NIHB Public Health Alerts

Posted: April 25, 2016

Webinar on Syringe Service Programs

This upcoming webinar will be especially useful for HIV, viral hepatitis, injury and/or substance abuse prevention surveillance and program staff within health departments. On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued implementation guidance to ensure that state and local communities are aware of the circumstances under which federal funds may be used to support certain components of Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) for persons who inject drugs (PWID). This guidance follows The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114-113), which was recently signed into law by President Obama. In order to direct existing grant funding to SSPs, state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments must first consult with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provide evidence that their jurisdiction is (1) experiencing or, (2) at risk for significant increases in viral hepatitis infections or an HIV outbreak due to injection drug use.

CDC is hosting a webinar Wednesday, April 27, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT. Gabriela Paz-Bailey, Dita Broz, and John Brooks from the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention will walk participants through the process of requesting a determination of need for SSPs in consultation with CDC. They will provide practical information and tips for preparing these requests as well as address questions. This webinar will be especially useful for HIV, viral hepatitis, injury and/or substance abuse prevention surveillance and program staff within health departments. Please plan to participate in this webinar if interested in requesting a determination of need for SSPs within a jurisdiction. For those unable to participate in the live session, a recording will be posted on

REGISTER HERE for the Requesting a Determination of Need in Consultation with CDC Webinar.

Posted: April 21, 2016

Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus – Texas, January 2016

Sexual transmission is an emerging mode of Zika virus transmission that might contribute to more illness than anticipated. A case of Zika virus transmission associated with sexual contact between a male traveler (patient A) who returned to Dallas, Texas from an area of active Zika virus transmission and his male non-traveling partner (patient B) is supported by epidemiological, laboratory, and environmental investigations by Dallas County Health and Human Services and CDC. Plaque-reduction neutralization tests indicated that patient A had been infected with Zika virus and/or dengue virus serotype 1, but that patient B had been infected only with Zika virus. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction assay of semen collected 17 and 24 days after illness onset in the non-traveler and traveler were negative and equivocal, respectively. Identification and investigation of cases of definitive sexual transmission of Zika virus in non-endemic areas presents valuable opportunities to expediently inform interim recommendations to prevent sexual Zika virus transmission.

Access the article HERE

For more information, please visit: CDC Zika Virus Home Page

Posted: April 8, 2016

April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness DayApril 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). This annual observance is the first day set aside to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on young people.

2016 marks the 4th annual observance of NYHAAD. To support this day, please join CDC by engaging in these activities to highlight the importance of youth HIV prevention.

  • Participate in the NYHAAD Thunderclap on April 10th at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT to encourage individuals and organizations to support the HIV prevention needs of youth. Sign up and share with your partners and social media contacts!
  • Download and share the NYHAAD button and poster. Post the materials on your Web site.
  • Share the CDC Web Feature on youth HIV awareness.
  • Promote youth HIV awareness, prevention and testing on your Web site, blog and social media channels.

Posted: April 8, 2016

HHS Issues Guidance on the Use of Federal Funds for Syringe Services Programs

HHS issued guidance regarding the use of Federal funds to implement or expand syringe services programs for people who inject drugs. An overview of the guidance and a link to the complete document can be found here.

The release of the HHS guidance was part of a broader set of public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic, which is claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Here’s a link to the full White House announcement.

Additional information and guidance for HHS grantees will be coming out over the next two weeks from the relevant HHS agencies.

Posted: April 5, 2016

Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

From American Public Health Association

We know that achieving health equity means addressing the social determinants of health. And in the long term, sustainable success requires reaching outside the traditional public health community to form cross-sector partnerships. That’s why this National Public Health Week, we’re so excited to announce a new opportunity to create healthier communities nationwide...

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Posted: March 24, 2016

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan's National Native Network presents a webinar series
Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country

Title: Gambling with our Health
Date: March 29, 2016
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Isaiah Brokenleg, MPH - Epidemiologist and Program Director, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council

Learning Objectives
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Attendees will know what theoretical win is.
  2. Attendees will be able to articulate the age and preferences for a smoke free environment.
  3. Attendees will be able to tell three differences between commercial tobacco and traditional tobacco.

Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, health educators, administrators, and support staff working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native communities.

Register at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited.

Funding for this webinar was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DP13-1314 Consortium of National Networks to Impact Populations Experiencing Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities. Webinar contents do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No commercial interest support was used to fund this activity.

Posted: March 24, 2016

All Tribes Zika Briefing Call - Recording Available

The National Indian Health Board in conjunction with the Association of American Indian Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted an “All Tribes Zika Briefing” conference call on March 22, 2016. Topics presented by subject matter experts included vector issues, epidemiology & surveillance, pregnancy & birth defects, laboratory, traveler & border health and blood safety. To listen to a recording of the call, please CLICK HERE

Additional questions related to information discussed on the call can be directed to Robert Foley, [email protected]. Additional information about the Zika virus, including downloadable educational materials can be found on the CDC Zika website .

Posted: March 11, 2016

Free Registration is Open for the "EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference"

The National Environmental Association (NEHA) is hosting Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors and Public Health Pests, a virtual conference that will be held April 13-14, 2016 and is designed to prepare professionals to respond to environmental events of public health concern. It will bring professionals together in a unique virtual environment to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in vectors and public health pests. The conference will also feature a live session on how best to communicate the health risks of vectors and public health pests from an ‎expert communication strategist and facilitator. There is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required. The conference is funded through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health. It will include sessions from experts in the field on these timely topics and tracks: Climate Change and Vector Control; Zika Virus and other Vector-borne Diseases; Bed Bugs; and Vector/Pest Management and Control. For more information and to register, go to

Posted: March 10, 2016

3rd Annual Community Partners Conference

The NB3 Foundation’s Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Community Partners Conference provides a platform to celebrate the incredible work of our community partners (grantees) and their communities in advancing the health and wellness of Native American children. A main goal of the gathering is to share, learn and network with each other, providing a deeper understanding of the opportunities that exist in the prevention of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. Community partners (grantees) and invited guests will be able to attend a variety of sessions aimed at fostering dialogue, facilitating partnerships and building knowledge. We are excited and honored to have you join us and look forward to seeing you in New Mexico!

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Posted: February 22, 2016

New STI Prevention, Treatment and Surveillance Resources Available

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention would like to share with you several new and updated resources and DSTDP-authored publications.

Posted: February 22, 2016

"The Zika Virus: What It Is and How to Protect Against It" Webinar Recording

This webinar is an overview of the Zika Virus and its spread, including, what it is, how it is transmitted, and who it affects. The content discusses how to protect against Zika and how health departments can prepare to recognize, manage and report Zika infections and communicate prevention measures to the public. According to the CDC, "in May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes." Since then, active Zika infections have been identified in Central America and the Caribbean. To access the webinar recording, click here.

Posted: February 22, 2016

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Materials Available

The 2016 NNHAAD poster is out. The poster and those who want to order copies of materials can visit the website at The poster will be available as will a download of the new PSAs and other materials. We're excited about 2016 NNHAAD. We're asking that, if people post on social media that they use #NNHAAD so that we can track our reach. Our theme this year is "Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting bold voices of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians"

Posted: February 18, 2016

You may now register for New Mexico Annual HIV & HCV Update Conference.

March 24-25, 2016
Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico

We will begin Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 am and the conference will conclude Friday, March 25 at 12:30 pm. We have attached the brochure with information and registration form.

Online registration with Visa or MasterCard will be available soon. Phone, mail and fax registrations are available now by contacting Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development by phone (505) 272-3942 or fax (505) 272-8604.

All participants must complete the Personal Information Form by going to the following link .
If you need assistance, please contact us for information.

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Posted: February 9, 2016

Funding Opportunity: SAMHSA Announces Strategic Prevention Framework- Partnerships for Success Grant

  • Expected Number of Awards: 3
  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,230,000
  • Anticipated Award Amount: From $318,543 to $1,230,000 per year
  • Project Length: Up to 5 years
  • Application Deadline: April 12, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) grants. The purpose of this grant is to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse among persons aged 12 to 24. States/Tribes may also use grant funds to target an additional, data-driven substance abuse prevention priority (marijuana, heroin, etc.) in their state/tribe. The grant program is intended to prevent the onset and reduce the profession of substance misuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, tribal, and community levels. Eligibility for the SPF-PFS grant is limited to states and tribal entities that have completed a SPF SIG grant and are not currently receiving funds through SAMHSA’s SPF-PFS grant.

View the SAMHSA announcement for more information and visit to submit an application.

Posted: February 5, 2016

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services mini-grant program

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services (“Center”) has just launched a new mini-grant program that builds on our work to date. The Center will select up to five public health agencies, or their designated agents, that wish to explore, plan, implement or improve some aspects of a cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangement. Eligible CJS arrangements must include a minimum of three jurisdictions of any size, or, two jurisdictions if the combined population is 50,000 or greater.

