Too often, precious lives are interrupted or cut short by cancer. Breast cancer, one of the most common cancers among American women, affects roughly 230,000 women as well as 2,300 men each year and is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths annually in the United States. Breast cancer does not discriminate -- it strikes people of all races, ages, and income levels -- and we must raise awareness of this disease and its symptoms so we can more easily identify it and more effectively treat it. This month, as we honor those whose lives were tragically cut short by breast cancer and as we stand with their families, let us arm ourselves with the best knowledge, tools, and resources available to fight this devastating disease.
Regular screenings and quality care are vital to improving outcomes for millions of people, and we are making strides in improving treatment options. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurers are now required to cover recommended preventive services -- including mammograms -- at no extra cost, and Americans cannot be denied health coverage due to a pre-existing condition, like breast cancer. Women and men can take precautionary action on their own by talking with their health care providers about what they can do to lower their individual risk factors and learning about what tests are right for them. For more information on breast cancer prevention, treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and the latest research, visit www.Cancer.gov/Breast...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health has published a new Best Practices user guide: Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control. The guide was written in partnership with the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
This user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can work to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control. Best Practices recommends that “Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups” be a primary goal of every state tobacco control program, along with preventing initiation among youth and young adults, promoting quitting among adults and youth, and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
To further reduce overall tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, tobacco use must be reduced in population groups with the greatest burden of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Because tobacco control policies take a population-based approach to improving health, policies have the potential to reach groups most affected by tobacco and reduce disparities. This guide offers tobacco control program staff and partners information on how to work toward achieving health equity when planning, implementing, and enforcing tobacco control policies.The Best Practices user guide on Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control can help you:
The online version of the guide is available on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Web site: CLICK HERE
Printed copies of the guide should be available to order via the Smoking & Tobacco Use Online Publication Catalogue & Ordering System by the middle of November.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is the nation’s most prestigious learning experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics. The 2016-2017 Call for Applications is now open. Deadline for receipt of applications via the RWJF online system is November 12, 2015, at 3:00pm ET. Conducted and administered by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) since 1973, the non-partisan fellowship offers exclusive, hands-on policy experience with the most influential congressional and executive offices in the nation’s capital. Working hand-in-hand with the best and brightest in federal health policy, fellows gain an insider’s perspective of the political process, develop unmatched leadership skills, and build a professional network that lasts a lifetime. http://healthpolicyfellows.org/fellowship_eligibilitycrit.php
The 2015 Four Corners conference is primarily for public health professionals focused on TB and HIV/AIDS. The theme is "Care for the Whole Person" and the programming will reflect this by focusing on a variety of medical and social co-morbidity concerns facing those both caring for and those being treated for TB or HIV/AIDS. There will also be presentations on several emerging infectious diseases in the 4-Corners region.
As a part of their focus on adolescent sexual health and their access to sexual health services (SHS), National Coalition of STD Directors CSD and Cicatelli Associates Inc. collaboratively developed the "Developing a Referral System for Sexual Health Services: An Implementation Tool Kit" and the "Establishing Organizational Partnerships to Increase Student Access to Sexual Health Services: A resource Guide for Education Agencies." These resources provide framework for developing and implementing a referral system to link youth to school or community based sexual health services.
These toolkits and guides can be best utilized by education agencies and youth serving agencies working to increase student’s access to sexual health services by increasing student's awareness of school and community based SHS providers, increasing referrals of students to schools and communities based SHS, and increasing the number of adolescents receiving key SHS.
For more information, please CLICK HERE
It is flu season and it is time to start thinking about getting a flu shot. Remember that a flu shot is for everybody and it is all of our responsibility to protect the circle of the community by staying healthy. A vaccination against the flu not only protects you, but protects everybody in your circle and in your community. Talk to your local provider about your options for getting a flu shot this year.
If you are a health educator or service provider, please consider working with your local radio stations to air some flu vaccine public services announcements (there are even pre-recorded PSAs in Navajo, Yup'ik, and Lakota). There are also posters specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native communities that help to convey the importance of getting a shot each year. You can find all of these resources here. We all a role in ensuring that elders, adults and youth alike are all safe against influenza.
October 8th is National Depression Screening Day. This campaign seeks to bring attention to the critical needs of those with depression and mood disorders. For the month of October, there are anonymous depression and mood disorder screenings available at http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org.
This year marks the 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day and if you would like to see how you can support this event locally, visit: http://mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/ndsd/toolkit.
In a new 3-part webinar series designed for community-based organizations, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center will share the basics of successful federal grant applications. Three key topics will be covered on the following dates:
Foundations of Grant Writing
Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 pm ET
Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm ET
Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
Thursday, November 5 at 3:30 pm ET
The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines. This scholarship is available to US Citizens and individuals with Permanent Resident visas of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent. Applicants must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate or graduate student in any of the following technical fields, chemistry, information management, computing & software systems, material science, printing management science, laser optics, physics, material science, engineering (chemical, computer, electrical, imaging, manufacturing, mechanical, optical, or software).
Deadline: September 30
For more information, please visit:
At the end of this webinar, the participants will be able to:
No registration needed. To join, at the appropriate date and time:
For more information please contact Dr. Andria Apostolou at [email protected]
Practical experiences associated with the implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) into routine health care are often understudied and under disseminated in the research literature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed an implementation guide outlining useful steps to integrate alcohol SBI into clinical practice settings. Three Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Centers (FASD RTCs) across the U.S. were funded by CDC to pilot implementation of alcohol SBI into multi-site primary healthcare systems. Pilot sites located in Alaska, Nevada, and Tennessee included three health systems across ten clinical settings.
