NIHB Public Health Alerts

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 www.fbo.gov. 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 https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/FDA/DCASC/
FDA-15-SOL-1144643/listing.html
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Posted - March 29, 2015

FEMA ANNOUNCES NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2015 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANT

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 www.grants.gov. EMPG applications are due no later than April 24, 2015. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov.

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.



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 www.cdc.gov/communityhealth



Posted - March 4, 2015

A Resource for Public Health Workforce Development

PublicHealth.org 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 - http://www.publichealth.org/degree/masters/. 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).

Summary:
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:
http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-15-009



Posted: February 11, 2015

SAVE THE DATE
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.

MORE INFORMATION and REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT www.aaip.org



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: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa150211.html



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?

Register

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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7562431443908430850
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).

Speakers:
  • 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 http://www.chopchopmag.org/magazine 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.



Posted: December 31, 2014

A Free App that Can Help Prevent Bullying

The power to prevent bullying is in your hands—or, more specifically, on your phone! SAMHSA’s free app, KnowBullying, features conversation starters, tips, warning signs, reminders, and even a section for educators so that caring adults can build strong relationships with the youth in their lives.

More Information



Posted: December 19, 2014

The 2015 APHA American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Caucus Call for Abstracts is Open

This year's American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo will take place October 31 - November 4, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The theme of the 2015 meeting is Health in all Policies. The AIANNH Caucus is currently accepting proposals for presentations. The Caucus invites abstracts for papers addressing health programming, research, and policy for Native populations and the conference theme of Health in all Policies. Abstracts that specifically address (but are not limited to) the following areas are encouraged:
  • Health Research Ethics & Policy: Impact on Indigenous Communities
  • Tribal & Community-Driven Health Policy
  • Translating Research into Policy for AI/AN/NH Health
  • Indigenous Approaches to Public Health Research & Policy

Abstracts MUST be submitted through the APHA website at: https://apha.confex.com/apha/143am/aiannhc.htm no later than February 9, 2015. 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. You can access the call for abstracts and detailed instructions on the APHA website at this link: https://apha.confex.com/apha/143am/aiannhc.htm. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deana Around Him ([email protected]) or myself, Audrey Solimon ([email protected]), regarding abstract submission or other program planning issues. Our contact information is located on the APHA website and in the attachment.



Posted: December 16, 2014

BUILD Health Challenge

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations working to improve population health by addressing the upstream causes of sickness and disease. The BUILD Health Challenge gives two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, health departments, and community organizations to improve the health of low-income, urban neighborhoods. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching and access to networks of population health innovators. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control – such as neighborhood safety, so kids can go out and play, or whether there’s a grocery store in the area, so residents have the opportunity to buy healthy food.

In brief:
  • $7.5 million in grants, low-interest loans, and program-related investments
  • Focus: addressing social determinants of health (upstream causes of illness/disease) and health disparities
  • Project particulars: projects can focus on things like early childhood development, economic opportunity, regulation and policy, the built environment, transportation and infrastructure, educational attainment, public safety, and housing (this list is not exhaustive)
  • Target communities: low-income, urban areas of 150K+ residents
  • Eligibility: collaborations composed of at least one hospital/health system, local health department, and nonprofit organization(s)
  • FAQs: http://www.buildhealthchallenge.org/faq/

If you have any questions, please feel free to follow up with Kate Reutersward at [email protected].



Posted: December 16, 2014

Native Connections: Identifying Your Community Issues
Part 2 of the Community Readiness Assessment model webinar series

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:00pm Eastern

As Part 2 of the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center's six-part Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) webinar series, this webinar will review the CRA model and examine the process to assess a community's readiness level. The webinar will also identify the issue of suicide prevention and begin preparing grantees for the next step in the process.

Who should attend:
Native Connections Grantees
Any staff conducting the CRA

Training objectives:
  • Review the purpose, dimensions, and stages of the community readiness model.
  • Explain the process for using the community readiness model.
  • Describe the step-by-step guide to doing an assessment by identifying the issue of suicide prevention.
  • Please share this information with anyone who will be working on the grant. We encourage you to involve all grant partners in this important webinar.

Join Webinar



Posted: December 15, 2014

National Drug Facts Week 2015

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Indian Health Service, Division of Behavioral Health Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) 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 alcohol and substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, ASAP 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: December 11, 2014

From the Immediate Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

Please join representatives from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United National Tribal Indian Youth (UNITY), and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for a webinar on "What Native Youth Need to Know about the Affordable Care Act" on Wednesday, December 17 at 8 p.m. EST.

Webinar Instructions

  • Call 855-897-8197 and go to www.cmsitutrainings.net
  • Enter your email address and first and last names in the dialog box.
  • Click "Continue" near the bottom of the box. You will be redirected to a CMS ITU page that will generate an email to you.
  • Follow the instructions in the email to join webinar from the CMS ITU Trainings Center.
  • Make sure you click on today's webinar from the list of webinars.
  • Alternatively, you may download the webinar presentation ahead of time, call in, and follow along.


Posted: December 7, 2014

NIHB announces a Funding Opportunity for Tribes

The National Indian Health Board and the CDC are pleased to announce a new funding initiative that will provide funds to Tribes to support activities and efforts towards achieving public health accreditation. This funding program, titled the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiatives (Tribal ASI) will fund 5-10 Tribes at amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 to work in one or more categories related to strengthening the Tribal Health Department and working towards accreditation as defined by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Funds can be used for (but not limited to): completing pre-requisites activities, compiling documentation aligning with standards and measures, engaging in quality improvement activities, and supporting accreditation application fees. NIHB has created a short application that asks for details on how the funds will be used and a statement of commitment from the Tribe to work towards accreditation. The request for applications (RFA) is attached here (DOC). Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Wednesday, January 7, 2015, by 11:59pm EST.