Applications in this first round will be considered on a rolling basis, starting on February 15 and until June 10, 2016, or until all five grants are awarded, whichever comes first. The amount of each award will be up to $10,000 for a project period of up to six months. Selected teams are expected to work with Center staff, who will provide technical assistance during the implementation of the projects, and to be available to share the results and lessons learned from their projects with appropriate audiences. Priority for funding will be given to proposals that address specific areas of learning described in the Call for Proposals (CFP).

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) will be the Center’s administrative partner for this effort. A second round of up to ten more mini-grants will be released at a later time following the close of this application period.

Posted: February 4, 2016

The Bemidji Area HPDP, Tele-Behavioral Health Center of Excellence & The IHS Clinical Support Center (Accredited Provider) Presents Emerging Trends: E-Cigarettes, Hookah & Beyond
Thursday, February 18th | 3:00 – 4:00pm Eastern

DISCRIPTION: Electronic cigarettes have gained tremendous popularity over the past few years. Yet there is only partial information on the chemical composition and potential health benefits and or harm of these products. While harm reduction and cessation claims abound, the existing scientific literature provides a cautionary tale that the use of theme products may lead to the ongoing use of both regular tobacco products and electronic cigarettes (dual use). New studies confirm that 2nd hand aerosol is inhaled by the people near and around e-cigarette users.

Join this session to learn more about the effects and impact of electronic cigarette use through the work and research of Dr. Gardiner by increasing knowledge of the negative health effects of e-cigarettes including the second hand aerosol that is inhaled by people who are near e-cigarette users.

  1. Describe the Chemical composition of E-Cigarette Liquids and Aerosols
  2. Recognize the Chemical Exposure resulting from Hookah use.
  3. Educate patients on the various new nicotine delivery devices and the co use with other substances (ex. Marijuana).
  1. Go to:
  2. Select the “Enter as a Guest” option.
  3. Input your name (first and last) in the Name box.
  4. Press the “Enter Room Button”


Posted: January 20, 2016

Translating Science: Research and Communities Addressing Diabetes in American Indian & Alaska Native Populations

Diabetes is a disease that touches nearly every American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) person, either as part of a personal battle for health or in seeing family and friends struggle against the impact of diabetes in their lives. There must be investments in nations building and in equipping Native families and communities to create the conditions to support Native youth health and wellness. A re-introduction of local and traditional foods, coordination of community-based exercise and nutrition efforts, and a systemic approach to addressing food security could dramatically improve community health. In this Tribal Insights Brief, the NCAI Policy Research Center describes the evolution of diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities in order to emphasize the systemic levers that are essential in combating this disease and to combat the perspective that becoming diabetic is just something that happens to Native peoples. Our goal is to support tribal nations in promoting health for their citizens and in providing hope that being Native means having the best health and full wellness.

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Posted: January 13, 2016

Native VOICES SexEd Video Added to the CDC's List of Effective Programs!

In December, Native VOICES (Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex) became the first and only intervention purposefully designed for American Indian and Alaska Native youth included in the CDC's compendium of effective HIV interventions.

The 23-minute video was created by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to encourage condom use and improve condom negotiation skills among heterosexual and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Native teens and young adults 15-24 years old. The culturally tailored video covers important sexual health topics, including talking to your partner about sex, STD testing, defining and enforcing personal values, and healthy relationships.

A free toolkit is available to support your use of the video in diverse tribal settings. The toolkit includes the Native VOICES video, a condom demonstration video, a dental dam demonstration video, a selection of condoms and dental dams, and a users' guide. The toolkit can be ordered free of charge at [email protected]

Posted: January 5, 2016

The Prevention Institute Outlines Wins and Losses for Community Prevention in the Federal Spending Plan

Prevention Institute E-Alert: December 23, 2015

Last week, Congress passed and the President signed a $1.1 trillion spending plan that funds the federal government through September 2016. This follows the enactment of a two-year bipartisan budget deal, which established overall spending levels and partially lifted sequestration through fiscal year 2017.

The 2000-page spending bill packs several wins for community prevention, but also some setbacks...

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Posted: December 14, 2015

IHS relaunches its HIV Website

The IHS HIV webpage has been updated with more information and resources. The IHS houses the only federal program that provides for HIV prevention and care needs specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Visit for more information.

Posted: November 17, 2015

A New Quitline Resource: American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program
November 24, 2015 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Register now!

Amy V. Lukowski, Psy.D., Clinical Director, National Jewish Health

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key elements of the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (AITCP) as a means to meet the needs of the population and improve engagement of evidence-based cessation strategies.
  2. Inform state and tribal partners of the AICTP in an attempt to increase reach into AI populations through quitline services.
  3. Inform state and tribal partners of the AICTP to lessen the impact of commercial tobacco on the American Indian population.

Posted: November 11, 2015

ACF Putting Out New Tribal Maternal and Early Childhood Health Grants

The Administration for Children and Families has put out two new grant announcements to support Tribal maternal, infant, and early childhood home visitation programs. They have created announcements for both a development and implementation, as well as an implementation and expansion phase.

Please go to the following links to read about funding forecasts from the.

Posted: November 9, 2015

Closing the GAP: Improving Outcomes for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EDT)

To watch a Nursing Grand Rounds presentation live online or an archived recorded session, go to:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss three gaps that occur within the continuum of HIV care.
  • Identify two opportunities and interventions that promote engagement of HIV care.
  • Describe the role of the HIV nurse specialist.
  • Explain the importance of effectively utilizing HIV team members at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credential Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

PLEASE NOTE: You must attend at least 80% of the program to receive credit.

View Event Flyer (PDF)

Posted: November 5, 2015

FEMA hosts a Tribal Training Week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be hosting an all Tribal Nation/Alaskan Native Training Week the week of March 20-26.

The week's worth of free trainings and events are being offered at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Below is more information about the Tribal training week. Registration opened up one month ago, and unfortunately the Incident Command and Hospital Emergency Response Training courses are full. However, all of the others have availability at this time.

CLICK HERE to read more information about each of the courses being offered.

Posted: November 5, 2015

Free Public Health Project Planning Course

The University of Washington School of Public Health/Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP): New online course. Project Planning. Students and new professionals will learn project management fundamentals, while experienced planners can brush up on crucial skills. Learn more.

Posted: October 28, 2015

Join Us in Advancing Health Equity in Native Communities

The American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) addresses health disparities in Indian County by supporting collaborative research efforts between HHS and tribal partners. The HHS Office of Minority Health is currently recruiting to fill several vacancies on the council. Learn more about joining the council, including eligibility, selection process and how to nominate a candidate.

Posted: October 23, 2015

Million Hearts® emphasizes blood pressure management

An estimated 70 million US adults – nearly 1 in 3 – have high blood pressure. Only about 1/2 have their blood pressure under control, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s why Million Hearts® emphasizes blood pressure management as a key strategy. By monitoring blood pressure at home, then sharing those readings with healthcare providers through secure email, patient portals or other means, patients and clinicians can partner to improve blood pressure control...

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Posted: October 23, 2015

Financial Aid Resource for Graduate Students

The team at has developed a new financial aid resource tool. It's a searchable database containing curated scholarships for graduate students in the public health field. This resource could increase access to monies that can help to get American Indian and Alaska Native students into masters level public health programs and into the field. Please share the site widely, and if you are a student then visit to see if it will benefit you. The site is http:///

Posted: October 21, 2015

Summer Training Program Opportunity: Native Stand

The Center for Healthy Communities is partnering with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) to recruit Tribes and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) organizations to receive training on the delivery of Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decision Making), a positive youth development program that builds decision making skills on healthy relationships, STD/HIV prevention, and reproductive health.

Training Program: The Native STAND Summer Training Program will take place June 26-July 1, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

Apply: For more information about the Native STAND program, eligibility, or to apply visit Applications are due February 1, 2016.

Informational Webinar

A one-hour live webinar will be offered to those interested in learning more about the Native STAND program, curriculum, the dissemination project, training timeline and application process.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. PST
Registration: Simply follow the instructions below on the day of the presentation.

  1. Go to:
  2. Select the "Enter as a Guest" option (no passcode needed)
  3. Input your first and last name
  4. Select Enter Room
For Technical Assistance During the Call Contact: Jessica Leston (907-244-3888, [email protected])

Posted: October 15, 2015

Next Hot Topics Webinar: Developing Evidence About Public Health Services
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 1:30–2:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Presenter: Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, FAAN

As election season draws near, policy-makers and community members increasingly ask about the value of public services. In the October session of Hot Topics in Practice, NWCPHP faculty member, Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, FAAN, reviews the importance of collecting standardized data and demonstrates how the information is being used to make the case for public health services.