The University of Nevada, Reno's Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies is pleased to offer this free webinar whose purpose is to highlight key aspects of the alcohol SBI implementation processes that were unique to each party involved in the pilot testing and resulted in important lessons that are applicable for others implementing alcohol SBI. Attendees will learn about available resources and receive practical recommendations that will increase the likelihood of their own success integrating routine alcohol SBI into clinical settings.
Elizabeth Dang, MPH - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra Gonzalez, MSSW, LCSW - Baylor College of Medicine
Joyce Hartje, PhD - University of Nevada, Reno
Becky Porter, MS, LPC - University of Alaska Anchorage
Contact Hours: This webinar has been approved for a total of 1.0 contact hour through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Certificates indicating the number of contact hours earned are issued to all participants at the end of the training via e-mail; certificates are sent out 7-10 days after the training has concluded.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Vital Signs report on "Predicted Heart Age (HA) and Racial Disparities in Heart Age among U.S. Adults at the State Level." This CDC Vital Signs report shows that for most Americans, their heart age is much higher than their actual age, particularly for men and African Americans. There are also geographic differences in average heart age across states. Mississippi and Louisiana have the highest heart ages, while Utah and Colorado have the lowest. Heart age provides a new way of framing risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), potentially simplifying communication about CVD risk and facilitating opportunities for healthy lifestyle changes and enhanced adherence to treatment recommendations.
Please view the report and at www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns. Visit the Vital Signs webpage to find the Vital Signs MMWR, fact sheet, and other materials. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have Vital Signs sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service. We also invite you to join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on September 8th at 2 p.m. (EDT).
Vital Signs is not just about facts—it is about action. To save more lives from preventable deaths, we must work together—collaborating with community organizations, health departments, healthcare providers, insurers, health care systems, and families— to support and reinforce changes that encourage healthy habits and improve the health care system so that no one dies a preventable death.
Presented by Shawn Sidhu, MD
September 29, 2015, 2:00 pm ET
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
Educators, Health & Educational Administrators, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Counselors, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Psychologists, Dentists, Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals.
Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition’s Webinar Series presents:
Vaccination in the U.S. – A Successful Quality Improvement Example
Led by Dr. Alix Casler
Webinar link: https://uncsph.adobeconnect.com/sgee
Phone number (audio for webinar): 919-962-2733
CDC’s Adolescent Immunization Communications Team presents:
HPV Vaccination Quality Improvement Projects and Implementation Science Working Together, For the Win! (#FTW)
Register by clicking this link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/6j2gnrfysvp8&eom
Hubert H. Humphrey Building. 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201.
The meeting will be open to the public. To facilitate the building security process, those who plan to attend should RSVP to Lisa Neel at [email protected] or by telephone at 301-443-4305 no later than 5:00 pm EST on August 31, 2015. (This is not a toll-free number.) Public attendance will be limited to the space available. Members of the public may make statements during the meeting to the extent time permits and file written statements with the agency for its consideration. Written statements may be submitted to Lisa Neel, MPH, Program Coordinator, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.
For more information, please CLICK HERE
Learn about potential financing mechanisms for post-discharge care services for individuals who are at risk of suicide at the upcoming webinar, Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide. The speakers will discuss current financing models, as well as expected changes that will alter the national health services payment landscape. The discussion will focus on three case studies—an accountable care organization, a behavioral health plan, and a county-led crisis program—as examples of innovative financial models that support services for individuals in crisis.
In July, the first edition of First Kids 1st newsletter was published by the coordinating committee. The newsletter is intended to highlight the work and initiatives taking place throughout Indian Country that are positively impacting Native Youth. You can read the newsletter here. Please share this newsletter with your networks and contacts that you feel would be interested in reading and contributing to future issues. Individuals interested in subscribing to this newsletter or submitting content can email: [email protected]
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.
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...
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.
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.
For more information or to submit nomination letters, please contact:
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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]
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.
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:
Click here to download the slides.
Click here to view the webinar.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:
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
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.
We hope you will join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19th through the 21st for the 2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans. The Summit is an opportunity to share best practices, discuss common concerns and make new connections as we work to improve the quality of life of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries. You can learn more about the Summit on the web page:
And a quick reminder that the deadline for Call for Papers for the Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans is approaching. The deadline is May 22, 2015. Please contact Lyn Wilson-King for any questions.The Summit is seeking proposals on evidence-based policies, programs or services in five areas:
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].
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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:
Watch the webinar recording, view the presentation slides, or check out Oklahoma's Childcare Immunization QI Project Storyboard!
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:
To access CHSI, visit www.cdc.gov/communityhealth
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The purpose of this program is to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth (birth to 21 years of age) with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. This program will support the wide scale operation, expansion and integration of the system of care (SOC) approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI).
Application Due date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $45,000,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 15-45
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $3,000,000
Length of Project: 4 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: Yes
Proposed budgets cannot exceed $3,000,000 for state applicants and $1,000,000 for political subdivisions of states, tribes, tribal organizations, and territories total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.
See the announcement here:
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
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
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
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.
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
Link to register for call and receive call-in information.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Consultation Session
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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."
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:
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.