NIHB and CDC staff will host a conference call with all interested parties on December 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST (1-866-303-3137, passcode: 702869#) to answer questions about this RFA and application process. Additional questions about this RFA may be directed to Robert Foley, [email protected].



Posted: December 7, 2014

Summer Research Internship Available

The 2015 Native American Research Internship (NARI) application is now available! Please share with any students who may be interested in this summer research opportunity and experience. Also, please share with any advisors, programs, organizations, Tribal officials and administrators, as well as community members. Feel free to contact Sam Hawkins, Program Coordinator, at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Read Full Internship Description (PDF)



Posted: December 7, 2014

NNPHI is seeking abstracts for the March 2015 Open Forum for QI in Public Health
Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 11th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time

NNPHI is seeking abstracts for the March 2015 Open Forum for QI in Public Health, which will be held March 19-20, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. NNPHI is offering two options for abstract session format submissions: a poster session or a roundtable discussion. Learn more about these format options and priority submission topics on the Open Forum registration website. Public health practitioners of all experience levels are invited and encouraged to submit, and authors may submit more than one abstract.

For each abstract that is accepted, NNPHI will sponsor the full cost for one presenter to travel to and attend the Open Forum.

Visit the Open Forum registration site and click on the Abstracts tab to learn more about abstract submission guidelines and requirements.



Posted: November 26, 2014

New Opportunity: Apply to the Performance Partnership Pilots Program
Monday, December 1, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Today, five Federal agencies are coming together to offer communities support in overcoming the obstacles they face in achieving better outcomes for disconnected youth. For the next 100 days, States, tribes, and municipalities can apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) program. These pilot communities will test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth.

You're invited to register for an upcoming webinar on Monday, December 1, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time to learn more about P3.

Register for the Webinar | View the Application Package | More Information



Posted: November 25, 2014

OMH Seeks Representatives for Health Research Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is inviting nominations for delegates from the following Areas to serve on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC):
  • Nashville
  • Phoenix
  • National-At-Large

The HRAC was established in 2006 by HHS and serves as the forum by which tribes advise the Department on Health research priorities and needs as well as how best to carry our health research involving American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The HRAC is comprised of elected or appointed Tribal officials from federally recognized Tribes acting in their official capacity or their designated employees with authority to act on behalf of the Tribal official, from each of the 12 Indian Health Service (IHS) areas; four National At-Large tribal member positions acting in their official Tribal capacity or their designated employees with authority to act on behalf of the Tribal official. The HRAC meets quarterly by conference call and one in-person meeting per fiscal year (normally held in Washington, DC metropolitan area).

Representatives selected will serve an unlimited term that remains in effect for the length of the Tribal official's term of office. If the delegate is not a Tribal official, but rather acting in an appointed capacity, that term will expire with the term of the appointing Tribal leader unless the newly elected or appointed Tribal leader reappoints the delegate and alternative to the HRAC.

Nominations will be considered for selection in the priority order listed below.
  1. Tribal President/Chairperson/Governor
  2. Tribal Vice-President/Vice-Chairperson/Lt. Governor
  3. Elected or Appointed Tribal Official
  4. Designated Tribal Official

HHS will support the travel of the delegate to attend in-person meetings of the HRAC or, if the primary delegate cannot attend, will pay for the alternate's travel.

Nomination packages should include a recent résumé or curriculum vitae, and a letter of nomination on official Tribal or Tribal organization letterhead, and a brief biography. Nominations are due December 31, 2014. Please include health-related experience of the nominee in the recent résumé, cover letter and/or biography, as nominees will be scored on the following criteria:
  1. Demonstrated expertise in minority health and racial and ethnic health disparities in regard to disease prevention, health promotion, service delivery and/or research;
  2. Expertise in developing or contributing to the development of science-based and evidence-based health policies and/or programs;
  3. Involvement in national, regional, tribal, and/or community efforts that support the improvement of AI/AN health research;
  4. Educational achievement and professional certification(s) in research or health-related field and personal experience providing expert advice on issues related to AI/AN health research; and
  5. Expertise in population level health data for AI/AN populations.

Nomination letters are due no later than December 31, 2014 to:
Rick Haverkate, MPH
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
E-mail: [email protected]

Detailed information about the HRAC can be found at
http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/hrac.



Posted: November 24, 2014

Youth Gardening Grant

National Gardening Association and KidsGardening.org: 2015 Youth Garden Grant. Awards funds to schools or non-profit organizations that demonstrate a relationship between a garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, and character education. Deadline is December 5, 2014. Learn more.