In this one-hour session, Bekemeier will discuss how the Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST) project is building and analyzing key data sets, and how practitioners and elected officials can use them for decision-making. She will share a specific example in which detailed local public health services data were used to demonstrate strong links between increased food safety spending by local health departments and decreased foodborne illness. She will also share how a similar study of immunization services highlights the need for standardized data collection to drive population health improvement...


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Posted: October 15, 2015

REMINDER: Call for Nominations: 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge!

The latest data show that nearly 1 in 3 American adults— approximately 70 million—have high blood pressure. About half of those with high blood pressure don’t have it under control, even though many have insurance, are being treated with medicine, and have seen a doctor at least twice in the past year.

We know that better blood pressure control is achievable. Since its launch, Million Hearts® has recognized 41 Hypertension Control Champions for their success in achieving greater than 70 percent control among their patients with high blood pressure.

The deadline to apply to the 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is fast approaching!

Please encourage clinicians, practices, and health systems that provide continuing care and have achieved hypertension control rates greater than 70 percent to enter. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on October 31, 2015. For resources to promote the challenge and information on eligibility requirements, please visit .

For information about past Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions click here.

Posted: October 15, 2015

SAMHSA Always Looking to Strengthen their Pool of Reviewers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) utilizes a pool of grant reviewers to reviews applications for their funding opportunity announcements. What is unique about their pool, is that it is based upon reviewers who voluntarily submit their own application to serve in that capacity, rather than a pool that is recruited just when a review panel is needed. So SAMHSA has a large and diverse pool of subject matter experts from which they can select a qualified panel of grant reviewers any time. However, there is always a need to grow that pool and ensure that all communities are represented. So please, visit their site, and complete an application and submit your paperwork to become a SAMHSA grant reviewer, and help to ensure that there is a strong Native presence within their pool of reviewers.

Posted: October 15, 2015

NIVDP Webinar: Influenza 101 con el Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 | 2:00pm EDT

* This webinar will be conducted in Spanish

Por favor, acompáñanos para un webinar en español con el Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner para aprender sobre la influenza estacional. El Dr. Azziz es un epidemiólogo dentro de la División de Influenza de los CDC y hablará sobre los conceptos básicos sobre la influenza, el impacto de la enfermedad, y las recomendaciones de vacunación para este año.

Línea de Conferencia: 1-866-740-1260

Código: 3420676


Posted: October 12, 2015

Presidential Proclamation -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2015

Too often, precious lives are interrupted or cut short by cancer. Breast cancer, one of the most common cancers among American women, affects roughly 230,000 women as well as 2,300 men each year and is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths annually in the United States. Breast cancer does not discriminate -- it strikes people of all races, ages, and income levels -- and we must raise awareness of this disease and its symptoms so we can more easily identify it and more effectively treat it. This month, as we honor those whose lives were tragically cut short by breast cancer and as we stand with their families, let us arm ourselves with the best knowledge, tools, and resources available to fight this devastating disease.

Regular screenings and quality care are vital to improving outcomes for millions of people, and we are making strides in improving treatment options. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurers are now required to cover recommended preventive services -- including mammograms -- at no extra cost, and Americans cannot be denied health coverage due to a pre-existing condition, like breast cancer. Women and men can take precautionary action on their own by talking with their health care providers about what they can do to lower their individual risk factors and learning about what tests are right for them. For more information on breast cancer prevention, treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and the latest research, visit

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Posted: October 8, 2015

Best Practices User Guide: Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health has published a new Best Practices user guide: Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control. The guide was written in partnership with the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

This user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can work to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control. Best Practices recommends that “Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups” be a primary goal of every state tobacco control program, along with preventing initiation among youth and young adults, promoting quitting among adults and youth, and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

To further reduce overall tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, tobacco use must be reduced in population groups with the greatest burden of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Because tobacco control policies take a population-based approach to improving health, policies have the potential to reach groups most affected by tobacco and reduce disparities. This guide offers tobacco control program staff and partners information on how to work toward achieving health equity when planning, implementing, and enforcing tobacco control policies.

The Best Practices user guide on Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control can help you:
  • Select and implement evidence-based strategies to promote health equity and reduce tobacco-related disparities
  • Learn from real-world examples of efforts to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control
  • Provide information to gain support for tobacco control efforts that focus on health equity
  • Identify the best tobacco control resources and tools to help in planning efforts.

The online version of the guide is available on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Web site: CLICK HERE

Printed copies of the guide should be available to order via the Smoking & Tobacco Use Online Publication Catalogue & Ordering System by the middle of November.

Posted: October 7, 2015

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is the nation’s most prestigious learning experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics. The 2016-2017 Call for Applications is now open. Deadline for receipt of applications via the RWJF online system is November 12, 2015, at 3:00pm ET. Conducted and administered by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) since 1973, the non-partisan fellowship offers exclusive, hands-on policy experience with the most influential congressional and executive offices in the nation’s capital. Working hand-in-hand with the best and brightest in federal health policy, fellows gain an insider’s perspective of the political process, develop unmatched leadership skills, and build a professional network that lasts a lifetime.

Posted: October 6, 2015

1st Annual Four Corners TB/HIV Conference
November 3-4, 2015 | Durango, CO

The 2015 Four Corners conference is primarily for public health professionals focused on TB and HIV/AIDS. The theme is "Care for the Whole Person" and the programming will reflect this by focusing on a variety of medical and social co-morbidity concerns facing those both caring for and those being treated for TB or HIV/AIDS. There will also be presentations on several emerging infectious diseases in the 4-Corners region.

For more information and registration please CLICK HERE Or contact Stacey Mortenson, Program Director, American Lung Association in Arizona at 602-258-7507 or [email protected]

Posted: October 6, 2015

Developing a Referral System for Sexual Health Services: An Implementation Tool Kit

As a part of their focus on adolescent sexual health and their access to sexual health services (SHS), National Coalition of STD Directors CSD and Cicatelli Associates Inc. collaboratively developed the "Developing a Referral System for Sexual Health Services: An Implementation Tool Kit" and the "Establishing Organizational Partnerships to Increase Student Access to Sexual Health Services: A resource Guide for Education Agencies." These resources provide framework for developing and implementing a referral system to link youth to school or community based sexual health services.

These toolkits and guides can be best utilized by education agencies and youth serving agencies working to increase student’s access to sexual health services by increasing student's awareness of school and community based SHS providers, increasing referrals of students to schools and communities based SHS, and increasing the number of adolescents receiving key SHS.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Posted: October 5, 2015

Flu Season is Here

It is flu season and it is time to start thinking about getting a flu shot. Remember that a flu shot is for everybody and it is all of our responsibility to protect the circle of the community by staying healthy. A vaccination against the flu not only protects you, but protects everybody in your circle and in your community. Talk to your local provider about your options for getting a flu shot this year.

If you are a health educator or service provider, please consider working with your local radio stations to air some flu vaccine public services announcements (there are even pre-recorded PSAs in Navajo, Yup'ik, and Lakota). There are also posters specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native communities that help to convey the importance of getting a shot each year. You can find all of these resources here. We all a role in ensuring that elders, adults and youth alike are all safe against influenza.

Posted: October 2, 2015

National Despression Screening Day - October 8th

October 8th is National Depression Screening Day. This campaign seeks to bring attention to the critical needs of those with depression and mood disorders. For the month of October, there are anonymous depression and mood disorder screenings available at

This year marks the 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day and if you would like to see how you can support this event locally, visit:

Posted: September 30, 2015

Upcoming Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

In a new 3-part webinar series designed for community-based organizations, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center will share the basics of successful federal grant applications. Three key topics will be covered on the following dates:

Foundations of Grant Writing
Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 pm ET

Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm ET

Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
Thursday, November 5 at 3:30 pm ET

Posted: September 25, 2015

Xerox Minority Scholarships

The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines. This scholarship is available to US Citizens and individuals with Permanent Resident visas of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent. Applicants must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate or graduate student in any of the following technical fields, chemistry, information management, computing & software systems, material science, printing management science, laser optics, physics, material science, engineering (chemical, computer, electrical, imaging, manufacturing, mechanical, optical, or software).

