The AcademyHealth and the Aetna Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the new AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship Program. This fellowship is designed to retain underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities in health services research (including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Native Alaskan applicants) by providing professional training and networking activities for junior and mid-career level academics and clinical practitioners, who are conducting disparities research with a focus on population health.
Registration and travel support will be provided for AcademyHealth professional meetings and workshops, including: National Health Policy Conference, Annual Research Meeting, a research methods seminar, and the Disparities Interest Group Annual Meeting. In addition, the program will provide mentoring and opportunities for fellows to present their research. The Aetna Foundation will host the fellows in Hartford, CT for up to one week and provide a $15,000 stipend to support a disparities research project. Five fellows will be selected.
The fellowship application is now available on the AcademyHealth website at www.academyhealth.org/aetnafellowship. The application deadline is November 7, 2014. The fellowship begins on January 1, 2015 and concludes July 31, 2015.
The FDA announced a public workshop series, the purpose of which is to gather scientific information and stimulate discussion about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and the public health. The workshops will include presentations and panel discussions about the current state of the science. The first e-cigarette workshop will be held December 10-11 and FDA intends to follow this workshop with two additional e-cigarette workshops, with one on individual health effects and one on population health effects. FDA believes it is important to gather scientific information from individuals with a broad range of perspectives on technical topics to be discussed at the workshop. Persons interested in being a panelist, presenting, attending, or watching the live webcast must register online or in writing. Additionally, at the start of this first workshop in the series, FDA will announce via a FR notice the establishment of a docket for submission of written comments about the topics the workshop will address.
For more information, including how to get involved, important deadlines, and topic areas for this workshop, read the full notice online.
Three winners will receive cash prizes ($75, $50, and $25).
To Enter Youth Must:
1. Snap a selfie with their favorite teacher for the chance to win $75! Use #weRnative on any social media platform or visit weRnative.org/whoRu.aspx to enter.
2. After they submit their photo they will be entered for the chance to win $75 (1st), $50 (2nd), and $25 (3rd). They can enter online (takes about 2 min) or by clicking the "Submit Entry Here" button below. They can also share on any social media platform by using #weRnative.
This contest is open to American Indian and Alaska Native youth 13-21 years old. Entries must be submitted by September 20th. Winners will be announced by September 25th.
New Mexico's Sexual and Gender Diversity Summit: New Directions for LGBTQ Health and Well-Being
On September 20, 2014
From 8:30 to 5:00
At the Domenici Center Auditorium
This event is Free with RSVP to Miria Kano at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-272-3876.
Refreshments and lunch will be served so please let us know if you have dietary restrictions when you RSVP!
Dr. Scout, the Director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at CenterLink and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, will provide a key note address. Dr. Scout is a frequent public speaker and cultural competency trainer who specializes in tobacco, wellness, transgender health, social determinants, health disparities, and surveillance. The remainder of the agenda will be set aside to address issues such as LGBTQ Youth, Queer Families, Sexual and Gender Violence, Living with HIV, Community and Rural Outreach, and Health Disparities and Social Justice.
The Summit is funded through a Tier 1 Award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is supported by the efforts of the New Mexico LGBTQ Health Collaborative and the New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement and Science on Health Disparities (NM CARES HD).
The Native Youth Project (NYP) was a national learning collaborative facilitated by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), Healthy Teen Network, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that engaged seven community-based organizations serving American Indian youth to support the communities to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based programs. However, what the project results were not able to illuminate were the processes grantees engaged in to make the Native Youth Project a reality in their specific communities. To share these lessons learned with other communities and promote sustainability, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and project partner, National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), contracted with Healthy Teen Network to conduct Learning Walks. The Learning Walks provided the opportunity to learn about the process of engaging stakeholders, the unique geographical context that shaped the implementation of the project, and the social impact the Native Youth Project had in the community.