Posted: November 20, 2014

NIHB Conducting Webinar on Seasonal Suicide

The National Indian Health Board will conduct a webinar titled Understanding and Preparing for Seasonal Suicide. The webinar will be presented by Robert Foley and Jackie Engebretson. Pre-registration is not required. More information, including the link and passcode for the webinar will be forthcoming.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 3:00PM EST/2:00PM CST/1:00PM MST/12:00PM PST/11:00AM AST



Posted: November 20, 2014

IHS Hosting Webinar on Synthetic Substance Abuse

The Indian Health Service will be hosting a webinar titled Spice, Bath Salts, and Salvia, Oh My!: A Review of 'On-Trend' Synthetic Substances of Abuse. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Snehal Bhatt. Pre-registration is not required.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 3:00PM EST/2:00PM CST/1:00PM MST/12:00PM PST/11:00AM AST
Webinar: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/synthetic
Passcode: synthetic



Posted: November 17, 2014

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKAN NATIVE VETERANS WEBINAR

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 10 (AK, ID, WA, OR) proudly presents a national webinar on Behavioral Health Resources for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Veterans

December 1, 2014, from 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST

Join the webinar and view the presentation online by clicking here:
https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/r46aphbib7g/

Join the conference call by calling:
1 866-756-1071 and enter participant Code 6844772

More Information on Webinar (PDF)



Posted: November 16, 2014

NNPHI launches Ebola Repository

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has created a repository of resources and links for Ebola. Please visit and bookmark http://nnphi.org/news-events/ebola in order to remain abreast about the latest updates.



Posted: November 14, 2014

Webinar-
Breakthroughs in HCV Medical Options: What Primary Care Clinicians Should Know

Date and Time: November 19, 2014, 1 pm Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of the new treatment options available for Hepatitis C. This webinar will be presented by Jorge Mera, MD. Dr. Mera is an infectious disease doctor working for the Cherokee Nation

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Recommend HCV screening policy as per national guidelines
  2. Integrate HCV diagnosis and linkage to care into existing primary care services
  3. Plan HCV+ patient needs, including access to treatment

This webinar is designed for Educators, Health & Educational Administrators, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Counselors, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Psychologists, Dentists, Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals. This presentation is open to everyone and no registration is required. Simply go to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/hcv, Enter the room with your name under the "Guest" option, use passcode: hcv There is no cost required and IHS is offering 1 hour of FREE CME, CE or CEU credit is available for attending this webinar (through the UNM School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education, New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Continuing Education Credit, or American Psychological Association Continuing Education). Details on how to claim the credit will be provided during the presentation. http://psychiatry.unm.edu/centers/crcbh/docs/accreditationetc.pdf

Recording: All sessions are recorded for those unable to join them real-time, however, CME/CE credit is not available for viewing the recording. You can access previous recordings at: http://bit.ly/TBHCEarchive



Posted: November 3, 2014

ONDCP announces webinar on controlled substance disposal

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host a webinar titled, “The DEA Disposal of Controlled Substances Final Rule for Community Agencies," on Thursday, November 6th between 10:00 and 11:00am EST. The webinar will feature ONDCP Acting Director Michael Botticelli, Imelda Paredes of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Alameda County government officials who will be discussing expansions to drug disposal programs. Under these expansions, there are more convenient, environmentally-friendly options for disposing unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs. Approved hospitals, pharmacies, and treatment clinics can accept these drugs. This webinar also invites those interested in establishing take-back programs.

Please note that the registration deadline is Friday, October 31st, at 5:00pm EST
Register here



Posted: November 3, 2014

DOJ launches the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit – promotes connection with NASADAD members

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a toolkit with a wide range of resources pertaining to naloxone treatment and law enforcement. These resources, organized and presented as the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit, aim to enable and improve responses to opioid overdoses. Drug overdoses cause 110 deaths per day in the United States, and law enforcement officers need every tool they can get to reduce this number. The toolkit provides information on naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist with no potential for abuse. The toolkit also provides information on how law enforcement can collaborate with State substance abuse agencies. With 80 resources from 30 contributing law enforcement and public health agencies, the toolkit has the potential to be instrumental in developing naloxone intervention programs.

You can find the toolkit here:
https://www.bjatraining.org/tools/naloxone/Naloxone%2BBackground



Posted: November 3, 2014

IHS is recruiting participants for Injury Prevention Fellowship

The IHS Injury Prevention Program’s mission is to build the capacity of Tribes to increase the understanding about injury prevention. The IHS Injury Prevention Fellowship is a 12-month advanced learning experience to increase knowledge and skill-building in injury prevention. Since 1987, the IHS IP Fellowship has trained more than 290 individuals from various disciplines across the country. The IHS Injury Prevention Fellowship training is nationally and internationally known and serves as a model for injury prevention training. The IHS Injury Prevention Fellowship training have resulted in development of a cadre of individuals who can be considered some of the most qualified Injury Prevention public health professionals in the World. The Injury Prevention Fellowship is a program that has made a difference in American Indian/Alaska Native communities by reducing the number and impact of injuries. As a result of the Injury Prevention Fellowship through the studies and projects, many documented reports of how it has influence change in tribal leadership and policy to preventing injuries.

Please feel free to distribute and share with interested individuals. You can download the application packet here (DOC). Applications must be received by December 15, 2014.

The following is a brief description of the IHS Injury Prevention EPI Fellowship:
  • Eligibility
  • Worked at least 2 years in the area of injury prevention
  • Attended at least two IHS injury prevention core courses: Introduction to Injury Prevention, Intermediate Injury Prevention, Advanced Injury Prevention, or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of experience in public health
  • A college degree
  • Broadband internet access at home or work


Posted: November 3, 2014

Eastern Band of Cherokee publishes Tribal Health Report

The Eastern Band of Cherokee has been making strides towards their goal of achieving public health accreditation. One of the pre-requisites for applying for accreditation is to complete a community health assessment. The Eastern Band of Cherokee not only completed the first ever Tribally-specific health assessment, but also published the results on their website in a succinct and easy to read report. They also made the assessment instrument that they used available to all as an appendix in the report. Congratulations, Eastern Band! You can read the report and view the instrument here.