Deadline: September 30

For more information, please visit:

Posted: September 9, 2015

IHS Rounds Webinar: 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines Update and Evidence Based Strategies to Address Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Tuesday, September 24, 2015 | 3:00pm ET

  • Andria Apostolou, PhD, MPH, Indian Health Service STD Surveillance Coordinator
  • Sharon Adler, MD, MPH, Clinical Faculty CA STD/HIV Prevention Training Center & Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF FCM
  • Melanie Taylor, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist, Division of STD Prevention Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) trends in Indian Country
  2. Recognize and treat STDs according the updated 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines
  3. Employ evidence based strategies (such as usage of EHR reminders and Expedited Partner Therapy) to address STDs in Indian Country and improve STD screening

No registration needed. To join, at the appropriate date and time:

  1. Visit
  2. Select the "Enter as a Guest" option.
  3. Input your name (first and last) in the Name box.
  4. The passcode is: rounds
  5. Press the "Enter Room Button"
Accreditation (pending)

For more information please contact Dr. Andria Apostolou at [email protected]

Posted: September 4, 2015

Implementing Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention into Primary Care: Experiences among Three CDC-Funded Grantees webinar
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Practical experiences associated with the implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) into routine health care are often understudied and under disseminated in the research literature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed an implementation guide outlining useful steps to integrate alcohol SBI into clinical practice settings. Three Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Centers (FASD RTCs) across the U.S. were funded by CDC to pilot implementation of alcohol SBI into multi-site primary healthcare systems. Pilot sites located in Alaska, Nevada, and Tennessee included three health systems across ten clinical settings.

The University of Nevada, Reno's Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies is pleased to offer this free webinar whose purpose is to highlight key aspects of the alcohol SBI implementation processes that were unique to each party involved in the pilot testing and resulted in important lessons that are applicable for others implementing alcohol SBI. Attendees will learn about available resources and receive practical recommendations that will increase the likelihood of their own success integrating routine alcohol SBI into clinical settings.

Elizabeth Dang, MPH - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra Gonzalez, MSSW, LCSW - Baylor College of Medicine
Joyce Hartje, PhD - University of Nevada, Reno
Becky Porter, MS, LPC - University of Alaska Anchorage

Contact Hours: This webinar has been approved for a total of 1.0 contact hour through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Certificates indicating the number of contact hours earned are issued to all participants at the end of the training via e-mail; certificates are sent out 7-10 days after the training has concluded.


For more information on alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention or FASD, please click here. Please contact Carolyn Edney at [email protected] with any questions.

Posted: September 1, 2015

Predicted Heart Age and Racial Disparities in Heart Age among U.S. Adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Vital Signs report on "Predicted Heart Age (HA) and Racial Disparities in Heart Age among U.S. Adults at the State Level." This CDC Vital Signs report shows that for most Americans, their heart age is much higher than their actual age, particularly for men and African Americans. There are also geographic differences in average heart age across states. Mississippi and Louisiana have the highest heart ages, while Utah and Colorado have the lowest. Heart age provides a new way of framing risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), potentially simplifying communication about CVD risk and facilitating opportunities for healthy lifestyle changes and enhanced adherence to treatment recommendations.

Please view the report and at Visit the Vital Signs webpage to find the Vital Signs MMWR, fact sheet, and other materials. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have Vital Signs sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service. We also invite you to join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on September 8th at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Vital Signs is not just about facts—it is about action. To save more lives from preventable deaths, we must work together—collaborating with community organizations, health departments, healthcare providers, insurers, health care systems, and families— to support and reinforce changes that encourage healthy habits and improve the health care system so that no one dies a preventable death.

Posted: September 1, 2015

Suicide Prevention Series: Practical Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 1, 2015 | 3:30 pm ET

Presented by Shawn Sidhu, MD

Next Webinar
September 29, 2015, 2:00 pm ET

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify core principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
  • Apply these principles to individual therapy.
  • Utilize practical and tangible skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for use in individual therapy.

Connection Information

  • Go to:
  • Select the "Enter as a Guest" option
  • Enter your name, first and last, with designation in the box designated Name (ex: Jane Doe, MD).
  • Enter the passcode : sps
  • Click on the "Enter Room" button

More Information (PDF)

Posted: September 1, 2015

Influenza 101 - Webinar Series

Upcoming Dates
  • Influenza 101 – CHR Session, September 9, 2015
  • Influenza 101 – CHR Session, September 15, 2015
  • IHS CMO Clinical Rounds Session – Influenza Kick-off, September 23, 2015
  • Mandatory Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Policy Webinar, October 8, 2015
  • Describe influenza, influenza vaccine and transmission of influenza virus.
  • Describe influenza and influenza vaccine myths and facts.
  • Describe the 2015-2016 influenza vaccination recommendations.

Target Audience

Educators, Health & Educational Administrators, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Counselors, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Psychologists, Dentists, Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals.

More Information (PDF)

Posted: September 1, 2015

Webinar on Learning how to Implement HPV Vaccinations
Thursday, September 3rd | 5:30-6:30 pm ET

Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition’s Webinar Series presents:
Vaccination in the U.S. – A Successful Quality Improvement Example

Overview of webinar:
  • Different options for quality improvement (QI) to improve HPV vaccination coverage
  • Specifics of the implementation of a quality improvement project in a Florida pediatric clinic with successful results
  • Lessons learned for future implementation of this intervention with providers
  • Pros and cons of this QI project from the provider prospective

Led by Dr. Alix Casler
Webinar link:
Phone number (audio for webinar): 919-962-2733

Posted: September 1, 2015

CDC Presents an HPV Vaccination Webinar
Friday, September 18th | 11am-12pm ET

CDC’s Adolescent Immunization Communications Team presents:
HPV Vaccination Quality Improvement Projects and Implementation Science Working Together, For the Win! (#FTW)

Overview of webinar:
  • Dr. Brian Mittman, PhD will provide a brief introduction about Implementation Science theory and principles, and an overview of considerations influencing physician behavior and making practice-level changes.
  • Dr. Alix Casler, MD, FAAP will summarize her practice’s quality improvement project to increase HPV vaccination rates. Dr. Casler will discuss their multi-level approach and experience integrating changes in a large pediatric office.
  • Kia Redwine, Clinical Management Consultant will present on a collaborative quality Improvement project between WellStar Health System and the Georgia Department of Public Health to increase HPV vaccination rates. Ms. Redwine will highlight the variety of interventions that that were incorporated and lessons learned from her perspective.

Register by clicking this link:

Posted: August 25, 2015

Indian Health Service Meeting on American Indian/Alaska Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues.
September 11, 2015 | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET

Hubert H. Humphrey Building. 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201.

The meeting will be open to the public. To facilitate the building security process, those who plan to attend should RSVP to Lisa Neel at [email protected] or by telephone at 301-443-4305 no later than 5:00 pm EST on August 31, 2015. (This is not a toll-free number.) Public attendance will be limited to the space available. Members of the public may make statements during the meeting to the extent time permits and file written statements with the agency for its consideration. Written statements may be submitted to Lisa Neel, MPH, Program Coordinator, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Posted: August 24, 2015

Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 16, 2015 | 12:30–2 p.m. ET

Learn about potential financing mechanisms for post-discharge care services for individuals who are at risk of suicide at the upcoming webinar, Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide. The speakers will discuss current financing models, as well as expected changes that will alter the national health services payment landscape. The discussion will focus on three case studies—an accountable care organization, a behavioral health plan, and a county-led crisis program—as examples of innovative financial models that support services for individuals in crisis.

Register To Attend the Webinar

Posted: August 5, 2015

First Kids 1st Puts Out First Newsletter

In July, the first edition of First Kids 1st newsletter was published by the coordinating committee. The newsletter is intended to highlight the work and initiatives taking place throughout Indian Country that are positively impacting Native Youth. You can read the newsletter here. Please share this newsletter with your networks and contacts that you feel would be interested in reading and contributing to future issues. Individuals interested in subscribing to this newsletter or submitting content can email: [email protected]

Posted: July 13, 2015

CDC Releases Tools to Help Combat Hypertension

One in every three American adults — approximately 70 million—has high blood pressure. CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention has released a new quality improvement action guide to help improve hypertension control, the Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians. This guide provides examples of tools that have worked in a variety of clinical settings that may be adopted by or adapted to individual practices or health systems. We hope that you, your Tribes, and your affiliated organizations find this guide useful in the important work you all lead in improving the heart health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Posted: July 10, 2015

Echo Hawk Consulting Releases Feeding Ourselves: Food Access, Health Disparities, and the Pathways to Healthy Native American Communities

Report Commissioned by the American Heart Association Calls for Mobilization of Tribal Leaders and Key Partners to Bring Healthy Food Access to Native American Communities

Longmont, Colorado (July 9, 2015) -- Echo Hawk Consulting, today released a comprehensive report on the state of food access in Native American communities and the resulting health disparities in Native Americans. The report – commissioned by the American Heart Association and its Voices for Healthy Kids®, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AHA – calls for tribes, the federal government and philanthropic organizations to serve as agents of change in the area of Native food access...

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Posted: June 29, 2015

SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee – Call for Nominations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) currently has vacancies for membership. The TTAC was established in 2008 by SAMHSA in an effort to create a coordinated, agency-wide strategy to incorporate tribal guidance on SAMHSA priorities, policies, and resources.

