NIHB Public Health Alerts

Posted: April 15, 2014

Two New Food Safety Tools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Environmental Health has two new exciting food safety tools that we would like to share with you. Foodborne illness is a significant problem in the United States, but addressing environmental causes can help prevent it.

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

Posted: March 20, 2014

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

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

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

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Chief Business Office (CBO), and Indian Health Service (IHS) leadership will host a webcast focused on two important, related topics: How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs and VHA’s healthcare enrollment eligibility. The webcast will feature subject matter experts across Indian Country who will discuss increasing healthcare access opportunities for eligible Veterans across Indian Country. Questions will be answered during the webcast and can be sent to: To view the webcast please click the below link the day of the broadcast.

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Posted: March 4, 2014

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively recruiting a Director for the National Center Injury Prevention and Control (the CDC Injury Center). CDC welcomes your consideration for the position or help in identifying qualified candidates.

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Posted: January 16, 2014

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

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)is a unique opportunity to enhance your public health department’s ability to deliver public health services. The program is a two-year, on-the-job training program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How the program works

Through PHAP, CDC hires recent graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and assigns them to work in state, tribal, local, or territorial public health departments. Associates gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs, while host sites receive the benefit of having CDC-funded staff work alongside their public health department’s staff.

Numerous benefits come from serving as a host site, including:

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

Public health departments can apply to host an associate to work in any of the following public health areas: sexually transmitted disease, tuberculosis, HIV, and other communicable disease prevention; chronic disease prevention; environmental health; public health preparedness; immunization; injury prevention; and maternal and child health promotion.

Public health departments can submit applications during January 21–February 28, 2014.

A technical assistance call for host site applicants will be held on February 4 at 11:00 am–12:00 pm (ET) and again at 4:00–5:00 pm (ET). More information about this event will be posted to the PHAP website. All program and application information, including testimonials from previous host sites, is available on the website.

Posted: January 15, 2014

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 11, 2014

This year's American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo will take place in New Orleans, LA in November 15 - 19, 2014. The theme is, "Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health & Well-Being."

The Caucus invites abstracts for papers addressing health programming, research, and policy for Native populations and the conference theme of Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health & Well-being. Abstracts that specifically address (but are not limited to) the following areas are encouraged:

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

Note: “Spaces” can be defined broadly (i.e., physical space, cultural/sacred space, etc.).Submissions outside the above areas should be submitted to the category that best fits your research.

Special consideration may be given to submissions that reflect community-based and community-led projects or research, student submissions, or youth-led projects. Authors whose work reflects these areas should specifically note this in the abstract text.


Abstracts MUST be submitted through the APHA website at: no later than February 11, 2014.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and must follow the general APHA guidelines for submission. Submissions that do not comply will not be reviewed.

For more information please visit the APHA website at this link:

Or: Information Sheet (PDF)

Posted: January 13, 2014

Upcoming Training Opportunity!

Project Venture is a structured prevention curriculum that takes an innovative approach of wilderness and adventure-based programing to strengthen and build resilience in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth.

On February 5 – 7, 2014, Project Venture will host their annual training workshop, the 2014 Introduction to Project Venture Workshop, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continuing education hours have been approved by the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals and 18.5 hours will be offered for this training as well.

To register, please click here. For more information and agenda details about the workshop, or for travel and accommodation information, please contact:

Sheri Pfeiffer-Tsinajinnie
Director of Evaluation & Training, National Indian Youth Leadership Project
Phone 505.554.2289

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

Posted: October 30, 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice, Violence Against Women Government-to-Government Consultation has been rescheduled for November 14, 2013!

The event will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on November 14 at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Main Conference Room 3102, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20001. It is designed to follow the 5th Annual White House Tribal Nations Summit on November 13. Tribal leaders attending the summit are asked to extend their stay an additional day to participate in the Violence Against Women Government-to-Government Consultation.

The purpose of the government-to-government consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal leaders on the following three topics:

  • Enhancing the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • Strengthening the federal response to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • Administering grant funds appropriated for tribal governments and programs created to benefit tribal governments by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation
  • For more information, and to register, please visit Questions can also be submitted to

Posted: October 28, 2013

Now Available: New Funding Opportunity for Local Health Department Accreditation Preparation Support

With funding from the CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local, & Territorial Support, NACCHO is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to engage in accreditation readiness activities. The 2013-2014 Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI) awards are intended to stimulate quality improvement and promote LHD readiness to seek voluntary national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Application requirements and full details about the ASI opportunity are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) and the application reference document. Applications, via the online submission form, are due Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

NACCHO and CDC staff will host an optional teleconference call on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12-1 PM CT; 11 AM-12 PM MT; 10-11 AM PT) (Dial 800-742-6164) to walk through the RFA and application.

As noted in the RFA, NACCHO encourages applicants to review its standard contract language prior to completing the application. Modifications to the terms will not be made for selected sites.