Posted: November 3, 2014

CSTE is partnering with CDC to offer an Epi Info 7 Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) Outbreak Management App Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Atlanta December 10-11, 2014

The Epi Info VHF app (http://epiinfovhf.codeplex.com/) is designed to provide case management, contact tracing, analysis, and reporting services during outbreaks of Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers. The workshop will prepare participants to use the VHF app as well as tools to provide training and technical assistance to colleagues.

This workshop is intended for individuals that already have experience with Epi Info 7 and are interested in gaining skills to provide Epi Info VHF app training and technical assistance to others at their health departments. Prerequisites for the workshop include...

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Posted: November 3, 2014

CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea. These travelers are now arriving to the United States at one of five airports where entry screening is being conducted by Customs and Border Protection and CDC. Active post-arrival monitoring means that travelers without febrile illness or symptoms consistent with Ebola will be followed up daily by state and local health departments for 21 days from the date of their departure from West Africa. Six states (New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and Georgia), where approximately 70% of incoming travelers are headed, have already taken steps to plan and implement active post-arrival monitoring which will begin on Monday, October 27. Active post-arrival monitoring will begin in the remaining states in the days following. CDC is providing assistance with active post-arrival monitoring to state and local health departments, including information on travelers arriving in their states, and upon request, technical support, consultation and funding...

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Posted: November 3, 2014

CDC Public Health Law Program publishes menu of Tribal Infectious Disease Laws

The CDC Public Health Law Program, at the behest of a Tribe, has conducted research on the existence of Tribally-specific laws that address the control and prevention of infectious diseases. The menu has been made available to the Tribe that requested the research and is now being made public. The menu is a good resource for Tribes to use to see what is out there and whom to contact when seeking to write your own infectious disease laws. You can access the menu here (PDF).



Posted: November 3, 2014

The Great Plains Area is creating a new coordinating Area-wide effort to discuss infectious diseases, promote collaboration, and share resources

They are seeking to promote readiness and preparedness in light of recent and pending potential infectious disease outbreaks. They are planning their first Area-wide infectious disease call for November 6, 2014, 10:00am-11:30-am Central Time. The calls will be held on the 1st Thursday of the month thereafter. To join the webinar portion of the call, please log in to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/publichealthissues, or to call in, use: 1-866-964-5122, code: 71922

View Teleconference Flyer (PDF)



Posted: November 3, 2014

CDC Publishes Key Points and Guidance to Support Preparedness around Ebola

The Division of Health System Policy put out the following "Dear Colleague" letter on October 28, 2014.

Dear colleague,

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The attached document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share this document with others as appropriate. You can access the document here (PDF).

ASPR continues to provide Ebola information for healthcare professionals and healthcare settings on its website. Information is organized for EMS providers, clinicians and healthcare professionals, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and healthcare coalitions. Audio replays and transcripts from recent Ebola webinars and national calls for healthcare professionals and healthcare settings are also available here and updated as additional information comes available.

Additionally, on October 24th, the CDC published Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States. It can be found here.

On October 24th, the Interagency Board published Recommendations on the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders Against Ebola Exposure Hazards. It can be found here



Posted: October 31, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the California area delegate seat on the CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC)

Please disseminate this information widely to those who are eligible to submit nominations. All forms for nomination and other resources have been distributed to all federally recognized Tribes in this area and are available on the TAC web page.

Delegate nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2014, and may be submitted by email, fax, or mail. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] or 404-498-0300. The CDC looks forward to continuing to strengthen the government-to-government relationship between CDC/ATSDR and tribes, and enhancing partnerships with Tribes and Native-serving organizations.



Posted: October 31, 2014

Champions for Change Application Open

The Center for Native American Youth is currently accepting applications and nominations for the Champions for Change (CFC) program! CFC, designed to recognize and encourage positive Native youth-led efforts, has provided incredible opportunities for Native youth to grow as leaders both in their tribal or urban Indian communities, as well as at the national level. The first two classes of Champions have participated in White House events, connected with their members of Congress, received fundraising and advocacy training from experts, and traveled across the country inspiring other Native youth. If you know of an awesome Native youth, nominate them using this form. If YOU are a Native youth making a positive impact in your community, start your application today!



Posted: October 24, 2014

Turning Millennials into Members: How to Engage the New Generation

A webinar on how to grow your Gen Y base without losing Baby Boomers
October 28, 2014 - 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Register now for Turning Millennials into Members: How to Engage the New Generation.

With 62% of associations struggling with flat or shrinking membership, it’s clear how urgent it is to bring Generation Y Millennials on board.

But unless you’re also keeping your existing Generation Xers and Baby Boomers on board, membership will continue to decline...

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Posted: October 24, 2014

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Webinar Announcement
October 29, 2014 at 2pm EST

Please join us for a webinar on October 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET to receive an update on Substantial Equivalence (SE) reports and the grandfathered review process. This webinar will discuss the recently published final guidance on grandfathered tobacco products. The guidance provides information on what is needed to demonstrate that a tobacco product was commercially marketed in the United States as of February 15, 2007.

CTP is also unveiling new educational resources related to SE. Visit our website to view an interactive graphic that walks visitors through the phases and steps involved in our SE review process. Additionally, we just published a Substantial Equivalence Issue Snapshot, which provides a high-level overview of the SE pathway. We hope you find these new resources useful!



