University/NGO partnerships
- Mental health and nutrition
- Nutritional trauma
- Chronic disease
- Traditional ecological knowledge
- Biodiversity
Submission requirements:
Submit  papers and images to:
Publication Date:  January 15th, 2019

2018-2019 Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program
Due Monday, October 1, 2018

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)/Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) Mining Mini-Grants Program offers financial grant assistance to communities threatened or adversely affected by mining in the U.S. and Canada. This year, the project is expected to fund approximately 70 grantees at $3,000 each and 10 grantees at $5,000 each. This program encourages applications that strive to protect the environment, ecosystems, cultural resources, and community health from mining impacts. Priority is given to community-based grassroots groups and Tribal/First Nations directly affected by mining, and efforts are made to award at least half of the program funding to Indigenous-led organizations. 

Click here to learn more or apply! 

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program 
Due Monday, October 1, 2018

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is currently accepting applications to fund up to eight grants at up to $50,000 per year throughout a five year period. The project period will run from March 1, 2019 through February 29, 2024. Tribes, domestic community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply. 

The purpose of this program is to support community-based services aimed at improving the health status of children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. This program supports the Health Resources and Services' (HRSA's) goals to improve access to quality health care and services, build healthy communities, and improve health equity. Community-based programs and evidence-based models of care that build on existing community resources will be implemented and evaluated to demonstrate program impact. This program supports collaboration between local pediatric providers and community leaders in an effort to provide quality health care and preventive health services to children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities. HTPCP funding supports projects that provide clinical or public health services, and does not support research projects. HTPCP applications MUST represent either a new initiative (i.e., project that was not previously in existence) within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative.

Click here to learn more! 

Gardens Grant Program 
Due Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm ET

The Whole Kids Foundation is offering grants of $2000 to help support new or existing garden projects at public and private K-12 schools and/or nonprofit organizations. Learn more about the opportunity or apply here

Informational webinars will be be held: 
  • Thursday, September 6 at 1:00 pm ET and 
  • Thursday, October 4 at 4:00 pm ET
Register for either webinar here.



Click here to learn more about the courses and click here to learn about scholarships.  

Evaluation of Telemedicine for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Diseases in the Alaska Native Population

Click here  to download a presentation of telerheumatology outcomes research from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. 

PolicyLink: Counting a Diverse Nation: Disaggregating Data on Race and Ethnicity to Advance a Culture of Health

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), this report recommends changes and improvements to the conduct of research and data collection on race/ethnicity and to the government and corporate policies that define priorities and allocate resources. 

The PolicyLink preface states: 

" As the U.S. population becomes ever more diverse, our country is strengthened in many ways by its remarkable array of races, ethnicities, cultures, and languages. For us to fully benefit from that diversity, to fully unlock our promise, we need to be able to document, measure, and appreciate the economic conditions and the nuances of life experience of people of all backgrounds. The inequities in health outcomes that persist in American society do not show up just at the level of broad racial categories but as disparities experienced by more specific groups. When Americans of Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds make the case to be recognized, not obscured within a much larger, undifferentiated Asian American category, they are seeking information about their own community and also to be a more visible part of the American fabric. When members of individual American Indian nations, or refugees from a Middle Eastern country, or immigrants from nations in Central America or Africa, seek to be counted and have their life circumstances documented, theirs is a call for visibility and full inclusion as well.

Creating that visibility is the power of disaggregated data when it is meant to advance health equity. It is the basis for systemic change and the empowerment of groups that have often not been heard. That is why, at PolicyLink, we have been honored to work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring clarity to the issues, ideas, and best practices in data disaggregation and to carry those insights to new audiences.

The researchers, advocates, and policymakers who participated in this project have proposed and are ready to move forward with practical actions that can improve the quality, availability, and utilization of disaggregated data. Federal policies about the collection and use of data, from the census to the array of health surveillance surveys, will need to be more responsive to the need for disaggregation by race and ethnicity. Well thought out, scientifically sound proposals for such changes are now available. States, several of which have already taken important steps, will need to reconfigure key data sources about health, education, and other services to reflect their growing diversity. And for all levels of policymaking, good ideas and the drive for positive change will continue to come from local, grassroots leaders in health equity, immigrants' rights, racial justice, and other struggles. This report is intended to support all those who are seeking to bring about those changes." 

Specific to Tribes, this report mentions that members of the 573 federally-recognized Nations have diverse ethnic, cultural, and language backgrounds and may have very different life experiences such as living on or off reservations. This document also emphasizes Tribal sovereignty: "The relationships between the U.S. government and the American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes should protect and build the integrity of research activity and data collection about Tribal areas and Tribal citizens. These practices should continue to grow and value the Tribal sovereignty of data and information about Tribal communities." [All "Tribe" and "Tribal" words have been capitalized by NIHB.] Additionally, the document addresses research protocols and standardization for working with Tribes, data sovereignty for indigenous peoples, and other issues such as challenges with racial classification. 

Click here to learn more or view the document.


HRSA Webinar: Effective Grants Management/Administration & Reporting
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET 

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) The next lesson of the series focuses on Effective Grants Management/Administration & Reporting

Register here

For more information and/or if you have suggestions for webinar topics, please contact Nancy Rios at .

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.  

Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute
Monday-Friday, October 1-5, 2018 in Seattle, WA

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program is offering an Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute in Seattle, WA. This five-day, intensive course is offered for organizations to meet mandates and recommendations for culturally and linguistically appropriate services. During the course, trainers will spend time not only learning the CCHCP Closing the Gap curriculum but also working in effective training techniques. This course is taught nationally for health systems, government agencies, and community health coalitions, upon request. Attendees must be sponsored by an organization, and will receive a two year license to use the newly revised curriculum. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to awareness (bias, disparities, health literacy, and the impact of culture on interventions and communication), knowledge (cultural competency, National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, social construction of race in the US, the Affordable Care Act, and Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act), and skills (critical self-reflection, strategies for resolving cross-cultural conflict, working effectively with interpreters, and conflict resolution) among others. Trainers and professionals from health and human service organizations, health educators, clinic administrators, human resources personnel, and risk management directors are all welcome! 

Click here to learn more!