Access the RFA and application reference document at:

Questions about this opportunity can be directed to

Posted: October 16, 2013


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continually requesting nominations of qualified individuals interested in serving on FDA advisory committees. FDA has a special interest in ensuring that women, minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are adequately represented on its advisory committees and panels. If you would like to nominate a colleague or yourself, please forward the following information to the e-mail listed below

  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • Current business and/or home address, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • The name of the advisory committee(s) or advisory panel(s) on which you would like to serve

You may submit your information by e-mail to

For Questions: call the Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff at 1-800-741-8138 or visit:

Posted: October 3, 2013

Upcoming Webinar:
Policy Evaluation Tools for Injury and Violence Prevention

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2-3:30 p.m. EST

Policy strategies are paramount in addressing injury and violence prevention at a population-based level. Although policy has been used effectively in some areas of injury and violence prevention, there are some areas where the evidence base for policy strategies can be improved. Subsequently, policy evaluation can serve an important purpose along the entire chain of the policy process. In this webinar, the American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control will discuss policy evaluation tools that can be used to assist with integrating policy into public health prevention efforts. Participants will also be exposed to state-level approaches to policy evaluation as showcased by experiences from Nebraska and Ohio.

To register, visit:

Sept. 10, 2013

FDA announces safety labeling changes and postmarket study requirements for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics
New boxed warning to include neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome

FDA announces safety labeling changes and postmarket study requirements for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics New boxed warning to include neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced class-wide safety labeling changes and new postmarket study requirements for all extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics intended to treat pain.

“The FDA is invoking its authority to require safety labeling changes and postmarket studies to combat the crisis of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and death from these potent drugs that have harmed too many patients and devastated too many families and communities,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “Today’s action demonstrates the FDA’s resolve to reduce the serious risks of long-acting and extended release opioids while still seeking to preserve appropriate access for those patients who rely on these medications to manage their pain.”

To read the entire news release, please Click Here

Posted: September 26, 2013

Upcoming Webinar:
Family and Culture: Protective Factors in the Promotion of Native Men's Health

The Dialogue on Native Men’s Health Continues

(Washington, DC) – The fourth in the Native Men’s Health webinar series, Family and Culture: Protective Factors in the Promotion of Native Men’s Health webinar focuses on men’s roles as part of the family unit and traditional indigenous culture as positive ways of promoting men’s health. The webinar is being hosted by the Indian Health Service (IHS), Men’s Health Network (MHN), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE)...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST (Please log in 10 minutes beforehand)

Join the meeting here:
Room Passcode: ihs123
Audio Conference Details:
Conference Phone Number:
United States: 1-800-832-0736
Please enter Room Number 3014886

Posted: September 20, 2013

Public Health Accreditation Board awards national accreditation to five high-performing health departments

Number of PHAB-accredited health departments now totals 19

Alexandria, VA — The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) this week awarded five-year national accreditation status to five public health departments. The decisions bring the number of public health agencies now recognized by PHAB as high-performing health departments to 19.

PHAB is the independent organization that administers the national public health accreditation program, which aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s Tribal, state, local, and territorial health departments...

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Posted: September 4, 2013

Free Webinar: Public Health Impact of Statewide Anti-Bullying Legislation: A look at Oregon and Iowa

Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Bullying can have profound and damaging effects on victims — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies bullying as a major public health concern. Since 1999, 49 states and the District of Columbia have passed some form of anti-bullying legislation to reduce bullying behaviors among youth. This webinar examines the anti-bullying laws in two states: Oregon and Iowa. These states’ laws are the focus of two Public Health Law Research studies investigating the extent to which school districts have adopted anti-bullying policies in response to these laws, and the impact these policies may have on reducing bullying in schools. This webinar will focus on policy development and adoption and implementation of the laws, and will include lessons learned from the field as well as recent research results.

Posted: September 4, 2013

New Opportunity for Quality Improvement Support!
A Call for Proposals for the COPPHI Kaizen Event Program

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), in partnership with Continual Impact, LLC, is pleased to announce a new Call for Proposals for the Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement (COPPHI) Kaizen Event Program.

Selected health departments will receive training in quality improvement and kaizen event methodology for rapid improvement in public health. In addition, those selected will have a QI coach to co-lead a kaizen event at their health department. State, tribal, local and territorial health departments are eligible to apply. Applicants will need to propose a specific QI project applicable to the kaizen event methodology and commit the necessary time and resources. Proposals are due by 3:00pm ET on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. An optional, informational web conference will be held on September 10, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET. Registration is required (see link below).

Visit to access the following:

  • Access the Call for Proposals
  • Access the Application
  • Register for the optional, Informational Web Conference
  • Learn more about kaizen event methodology
  • Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Contact Lil Johnson ( with any questions

Posted: August 22, 2013

2013 Performance Improvement Managers Network Conference Calls and Webinars

Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Public Health Professionals Gateway hosts a monthly conference call every fourth Thursday at 4pm EST that is designed to support and facilitate training and professional development of the NPHII grantee performance improvement managers.

Next PIM Network Web Conference Call
August 23, 2013- Managing Accreditation Documentation with SharePoint
Meeting Time: 4:00 PM EASTERN TIME
LiveMeeting (video only) link:
In the event a conference number/password is requested after clicking the LiveMeeting link, it is PW5181442/3478212.
Telephone Conferencing information (audio only): Toll: +1-517-623-4997, Participant code: 3478212

Link to CDC Host page:

Posted: August 20, 2013

Addressing Historical Inequities: Environmental Justice for Native Americans

Date and Time:
August 21, 2013
12:00-1:30 p.m. ET

Description: Environmental health disparities disproportionately affect the 5.2 million Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives in the U.S. This webinar will highlight several ongoing environmental justice issues that tribal groups have mobilized around for many years and highlight the environmental health disparities that continue to affect these populations. The case studies presented exemplify culturally sensitive approaches that have been successful to address EJ and that do not represent “forced acculturation” of investigator-driven, evidence-based interventions but instead a move towards greater incorporation of Tribal Ecological Knowledge. The webinar will also touch upon issues that remain unresolved despite existing efforts to mitigate or prevent environmental exposures that are known to be harmful. This includes the harmful effects of leach mining on tribal lands and community engagement in development of education about environmental risks. The webinar will also highlight key outcomes of the session on environmental justice and Native Americans held at the Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice Meeting (July 29-31, 2013).