Posted: October 22, 2014

Infrastructure Protection Climate Adaptation & Critical Infrastructure National Webinar on "Sea Level Rise and its Cascading Effects"
Friday, November 14, 2014 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

The Office of Infrastructure Protection will host a national webinar entitled "Sea Level Rise and its Cascading Effects" on Friday, November 14, 2014 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST. This joint partnership webinar will feature speakers from NOAA and the USACE. Participants can join at https://share.dhs.gov/sea_level_rising_nov13/



Posted: October 20, 2014

Native American Calling Upcoming Show on Health

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Leaving Domestic Violence

Last month, we talked about the reasons why someone might stay in an abusive relationship. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this hour, we will discuss what it takes to leave abusive relationships. What steps do individuals need to take to get away from a violent partner? Who is supporting victims of domestic violence and giving them the tools they need to leave? Guests include: Romalita Laban (Hopi) Executive Director of Hopi Tewa Women's Coalition to End Abuse.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - Your Family Health History

Almost every adult has filled out a health history form at the doctor's office. Why is it important for you to know about diseases that struck your parents, grandparents or aunts and uncles? Knowing your family's health history is more important than you think. It can give your doctor some clues about issues you, or your children, may face someday. If you know that certain diseases and conditions run in your family, you can take preventative steps or get tested early. Has knowing your family health history helped you address a health concern? Join us as we talk about why health history matters.

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture. The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern. Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848, and listen in online by clicking here.



Posted: October 20, 2014

Vision and Learning Symposium to be held in the Seattle Area
November 8, 2014

An important symposium titled "Right in Front of Our Eyes" will discuss vision, vision problems, the connection to learning in young age children, and might best detect and treat those who lack the vision skills needed for success in school. The conference will be held on November 8, 2014 in the Discovery Hall on the University of Washington Bothell campus. The event will run from 8:30am until 4:00pm. A developmental optometrist in the Seattle area has found as many as 31% of those students screened in Yakima Valley schools with binocular problems that were not likely to be detected in routine vision exams. And 31% of tested local high school students demonstrate problems with eye coordination and are likely to have some degree of reading problem as a consequence, with projections that that number would be as high or higher in schools with Indian students. For more information and to register, please visit: www.educatingyoungeyes.xyz

NIHB has passed a resolution encouraging HHS to address this problem, and this conference is a very important effort to bring attention to the many unmet vision needs of our Native children and youth including, but not limited to, the lack of diagnosis and treatment for the kind of binocular vision problems (eye coordination problems) that very often interfere with education.



Posted: October 13, 2014

Center for American Indian Health hosting Winter Institute

Johns Hopkins University/Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is accepting application for scholarships for their annual Winter Institute. The institute will take place in early 2015, are is designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities. Deadline is November 1, 2014. Learn more.



Posted: October 13, 2014

HRSA Grant to Improve Rural Healthcare

HRSA is currently accepting competitive applications for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (HRSA-15-039). This grant is strictly for entities and Tribes in rural areas. The goals for the Outreach Program are the following: 1. Expand the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities; 2. Deliver health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services; 3. Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services; 4. Improve population health, demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability Proposed projects will have an outcomes-oriented approach that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective health care in rural communities. The deadline to apply is November 14, 2014. The full application is available on grants.gov



Posted: October 9, 2014

FDA Seeking Representatives for Scientific Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for individuals to sit on its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs in discharging responsibilities related to the regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the Commissioner. This is a 12-person committee that currently has no Native representation.

The deadline for nominations is December 8, 2014. Nominations are being accepting electronically through: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/FACTRSPortal/FACTRS/index.cfm, by mail to: Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or by fax to 301-847-8640. For more information, please contact: Regarding all nomination questions for membership, the primary contact is: Caryn Cohen, 1-877-287-1373 (choose Option 5), email: [email protected].

The full announcement (including what must be included in the nomination forms) in the Federal Register can be found here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-24074.pdf



Posted: October 7, 2014

Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit Released

Research shows that where we live matters for our health, wellness, and longevity. In fact, our zip code can be just as important as our genetic code in determining how well—and how long—we live. Although studies have shown some signs of progress across the United States in our effort to reverse the national childhood obesity epidemic, too many families continue to live in unhealthy communities that lack affordable nutritious foods or safe places to play. This is especially true in rural areas, where obesity tends to be more prevalent and healthy options can be few and far between.

Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed the Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit to help local and state leaders advance innovative, evidence-informed strategies for improving health in rural towns, counties, tribal lands, and schools.

Policymakers, advocates, and community leaders can work together and use these strategies to advance policy solutions that support vibrant, healthier rural communities. You can download the Toolkit here:
http://www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org/resources-mainmenu-40/
toolkits/721-rural-childhood-obesity-prevention-toolkit



Posted: October 3, 2014

National Native American Youth Art Competition Announced

Flying With Eagles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing Native American youth as peer leaders to combat suicide and substance abuse, announced the launch of their first ever Native American Youth Art Competition.

The competition is open to all Native American youth and young adults age 21 and under. The contestants are not required to be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

The first project is designing the featured artwork for a soon to be released line of sweatshirts, tee shirts, hats and other clothing items. Applicants will be provided with an outline of the project and are to add their creativity and originality. The contest closes October 31, 2014.

An application form, competition guidelines and awards information is available by sending an email to: [email protected]. For more information, contact Blair Gilbert (215) 872-8300.