Tribal Technical Advisory Committee Composition
The TTAC is composed of 14 positions: one primary delegate and one alternate from each of the 12 Indian Health Service (IHS) geographic areas, plus one primary delegate and one alternate for two at-large member positions.

Tribal Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Logistics
The TTAC meets in Rockville, MD, twice per year, generally in April and August. SAMHSA supports travel for the primary representative to attend these in-person TTAC meetings. In the event a primary delegate cannot attend, SAMHA will support travel for the alternate delegate to attend the onsite meetings.

Tribal Technical Advisory Committee Vacancies
SAMHSA is seeking nominees for the following TTAC vacancies. The vacancies open for nomination include a primary delegate and an alternate delegate from each of the following regions.

  1. Billings Area
  2. Great Plains Area
  3. Navajo Area
  4. Oklahoma Area
  5. Phoenix Area

Nominee Eligibility Requirements
All TTAC nominees must be elected or traditionally appointed tribal officials acting in their official capacity as elected representatives of their tribes. The nominee should be qualified to represent the views of tribes in the respective area for which they are being nominated. Nominations must be made by an elected or appointed official from a federally recognized tribe acting in his or her official capacity.

Nominee Selection Prioritization
Nominations will be considered for selection in the priority order listed below. In the event that there is more than one nomination from the priority list, individuals who have a letter of support from tribal officials acting in their official capacity shall have priority. Letters of support from tribal organizations will be taken into consideration when selecting the primary and alternate delegates.

  1. Tribal President, Chairperson, or Governor
  2. Tribal Vice-President, Vice-Chairperson, or Lt. Governor
  3. Elected or Appointed Tribal Official

For more information or to submit nomination letters, please contact:
Sheila Cooper
Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs
Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Rd.
Rockville, MD 20857
Direct: (240) 276-2005
Fax: (202) 276-2010
E-mail: [email protected]

Posted: June 19, 2015

CDC Releases New Cancer and HPV Posters for Indian Country

The CDC has released a new series of posters targeting American Indian and Alaska Native Youth to promote HPV vaccination. The posters are available online and are designed to be printed out right from your desk (or you could use a commercial printer, if available). The focus is on preventing cancer through HPV vaccination. There are 4 posters – 2 featuring girls, 2 with boys - with a choice of several different AI/AN –inspired borders. This is an important issue that doesn’t get addressed very often in Indian Country, so please visit the site and consider posting these in your clinics and offices.

Posted: June 19, 2015

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to promote HIV testing among all individuals and encourage people to take pride in knowing their HIV status. The National Indian Health Board hopes that you will take this day as a reminder that we all need to take affirming steps to ensure our own health and wellness, and that of our community as well. Please consider how you can honor this day – by getting an HIV test, getting tested with a partner, volunteering to do some HIV educational outreach, and talking to your friends and family about HIV and HIV testing. HIV rates continue to climb among American Indian and Alaska Natives, and it is too often not talked about. But not talking about or seeing it, doesn’t make the problem any more real or any less significant. We can stop HIV when we stand together and combat the stigma that has driven this disease. Get the Facts. Get Tested. Get Involved. For More about National HIV Testing Day, and visit our partner, the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center for more information on HIV in Native American communities.

Posted: June 10, 2015

IHS National Combined Councils Meeting Coming Up

IHS is hosting the National Combined Councils Meeting this year with a theme of Ensuring our Future…Issues Effecting the Next Generation. The meeting is taking place in Denver, CO, June 23-15, and IHS is webcasting portions of the meeting on June 24th and June 25th for free. These webcasts will be open to all. Click here for the attached flyer for agenda and specific presentation information.

Posted: June 10, 2015

Gender Matters Adaptation for Native Youth

EngenderHealth is developing an adaptation manual of Gender Matters, a reproductive health behavioral intervention, for Native youth populations. This adaptation will be informed by:
  • Completing a thorough literature review on the needs, attitudes, and behaviors of Native youth
  • Conducting phone interviews with key stakeholders, including Native youth and adults, professionals working with Native youth, and others involved in developing or adapting curricula for Native youth
  • Conducting site visits with various native communities throughout North America
  • Convening an Advisory Committee to guide the adaptations recommended in the manual

For more information, please see the formal notice here. And if you are interested in serving as an interviewee, site visit and/or joining the Advisory Committee please contact Mandy Ackerman at [email protected] by Friday, July 17, 2015.

Posted: June 10, 2015

CDC Newsletter summary

CDC’s latest addition to its Public Health Practice Stories from the Field describes how pharmacists on the Yakama Nation Reservation in Washington are helping improve the health of patients with diabetes. The pharmacists help patients manage their diabetes and stay current on lab tests and health checks, thus easing the workload of overburdened primary care providers. Patients who are enrolled in the program are more than twice as likely to have their glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control as nonenrolled patients. Read Pharmacists Help Improve Health of Yakama Indians Living with Diabetes to find out how Yakama achieved this success.

Public Health Practice Stories from the Field is a collection of stories showcasing success and innovation in public health practice by state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health agencies. The stories are featured on the STLT Gateway, a web portal for STLT health professionals created by CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. You might also be interested in these other stories promoting heart health: Clinic Takes Team Approach to Controlling Hypertension in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Public Health and Primary Care Partner in South Carolina to Address Cardiovascular Health, Schenectady County Program Lowers Sodium in Menu Items for Seniors, and Sodium Reduction Campaign Encourages Healthy Choices Among Consumers.

Posted: June 10, 2015

Worker Safety and Health among American Indians/Alaska Natives: A Partnership Workshop

August 17-18 | Aurora, Colorado

Please join CDC on August 17-18 in Aurora, Colorado for the Worker Safety and Health among American Indians/Alaska Natives: A Partnership Workshop. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in collaboration with the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center is excited to bring together American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, organizations, and other stakeholders to:

  • Meet and network with tribal, academic and government partners to discuss common worker safety, health and wellness issues and solutions
  • Identify opportunities to work together to improve worker safety, health and wellness
  • Learn about tribal resources, funding, data sources and surveillance systems that can help you develop worker safety and health initiatives


Tribal leaders, Tribal Epidemiology Center staff, IHS injury prevention specialists, state/tribal public health professionals, state epidemiologists, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals, academia, risk management professionals, workers’ compensation professionals, and those wanting to enhance worker safety and health among American Indians and Alaska Natives.


The meeting will take place Monday, August 17th from 8 am – 5 pm and Tuesday, August, 18th from 8 am – 12 pm. There is no cost for attending, but space for attendance is limited to 40 participants. Please register ASAP if you are attending the meeting by CLICKING HERE

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Dalsey at [email protected]

Posted: June 8, 2015

CDC Releases New STD Treatment Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines, updating the recommendations for treating persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Guidelines were developed by CDC after a consultation in the spring of 2013 with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs. The Guidelines play a critical role in advising healthcare providers of the best ways to diagnose and treat STDs, and are among the most widely used and referenced sources on STD treatment and management in the United States.

The full Guidelines are now available online for download at Additional resources, such as a Evidence Tables (which serve as the basis for the recommendations), and an update Pocket Guides, Wall Charts, and the STD Tx Guide app will be available this summer for you to order or download.

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention and the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) will host the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Overview Webinar on June 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET to conduct an in-depth discussion on these and other changes in the Guidelines. NNPTC is your resource for the prevention and clinical management of STDs. To view the national training calendar, register for courses, find resources, and access STD consultation, visit the NNPTC at

Posted: June 8, 2015

Archived Webinar: Project Lazarus

On May 21, 2015, a virtual webinar on Project Lazarus was presented. Project Lazarus is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to address the extremely high drug overdose death rate in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Project Lazarus believes that communities are ultimately responsible for their own health and that every drug overdose is preventable.

The Project Lazarus Model can be conceptualized as a wheel, with three core components (The Hub) that must always be present, and seven components (The Spokes), which can be initiated based on the specific needs of a community.

The learning objectives included:
  • Define the components of a successful community-based prescription opioid overdose prevention program.
  • Describe the possible roles that prescribers and substance use treatment providers can play in overdose prevention and supporting patients/families/friends with chronic pain/Substance use dependency beyond the traditional clinical setting.
  • Identify ways in which the Project Lazarus model can be adapted for replication in a medical practice or community.
  • Define the components of a successful community-based naloxone acceptability and access program with current laws.

Click here to download the slides.

Click here to view the webinar.

Posted: June 5, 2015

The Census Bureau is Seeking Nominations for a National Advisory Committee

The federal government in its efforts to facilitate direct communication with and input from stakeholders across the country houses various advisory committees. These committees are authorized and governed by federal law, and serve a very important purpose. This makes is even more important of the Census (Census Bureau) is requesting nominations of individuals and organizations to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. While some federal agencies have advisory committees whose membership is comprised solely of Tribal leaders, the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations of the Bureau of the Census is not – it is a multi-cultural and cross-jurisdictional representation of constituents. In order to ensure an American Indian and Alaska Native voice in the operations of the Bureau of the Census, it is important to support nominations from qualified leaders and community members from Tribal communities.