To register (registration required), please visit:

Posted: August 16, 2013

Positive Wellness: Culturally Relevant Linkages to Care

Linkage to care is a vital component of the prevention and treatment landscape, however, American Indian and Alaska Native people are displaying some of the lowest rates of linkage to care. Participants on this webinar will gain an understanding of what constitutes effective HIV linkage to care, and explore an existing framework that National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) has created and begun to diffuse with Tribal communities across the country. By walking through NNAAPC’s linkage to care model Positive Wellness, this webinar will explore some of the challenges of engaging patients into care (e.g. system navigation, stigma and trust), as well as highlight strengths-based and culturally appropriate strategies for engaging AI/AN individuals living with HIV into care. To register, visit

Date and Time:
August 29, 2013
3PM EST, 2PM CST, 1PM MST, 12PM PST, 11AM Alaska

Posted: August 1, 2013

STOP Obesity Alliance – Strategies to Overcome and Prevent

Addressing obesity is complex. On the one hand, it requires a societal approach, including building supportive environments where the healthy choices become easier choices. With one of every three Americans affected by obesity and another one-third by overweight, few can argue the importance of broad strokes aimed at the environments in which we live.

On the other hand, addressing the individual also is necessary. While this, in part, refers to appropriate clinical treatments and compassionate guidance for those already affected by obesity, it also means educating the public, health care professionals and key decision makers about obesity, to support a strategic and productive approach to this public health epidemic...

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Posted: July 24, 2013

Breaking News: Indian Health Service Facilities Awarded Baby-Friendly Designation

Two Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals— the Claremore Indian Hospital (CIH) in Oklahoma and the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) in Arizona —have been certified as Baby-Friendly facilities by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. This makes a total of five IHS facilities to have received this designation.

These designations were sought as part of the IHS Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. This initiative is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! in Indian Country” campaign dedicated to solving childhood obesity within a generation. The IHS campaign aims to certify all IHS obstetric facilities as Baby-Friendly by the end of 2014. This initiative promotes breastfeeding to reduce the risk that children will develop obesity and diabetes in the future. Baby-Friendly hospitals offer new mothers the information, confidence, and skills they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies…

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Posted: July 12, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars
2013-2014 Call for Applications

Deadline: September 20, 2013, 5:00 p.m. ET

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program provides two years of support to postdoctoral scholars at all stages of their careers to build the nation’s capacity for research and leadership to address the multiple determinants of population health and contribute to policy change. The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon collaboration and exchange across disciplines and sectors. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to:

  1. investigate the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic, and social determinants of health; and
  2. develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge, interventions, and policies that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.

Total Awards
Up to 12 scholars will be selected for two-year appointments beginning in the fall of 2014.

For more information, please contact:
Gerard P. Lebeda, deputy director
(212) 419-3566

Posted: July 12, 2013

Evidence-Based Screening Information From Three HHS Agencies

Today, three HHS agencies—the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—have come together to issue a letter to state directors of child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health authorities encouraging them to strengthen their efforts to address complex trauma among children and youth known to child welfare.

The joint letter from ACF, CMS, and SAMHSA provides useful and actionable information about Federal authority and funding streams, strategies for coordinating cross-system efforts, and good practices for integrating evidence-based screening, assessment, and interventions related to complex trauma.

Download the Letter [PDF – 136 KB]

Posted: July 2, 2013

STOP Obesity Alliance – Strategies to Overcome and Prevent

Hospitals are community cornerstones. We rely on them in times of emergencies and when a loved one is in need of care. In addition, nonprofit hospitals have long been charged with providing programs and services that provide "community benefit" and improve community health. Now, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) provision, which codifies and creates new reporting standards for nonprofit hospitals seeking to maintain their federal tax-exempt status. Every three years, nonprofit hospitals must conduct and report on community health needs via a formal CHNA process. Additionally, nonprofit hospitals must submit an implementation strategy, which specifically describes what community benefit programming the hospital will undertake to address the health needs identified in their CHNA...

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Posted: June 10, 2013

Partnering for Wellness: Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families

Thursday, June, 13, 1 p.m. EST

Partnering for Wellness: Charting a Course to Hope, Healing, and Health for Native Males and Their Families, the first in a series of webinars, will be held on Thursday, June 13. The series is part of a historic, ground-breaking collaborative effort of concerned stakeholders who want to bring greater attention and understanding to the complex and pervasive public health problem facing American Indian/ Alaska Native Males. Hosted by the Indian Health Service (IHS), along with The Men’s Health Network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), the 6-part series will address not only the current challenges but also highlight solutions and promising practices now underway in the community.

Room Passcode: ihs123

For more information CLICK HERE (PDF)

Posted: June 3, 2013

“Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health” PSAs

Traditional knowledge about health and its role in preventing type 2 diabetes

Actor Wes Studi approaches stickball game being filmed for a public service announcement in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of the Cherokee Nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP) and the Traditional Foods Program’s tribal partners are pleased to announce the availability of 30- and 60- second video public service announcements (PSA) and an 8-minute video entitled Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health. The PSAs highlight the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including harvesting local foods and playing traditional games, in promoting health and preventing diseases like type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities...