Posted: October 2, 2014

Articles on Seasonal Suicide

With winter approaching and spring not too far behind, it may be a good idea to begin to be thinking about the effect that the seasons have on your local suicide rates. Below are three articles that may help you in addressing any seasonal suicide problem.

Seasonal Variation of Suicide Rates within Alaska: Associations of Age and Sex

Seasonal spring peaks of suicide in victims with and without prior history of mood disorders

How can one explain changes in the monthly pattern of suicide?



Posted: October 1, 2014

Assessing Risk to Prevent Lethal Domestic Violence

An estimated 35 percent of women in the US will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. In addition, up to 70 percent of female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner. To protect women who repeatedly suffer from severe abuse, police from seven jurisdictions in Oklahoma teamed up with social services to use a "lethality assessment program" to identify women whose lives may be in immediate danger and provide them with support to reduce the likelihood and severity of abuse.

A recent study of the lethality assessment program, funded by NIJ, has shown it is effective in:

  • Helping women at high risk for severe and near lethal violence to talk with a domestic violence advocate at the scene of a police-involved domestic violence incident.
  • Increasing survivors' use of formal and informal protective strategies.
  • Decreasing the frequency and severity of physical violence.

Read "Police Departments' Use of the Lethality Assessment Program: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation."

Learn more about intimate partner violence



Posted: September 30, 2014

Office of Minority Health Looking for Research Advisors

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health would like to invite you to nominate a delegate to serve on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC). Nominations are requested from the following Indian Health Service (IHS) Areas: Phoenix & Nashville; as well as one National At-Large member...

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Posted: September 30, 2014

2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Now Available

The 2014 version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) is now available. Following a yearlong review and revision process, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice recently released this updated version of the Core Competencies for use by public health practitioners, educators, and researchers. This set of foundational competencies builds on the 2010 version by adding and expanding concepts of increasing importance in a time of health reform and national health department accreditation, simplifying and clarifying the wording of competencies, and reordering competencies within domains to ensure a logical progression in the complexity of skills. A crosswalk of the 2014 and 2010 versions is also available to help with the transition to the new Core Competencies, as are additional resources and tools that support integration of the Core Competencies into workforce development efforts. As well, opportunities to learn more about the revisions are being planned, including a session at this fall’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. For more information, please visit phf.org/aboutcorecompetencies.



Posted: September 26, 2014

CMS has extended the Public Call for Comment on the quality measure PQRS #181 Elder Maltreatment Screening and Follow-Up Plan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has extended the Public Call for Comment on the quality measure PQRS #181 Elder Maltreatment Screening and Follow-Up Plan from 5:00 P.M. EDT 9/25/14 to 5:00 P.M. EDT COB 10/9/14 in order to provide additional time for stakeholders and the public to review and comment. The Public Call for Comment is located at the link below:

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-
Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/CallforPublicComment.html



Posted: September 23, 2014

Professional Development Opportunity: Tribal Juvenile Code Development Online Course

We are excited to announce that the Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center and Tribal Law and Policy Institute have partnered together to bring you a 3-part course on Tribal Juvenile Code Development.

This course has been designed for those seeking to increase their understanding of developing or revising their juvenile codes. Presenters Pat Sekaquaptewa and Chia Halpern Beetso from the Tribal Law and Policy Institute will present on model and comparative tribal codes to establish or improve responses to youth who are “status offenders" and/or are labeled as “delinquent. Participants who attend all three sessions of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the evaluation survey.

October 6 - Part I: the Basic Elements of a Model Tribal Juvenile Justice Code
October 8 - Part II: Native Youth Victimization & Trauma and Tribal Juvenile Justice Laws
October 10 - Part III: Cultural Values and Traditional Practices in Tribal Juvenile Justice Laws

Register for any or all of the three sessions.



Posted: September 22, 2014

The Public Health Foundation will be hosting a free webinar on their recently release Performance Management Toolkit
October 1, 2014

On October 1, 2014, the Public Health Foundation will be hosting a free webinar on their recently release Performance Management Toolkit. The webinar will feature of walkthrough and overview of the components of the toolkit and how it could be beneficial to public health professionals in a variety of fields. After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the five components of the Performance Management System framework
  • Identify resources related to each component of the Performance Management System framework
  • Locate resources and tools, including case stories, self-assessments, and white papers that can help individuals and organizations develop and improve their performance management system

For more information and to register for the webinar, please CLICK HERE



Posted: September 19, 2014

AcademyHealth and the Aetna Foundation announces the Call for Applications for the new AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship Program

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.



Posted: September 19, 2014

FDA Announces a Public Workshop Series

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.

Important dates

For more information, including how to get involved, important deadlines, and topic areas for this workshop, read the full notice online.



Posted: September 8, 2014

Selfie With A Favorite Teacher
September Contest for Native Youth

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.

Upon receiving all entries, winners will be randomly selected. For questions please contact [email protected] or visit www.weRnative.org/whoRu.aspx

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.

SUBIT ENTRY HERE



Posted: August 29, 2014

LGBTQ Summit in Albuquerque, September 20, 2014

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 [email protected] 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).



Posted: August 29, 2014

Reports from Healthy Teen Network

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



Posted: August 28, 2014

Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-covered Preventive Services

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



Posted: August 28, 2014

Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center presents an Webinar on HIV and Linkage to Care

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:
http://www.matec.info/index.php?page=program_details&calID=2041



Posted: August 28, 2014

SAMHSA hosts a Two-Part Webinar Series on Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse

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



Posted: August 25, 2014

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Offers New HCV Guidelines

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.



