Posted: February 13, 2017
NIHB and Tribes Celebrate Partial Relief from Memorandum on Federal Hiring Freeze
On February 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Deputy Secretary Colleen Barros issued a 2017 HHS Hiring Freeze Exemptions memorandum to provide implementation guidance for exemptions from the presidential memorandum directing a freeze on federal hiring. Certain Indian Health Service (IHS) positions are included among these exemptions...
Posted: February 8, 2017
NIHB Heads to Capitol Hill to Advocate for SDPI
NIHB led a group of diabetes prevention and treatment advocates to Capitol Hill on February 7 to educate lawmakers and their staff about the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). A vital public health program, SDPI has helped cut the rate of End-Stage Renal Disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives by 54% since 1996. Even going without a funding increase since 2004, the program has helped over 300 Tribes and Urban Indian programs develop public health programs to combat diabetes. The SDPI Day Outreach teams met with 18 Congressional and committee offices to stress the importance of the program and the success stories it has caused.
The authorization for SDPI will expire on September 30th of this year, so
Congress must pass legislation renewing the program or the progress made in combating diabetes in Indian Country will be at risk. You can learn more about the program here.
Posted: February 5, 2017
NIHB 8th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit
June 6 - 8, 2017 | Anchorage, AK
Together We Rise: Sustaining Tribal Public Health as a National Priority
Call for Proposals
Public health practitioners, researchers, and community-based service providers are invited to submit abstracts for 90 minute workshops and 60 minute roundtables.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) encourages presentations highlighting evidenced-based, best, wise, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities.
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Public Health Policy, Infrastructure and Capacity
- Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health
- Climate Change and Environmental Health
- Empowering Youth Wellness
Click HERE for additional information or to submit your proposal today!
Deadline: March 17, 2017
Posted: February 2, 2017
NIHB Board Heads to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Tribal Health
After their First Quarter Board Meeting, National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Members Chief Beverly Cook, Lisa Elgin, Andy Joseph, Jr., Sam Moose, Tori Kitcheyan, and Lester Secatero spent the day on Capitol Hill.The board advocated for the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act to be preserved as Congress considers healthcare reform; increased appropriations for the Indian Health Service; an exemption for IHS from the federal hiring freeze; long-term renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians; and improvements to quality of care at IHS.
Posted: January 10, 2017
The National Indian Health Board is launching a new Tribal Youth Health Advisory Board (TYHAB) initiative, learn more below and apply now!
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is gearing up for the 2017 Native Youth Health Summit, "Youth Advocacy: Telling Your Story to Create Change" – but with an exciting new twist this year! The 2017 Summit will also serve as the inaugural meeting of the NIHB Tribal Youth Health Advisory Board on March 16-20, 2017 in Hanover, NH at the Dartmouth College.
For the very first time, the National Indian Health Board will be selecting an advisory board of 24 Native youth, ages 18-24, from around the country to engage throughout the year in Indian health policy and programming efforts. The inaugural meeting of the TYHAB will focus on developing the capacity of Native youth to engage in Indian health policy solutions, tell their personal story, and advocate for changes in the healthcare and public health systems important to Tribal communities. The TYHAB kickoff at the Native Youth Health Summit will provide youth with key opportunities for relationship- and skill-building that allows them to return home feeling empowered, connected to other Native youth and well equipped to be the next generation of advocates for Indian health...
Posted: January 10, 2017
CDC Vital Signs Report on Decreased Kidney Failure from Diabetes in Native Americans
Today, CDC released a report on the decrease in kidney failure from diabetes in Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives) and how the Indian Health Service (IHS) used team-based and population health approaches to help accomplish this decline, which may be applied to all people with diabetes.
Native Americans have a greater chance of having diabetes than any other U.S. racial group. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure (otherwise known as end-stage renal disease, or ESRD-D), a costly condition that requires dialysis or kidney transplant to survive. The remarkable findings documented in the January 10, 2017 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reveal that among American Indian/Alaska Native adults (AI/AN), age-adjusted ESRD-D incidence decreased 54% during 1996–2013; by 2013, among adults with diabetes, the ESRD-D rate was the same in AI/AN as in whites...
Posted: January 4, 2017
The Obama Administration Releases a Report Outlining Successes While Working with Tribes
The Obama Administration and Tribal Nations have made historic progress over the past eight years in improving the nation-to-nation relationship between the United States and federally recognized Tribes. On January 2, the White House released a progress report titled: A Renewed Era of Federal-Tribal Relations (https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/whncaa_report.pdf) outlining some of the successes of the Obama Administration while working on behalf of Tribes. The report sets a baseline of progress for Tribal Nations to reference in their ongoing work with the federal government, and outlines the priorities that the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) will continue to work on based on Tribal leaders’ recommendations.
During the Obama Administration, the federal government has sought to reinforce its treaty and trust obligations for healthcare to American Indian and Alaska Natives by securing permanent healthcare funding, striving to reduce chronic disease and childhood obesity, and focusing on behavioral health issues such as suicide and trauma. Historic gains in health and wellness for Indian Country were achieved in 2010 by the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which includes permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA). The report highlights the following health and wellness achievements:
- Creation of the Commission on Native Children
- Responding to Behavioral Health Issues
- Addressing Suicidal Behavioral in Tribal communities
- Addressing Alcohol and Substance Abuse
- Launching of the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA)
- Improving Data Sharing Capability
- Creation of the Tiwahe Initiative
- Creation of IHS and Tribal Health Program Reimbursement Agreements
- Tribal HUD-VA Supported Housing Demonstration Program
- Supporting Traditional Foods in Indian Country
Posted: December 20, 2016
NIHB Hosts Native Health Presidential Transition Summit
Washington DC, December 9, 2016 - The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) convened over 170 Tribal leaders from across the nation to discuss strategy and the Indian health priorities for the new Congress and Administration during the Native Health Presidential Transition Summit on Thursday, December 8 in Washington, DC. Participants engaged with Members of Congress, including long-time Indian health advocate, Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), and recent Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)...
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