Washington Report

An NIHB Publication

The Washington Report is an e-newsletter produced by the National Indian Health Board. Each issue contains a listing of current events on Capitol Hill, information on passed and upcoming legislation, Indian health policy analysis and action items.

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Health Reporter

An NIHB Publication

The Health Reporter is a quarterly newsletter published by the National Indian Health Board. Each issue of the E-newsletter contains up-to-date information on NIHB programs and issues surrounding Indian health in this country.

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Funding Opportunities

Posted: July 31, 2014

Tribal Health Profession Opportunities Grant RFA released

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children andFamilies (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is announcing that it anticipates competitively awarding cooperative agreements to support demonstration projects that are designed to provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. In addition to providing education and training services, funds for this project may be used for child care, case management, and other supportive services as appropriate.

It is expected that new grants will be for 60-month project periods with five 12-month budget periods. And all grantees will be required to take part in a rigorous evaluation, which is likely to include a random assignment process of potential participants into control and intervention groups.

For more information CLICK HERE



Posted: July 2, 2014

Apply for an SBIRT Grant

The National Council for Behavioral Health is announcing a request for applications for the 2014 Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative to support community behavioral health organizations interested in implementing screening for substance use.

The National Council received a $1.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support the implementation of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), an evidence-based practice, for adolescents in up to 30 community behavioral health organizations throughout the country. The project will also address how Medicaid, through its Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) mandate, can pay for SBIRT services.

View project commitment criteria and download the RFA/State Lead Application, Community Behavioral Healthcare Organization Profile, and Program Structure attachment on our 2014 Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative website. Applications must be submitted by State Leads (regional/state associations or departments) by July 11, 11:59pm Pacific.

Please direct any questions to Aaron Williams, Project Director, at aaronw@thenationalcouncil.org or to Chris Bodner, Project Coordinator, at chrisb@thenationalcouncil.org.



Posted: May 28, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Announces Funds to Improve Access to HIV-Related Health Information

The NLM is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $40,000, and must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.
Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Quotations are due to NLM on Friday, July 11, 2014.

For more information, please CLICK HERE.



Posted: May 28, 2014

Office of Minority Health Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative

Announcement Number: MP-CPI-14-003
Estimated Funding Level: Up to $2,700,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10 to 13

Announcement Description: The purpose of the Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities (PICC) Initiative is to identify, assist and educate minority populations about the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) and coverage opportunities made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The PICC Initiative will support organizations, partnerships and coalitions that will develop and provide comprehensive information and education sessions to minority consumers relative to the Marketplace; disseminate CMS or state-developed information to increase awareness of the Marketplace and, where appropriate, provide updated materials to more effectively offer culturally competent services specific to underserved communities, including translation services. Successful grantees will assist individuals from underserved and/or hard to reach populations in applying for health insurance coverage through the Marketplace, providing guidance on financial assistance and coverage options to reach minority populations who are targeted for enrollment. These funds may not be used to support individuals funded as Navigators for the 2014 Open Enrollment period in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.

Due Date for Applications: June 16, 2014
Apply on grants.gov - See more at: minorityhealth.hhs.gov



Posted: May 28, 2014

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

This 5-year, $14 million/year initiative aims to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and associated risk factors in American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages through a holistic approach to population health and wellness. The initiative will support efforts by American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages to implement a variety of effective community-chosen and culturally adapted policies, systems, and environmental changes. These changes will aim to reduce commercial tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition and physical activity, increase support for breastfeeding, increase health literacy, and strengthen team-based care and community-clinical links. Funds will support approximately 12 American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages directly and approximately 12 Tribal Organizations (one of each in each of 12 IHS administrative areas) to provide leadership, technical assistance, training, and resources to American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages within their IHS Administrative Areas.

Click here to view the FOA:
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=255892



Posted: May 28, 2014

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

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

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



Posted: May 23, 2014

Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative

Applications are due June 16, 2014.

This Initiative will provide funding to successful applicants to identify, recruit, and educate underserved minority populations about the Health Insurance Marketplace and to assist them with completion of the streamlined health insurance application to determine their eligibility to purchase health insurance from a plan offered through the Marketplace or for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

More Information (PDF)



Posted: May 20, 2014

HRSA Funding Opportunity: Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement National Learning Network

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. We obtained your name and email address from either your website, federally recognized tribal and other lists that designate you as the representative or contact for your organization. You are receiving this email notification to make you aware of all HRSA funding opportunities for which your organization may be eligible. We will send these notifications each time an appropriate HRSA grant opportunity is announced. If you do not wish to receive these alerts in the future, please reply back to this email and enter “PLEASE REMOVE ME” in the subject line.

