#ActofLove COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Series

On September 15, NIHB hosted the second webinar in the #ACTOFLOVE COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar Series in partnership with the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) entitled, “Do Your Research Empowering Native Youth to Get Vaccinated.”


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Vaccine Information and Tribal Support Page on NIHB's COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center

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NIHB Releases 2019 Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan Report

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the 2019 Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS) Report that provides a comprehensive picture of Tribal public health infrastructure and activities, specifically, immunization, screening, and prevention/education activities that are widely occurring across Indian Country.
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Posted October 8, 2021

NIHB's 38th Annual National Tribal Health Conference Comes to a Close

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) 38th Annual National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC), held virtually, came to its close yesterday, finishing a week of health policy workshops, seminars, and institutes. NTHC attendees learned about the innovative and collaborative health solutions that are driving the growth of Indian health policy. The conference also allowed participants to explore historical and structural issues that are currently impacting Indian health care. Participants heard from speakers who discussed Indian boarding schools, their historical roots, and their continued impacts of American Indian and Alaska Native health. Speakers also explored the importance of third party reimbursors, particularly Medicare and Medicaid, to the financial health of the Indian Health Care system, a condition caused by the chronic underfunding of the Indian Health Service. The conference provided an opportunity to examine structural issues while looking at the road ahead.

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Posted October 8, 2021

COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Talks Vision, Recommendations and Trauma with NIHB

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) CEO Stacy A. Bohlen sat down with Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, Chairman of the Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and Victor Joseph (Native Village of Tanana) former Chairman of the Tanana Chiefs and national leader and advocate for AI/AN health, who represents the Tribal voice on the Task Force. COVID-19 hit Indian Country harder than any other group in America and the health inequities that persist in Indian Country were largely to blame. "The work of the Task Force is to provide specific recommendations to the President of the United States for mitigating inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future. So, its work is important to Tribal Nations," said William “Bill” Smith, Imeyak Tribal leader and NIHB Chairman.

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Posted October 7, 2021

Dialogue Between Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Tribal Leaders Leads to Partnerships at NTHC

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Listening Session this morning at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC), held virtually, provided an opportunity for Tribal leaders to meet with Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon the SAMSHA Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. Tribal leaders discussed mental health and substance abuse service needs in Tribal Nations. Dr. Delphin-Rittmon, began with updates and data that will be included in the upcoming 2020 report. "Our data shows that AI/AN 10% of those 18yo and older have SUD. Alcohol use disorder in the AI/AN population is slightly increased for ages 18-25. Among the AI/AN population aged 12-17, opioid misuse and prescription pain reliever misuse has increased slightly from 2018 but is decreased in all other ages."

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Posted October 6, 2021

Top Messages from Medicaid, Medicare Officials Focus on Telehealth, Expanded Eligibility

Today at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC) the theme was "Fulfilling the Trust Responsibility: A Discussion of the Federal Government's Role as a Funder of Indian Health Care" and topics and speakers came from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), an important agency that administers the Medicaid and Medicare programs in Indian Country. The Indian Health System is chronically underfunded, which enhances the importance of CMS to Indian Country. CMS programs are an integral third-party funder for the Indian health system, helping to fill gaps that would otherwise be filled by the full funding of the Indian Health Service. When Congress passed the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in 1976, they recognized their continued underfunding of Indian health care by allowing Indian health providers to bill third party insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid.

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Posted October 5, 2021

Federal Health Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Tribal Sovereignty, Working with Tribes on Access to COVID-19 Care, Funding

During today's opening plenary session of the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) annual National Tribal Health Conference (NTHC) representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) shared with a virtual audience of nearly 600 conference attendees that each HHS division is dedicated to working with Tribes through meaningful consultation to bring adequate funding, quality healthcare and COVID-19 resources to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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Posted October 4, 2021

Tribal Leaders, Health Advocates Press Federal Agencies on Funding, Program Services in Indian Country

Today, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) hosted three federal agency Tribal listening sessions during the pre-conference day of its virtual National Tribal Health Conference. NIHB board members, who represent 12 regional areas, led discussions with the Indian Health Service (IHS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to federal listening sessions, Tribal leaders and health advocates gathered to discuss a holistic and quality approach to health equity that meets the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional health needs of indigenous people.

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Posted September 30, 2021

NIHB Highlights the National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), joins the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition in recognizing September 30, 2021 as the National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. Further, today we applaud Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Sharice Davids, and Congressman Tom Cole for introducing the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act. This bill would establish a Commission to investigate and document the detrimental Indian boarding school policies and historical trauma resulting from those policies and to make recommendations, among others, for federal resources and assistance to aid in healing from that trauma.

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Posted September 24, 2021

Nation-to-Nation dialogue on the Ongoing COVID -19 response

On September 24, 2021, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services sent a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) inviting Tribal leaders to participate in a special two-day virtual Nation-to-Nation dialogue on the COVID-19 response in Indian Country. As part of the role within the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other federal departments and agencies of the WHCNAA Health Committee including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Interior (DOI), and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will be in attendance. This conversation will inform the work of the WHCNAA Health Committee to quickly and efficiently develop an interagency plan to improve health systems and infrastructure to better address the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and prepare for future Public Health Emergencies in Indian Country.

The consultation will take place Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET. Written comments may be submitted through Friday, November 5, 2021.

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Posted September 22, 2021

NIHB Board Chair Testifies Before House Veterans Affairs Committee

On Wednesday September 22, the House Veterans Affairs Committee hosted a full committee hearing titled, "Veteran Suicide Prevention: Innovative Research and Expanded Public Health Efforts." The National Indian Health Board's (NIHB) Board of Directors Chairman and Alaska Area Representative Chief William Smith testified as a witness before the full committee.

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Posted September 21, 2021

White House Announces 2021 Tribal Nations Summit

On September 21, 2021, The White House announced that the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit will occur the week of November 8, 2021. Specific dates and times will be shared in a follow-up announcement. This year the Summit will take place virtually. The Summit allows Tribal leaders and officials from the highest levels of the Administration to engage in robust and meaningful dialogue on key issues, policy initiatives, and goals for Indian Country. Additional details about the Summit are forthcoming.

Please be sure to register for the 2021 Tribal Nations Summit by Friday, October 22, 2021.

Posted September 21, 2021

NIHB Request for Proposals for Website Redesign

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is seeking proposals to update and redesign the NIHB website. It houses a wide array of information, and is accessed by different constituents for different purposes. The site's audiences include: elected Tribal officials, Tribal health administrators and practitioners, Tribal public health professionals, legal and policy specialists, governmental agencies, social justice advocates, The site houses information and resources on different advocacy and legislative topics, an organization-produced newsfeed and alerts, knowledge products, social marketing materials, conference materials, and a series of pages for many different public heath topical areas. The deadline for proposals is October 29, 2021.

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