For more information, please visit: http://www.healthyteennetwork.org
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00-10:30am Eastern Time
Participation is free for this event and you have the option of attending in person at the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University, US Bank Conference Center, Columbus, OH or watching the webcast. Either way, pre-registration is requested. For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.blsmeetings.net/healthierpregnancy/registration.cfm
An Intergenerational Approach to Linkage to Care Programs, Adolescence to Aging A Webinar Follow-up from Responding to HIV/AIDS in the Heartland
When: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central Time
This webinar is a follow up to the "Responding to HIV/AIDS in the Heartland," Community Forum that Region V, RRC, Sanford Gaylord and Region VII, RRC Angela Williams convened along with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Midwest AIDS Education + Training Center in St. Louis, MO earlier this summer.
For registration, please visit:
Part 1. Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What the Research Tell Us
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT/1:00 p.m. CDT/12:00 p.m. MDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT
Duration: 90 minutes
Substance abuse and suicide are critical public health issues affecting millions of people annually. It is clear that these two issues are closely related–but how can practitioners work more effectively, across disciplines, to address them? This webinar will examine current research findings that explore the connections between substance abuse and suicide, highlighting in particular factors that contribute to both problems and can be addressed in a coordinated way.
Part 2. Mobilizing Partnerships and Resources to Address Substance Abuse and Suicide
Date and Time: TBA
Duration: 90 minutes
Growing awareness of the connections between substance abuse and suicide has motivated many states and communities to begin looking for ways to better align their efforts to address these problems. But effective collaboration–particularly across disciplines–takes planning and preparation. This webinar will explore the essential ingredients of effective collaboration, highlighting some of the innovative ways practitioners are working together to prevent substance abuse and suicide.
To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/suicide_sap
AASLD, IDSA, and IAS-USA released a new module of their Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C providing new guidance on “When and in Whom to Initiate HCV Therapy.” This module provides expert recommendations on prioritizing specific populations that will derive the most benefit or have the greatest impact on further HCV transmission when workforce and/or resources are limited. The complete updated recommendations are attached for your use and available at www.hcvguidelines.org.
Hospitalized patients often experience significant pain associated with their illnesses or injuries, and even those actively addicted to opioids may still require pain relief. However, research has almost exclusively focused on outpatients with chronic pain rather than medical inpatients with acute pain. In the absence of objective biomarkers for pain, differentiating those patients in acute pain from those who are seeking opioids for non-medical reasons remains challenging in the acute medical setting. Patients misusing opioids are prone to painful conditions from trauma, soft-tissue infections, and overall poor health. They may require higher opioid doses due to tolerance and hyperalgesia, and may be undertreated due to bias about addiction. Given that adequate pain relief has become an important goal in hospital settings, this presentation will provide some guidance on how to assess and manage medical inpatients who may be requesting prescription opioids for non-medical reasons.
American Indian and Alaska Native communities face unique challenges when participating in program evaluation. Historically, Tribes have experienced intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused great harm. In 2012, the Children’s Bureau convened a group of national experts to develop an approach that might improve evaluation in Tribal communities. Together, workgroup members created a shared vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and a guide (or roadmap) for developing culturally and scientifically rigorous evaluation.
In 2014, CB released the publication A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities and a pair of companion videos as part of its Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series. The videos provide a brief overview of the roadmap and highlight the roles of key stakeholders in this new vision for evaluation with Tribal communities. CB also released a video of workgroup members presenting the roadmap at the 2013 Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Summer Institute. For more information, please visit the CB website or click on the links below.
While the threat of an outbreak of Ebola in the United States remains extremely small, it is important to all Tribal leaders and health staff to remain abreast of the situation, and consider their own preparedness for states of infectious disease outbreaks. For the most up to date information on the CDC’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/resources/outbreaks.html
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a funding opportunity announcement to support the creation and implementation of a new internal surveillance system. Occupational health and safety (OH) surveillance is the ascertainment and tracking of work-related injuries, illnesses, hazards, or exposures. OH surveillance includes population/group- and case-based approaches and activities. Occupational surveillance data are used to identify state priorities and guide efforts to improve and protect worker safety and health; monitor statistical and other trends and progress over time; and to develop prevention intervention recommendations.