Posted: August 22, 2014

PCSS-MAT Archived Webinar on Opioid Use Disorders

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.

Click here to view the archived webinar.



Posted: August 19, 2014

Tribal Evaluation Workgroup

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.



Posted: August 18, 2014

CDC Updates Regarding Ebola Outbreak in Africa

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



Posted: August 14, 2014

CDC Releases Occupational Health Surveillance Grant Announcement

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



Posted: August 14, 2014

Online Expert Advice for Clinicians Treating Hepatitis C Now Includes Section on When and For Whom to Initiate HCV Therapy

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...

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Posted: August 11, 2014

The Ebola Outbreak: The CDC Director’s Guidance for Health care workers

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...

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Posted: August 7, 2014

SAMHSA-HRSA Webinar:
Making Apps and Web-based Tools Part of Your Integrated Behavioral Health Team

August 21, 2014, 2pm - 3:30pm Eastern/11am - 12:30pm Pacific

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.

Takeaways:

  • Learn the variety of behavioral HIT clinical support tools available for primary care practices
  • Learn potential benefits to support patient care between office visits
  • Gain insights on how one clinic implemented a tool into their integrated behavioral health services
  • Obtain strategies for supporting implementation of HIT into the clinical 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



Posted: August 5, 2014

HIMSS and NACCHO Introduce Public Health & HIE Toolkit

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:

  • what HIE services are and what types of organizations providing them;
  • how a health department might use or support such services; and
  • how to assess whether the value of participating in HIE will be worthwhile.

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.



Posted: July 31, 2014

Tribal Health Profession Opportunities Grant RFA released

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



Posted: July 31, 2014

Upcoming Webinar on Veteran’s Services

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.

Click here to register prior to the event:
https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1040498

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 protected].



Posted: July 19, 2014

OKC VAMC Hosts 2014 Mental Health Summit

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).



Posted: July 19, 2014

Webinar on Tribal Action Plans

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).



Posted: July 3, 2014

SAVE THE DATE - Learn more about Hepatitis C Patient Assistance Programs

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.

This presentation:

  • Is intended for pharmacists, nurses, physicians, patient assistance navigators, hospital administrators or program managers wanting to know more about obtaining Hepatitis C drugs.
  • Will teach you how to start navigating pharmaceutical assistance programs.

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/

Save The Date Flyer (PDF)



Posted: July 3, 2014

SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center Webinar:
All My Relations: The Impact of Lateral Oppression in AI/AN Communities

July 10, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

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...

More Information/Register for Webinar



Posted: July 2, 2014

Apply for an SBIRT Grant

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.

Please direct any questions to Aaron Williams, Project Director, at [email protected] or to Chris Bodner, Project Coordinator, at [email protected].



Posted: June 27, 2014

CDC Permits Grantees to Use Monies for Public Health Accreditation

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



Posted: June 23, 2014

Webinar: The Promotion of Health Professions as a Workforce Development Strategy in Indian Country

Wednesday June 25, 2014
3:00-4:00 PM ET (12PM PT/1PM MT/2PM CT)

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:

  • Describe the principal elements of a workforce development program;
  • Understand the intent and design of the Tribal HPOG program, and strategies designed to facilitate educational and employment attainment among low-income tribal students; and
  • Consider strategies that they could adopt in their own communities to engage, support, and train health professions students.

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.

DIAL-IN INFORMATION
Pre-Registration is not required.
Dial-in: 1-866-215-5504
Passcode: 9287 393#

AdobeConnect link: http://norc.adobeconnect.com/workforcedev8045/



Posted: June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - New Hope for Hepatitis C

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?

www.nativeamericacalling.com



Posted: June 17, 2014

FDA Releases Contract Opportunity

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.



Posted: June 17, 2014

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS Team With Health Departments and Local AIDS Service Organizations to Offer Free HIV Testing in Support of National HIV Testing Day

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.



Posted: June 13, 2014

Indigenous Health Conference puts out a Call for Abstract

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:

  • Discuss health disparities & burden of disease among Indigenous peoples in Canada, highlighting certain conditions with a high burden of disease.
  • Start a dialogue about potential long term solutions towards health equity.
  • Challenge stereotypes and misperceptions about Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Discuss cultural competencies and safety in working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations.
  • Job Fair to facilitate matching healthcare providers with working opportunities with Indigenous populations.

For more information, please view the call for abstract flyer (PDF).



Posted: June 12, 2014

NIHB Hosting Webinar on Program Planning Phases

Title: How to Develop and Establish an Effective Program: One Year Planning Phases as a Key to Success

June 18, 2014 at 3-4 PM Eastern Time

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....

More Information/Register (PDF)



Posted: June 6, 2014

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
March 19-21, 2015
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

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.



Posted: June 6, 2014

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Virtual Tribal Consultation Webinar

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...

More Information (PDF)



Posted: June 4, 2014

ASTHO hosts webinar on Latest Tools and Resources!

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)



Posted: June 2, 2014

American Journal of Public Health Releases AI/AN Issue

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.



Posted: June 2, 2014

American Journal of Public Health Publishes two articles on Suicide Risk in AI/AN Communities

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



Posted: May 28, 2014

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board hosts Hep C Treatment Webinar

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, [email protected]. Please distribute this announcement widely.