More Information (PDF)

Posted: June 2, 2015

Interim Enforcement Policy to Demonstrating the Substantial Equivalence of a New Tobacco Product

While FDA considers new comments to the recently issued Demonstrating the Substantial Equivalence of a New Tobacco Product: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions guidance, the agency is announcing its interim enforcement policy. This interim policy is effective immediately and will continue until 30 days after FDA issues a revised guidance or announces its intention to not issue one.

The interim enforcement policy states that for 1) new tobacco products in which the only modification is a label change that creates a distinct product with identical characteristics to the predicate product, or 2) new tobacco products in which the only modification is a change in product quantity:

  • FDA does not intend to issue any warning letters or take steps to initiate any judicial or administrative adversarial proceedings for these tobacco products that are marketed without required premarket authorization; and
  • FDA does not intend to issue any “not substantially equivalent” orders or Preliminary Finding letters for reasons of failing to provide sufficient information.
    • However, FDA does plan to issue other regulatory letters, including refuse-to-accept (RTA) letters and “not substantially equivalent” (NSE) orders for those products that are not otherwise in compliance with the requirements of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C).

In both instances, for the interim enforcement policy to apply, the change (whether to the label or in product quantity) must have been made from, and including, February 16, 2007 through the end of this interim time period.

During the interim enforcement period, if a company did not file a substantial equivalence report for a tobacco product that meets the previously mentioned specifics, or if the company received an RTA for that submission, FDA intends to provide a period of 30 days from the date FDA issues a revised guidance or announces that it will not issue such a revised guidance, for companies to file such a substantial equivalence (SE) report.

The full interim enforcement policy can be found in footnote #1 of the Demonstrating the Substantial Equivalence of a New Tobacco Product: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions guidance and comments on the guidance, including the interim enforcement policy, may be submitted at any time for Agency consideration.

Posted: May 19, 2015

CDC evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of Community Health Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit also includes information that state and Tribal health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Resources available include online trainings, policy assessments and more!

One of the featured documents in the toolkit, Community Health Workers and Million Hearts™, highlights how CHWs can impact the national Million Hearts™ program that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. To learn more about the program, view this list of Million Hearts Resources.

Posted: May 19, 2015

CDC Supports Hepatitis Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins with national, state and local partners to recognize May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month.

In the US, an estimated 4.4 million persons are living with viral hepatitis, putting them at risk for liver disease, liver cancer, and early death. CDC’s latest Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis Report showed a 150% increase from 2010 - 2013 in cases of new hepatitis C infections; the continued increase of hepatitis C-related deaths; and a first time increase in reported cases of new hepatitis B infections since 1990.

Compounding the increases in hepatitis C-related deaths is an emerging epidemic of hepatitis C infection among young injection drug users. CDC’s budget request to Congress for FY 2016 proposes an increase of $31.5 million to expand viral hepatitis detection, monitoring, and prevention programs in order to stop disease transmission and reduce hepatitis B- and hepatitis C-related illness and deaths.

To continue to increase awareness of Hepatitis screening and treatment this month, CDC has developed several tools:
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day Resource Center which provides radio scripts, sample proclamations, information for community based organization websites and more.
  • A special feature for the CDC website, including information about what people from Africa (a region disproportionately affected by Hepatitis B) should know about the disease.
  • Publication of two viral hepatitis-related reports:
    • The first report describes increases in hepatitis C infection related to injection drug use among persons aged <30 years in four states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
    • The second report describes how an innovative community health center initiative expanded hepatitis C testing, diagnosis, and linkage to care in Philadelphia. With CDC funding, the National Nursing Centers Consortium integrated routine hepatitis C testing and intensive linkage to care services into five federally qualified health centers in Philadelphia.

While CDC and its partners have made progress in addressing viral hepatitis, there is a critical need to scale up the public health response to the disease. With better screening, diagnosis and linkage to care, we can help prevent further spread of the disease and help people with Hepatitis infections to live safer healthier lives.

To learn more about CDC’s Viral Hepatitis efforts, please visit or contact Shana Beavin at [email protected] or 202-245-0600.

Posted: May 18, 2015

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. These populations include but are not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.

Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects. Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site :

Posted: May 8, 2015

Success Story: Pharmacists Help Improve Health of Yakama Indians with Diabetes

American Indian and Alaska Native teens and preteens are more likely to die of diabetes than youth of other races. On the Yakama Nation Reservation in Washington, healthcare workers have a program to reduce diabetes complications and deaths. Patients enrolled in the program are twice as likely to have their glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control as nonenrolled patients. Find out how Yakama achieved this success in Pharmacists Help Improve Health of Yakama Indians Living with Diabetes.

Posted: May 7, 2015

Call for Papers for Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans

We hope you will join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19th through the 21st for the 2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans. The Summit is an opportunity to share best practices, discuss common concerns and make new connections as we work to improve the quality of life of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries. You can learn more about the Summit on the web page:

And a quick reminder that the deadline for Call for Papers for the Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans is approaching. The deadline is May 22, 2015. Please contact Lyn Wilson-King for any questions.

The Summit is seeking proposals on evidence-based policies, programs or services in five areas:
  • The epidemiology of brain injury among Native Americans, including evidence on prevalence, incidence, comorbidity and demographics of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Increasing the knowledgeability of health and other service providers about culturally appropriate approaches to increasing awareness among Native Americans about brain injury, screening, and prevention;
  • Advances in state of the art medical and rehabilitation treatments that allow Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries to reintegrate into their communities and live as independently as possible;
  • The use of indigenous healing practices in the treatment of brain injury and examples of successful integration with western medicine; and
  • Non-medical short- and long-term services, including culturally appropriate peer support, information and resources, alternative therapies, advocacy and respite among Native Americans with brain injuries.

Information on how to submit a proposal or register for the Summit may be found on the Summit web page. If you have any questions, please contact Lyn Wilson-King at [email protected].

Posted - April 30, 2015

!JUST RELEASED! ASTHO's Workforce Development Plan Toolkit

ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) is pleased to announce the release of our Workforce Development Plan Toolkit found here. The toolkit is designed for agencies at all stages of workforce development planning. Agencies that are just starting the process may find it useful to review all toolkit sections in depth, while agencies that are further along might use the toolkit sections as a checklist. For agencies interested in applying for PHAB accreditation, this toolkit addresses the documentation requirement for Measure 8.2.1A Workforce development strategies and supports the accomplishment of Measure 8.2.3A Professional and career development for all staff.

For further information, please contact Denise Pavletic.

Posted - April 15, 2015

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

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The following information was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help the nation’s communities continue the dialogue about teen pregnancy and its health and social consequences for youth.

Teen births continue to decline in the U.S., but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013. Childbearing during the teen years can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children.

More teens are waiting to have sex, and of those who are sexually active, nearly 90 percent used birth control the last time they had sex. Data show that teens most often use condoms and birth control pills which, when not used consistently and correctly, are less effective for preventing pregnancy. According to this month’s Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is one way to further reduce teen pregnancy. LARC – intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants – is the most effective type of reversible birth control.

Please see the attached documents for more information on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception and how providers, parents and guardians, and teens can effectively prevent unplanned teen pregnancy.

Posted - April 1, 2015

Generation Indigenous!

Native Youth, you are invited to attend a kickoff event for Generation Indigenous! President Obama launched the Gen-I Initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. Through new investments and increased engagement, this initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

Join representatives from The White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Native Americans, and the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow for this exciting kickoff event! Native youth in Grades 9-12 are eligible to attend on Thursday, April 23rd, to learn about Gen-I and to take the Gen-I Challenge to make a positive impact in your community!

The event will be held on Thursday, April 23rd, 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Registration will open at 11:30 AM, the event will begin promptly at 1 PM MDT. Lunch will be provided.

We hope you can join us in celebrating, you, Gen-I and working with us toward a better future for Native Youth!

Please see the attached Save the Date flyer for more information. If you are interested in attending, please Register Here. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and will be capped at 300 participants.

For more information on Gen-I, please Click Here.

  • Albuquerque Convention Center
  • Thursday, April 23rd at 11:30 AM MDT
  • Registration begins at 11:30 AM, the event will begin promptly at 1 PM MDT
  • The event will last approximately 4 hours.