The deadline to submit an application is September 15, 2014. Tribes and Nations have an opportunity to compete for funds to conduct occupational health and safety surveillance over a 5 year period.
Please visit for more detailed information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-275.html
State-of-the-art guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was updated this week to help healthcare providers to determine when and in whom to start antiviral treatment to cure patients of their HCV infection. Launched earlier this year by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society...
By Tom Frieden MD, The Health Care Blog
Two Americans who became infected with Ebola virus disease in Liberia are now at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. They’re receiving supportive care, including careful fluid management, as their bodies wrestle with the Ebola virus. While there is no cure for Ebola, strong supportive care will increase their chances of survival...
Register for free at http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/about-us/webinars
Health Information Technology (HIT) makes it possible for individuals to access their health information online and also supports care coordination among health care providers. But how else can provider organizations use HIT to support the integration of behavioral health in primary care?
Web and mobile-based HIT can enhance integration and support clinical outcomes through enriched care coordination, patient engagement, and treatment between office visits. Web-based tools and apps have significant potential to enable self-management of mental health and substance use disorders as well as to act as a treatment extender for individuals served by safety net and other community-based primary care providers.
Join CIHS on August 21 to hear how one health center uses new behavioral HIT patient engagement tools in their integrated behavioral health care services. An HIT expert will review the technologies available to primary care providers, how to ensure IT tools support your clinical outcomes goals, and tips for implementing them into your clinic workflow.
Presenters: Chantelle Thomas, Behavioral Health Consultant, Access Community Health Center; and Lisa A. Marsch, Director, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center
To assist public health organizations better understand and use health information exchange, HIMSS and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) have collaborated to produce the Public Health & HIE Toolkit. The full press release of the announcement can be reviewed here. There is also an infographic available on how Public Health and HIE fit together.
The Toolkit was developed to help public health departments understand:
Created to help orient HIE organizations (HIOs) to the functions of health departments, the Public Health & HIE Toolkit also explains the value of HIOs as customers and partners in HIE. The HIE Toolkit for Public Health, authored by Seth Foldy, MD MPH FAAFP, received assistance from NACCHO and HIMSS members. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also supported the project.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children andFamilies (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is announcing that it anticipates competitively awarding cooperative agreements to support demonstration projects that are designed to provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. In addition to providing education and training services, funds for this project may be used for child care, case management, and other supportive services as appropriate.
It is expected that new grants will be for 60-month project periods with five 12-month budget periods. And all grantees will be required to take part in a rigorous evaluation, which is likely to include a random assignment process of potential participants into control and intervention groups.
For more information CLICK HERE
On August 20, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT, please join a webinar titled Effective Outreach and Engagement Strategies for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. As the number of service members returning from deployment continues to grow, many service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) will need the support of behavioral health services. Individuals closest to SMVF are more likely to identify early signs of challenges and issues and can provide opportunities to help SMVF connect to needed services.
Presenters of this webinar will discuss effective outreach and engagement strategies for SMVF, as well as methods for implementation. An overview of best practices, such as Military-Veteran Mental Health First Aid training and peer outreach, will be provided. Participants will gain an understanding of effective methods and strategies that can be adapted to suit their local community needs.
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If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Lisa Guerin, Senior Administrative Assistant, at 518-439-7415 ext. 5242 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center is hosting a free mental health summit August 29, 2014. The Summit will contain specific information regarding mental health, PTSD, TBI, trauma, and homelessness, as well as VA training programs, processes and points of contact available for assistance. Please see the attached registration flyer HERE (PDF).