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PSA Footage Includes: Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health, featuring Wes Studi; videos are available in 30- seconds, 60- seconds, and 8-minute lengths. 

Posted: May 28, 2013

CMS’s Innovation Center (CMMI) announced a second round of Health Care Innovation Awards

This $1 billion initiative will fund work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs. Last year, CMMI awarded 107 round one Health Care Innovation Awards out of nearly 3,000 applications to organizations that are currently testing innovative solutions to improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Applicants must submit a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) by 3:00 pm ET on Friday, June 28, 2013. Full applications are due by 3:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 15, 2013. All applicants must submit, as part of their application, the design of a payment model that is consistent with the new service delivery model that they propose.

As stated in the FOA, the second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants who propose new payment and service delivery models that have the greatest likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries in four Innovation Categories.

The fourth category includes:
Models that improve the health of populations – defined geographically (health of a community), clinically (health of those with specific diseases), or by socioeconomic class – through activities focused on engaging beneficiaries, prevention (for example, a diabetes prevention program or a hypertension prevention program), wellness, and comprehensive care that extend beyond the clinical service delivery setting. These models may include community based organizations or coalitions and may leverage community health improvement efforts. These models must have a direct link to improving the quality and reducing the costs of care for Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP beneficiaries. Priority areas are: models that lead to better prevention and control of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and HIV/AIDS; models that promote behaviors that reduce risk for chronic disease, including increased physical activity and improved nutrition; models that promote medication adherence and self-management skills; models that prevent falls among older adults; and broader models that link clinical care with community-based interventions. While preference will be given to submissions within these areas, CMS will consider submissions in other areas within this Category.

For more information, including a fact sheet and Funding Opportunity Announcement, please visit the Health Care Innovation Awards initiative website HERE, and the press release HERE.

Posted: May 24, 2013

Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Webinar
Community Health Workers and Reducing Disparities in Diabetes:
Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Care

Monday, June 17, 2013
12 - 1 pm ET

Click here to register

Community health workers (CHWs) who are part of the Diabetes Equity Project (DEP) in Dallas are helping to improve the health of underserved people living with diabetes. DEP is one of five local programs that make up the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a national program supported by Merck Foundation. CHWs, also known as promotores or patient navigators, serve as a bridge between patients and providers, helping patients understand how to follow through with their treatment plans at home. Baylor Health Care System, where the DEP program is located, has seen improved health outcomes and reduced costs as a result of integrating CHWs on the front lines of care...

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Posted: May 8, 2013

Save the Date: Public Health Grand Rounds

Tuesday, May 21 (1 p.m. EDT)

Please plan to attend the May session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Hypertension: Detect, Connect, Control.” This session will be available via live webcast from CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, May 21, at 1 p.m. (EDT) at

E-mail your questions about this topic before or during the session.

Posted: May 7, 2013

Announcing Webinar:
Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Records: Myth or Reality?

May 22, 2013 @ 1PM EST

Integrating care is vital to addressing all the healthcare needs of an individual. Many integrated care models illustrate the successful integration of primary care into behavioral healthcare, and can guide behavioral healthcare organizations in integrating primary care into their own service system. Using the best practices for firsthand program examples of successful integration, this webinar will provide answers to the myths and reality of this sometime apprehensive process.

Please join the National Council of Urban Indian Health on May 22, 2013 @ 1PM EST for this exclusive and informative Webinar. For registration, please visit:

Posted: May 6, 2013

May Is Healthy Vision Month

Taking care of your vision should be a priority just like eating healthy and being physically active. Healthy vision can help keep you safe when you are driving, while at work, home, or school, participating in sports, or taking part in recreational activities.

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Webinar: The PDCA Cycle for Change Leaders and Handling Change Resistors

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
2-3pm ET

Part of the Public Health Agency, Systems and Community Health Improvement Webinar Series

Register for Webinar

Webinar Login Instructions:

  1. Login onto the web platform
  2. Event password: meeting
  3. Call in: 1 800 273-7043
  4. Call passcode: 170483

Posted: May 2, 2013

Eat Well, Live Well

Get the tools you need to help American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples with diabetes live longer, healthier lives.

The American Indian/Alaska Native Fat and Calorie Counter contains a list of foods commonly eaten by American Indians and Alaska Natives. This food list helps people keep track of fat grams and calories eaten so that they can choose the healthiest food options. Order your FREE fat and calorie counter today at

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

Posted: April 24, 2013

Funding Opportunity:
Tribal Management Grant Program

A Notice by the Indian Health Service

Announcement Type: New and Competing Continuation. Funding Announcement Number: HHS-2013-IHS-TMD-0001. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.228. Key Dates Application Deadline Date: May 31, 2013. Review Date: July 8-12, 2013. Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2013. Signed Tribal Resolutions Due Date: July 7, 2013. I. Funding Opportunity Description Statutory Authority The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting competitive grant applications for the Tribal Management...

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Posted: April 19, 2013

Download the Spring 2013 Prevention and Recovery Newsletter Now!

The Spring 2013 Prevention and Recovery Newsletter has been posted on the TLOA webpage Feel free to download the newsletter and share it with your colleagues and other stakeholders.

The theme for this issue is Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence as it relates to Alcohol and Substance Abuse within Native communities.