Posted - April 1, 2015

FDA announces RFP for Tobacco Retail Compliance for Indian Tribes

The Food and Drug Administration intends to award sole source contracts to Indian Tribes for tobacco retail compliance check inspections. This action is in accordance with the Tobacco Control Act, Public Law 111-31, Section 103 (g) (2). This notice is issued for informational purposes only and is not a request for competitive proposals. Any interested party should submit a statement of capabilities in sufficient detail to determine if the requirement of this synopsis can be met no later than 15 calendar days from the posting of this announcement. A determination by the Government not to compete the proposed contracts based on responses from this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. The solicitation will be available on or about March 13, 2015 on the FedBizOpps website at Prospective offerors are responsible for downloading the solicitation and amendments. It is the offerors responsibility to monitor the FedBizOpps website for the release solicitations and amendments. Hard copies will be provided to individuals eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act upon request. Responses to this notice must be sent via email to: [email protected]. The solicitation number is FDA-15-SOL-1144643. More information can be obtained at

Posted - March 29, 2015


WASHINGTON—Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate today announced the release of the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. The FY 2015 EMPG Program provides over $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Delivering core capabilities requires the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government. The FY 2015 EMPG Program supports efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas.

Under the Stafford Act, FEMA is authorized to make grants to bolster emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States. The Federal government, through the EMPG Program, provides necessary direction, coordination, guidance, and assistance so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists for all hazards and for all levels of government.

The notice of funding opportunity can be found at EMPG applications are due no later than April 24, 2015. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at and

Posted - March 16, 2015

The Quality Improvement Welcome Kit

On March 3rd, 2015, NNPHI and the Association for Immunization Managers hosted a webinar, The Quality Improvement Welcome Kit, featuring Laurie Call, Director of the Center for Community Capacity Development at the Illinois Public Health Institute, and Lori Linstead, the Director of Immunization Service with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Topics explored included:

  • What is QI?
  • What is the difference between Quality Improvement, Quality Planning and Quality Assurance?
  • Why is QI important now?
  • What is the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)?
  • What are the tools and methods used in QI?
  • What resources can help me get started?

Watch the webinar recording, view the presentation slides, or check out Oklahoma's Childcare Immunization QI Project Storyboard!

Posted - March 11, 2015

CDC releases new Community Health Status Indicators 2015 web application

Updates include new peer county groups and benchmarked indicators for all U.S. counties

Today, March 10, 2015, CDC released the updated Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) online application tool that produces public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.

The redesigned online application includes updated peer county groups, health status indicators, a summary comparison page, and U.S. Census tract data and indicators for sub-populations (age groups, sex, and race/ethnicity including American Indian/Alaska Natives) to identify potential health disparities. In this new version of CHSI, all indicators are benchmarked against those of peer counties, the median of all U.S. counties, and Healthy People 2020 targets. Organizations conducting community health assessments or tribal health assessments can use CHSI data to:

  • Assess community health status and identify disparities;
  • Promote a shared understanding of the wide range of factors that may influence health; and
  • Mobilize multi-sector partnerships to work collaboratively to improve population health.

To access CHSI, visit

Posted - March 4, 2015

A Resource for Public Health Workforce Development is dedicated to connecting patients, students and professionals to the latest and most useful healthcare information and resources available. They offer a comprehensive look into the expanding field of public health, as well as information on launching a career in public health

Recently, they've launched a campaign to let students and professionals know about the need for qualified individuals in the public health sector. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) expects a shortfall of 250,000 professionals by 2020. This cross-disciplinary field is a good fit for people of all backgrounds who want to contribute to healthier communities. They have developed an information guide on public health degree programs - Visitors to this page can learn about the flexible options available for pursuing a future in public health. Included is a searchable database of programs featuring schools accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

A public health degree can make the difference between a working professional and a working professional who contributes to a safer, healthier world.

Posted - March 4, 2015

Tribal Leaders Learning Community, Rekindling the Fire, Part I

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center invites you to join the Tribal Leaders Learning Community, Rekindling the Fire, Part I. The webinar will be held on March 19, 2015, at 3:00pm Eastern Time.

This web-based learning community will offer opportunities for tribal leaders to share information with peers. Facilitators and participants will discuss best practices for increasing community involvement, as well as policy changes that place culturally focused prevention in the forefront of tribal leadership.

Presenter / Facilitators

Eva Petoskey, Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa
Gary Neumann, TTA Coordinator, SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe
Hunter Genia, Swan Creek and Black River Bands of Ojibway & Grand River Band of Ottawa

Webinar Instructions

  1. Register now for the webinar and complete the form. You will receive a confirmation email with the link and call-in information.
  2. On the day of the webinar, click on the link within your confirmation email to join the web portion.
  3. Call in to the conference number and enter the audio passcode shown in your confirmation email to join the audio portion.
  4. Enter your audio PIN, shown after joining the webinar, to enable audio controls.
You can also view the recorded webinar after it is posted on the Tribal TTA Center webinars page.

For more information, contact:

Lori King, M.Ed., PMP, SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center Project Co-Director: [email protected]
Gloria Guillory, M.S.W., SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center Project Co-Director: [email protected]

Posted - February 26, 2015

Funding Opportunity: State Occupational Health and Surveillance Program

The CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have announced a funding opportunity Tribes are eligible for. The State Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program supports meritorious applications relevant to NIOSH's occupational health and safety surveillance goals and priorities. Under this funding announcement, NIOSH staff work jointly with awardees in agency partnership roles to assist, guide, or plan work-related OSH surveillance activities. Although specific aims and activities may be shared among awardees and NIOSH, primary roles and responsibilities reside with the awardees. NIOSH understands the importance and need of injury prevention programs in tribal communities including the protection and wellbeing of the tribal workforce.

Click here for more information.

Posted - February 26, 2015

Archived Presentation: Congenital Syphilis: Best Practices for Prevention, Outbreak Identification and Response

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) hosted a conference call as part of their conference call series, “It’s Your Call”. Charlie Rabins, a technical assistance consultant with NCSD, facilitated a discussion on Congenital Syphilis: Best Practices for Prevention, Outbreak Identification and Response. Speakers from the CDC DSTDP and several STD-AAPPS grantees discussed lessons learned from past and current outbreaks. Find the archived presentation here.

Posted - February 12, 2015

Tribes and tribal organizations are eligible for up to $1million per year, so spread the word to your networks!!!!

The purpose of this program is to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth (birth to 21 years of age) with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. This program will support the wide scale operation, expansion and integration of the system of care (SOC) approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI).

Application Due date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $45,000,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 15-45
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $3,000,000
Length of Project: 4 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: Yes

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $3,000,000 for state applicants and $1,000,000 for political subdivisions of states, tribes, tribal organizations, and territories total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

See the announcement here:

Posted: February 11, 2015

7th Annual Tribal Public Health Conference
Hosted by Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center

Dates: April 28th-30th, 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, OK
Pre-Conference - April 28th (Sponsored by AAIP)
Full Conference - April 29th & 30th, 2015

April 28th - Data Into Action Workshop
A one-day training on how to access and utilize available data for local level public health action. The DIA training will fill focus on using data from various sources for program planning, surveillance, grant writing, community needs assessments and more. Bring a laptop and be ready for hands on assistance.

April 28th - Tribal Accreditation Readiness Workshop
Tribal Accreditation Readiness (TAR) Workshop is designed to improve capacity of tribal health departments to meet nationally established Public Health Accreditation Board standards. Public health materials, evaluation tools and resources will be available.


Posted: February 6, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The Health Resources and Services Administration will be hosting an online seminar to help grant applicants better understand:
  • The basics of every grant application
  • Writing your narrative to match the review criteria
  • How the application pieces fit together to respond to respond to all aspects of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Registration: The day of the event through the link for the webcast below

Send your questions to [email protected]

To join/register for this Webcast, go to:

Posted: February 5, 2015

Public Health Improvement Webinar:
The Quality Improvement Welcome Kit

March 3, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

Are there any work processes that frustrate you or the people you work with? Are you falling short on meeting defined metrics and need to improve results? Are you interested in a systematic approach to increasing effectiveness and efficiency of processes? If so, you may be interested in quality improvement (QI). Join us on March 3rd from 2:00-3:30pm ET to explore

  • What is QI?
  • What is the difference between Quality Improvement, Quality Planning and Quality Assurance?
  • Why is QI important now?
  • What is the Plan-Do-S tudy-Act (PDSA)?
  • What are the tools and methods used in QI?
  • What resources can help me get started?


More Information

Posted: January 28, 2015

Gambling with Our Health: Smoke-Free Policy Would Not Reduce Tribal Casino Patronage

Tribal government, health, and economic development leadership in the Bemidjii Area unite to conduct a first-of-its-kind study of casino patrons at the Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino in Lac du Flambeau, WI. The smoke-free casino survey was administered April-August 2011 to assess 957 members based on how many would 1] visit more 2] visit less; or 3] visit the same if the casino prohibited smoking.

Among other findings, the study found that both patrons and non-patrons would visit casinos more often if smoking was prohibited, projecting a 20% increase in casino patronage if smoking was banned. CLICK HERE to read more about the study that prompted the community-based policy work that is now underway in the LDF Tribal nation.

