NIHB Public Health Alerts

Posted: July 13, 2015

CDC Releases Tools to Help Combat Hypertension

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



Posted: July 10, 2015

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

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

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

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Posted: June 29, 2015

SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee – Call for Nominations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Posted: June 19, 2015

CDC Releases New Cancer and HPV Posters for Indian Country

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

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/products/print
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Posted: June 19, 2015

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

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



Posted: June 10, 2015

IHS National Combined Councils Meeting Coming Up

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



Posted: June 10, 2015

Gender Matters Adaptation for Native Youth

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

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



Posted: June 10, 2015

CDC Newsletter summary

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

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



Posted: June 10, 2015

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

August 17-18 | Aurora, Colorado

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

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

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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

MEETING DETAILS and REGISTRATION

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

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



Posted: June 8, 2015

CDC Releases New STD Treatment Guidelines

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

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

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



Posted: June 8, 2015

Archived Webinar: Project Lazarus

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

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

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

Click here to download the slides.

Click here to view the webinar.



Posted: June 5, 2015

The Census Bureau is Seeking Nominations for a National Advisory Committee

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

More Information (PDF)



Posted: June 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Posted: May 19, 2015

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

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

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



Posted: May 19, 2015

CDC Supports Hepatitis Awareness Month

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about CDC’s Viral Hepatitis efforts, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis or contact Shana Beavin at [email protected] or 202-245-0600.



Posted: May 18, 2015

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site : https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/OAM/NIHLM2015468/listing.html



Posted: May 8, 2015

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

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



Posted: May 7, 2015

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

We hope you will join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19th through the 21st for the 2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans. The Summit is an opportunity to share best practices, discuss common concerns and make new connections as we work to improve the quality of life of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries. You can learn more about the Summit on the web page:
http://www.cdd.unm.edu/summit2015

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

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

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



Posted - April 30, 2015

!JUST RELEASED! ASTHO's Workforce Development Plan Toolkit

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

For further information, please contact Denise Pavletic.



Posted - April 15, 2015

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month


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

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

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

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



Posted - April 1, 2015

Generation Indigenous!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Posted - April 1, 2015

FDA announces RFP for Tobacco Retail Compliance for Indian Tribes

The Food and Drug Administration intends to award sole source contracts to Indian Tribes for tobacco retail compliance check inspections. This action is in accordance with the Tobacco Control Act, Public Law 111-31, Section 103 (g) (2). This notice is issued for informational purposes only and is not a request for competitive proposals. Any interested party should submit a statement of capabilities in sufficient detail to determine if the requirement of this synopsis can be met no later than 15 calendar days from the posting of this announcement. A determination by the Government not to compete the proposed contracts based on responses from this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. The solicitation will be available on or about March 13, 2015 on the FedBizOpps website at 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.



 

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