Posted: April 19, 2013

Funding Opportunity: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Domestic Violence Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2013-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-0561

Application Due Date: May 6, 2013

This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to: 1) assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence; and 2) assist Tribes in efforts to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents (42 U.S.C. § 10401, et seq.).

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Posted: April 18, 2013

Call for Participants for IHS Youth Leadership Event

The Billings Area Indian Health Service is having a youth leadership event. Native H.Y.P.E. is a leadership program for American Indian students in Montana, Wyoming or close surrounding areas. Apprximately 40 middle school students, entering 7th – 8th grade, will be selected to participate in Native H.Y.P.E. from July 8th – July 12th on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo, Montana.

Native H.Y.P.E. will promote healthy decision making, positive peer communication, healthy relationships, culture and tradition, physical activity and focus on empowerment. Native H.Y.P.E. will also explore healthcare through exciting hands on experiences led by current healthcare professionals.

What are the requirements to participate in Native H.Y.P.E.?
  • Students must be in middle school – entering into the 7th or 8th grade for the 2013/2014 school year.
  • Students must live in Montana and Wyoming, or close surrounding areas.
  • Students must agree to abide by all Native H.Y.P.E. policies.

Application must be received in the Billings Area Indian Health Service Office no later than 5:00 pm on May 17th. The application can be found at:

View Native H.Y.P.E. Application (PDF)

Posted: April 16, 2013

HRSA Webinars on Engaging Hard-to-Reach Populations

Beginning later this week, the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will host a series of webinars focused on engaging hard-to-reach populations in HIV care. The webinars will synthesize some of the successful practices in engaging hard-to-reach populations from HAB’s Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) population-specific initiatives, and will provide insights relevant to a wide range...

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Posted: April 16, 2013

Health Care Law Webinars for April and May 2013

The HHS Partnership Center continues to host a series of webinars for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.

  • Resources on the Health Insurance Marketplace
    April 17 at 2:30 pm ET
    A presentation on the resources available on the Health Insurance Marketplace, a new way for individuals, families and small businesses to get health insurance. You will learn about the outreach and educational materials you can use to build awareness about the Marketplace, such as websites, social media, listservs, digital advertising, brochures and widgets available on and Communities that stand to benefit from the ACA rely on organizations like yours to help connect them to important resources and information; open enrollment starts October 1, 2013. Live Q&A will be available. Our guest speaker is from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • The Health Care Law and Health Disparities
    April 29 at 2:00 pm ET
    The health care law, the Affordable Care Act, includes many provisions that address health disparities. The law also provides many benefits for Latinos, African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders and more. Join Acacia Salatti, Acting Director of the HHS Partnership Center, and other health experts in learning more about the Affordable Care Act and health disparities.
  • Tour of
    May 2 at 1:00 pm ET
    An interactive tour of, including how to enroll others in health insurance, where to find community health centers that provide care on a sliding scale, how to view the timeline of when the Affordable Care Act is being implemented, and the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Make the Call, Don’t Miss A Beat!
    May 16 at 12:00 pm Noon ET
    You are invited to a webinar titled Make the Call, Don't Miss a Beat! a webinar seeking to educate and empower women age 50+ and to encourage women to call 9-1-1 immediately when they experience any of the seven symptoms of a heart attack, and to do the same for their mothers, sisters, and friends. The HHS Office on Women’s Health's new campaign builds on OWH’s successful “Make the Call, Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign, that began in 2011. This webinar will be offered in English at Noon and in Spanish at 1:00 pm ET.
  • Haga La Llamada¡No Pierda Tiempo!
    May 16 at 1:00 pm ET
    Usted está invitado/a a participar a un Webinar en español sobre la campaña de concientización sobre ataques al corazón dirigida a mujeres latinas de 50 años en adelante. La campaña, "Haga la Llamada. ¡No Pierda Tiempo!" tiene como objetivo educar y motivar a las mujeres de habla hispana a llamar al 9-1-1 inmediatamente cuando se presente alguno de los siete síntomas de un ataque al corazón y a hacer lo mismo por sus madres, hermanas y amigas. Es una campaña lanzada por La Oficina de la Salud de la Mujer del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos y el webinar es en colaboración con la HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
  • The Health Care Law 101 (in Spanish)
    May 21 at 3:00 pm ET
    A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community in Spanish. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to get updates on implementation of the law will be shared.
  • The Health Care Law 101
    May 23 at 2:00 pm ET
    A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and how to access care in your community. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to receive updates on implementation of the law will be shared.

Posted: April 8, 2013

Teleconference: Preventing Repeat Teen Births

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
2:00–3:00 pm (EDT)

Join CDC subject matter experts and other public health professionals for a town hall teleconference.

More Information

Posted: April 4, 2013

State-Tribal Collaboration: Finding Synergistic Partners to Prepare for Accreditation is now available online

Partnering with other health departments can be beneficial to both health departments and beyond. Laura Sawney-Spencer of the Cherokee Nation and Terry Cline of the Oklahoma State Department of Health shared how their Tribal and state health departments partnered in various ways as the Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma State Department of Health prepared for Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation. Participants learned about how local and state health departments can partner with Tribal health departments in preparation for accreditation and the process of completing the health assessment process, health improvement plan and strategic plan. Lessons learned and tips on how to strengthen State-Tribal relationships and collaborations were highlighted.

Posted: April 1, 2013

SAMHSA Announces Request for Applications (RFA)

FY 2013 Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination (Short Title: State Youth Treatment)

Applications due by May 22, 2013

Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations are eligible.

(Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of American Indians/Alaska Natives which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of American Indians/Alaska Natives in all phases of its activities. Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.)

For more information, please visit:

Posted: April 1, 2013

April is STD Awareness Month - Make a difference

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to call attention to the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and to promote prevention and testing across the country. New CDC estimates show that there are nearly 20 million new infections in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs.

You can play an important role in educating people about STD prevention and CDC has resources that can help.

Visit CDC’s STD Awareness web page.

Posted: March 14, 2013

Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

The Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) reviewed evidence-based strategies in five settings for increasing physical activity among young people aged 3 to 17 years. Providing opportunities for physical activity can help children and adolescents meet the recommended levels...

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Posted: March 11, 2013

Upcoming Webinar
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

Dr. Butner, coordinator for the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will discuss the development process for the PAG Midcourse Report, including the key findings, research needs, and next steps for implementation...

More Information/Register

Posted: March 11, 2013

Circle of Life HIV/AIDS/STI Prevention Curriculum for AI/AN Youth Webinar

On March 20, 2013 (1:00 p.m. Eastern), the Office of Minority Health Resource Center will release a HIV/AIDS/STI prevention curriculum for AI/AN youth. The Circle of Life is based on the medicine wheel, which focuses on mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional wellness concepts. It is a holistic health promotion model to help students learn about making healthy choices to prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS. The curriculum is intended for middle school grade levels. A webinar will be held in advance of the curriculum's release to offer an inside look at the resource. Please visit the Circle of Life Curriculum for more information, ClICK HERE

To register online CLICK HERE

Posted: March 8, 2013

Click Here or click the image above to view the Save the Date Flyer (PDF)

Posted: March 7, 2013

Request for HHS SAMHSA TTAC Nominations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces vacancies for membership on SAMHSA’s Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC). SAMHSA is soliciting recommendations and nominations to serve on this committee as the primary delegate for the geographic IHS areas that have an open seat. Those selected will serve a two year term. The vacancies open for nomination are:

  1. Aberdeen: vacant
  2. Nashville: vacant
  3. Oklahoma: vacant
  4. Phoenix: vacant
  5. Portland: vacant
  6. 1 National At-Large Member

Additional information about the TTAC can be found at:

Submission Process:
Submit a completed nomination form (below), a nomination letter from the tribe and/or IHS Area office, and bio for the nominee. Please submit your nomination letter no later than March 29, 2013. Selection and notification will be made by April 26, 2013.

Nomination Form (PDF)

You can mail your nomination to:
Sheila Cooper, Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 8-1055
Rockville, Maryland 20857

Posted: March 6, 2013

2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application Cycle Opens Today!

The 2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (formerly known as the Nursing Scholarship Program) application cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is May 2, at 7:30 pm, ET. To learn more about program eligibility and requirements, visit:

To learn more about general program information please visit:

Posted: March 5, 2013

Eleven Public Health Departments Achieve National Accreditation

Eleven public health departments are the first to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation—the first of its kind—drives standards of quality and performance that focus on the best and most efficient ways to help people stay healthy.

PHAB is a national program, jointly supported by RWJF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments.

Posted: March 4, 2013

State-Tribal Collaboration:
Finding Synergistic Partners to Prepare for Accreditation

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 3:30-4:30 ET

Register for Webinar/ More Information

Posted: February 28, 2013

15th AAIP National Native American Youth Initiative

June 22-30, 2013
Washington, DC

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is accepting applications for the 15th National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI), which will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington D.C., June 22 - 30, 2013.  American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16 - 18, who have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply...

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Posted: February 28, 2013

Public Health and the Sequester

Network for Public Health Law Blogger, Corey Davis, reports on the anticipated impact to public health if the sequester goes into effect March 1, 2013.

Posted: February 26, 2013

Alcohol & HIV: What Clinicians Need to Know
March 5, 2013
12-1:30 pm PST

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Posted: February 26, 2013

Announcing the American Indian Public Health Track at NDSU

Students can apply now and enroll for Fall semester of this year.

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Posted: February 26, 2013

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Workshop

July 28 at 6pm & July 31 at 12pm

At the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Application due: April 1, 2013

More Information (PDF)

February 25, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised the “Tribal Consultation” Policy

Please find information below regarding a request from HHS for Tribal feedback regarding the draft CDC/ATSDR Tribal Consultation Policy. Please send any comments on the policy draft to by March 15, 2013.

View Policy Draft (PDF)

February 25, 2013

National Network of Public Health Institutes  2013 Annual Conference

The Art and Science of Collaborative Practice:  Moving America's Health Agendas Forward

May 20-22, 2013 
New Orleans, Louisiana  
Register Now!

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February 25, 2013

Congress needs to hear from you: No more cuts!

The threats to public health funding are greater than ever before. On March 1, just one week from today, nondefense discretionary programs, including public health, will face a 5 percent across-the-board cut unless Congress acts to stop them. Additional cuts to these programs will not solve our debt problem and will leave families less healthy and at higher risk in the event of a public health emergency.

It’s time to make a final push to tell your senators and representative to pass legislation to replace the sequester with a balanced deficit reduction plan that does not make additional cuts to nondefense discretionary programs and protects our children, families and economic future.

Remind them that Congress has already cut discretionary programs — including public health — by $1.5 trillion!

It’s not too late. Please call or email your members of Congress* before March 1.