The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA) and the IASA Tribal Action Planning (TAP) Workgroup will host a webinar entitled “Developing Your Tribal Plan” on Thursday July 31, 2014 from 2-3PM EDT. This webinar will allow Tribes, jurisdictions, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to listen to and engage in a presentation on the Tribal Action Planning process, its value and proven outcomes, and overall interagency efforts authorized under the Tribal Law and Order Act. Please note that registration is not required to participate in this webinar. For more information please CLICK HERE (PDF).
When: Monday, July 21, 2014 1:00 PM-2:00 PM. (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Where: Adobe Connect - https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip/
Duration: 1 hr total – 30 minute didactic with 30 minutes for Q/A
This presentation will focus on learning how to work your way through patient assistance programs so that you can economically treat more people with Hepatitis C infection.
Presenter: Kristin Meyers, BSN, RN, Cherokee Nation Health System
Kristin has worked in the Cherokee Nation W.W. Hasting Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic for over 2.5 years and has worked extensively with obtaining these medications. She has assisted Cherokee Nation is obtaining Hepatitis C medications for over 60 patients.
To Connect: https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip/
This webinar will be the second session in a 3-part series exploring lateral oppression as it relates to interpersonal and professional relationships. During the presentation, Barbara Aragon will provide an overview of and facilitate discussion on the impact of social, collective, and historical trauma and how, when unaddressed, this trauma can dilute or distort traditional values. This distortion then lays the foundation for lateral oppression and violence which can affect “all my relations.” Ms. Aragon will also discuss how participants can develop a self assessment and healing plan, and will share the efforts some tribes have used to address this issue...
The National Council for Behavioral Health is announcing a request for applications for the 2014 Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative to support community behavioral health organizations interested in implementing screening for substance use.
The National Council received a $1.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support the implementation of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), an evidence-based practice, for adolescents in up to 30 community behavioral health organizations throughout the country. The project will also address how Medicaid, through its Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) mandate, can pay for SBIRT services.
View project commitment criteria and download the RFA/State Lead Application, Community Behavioral Healthcare Organization Profile, and Program Structure attachment on our 2014 Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative website. Applications must be submitted by State Leads (regional/state associations or departments) by July 11, 11:59pm Pacific.
Public health accreditation is still a hot topic and more and more Tribal health departments are exploring undertaking the accreditation process as a step in their own infrastructure development. However, a very large barrier is how to pay for the work (especially the staffing resources) required to undertake the multi-year accreditation process. In light of the discontinuation of some public health grants that were specifically geared towards supporting accreditation activities, the CDC has created now language that is being included in some of their funding opportunity announcements that allows for applicants to write specific activities towards meeting at least one accreditation standard into their budget and their workplans. For more information on this language, the stipulations, and the specific FOAs that feature this language, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/Accreditation/docs/foa-phablanguage.pdf
Come join the Promotion of Health Professions as a Workforce Development Strategy in Indian Country webinar to learn more about the basic tenets of workforce development and about a specific example of a healthcare workforce development program in Native communities, the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. The Tribal HPOG program, administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides opportunities for health education and training for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. ACF’s Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) and its partners, Red Star Innovations and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to conduct an evaluation of tribal HPOG. Presented by NIHB and NORC, by the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
This webinar is intended for those professionals who are actively working in the areas of Tribal health and/or education and training. Tribal officials and leadership will also find benefit from the content of this webinar as a means to support Tribal wellness.
Pre-Registration is not required.
Passcode: 9287 393#
AdobeConnect link: http://norc.adobeconnect.com/workforcedev8045/
Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are over 2.7 million cases of Hepatitis C in the United States. A new drug treatment for the disease has been found to cure 90% of those who take it. The treatment costs almost $100,000 and which may make a cure out of reach for some. The research on Native Americans and Hepatitis C is limited. Have you or someone in your life been diagnosed with Hepatitis C? Are you a doctor or nurse who treats patients with this disease? Or do you have questions about Hepatitis C?