Posted: May 28, 2014

New CDC Funding Announcement (DP14-1421PPHF14): A Comprehensive Approach to Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country

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:
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=255892



Posted: May 28, 2014

CDC announcing the availability of six new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to advance the nation’s chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts

Over the next several days, CDC is announcing the availability of six new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to advance the nation’s chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts.
  • All six FOAs address one or more of the leading risk factors for the major causes of death and disability in the United States: tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity.
  • A number of the FOAs also address key health system improvements and community supports to help Americans manage their chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and pre-diabetes.
  • All the FOAs involve partnerships at the national, state, or local level because public health cannot solve these problems alone.
Through these FOAs, CDC is concentrating resources on key risk factors and major diseases that contribute substantially to suffering, disability, and premature death among Americans. Together, the six FOAs form a mutually reinforcing set of activities designed, in synergy, to reach the overall goals of reducing:
  • Rates of death and disability due to tobacco use by 5%.
  • Prevalence of obesity by 3%.
  • Rates of death and disability due to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke by 3%.
Individually, each FOA contributes uniquely to these goals by:
  • Working through unique awardees (e.g., state health departments, national organizations).
  • Delivering interventions to unique populations (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, populations with very high obesity rates).
  • Emphasizing specific interventions (e.g., health system improvements, environmental approaches).
  • Implementing interventions in specific places (e.g., large cities, tribes).
  • Addressing specific risk factors, disease management, or both (e.g., tobacco use, obesity, high blood pressure).

The CDC has already released (DP14-1417) Partnership to Improve Community Health and (DP14-1418) National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention.



Posted: May 27, 2014

Upcoming meeting of the Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board (TPHAAB) and the NNPHI Open Forum

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.



Posted: May 20, 2014

Helping Hearts Hurt: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and How to Plan for it and Prevent it

Ecoee Rooney, MSN, RN-BC
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm (Eastern)

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



Posted: May 19, 2014

Office for Victims of Crime will offer grants for Tribal Community Wellness Centers

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.



Posted: May 19, 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Public Health Service releases new clinical guidelines on using daily oral TDF/FTC (also known as Truvada) as PrEP for HIV prevention.

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.

Register for the webinar here.

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!



Posted: May 14, 2014

2014 Call for Project Applications for the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund just announced.

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 protected] 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.

More Information (PDF)



Posted: May 12, 2014

SAMHSA Suicide and Substance Use Prevention Grant Opportunity

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:
http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-013

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.



Posted: May 11, 2014

CDC Announces Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

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.



Posted: May 11, 2014

CTP’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE)

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.

http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/
GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm396171.htm

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/
GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/UCM396614.pdf



Posted: May 8, 2014

Tribal Invite Only webinar on Tobacco Deeming - May 29, 2014

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 [email protected]



Posted: May 7, 2014

Investigation and Prosecution of Child Fatalities, Neglect, and Abuse Seminar

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.

Read More (PDF)



Posted: May 6, 2014

Voices for Healthy Kids

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...

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Posted: April 24, 2014

FDA Center for Tobacco Products: Deeming Proposed Rule

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 ([email protected]) or by telephone (240-402-3820). Please feel free to share this advisory on your respective news feeds.



Posted: April 23, 2014

Women Living with HIV and Healthy Pregnancies

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...

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Posted: April 21, 2014

Teeth and heavyset kids: Intervention similarities between childhood obesity and oral health interventions within Native American societies – was recently released in the peer reviewed Journal of Indigenous Research. The publication is focused on bringing Native health research back to the People.

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



Posted: April 15, 2014

Two New Food Safety Tools

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.

  • The e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks is a free interactive online course to help prepare individuals to serve on a team that investigates foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants and other food service venues. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available.
  • The National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS) is a new surveillance system targeted to jurisdictions that inspect and regulate restaurants and other food venues such as banquet facilities, schools, and other institutions. The system provides an avenue to capture underlying environmental assessment data that describes what happened and how events most likely led to a foodborne illness outbreak.


Posted - April 2, 2014

NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit Focuses on Building Capacity and Partnerships on First Day

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...

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Posted: March 20, 2014

UPCOMING WEBCAST
How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Department of Veterans Affairs, Working with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country

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 protected]. To view the webcast please click the below link the day of the broadcast.

Go to Webcast



Posted: March 4, 2014

Recruitment Announcement: Director for the National Center Injury Prevention and Control

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.

More Information (PDF)



Posted: January 16, 2014

Applications being accepted Jan. 21- Feb. 28 for CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)

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:

  • A unique, national partnership with CDC that enables you to contribute to the development of our nation’s next generation of public health professionals
  • Access to CDC materials, information, and subject matter expertise
  • Online learning opportunities for host site supervisors
  • The ability to fill personnel gaps affected by budget cuts and staff shortages

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.



Posted: January 15, 2014

The 2014 American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) Caucus
Call for Abstracts is OPEN!!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 11, 2014

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:

  • Sacred Spaces & Health
  • Place, Nutrition, & Active Living
  • Resilience through Policy & Capacity Building
  • Health Demographics

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.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

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

Or: Information Sheet (PDF)



Posted: January 13, 2014

Upcoming Training Opportunity!

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:

Sheri Pfeiffer-Tsinajinnie
Director of Evaluation & Training, National Indian Youth Leadership Project
Phone 505.554.2289
Email: [email protected]

Or visit the National Indian Youth Leadership Project’s website.



 

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