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February 20, 2013

Video and presentation slides from the February session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Reducing the Burden of HPV-associated Cancer and Disease through Vaccination in the US,” held on Tuesday, February 19 are now available:

This session of Grand Rounds explored the burden of human papillomavirus (HPV) -associated cancer and disease in the United States and prevention through HPV vaccination. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. There are more than 40 HPV types, some of which cause cancers and others which cause genital warts. Each year, there are an estimated 26,000 HPV-attributable cancers in the United States. About 17,000 occur in women, most of which are cervical cancers, and about 9,000 occur in men, most of which are oropharyngeal cancers. CDC estimates that $8 billion are spent each year on direct medical costs for preventing and treating HPV-associated disease. Currently available HPV vaccines prevent infection from the HPV types that cause about 70% of cervical cancers and the majority of other HPV-attributable cancers. HPV vaccine has been recommended for routine vaccination of 11-12 year-old girls since 2006 and for 11-12 year-old boys since 2011.

  This session also provided more insight about the HPV vaccination program and how CDC, state and local health departments, and health care providers are working together to achieve high vaccination levels and reduce the substantial burden of HPV-associated disease.

Learn more about continuing education on the Grand Rounds website

February 19, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program Healthy Eating Research has announced its 2013 Call for Proposals.

Two types of awards, RWJF New Connections and Round 8 grants, aim at providing advocates, decision makers and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

Approximately $1.6 million will be awarded, and deadlines and other application details may be found on the Healthy Eating Research Website.

February 19, 2013

Add Your Voice: TEDMED Discussion About Impact of Poverty on Health

Last week, TEDMED’s 20 Great Challenges of Health and Medicine, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a live video discussion about the impact of poverty on health. The Great Challenges conversation continues on Twitter through the end of March.

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American Indian Public Health Disparities: Regional Differences in Health

Free live webcast on February 21, 2013
9:00am - 10:00am ET

Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH
Director, Master of Public Health Program, North Dakota State University

This broadcast will address a number of relevant topics surrounding public health disparities and American Indian populations. Specifically, this broadcast will include a brief review of current American Indian Health Policies and a discussion of disparities that exist in health resources for American Indians. Dr. Warne will also review key health disparities that exist among and between American Indian populations as well as regional differences in health. Finally, Dr. Warne will present policy and program strategies intended to reduce the existing disparities.

After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:
  • Describe American Indian Health Policies
  • Identify at least three disparities in American Indian Health Resources
  • List at least three regional differences in American Indian Health

Online Registration website

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Other Events and Resources

The Association of American Indian Physicians' 42nd Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

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Funding Opportunities Webinar
on February 20, 2013 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST)

The Tribal Law and Policy invites interested applicants to register for a webinar that will provide guidance and resources concerning current Justice Department funding opportunities. While reference information will be provided concerning other potential wellness court funding opportunities, the primary focus of this webinar will be how CTAS purpose area #3 funding (BJA Tribal Court Assistance Program and Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program) could assist with funding Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. Representatives from the applicable Justice Department grant-making agencies will also be available to answer questions that you may have concerning the application process.

National Network of Public Health Institutes  2013 Annual Conference
The Art and Science of Collaborative Practice: 
Moving America's Health Agendas Forward

May 20-22, 2013 
New Orleans, Louisiana

Register Now!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 22nd 
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 6th 
Emerging Institute Scholarship Submission Deadline: March 6th

Read more about the conference

February 6, 2013

NACCHO Releases New Accreditation & QI Resources  for Local Health Departments 

NACCHO's Accreditation & QI Team is pleased to announce the official launch of the Roadmap to a Culture of Quality Improvement (QI Roadmap) Website. With input from local health department (LHD) practitioners and extensive review of the literature, this resource was developed to provide LHDs with guidance on progressing through six phases or levels of QI maturity until a culture of quality can be reached and sustained. For each phase, the Roadmap presents common organizational characteristics, strategies, and supplemental resources for transitioning to the next phase...

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Native American Mental Health Symposium - March 25, 2013

The Native American Mental Health Symposium will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on March 25th and will represent the first three panels of our Fourth Annual Native American Health Care Conference. 

 Topics for discussion:
  • The State of Mental Health in Native Communities
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness
  • Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, Addiction

We invite all of our attendees to join in on the conversation and help improve the state of mental health in Indian Country. 

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Underage drinking prevention webinar
January 30, 2013 - 2-3pm EST

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) is hosting a webinar series, Preventing Underage Drinking, this month. The first presentation is on January 30, 2013, from 2–3 pm (EST). This first webinar in the series will provide an overview of the issue and of the series. It will begin with introductions from Dr. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and ICCPUD Chair, Administrator Hyde. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Acting Director Warren will then provide an overview of the nature and extent of the problem, and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Director Harding will discuss the "shape of the solution." Following their presentations, Director Harding and Acting Director Warren will engage with participants in a live question-and-answer period.

CLICK HERE to find more information and register for the webinar.

January 28, 2013

Upcoming TeleBehavioral Health Events

View the full schedule of upcoming events: CLICK HERE

Learn how to connect: CLICK HERE

The Fourth Annual Native American Health Care Conference & Mental Health Symposium
March 25th & 26th

The symposium takes place at the Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans, LA. Organizers are expecting representatives from 100 unique tribes from throughout the country. Please find the agenda and registration form attached for your convenience.