On June 16, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE) released a sole source contract opportunity for federally-recognized Tribes to conduct tobacco retailer compliance checks on their Tribal lands. CTP held a Tribal consultation on their Tribal efforts and explained in detail the compliance and enforcement activities and set the stage for announcing this RFP. Click here for the RFP.
Free HIV Testing Events at Select Walgreens Locations in More Than 140 Cities, June 26-28
In support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS have united in response to the domestic AIDS epidemic and are teaming with health departments and local AIDS service organizations across the country to encourage community members to take advantage of free HIV testing. Free HIV tests will be available June 26-28 at select Walgreens in more than 140 cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Nearly 200 state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) will lead testing events and will provide results on-site within minutes.
For more information on participating locations and testing hours, visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.
The Indigenous Health Conference is currently accepting abstracts for their international conference November 20-21, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Abstracts are due on June 23, 2014. The conference objectives are as follows:
For more information, please view the call for abstract flyer (PDF).
Planning is the foundation for effective program implementation. However, long-term planning and organizational activities often get under-prioritized when faced with other deadlines and programmatic implementation. And often, grant applicants may avoid including specific language or set aside times dedicated to planning in their grant applications for fear that this will not be seen as productive ventures. So when the opportunity to take advantage of a funded planning period – such as a one year planning grant – presents itself, it is important to come to the table prepared and equipped....
The National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence provides valuable professional education on the latest health research, practice, policy, prevention and advocacy responses to domestic and sexual violence (D/SV) in the U.S. and around the world. The Call for Abstracts is open online and the deadline for submissions is June 27, 2014. For more information and to submit an abstract, go to: www.futureswithoutviolence.org/nchdv.
DATE: June 16, 2014
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST
REGISTATION LINK: http://bit.ly/ctpwebinar
On June 16, FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) will hold a virtual consultation webinar to provide information about compliance and enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act. The goal of this consultation webinar is to discuss compliance and enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act in Indian Country. CTP invites Tribes to provide comment, feedback and questions about how this law may affect you...
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is unveiling its latest resources to help health departments conduct performance improvement activities including accreditation preparation, state health improvement planning, and building cultures of quality. This webinar will feature the State Health Assessment, QI Plan Toolkit, Strategic Planning Toolkit and the Customer Satisfaction Toolkit that health departments can use in their performance improvement efforts. These resources are applicable to all state/territorial health departments as they advance cultures of quality and work toward accreditation.
When: June 24, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT
Login: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/c941i0k58loc&eom (no advance registration is required)
The June, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Public Health is dedicated to raising awareness and disseminating research on public health among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The edition features 34 articles, commentaries or editorials on public health topics including, but not limited to: pneumonia, suicide prevention, cancer, chronic liver disease, dialysis, heart disease, and substance use. The journal is available online. Users can visit http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/104/S3 to access the table of contents. Most of the articles are free to access in PDF format.
The June, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Public Health was recently released and focuses on issues of American Indian and Alaska Native health. The edition features two articles on suicide risk and prevention in AI/AN communities that are available online.
Suicide Among Young Alaska Native Men: Community Risk Factors and Alcohol Control – available to order from http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301503
Suicide Mortality Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1999–2009 – available for free at http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2014.301929
NPAIHB is hosting a webinar on June 18, 2014 at 1:00 Central Time titled Patient Follow up at the Primary Care Level - A Pre-Treatment Sofosbuvir-Based Treatment Primer. For more information, please view the flyer here. To connect go to https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip/. If you have questions, please email Jessica Leston, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please distribute this announcement widely.
This 5-year, $14 million/year initiative aims to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and associated risk factors in American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages through a holistic approach to population health and wellness. The initiative will support efforts by American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages to implement a variety of effective community-chosen and culturally adapted policies, systems, and environmental changes. These changes will aim to reduce commercial tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition and physical activity, increase support for breastfeeding, increase health literacy, and strengthen team-based care and community-clinical links. Funds will support approximately 12 American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages directly and approximately 12 Tribal Organizations (one of each in each of 12 IHS administrative areas) to provide leadership, technical assistance, training, and resources to American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages within their IHS Administrative Areas.