Posted: January 27, 2015

Department of Justice to Host Tribal Consultation with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The Department of Justice will be hosting a tribal consultation on proposed regulations that affect reservation-based cigarette and tobacco businesses. In 1978, the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act (CCTA), 18 U.S.C. 2341 et seq, was enacted to deter cigarette smuggling. The USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (PATRIOT Act), enacted on March 9, 2006, made several amendments to the CCTA. THE DOJ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for enforcing and administering both the CCTA and relevant amendments in the PATRIOT Act. In order to fulfil this responsibility and also ensure the rights of reservation-based cigarette and tobacco businesses, AFT has proposed further amendments to the PATRIOT Act.

The Department of Justice invites you to consult with ATF on these proposed amendments. CLICK HERE to read the framing paper that presents background on the aspects of the amendments that would affect American Indian and Alaska Native reservation-based businesses that sell cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to both tribal and non-tribal buyers. The schedule for the telephonic consultations is as follows:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Consultation Session
3:00-4:00pm ET
Link to register for call and receive call-in information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Consultation Session
3:00-4:00pm ET
Link to register for call and receive call-in information.

Please note that you will be asked to provide your name and Tribal affiliation when you register. In addition, written comments will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, March 13, 2015. Please submit them via email to [email protected] or (if necessary) via regular mail to:

Office of Tribal Justice
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 2318
Washington, DC 20530

Posted: January 27, 2015

Training Session: The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application

The Health Resources and Services Administration will be hosting an online seminar to help grant applicants better understand:
  • The basics of every grant application
  • Writing your narrative to match the review criteria
  • How the application pieces fit together to respond to all aspects of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Experts from HRSA’s Office of Financial Assistance Management will be on hand to answer questions on Wednesday, February 11th at 3:00 pm EST. Please CLICK HERE for the seminar.

Posted: January 19, 2015

What Is Your Elevator Speech? Tips and Insights for Communicating With State Legislators

You are invited to attend this free webinar on January 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Register here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This timely topic is directed toward agencies responsible for implementing statewide health care data systems (hospital discharge, APCD).

  • Dick Cauchi, National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL): NCSL is a bipartisan organization serving lawmakers and staff of the nation’s 50 states, territories, and Commonwealths.
  • Norm Thurston, Ph.D., Director of the Utah Office of Health Care Statistics (APCD/Hospital Discharge System) and a newly-elected Representative to the Utah House.

Posted: January 16, 2015

OMH Seeking Nomination for Advisory Committee on Minority Health

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘Committee or ACMH’’)

The current and impending vacancies on the ACMH impact the representation for the health interests of American Indians and Alaska Natives and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. OMH is particularly seeking nominations for individuals who can represent the health interests of these racial and ethnic minority groups.

See attached Federal Register Notice.

Posted: January 16, 2015

New CDC Report - Incidence of Notifiable Diseases Among American Indians/Alaska Natives

According to new data published in today’s MMWR, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations experienced higher rates of new infections than non-Hispanic white (NHW) populations in 14 of 26 reportable infectious diseases during 2007–2011. Although incidence rates of some infectious diseases have declined in AI/AN populations, disparities between groups remain.

CDC analyzed data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System that collects reports on nationally notifiable diseases in the United States and its territories. Interventions are needed to reduce disparities in chlamydia, gonorrhea, West Nile virus, spotted fever rickettsiosis, and other infections among AI/AN and NHW populations.

CLICK HERE for more

Posted: January 16, 2015

Summer Research Training Institute for AI/AN Health Professionals

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Center for Healthy Communities at Oregon Health & Science University are hosting a training institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals June 15-July 2, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Courses emphasize research skills, program design and implementation. Each course costs $300. Tuition and travel scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

Posted: January 13, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Tribal Action Plan: Peer-to-Peer Discussion and Planning Practice

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time: 10:00am AST/11:00pm PST/12:00pm MST/1:00pm CST/2:00pm EST

This webinar will provide an in-depth review of the Comprehensive Assessment Process for Planning Strategies (CAPPS) model, along with examples of successes in Indian Country. CAPPS offers a step-by-step process to define the purpose for planning, identify strengths and needs, and develop an effective strategy to maintain momentum throughout the plan's implementation.

Register now for the webinar

Posted: January 8, 2015

CDC Recruiting for Public Health Associate Program Host Sites

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching their 2015 Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site recruitment initiative.

PHAP is a two-year, on-the-job training program for early career frontline public health practitioners who are employed by CDC and work in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments; community-based organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and CDC quarantine stations. Currently, PHAP has more than 250 public health associates fulfilling hands-on workforce needs at host sites across 41 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia.

PHAP is focusing its recruitment efforts on identifying exceptional prospective host sites, including increasing tribal involvement. Please share this information with your health department colleagues and partners in other public health organizations.

The host site application period is open January 5–23, 2015. Visit the PHAP website for more information about becoming a host site. A link to the host site application instructions is available on the website.

There are numerous benefits to serving as a PHAP host site, such as:
  • Participating in a unique partnership with CDC that enables you to contribute to the development of our nation’s next generation of public health professionals.
  • Having access to CDC materials, information, and subject matter expertise.
  • Being able to fill personnel gaps affected by budget cuts and staff shortages.

Public health organizations have hosted associates working in a variety of public health areas, such as prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV, and other communicable diseases; chronic disease prevention; environmental health; public health preparedness; immunization; injury and violence prevention; maternal and child health promotion, accreditation, and access to health care.

In preparation for the 2015 PHAP host site application period, PHAP hosted a two-part webinar series (PHAP 101 and PHAP 201) for health departments and non-governmental organizations interested in learning more about PHAP and the components of a quality application and associate training experience. Recordings are posted on the PHAP website under Become a Host Site. All program and application information, including testimonials from previous host sites, will be available on the website during the application period.

Posted: January 7, 2015

17th Annual National Conference
2015 Dialogue for Action™: Expanding Access Through Innovation

April 22-24, 2015
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel | Baltimore, MD

Cancer Screening Colleague:
We want you in the room! We hope you’ll attend the information-sharing session on cancer screening programs in Indian Country on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:15. Lend your voice and experience to the conversation!

  • Share resources, successes and challenges
  • Learn about the status of implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Indian Country
  • Discuss lessons learned from cancer screening in your community
  • Network with colleagues from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

The Dialogue continues through Friday, April 24, with exciting sessions on technology (including a talk on health care and technology in Indian Country), policy, patient engagement, expanding access to cancer screening and health care and more.

Last year’s participants came from 33 states, 9 American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and organizations, Japan and Israel. Responding to a conference survey question about high points of the 2014 conference, one participant wrote, "Networking with colleagues working with tribal communities to address cancer and the unique challenges faced by the American Indian populations."

Register Now!

Posted: January 5, 2015

National Drug Facts Week 2015 is January 26 to February 1

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Indian Health Board invite you to participate in National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), a national health observance from January 26 to February 1, 2015. Now in its 5th year, NIDA developed NDFW to get the science out to teens about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and behavior through community-based events and activities to help shatter their myths about drug abuse and addiction.

As part of its efforts to address substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, the National Indian Health Board encourages you to work with local youth, schools, and prevention coalitions to organize an educational event or activity for teens that delivers real, factual information about drugs and drug abuse.

Here’s how you can get involved: For more information, contact Brian Marquis at [email protected].

Posted: January 5, 2015

ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families

ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, is a 40-page friendly and colorful food magazine, published quarterly by Watertown, MA-based non-profit ChopChop Kids, and launched as an antidote to childhood obesity and hunger. While we know that these are multi-layered, complicated problems, ChopChop offers a solution that is both simple and easily achievable: Cook real food at home with your family. Our Magazine reaches three-million families annually, in both English and Spanish—through county health departments, hospitals, pediatricians, mobile clinics, community centers, schools, public housing sites, farmers markets and Indian Health Service facilities; we’re also proud to be endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The magazine publishes great-tasting, ethnically diverse and inexpensive recipes, as well as interesting and little-known food facts, Q&As and games to build family relationships.

Active advocates of ChopChop including Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, The New Balance Foundation, and the USDA National Strategic Partnership. Additionally, they are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and are a Media Partner of Partnership for a Healthier America. In addition, they have been honored by multiple awards including: the prestigious 2013 James Beard Award for Publication of the Year (the first non-profit ever to do so), two coveted Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Awards and recognition as a "Best Practice in Childhood Obesity Prevention" by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

The Magazine and website content is reviewed and approved by our medical and nutrition advisors.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to receive a complimentary copy of our ChopChop Magazine, if you would like to learn more about ChopChop WIC Magazine or if you are interested in ordering bulk or customized copies of ChopChop Magazine.


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