There is an early bird registration special through Friday February 15th. For more information, contact:

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January 22, 2013

NIDA Summer Research Opportunity

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites high school and under graduate students to submit applications for the 2013 Summer Research Program. Under this program students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences are paired with NIDA funded scientists at research institutions across the United States for 8-10 weeks during the summer to work in the field of substance abuse and addiction research. Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, patient interviews, library research and literature reviews. Student interns receive a stipend, and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses.

Complete program information, including the application form, required student qualifications, research site locations and research project descriptions are available at: The deadline to submit applications for the 2013 program is February 15, 2013.

For more information, contact Dr. Albert Avila at

January 22, 2013

2013 Winter Edition of the Tribal Law and Order Act’s Prevention & Recovery Quarterly Newsletter

This publication offers tools, resources, and information on preventing and addressing issues of alcohol and drug abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

View Winter 2013 Newsletter (PDF)

January 17, 2013

Call for New PHAB Site Visitors

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) announces an open call for volunteer Site Visitors for the 2013-2014 review cycles. To be considered, an individual must have at least five years professional experience in a Tribal, state, local, or territorial health department; have other management or leadership experience; and have a baccalaureate or higher degree. If you are eligible, please consider being a part of the exciting public health accreditation effort by volunteering to work with PHAB as a Site Visitor. All travel expenses for training and for the site visit are paid by PHAB. The application and its instructions can be accessed online by clicking here.

Applications should be submitted to

Site Visitor Roles and Benefits (PDF)

Wednesday January 16, 2013
Call with Secretary Sebelius TODAY 2:30pm ET - Next steps after Sandy Hook

Following President Obama’s announcement regarding the national response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be hosting a call with leaders from the health and human services community to discuss next steps. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., and National Institute of Mental Health Director Dr. Thomas R. Insel will also participate. We hope you will be able to join this call TODAY at 2:30 PM. This call is closed to press.

WHAT: Call with Secretary Sebelius
WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday January 16th at 2:30pm ET
DIAL IN: 888-455-2963

If you are not able to join us at 2:30pm today – you can hear a replay of the call by calling 888-568-0013 within the next 30 days.

The IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence and the UNM Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health present:

Introduction and Review on Historical Trauma Intervention
Friday, January 25, 2013

Eastern- 3:00 pm
Central- 2:00 pm
Mountain-1:00 pm
Pacific- 12:00 pm
Alaska- 11:00 am

To Participate:

  • SITE:
  • PASSWORD:  trauma
  • Audio option:
    • Select “Dial Out” and have Adobe Connect call you by entering your phone number (example: +13014433593).
    •   -OR-
    • Select “Using Computer” to listen to audio via your computer speakers.
Technical Assistance
Alaina George (505-248-4532;
Daniel Cook (505-248-4547;
Eric Tsosie (505-248-4613;


January 9, 2013

Upcoming webinar from the Network for Public Health Law

Effects of the Election on Future Implementation of the ACA

This webinar will take place on Thursday, January 17, at 1-2 p.m. (ET). Registration deadline is 1 p.m. Tuesday, January, 15. (ET). Register at

Presenters: Susan Polan, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director, American Public Health Association, Eli Briggs, M.A., Director of Government Affairs, National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), Jina Dhillon, J.D., M.P.H., Staff Attorney, National Health Law Program

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012, many of its implementing regulations are still being promulgated, and parts of it continue to be attacked. On this webinar, Ms. Dhillon will provide a detailed look at what the Supreme Court decision did and did not do, and describe ongoing lawsuits challenging it. Dr. Polan will provide a broad overview of what the election means for the ACA at the federal level and describe some of the ACA’s initiatives that impact public health. Ms. Briggs will provide a more “on the ground” look at how the ACA is being implemented at the state and local level, as well as suggestions for actions health departments can take in light of its passage and the current political environment.

January 4, 2013

Scholarship Opportunity Available

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), a global network of HIV researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health, is proud to offer a one year scholarship program for early-career US minority investigators. If you are a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority, have earned a PhD, MD, or other terminal degree and would like to conduct independent research with a network of investigators working together to prevent the spread of HIV, this opportunity is for you. Applications are due January 30, 2013 and are selected on a competitive basis. For more information please visit

December 19, 2012

A Message and Resource List from the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

We join communities nationwide in sorrow over the tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut. Each of our communities is affected differently, but we all have a role in the safe keeping of our students and the community around them. These incidents remind us of the critical need for the work we are all doing through our programs and services.

As with all times of uncertainty, it is important to keep lines of communication open to minimize potential negative physical and emotional reactions to the event. In your role, you can provide superintendents, school administrators, teachers, and parents with the tools they need to support young people during this time.

Our immediate responsibility is to see to the concerns and mental health needs of our students and families. Below you will find a list of resources and publications designed to support communities and families in crisis situations. For additional resources please visit our crisis preparedness response and recovery website located at Please feel free to reach out to us if you need additional information.

December 4, 2012

Request for Proposals - JBS International

JBS International, Inc. seeks to competitively award evidence-based projects that enhance disease prevention initiatives and improve health outcomes by:

  • Increasing routine HPV vaccination coverage for adolescents and persons up to 24 years
  • Increasing the proportion of adults vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza
  • Increasing the percentage of adults vaccinated against pneumococcal, zoster, or Tdap

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December 4, 2012

What's New on the CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response Site

CDC’s Winter Weather website is new for 2013 and now live. Learn how to stay safe and healthy during winter weather.
Learn more at


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