Click here to view the FOA:
The CDC has already released (DP14-1417) Partnership to Improve Community Health and (DP14-1418) National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention.
NIHB is proud to announce that on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, the TPHAAB will convene for a face-to-face meeting in conjunction with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Kansas City, Missouri. The Open Forum will be held on June 12 – 13, 2014, and both the Open Forum and the TPHAAB meeting will take place at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza Hotel.
The Tribal Public Health Accreditation Board continues their important and influential work in assuring Tribal specific considerations are being made in the path to accreditation for Tribal public health department and in quality improvement efforts in general. The NNPHI Open Forum is an excellent opportunity for Tribes and Tribal organizations to join the conversation on quality improvement in public health and take part in these efforts. Again this year, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will have a presence at the Open Forum and hopes to engage the community, especially the Tribal community present, throughout the conference and within town hall style gatherings.
HOSTED BY TRIBAL FORENSIC HEALTHCARE
Compassion Fatigue is a preventable and natural consequence of the work with traumatized populations. Understanding it, planning for it, and preventing it can increase the sustainability of the human resources devoted to this work.
To register, go to www.tribalforensichealthcare.org
Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime will make up to three awards of up to $660,000 each to tribes or tribal nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a victim-centered Community Wellness framework that extends beyond crisis victim assistance to meet the longer-term, complex needs of victims, survivors, and their families. The framework must include a Community Wellness Center that will offer, coordinate, or foster access to a continuum of resources and services that promote victim and community wellness, including a full range of intervention, treatment, health and wellness, prevention, educational and economic development, and cultural resources for the community. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the July 15, 2014, deadline. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
This type of guideline is used by the US government to set national norms for health providers. It is the first such national guideline issued anywhere for PrEP use. It provides clear instructions for health providers about providing TDF/FTC as PrEP for individuals at "substantial risk for HIV infection". This is a significant step to making this PrEP strategy a well-understood and accessible option for men and women living in the United States. Ideally other countries and global agencies will replicate this important step. AVAC is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 20 at 10am ET where representatives of the CDC will discuss these guidelines.
The new guidelines replace CDC’s prior interim guidance documents, and come two years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved daily TDF/FTC for use in HIV prevention. The guidelines explain the evidence for PrEP to date and give step-by-step instructions for doctors and other health providers about how to safely prescribe and monitor PrEP for people with different risk factors for HIV infection. There is also a section on “financial case-management issues” to help providers address barriers to access. The main guidelines were published alongside a providers' supplement with additional materials and tools for clinicians who prescribe PrEP.
The guidelines are an important reference tool for advocates and individuals seeking PrEP, since they lay out the arguments and evidence for a strategy that is still unfamiliar or relatively unknown to some providers.
Even as the guidelines create an environment for more widespread PrEP use, there is still a need to do "implementation science" to find out how best to deliver TDF/FTC as PrEP. One way to do this is through demonstration and implementation projects that evaluate different approaches to PrEP service delivery. CDC is supporting this work as well—however additional studies are needed to answer the full range of questions for men and women in the US and globally.
Also, on Tuesday, May 20 at 1pm ET the CDC will host Public Health Grand Rounds on PrEP, which will be live webcast and archived after the event. Click here for details.
For more information on PrEP research, ongoing implementation projects, access, guidance and more, visit prepwatch.org, and questions or comments are welcome, as always!
A Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funding (TTPSF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for federally recognized Tribes was published in the Federal Register today, May 14, 2014. This notice announces the availability of TTP Safety funding and requests for grant applications. Applications must be submitted to email@example.com no later than 5:00 PM EST on June 30, 2014.
The FHWA will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 20th at 2:00 PM EST. To join the webinar, please click this link then enter the room as a guest: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/tribaltrans.
The audio portion of the webinar can be accessed from the teleconference line: TOLL FREE 1-888-251-2909; ACCESS CODE 4442306. In addition, this webinar will be recorded and posted on the TTP Safety website at http://www.flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections) grants. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people up to and including age 24.
This program will help grantees reduce the impact of substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma on AI/AN communities through a public health approach. In addition, this grant will allow AI/AN communities to support youth and young adults as they transition into adulthood by facilitating collaboration among agencies.
Learn more and download application materials here:
Applications are due Tuesday, June 17 2014
Pre-application webinar on May 2nd, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 3:00-4:30pm EST
Conference number: 234259
Participant passcode: 7676645
Interested parties can register to participate on the webinar by clicking on THIS LINK.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced the next face-to-face meeting of the Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC). The meeting will be hosted by the Tribes of the Bemidji Area and will be held August 12-14, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa by Traverse City, Michigan. The CDC will be sending out a Dear Tribal Leader Letter soon. This is a good opportunity to consult with Tribal leaders about challenges and successes with health and public health systems and programming, funding, access to information and data, and other related topical areas in order to funnel this information to the official Area TAC representative. As the agenda has not been published yet, it is not known what portions of the meeting will be closed and what will be open, however, attendance is encouraged and a wonderful opportunity to provide live testimony and to listen to the testimony of others.
Despite progress, every day more than 1,300 people in this country die from smoking and each day more than 3,200 kids under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. That’s why tobacco product regulation and CTP’s compliance and enforcement program are so important.
CTP’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE) created a comprehensive report detailing its activities from its inception in 2009 through September 30, 2013. Their efforts help to ensure that regulated industry and regulated tobacco products are in compliance with the laws designed to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors.
See the attached "Dear Tribal Leader" letter (PDF).
The Federal Drug Administration is hosting a Tribal consultation via webinar titled "Deeming Tobacco Products to Be Subject to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; Regulations on the Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products and Required Warning Statements for Tobacco Products" to discuss the proposed deeming rule on tobacco and tobacco-based products, and potential implications for Tribal manufacturers. The letter was mailed to Tribal leaders on April 29, 2014. Participants should register for the webinar by providing name and Tribal affiliation to CTP-TribalConsult@fda.hhs.gov
The Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Fatalities, Neglect, and Abuse Seminar. The seminar will be held July 14-18, 2014, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided by the Office of Legal Education. This seminar is for federal and tribal prosecutors, investigators, medical and mental health providers, social workers, and child protective services workers who investigate and prosecute Indian Country fatalities and neglect and abuse cases involving children, and those individuals who investigate and prosecute child fatalities, neglect, and abuse cases on military bases and other federal enclaves. This course will offer participants knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and prosecute complex cases involving children through presentations by national experts in medicine, forensic investigation, and prosecution.
Nominations are due by May 23, 2014.
Voices for Healthy Kids is a unique advocacy collaboration between the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The goal of the grant opportunities described below is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is sending you this advisory announcing a tele-briefing at 2pm EST today to discuss a proposed rule issued by the FDA this morning deeming tobacco products subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The tele-briefing will beginning at 2:00 pm EST. Lines will open at 1:30 pm. Participants in the United States or Canada may call 866-844-9416. All others should dial 1-203-369-5026. The passcode for all callers, which will be asked for orally, is “CTP.”
If you are unable to attend today, a replay will be available on hour after the briefing until May 8, 2014. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (240-402-3820). Please feel free to share this advisory on your respective news feeds.
Many women living with HIV wonder if they can have healthy pregnancies. Happily, the answer is yes: With good medical care, women with HIV can have healthy, HIV-negative babies and be strong and healthy parents. The first step is for women who are HIV-positive to have a candid talk with their HIV provider about whether...
Abstract: A systematic literature review was conducted focusing on childhood obesity and oral health interventions which may have relevance to Native American children, their families, and their communities. Childhood obesity and oral health have become a significant problem across Indian Country. Subsequently, a number of oral health and obesity interventions are emerging developed for ethnic minority populations including Native Americans. The objective of this review was to determine best practices of various obesity and oral health interventions used with Native youth. The review found a number of prevalence related studies showing both health conditions were concerns within Native American societies (n=94)...
Read more at http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/kicjir/vol3/iss1/5
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Environmental Health has two new exciting food safety tools that we would like to share with you. Foodborne illness is a significant problem in the United States, but addressing environmental causes can help prevent it.
BILLINGS, Mont.--April 1, 2014--The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) opened its 5th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit in Billings, Mont. with a powerful, passionate keynote address from one of Indian Country's most renowned physician and a leading resource on Indian health.
Dr. Donald Warne, Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University, impressed upon nearly 400 Summit attendees that to build effective public health capacity in Indian Country the investments, resources and mind-sets need to change...
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Chief Business Office (CBO), and Indian Health Service (IHS) leadership will host a webcast focused on two important, related topics: How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs and VHA’s healthcare enrollment eligibility. The webcast will feature subject matter experts across Indian Country who will discuss increasing healthcare access opportunities for eligible Veterans across Indian Country. Questions will be answered during the webcast and can be sent to: email@example.com. To view the webcast please click the below link the day of the broadcast.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively recruiting a Director for the National Center Injury Prevention and Control (the CDC Injury Center). CDC welcomes your consideration for the position or help in identifying qualified candidates.
Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)is a unique opportunity to enhance your public health department’s ability to deliver public health services. The program is a two-year, on-the-job training program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How the program works
Through PHAP, CDC hires recent graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and assigns them to work in state, tribal, local, or territorial public health departments. Associates gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs, while host sites receive the benefit of having CDC-funded staff work alongside their public health department’s staff.
Numerous benefits come from serving as a host site, including:
Public health departments can apply to host an associate to work in any of the following public health areas: sexually transmitted disease, tuberculosis, HIV, and other communicable disease prevention; chronic disease prevention; environmental health; public health preparedness; immunization; injury prevention; and maternal and child health promotion.
Public health departments can submit applications during January 21–February 28, 2014.
A technical assistance call for host site applicants will be held on February 4 at 11:00 am–12:00 pm (ET) and again at 4:00–5:00 pm (ET). More information about this event will be posted to the PHAP website. All program and application information, including testimonials from previous host sites, is available on the website.
This year's American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo will take place in New Orleans, LA in November 15 - 19, 2014. The theme is, "Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health & Well-Being."
The Caucus invites abstracts for papers addressing health programming, research, and policy for Native populations and the conference theme of Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health & Well-being. Abstracts that specifically address (but are not limited to) the following areas are encouraged:
Note: “Spaces” can be defined broadly (i.e., physical space, cultural/sacred space, etc.).Submissions outside the above areas should be submitted to the category that best fits your research.
Special consideration may be given to submissions that reflect community-based and community-led projects or research, student submissions, or youth-led projects. Authors whose work reflects these areas should specifically note this in the abstract text.
Abstracts MUST be submitted through the APHA website at: https://apha.confex.com/apha/142am/aiannhc.htm no later than February 11, 2014.
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and must follow the general APHA guidelines for submission. Submissions that do not comply will not be reviewed.
For more information please visit the APHA website at this link: https://apha.confex.com/apha/142am/aiannhc.htm
Project Venture is a structured prevention curriculum that takes an innovative approach of wilderness and adventure-based programing to strengthen and build resilience in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth.
On February 5 – 7, 2014, Project Venture will host their annual training workshop, the 2014 Introduction to Project Venture Workshop, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continuing education hours have been approved by the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals and 18.5 hours will be offered for this training as well.
To register, please click here. For more information and agenda details about the workshop, or for travel and accommodation information, please contact:
Director of Evaluation & Training, National Indian Youth Leadership Project
Or visit the National Indian Youth Leadership Project’s website.