For your information, the following HRSA Funding Opportunity Announcements are now open and applications can be submitted through Grants.gov. Tribal entities are eligible to apply.

HRSA Main Web Page: http://www.hrsa.gov/index.html

Funding Opportunity in Grants.gov:
http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=255430



Posted: May 19, 2014

Upcoming Grant Opportunities



Posted: May 19, 2014

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

Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime will make up to three awards of up to $660,000 each to tribes or tribal nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a victim-centered Community Wellness framework that extends beyond crisis victim assistance to meet the longer-term, complex needs of victims, survivors, and their families. The framework must include a Community Wellness Center that will offer, coordinate, or foster access to a continuum of resources and services that promote victim and community wellness, including a full range of intervention, treatment, health and wellness, prevention, educational and economic development, and cultural resources for the community. Those applying are urged to begin in advance of the July 15, 2014, deadline. For more information, please CLICK HERE.



Posted: May 14, 2014

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

A Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funding (TTPSF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for federally recognized Tribes was published in the Federal Register today, May 14, 2014. This notice announces the availability of TTP Safety funding and requests for grant applications. Applications must be submitted to ttpsf@dot.gov no later than 5:00 PM EST on June 30, 2014.

The FHWA will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 20th at 2:00 PM EST. To join the webinar, please click this link then enter the room as a guest: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/tribaltrans.

The audio portion of the webinar can be accessed from the teleconference line: TOLL FREE 1-888-251-2909; ACCESS CODE 4442306. In addition, this webinar will be recorded and posted on the TTP Safety website at http://www.flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety.

More Information (PDF)



Posted: May 12, 2014

SAMHSA Suicide and Substance Use Prevention Grant Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections) grants. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people up to and including age 24.

This program will help grantees reduce the impact of substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma on AI/AN communities through a public health approach. In addition, this grant will allow AI/AN communities to support youth and young adults as they transition into adulthood by facilitating collaboration among agencies.

Learn more and download application materials here:
http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-013

Applications are due Tuesday, June 17 2014

Pre-application webinar on May 2nd, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 3:00-4:30pm EST
Conference number: 234259
Participant passcode: 7676645

Interested parties can register to participate on the webinar by clicking on THIS LINK.



Posted: May 6, 2014

Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids is a unique advocacy collaboration between the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The goal of the grant opportunities described below is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children...

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Posted: April 28, 2014

Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health

Application Due Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $200,000 per year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections) grants. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people up to and including age 24 The goals of this program fall within two of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives: Prevention of...

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Posted: April 25, 2014

State Educational Agency Grants

The purpose of the program is to build and expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth, provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults, and connect children, youth, and families who may have behavioral health issues with appropriate services.

Application Due date: June 16, 2014

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Posted: April 25, 2014

Local Educational Agency Grants

The purpose of this program is to assist local educational agencies to begin to support the training of school personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and communities to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment. It is required that individuals be trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).

Application Due date: June 16, 2014

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Posted: April 24, 2014

2014 Tribal Behavioral Health Native Connections Grants

Applications are due Tuesday, June 17 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections) grants. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people up to and including age 24.

This program will help grantees reduce the impact of substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma on AI/AN communities through a public health approach. In addition, this grant will allow AI/AN communities to support youth and young adults as they transition into adulthood by facilitating collaboration among agencies.

Learn more and download application materials here: http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-013

Pre-application webinar on May 2nd, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 3:00-4:30pm EST
Conference number: 234259

Participant passcode: 7676645

Interested parties can register to participate on the webinar by CLICKING HERE

  1. Go to the URL listed above and choose Web RSVP under Join Events.
  2. Enter the conference number and passcode.
  3. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit.

The webinar will be recorded and posted on the sprc.org website afterwards under "SAMHSA Webinars."



Posted: April 9, 2014

Does your Native American community, Tribe, or Native-run nonprofit have a great idea for a project to promote self-sufficiency of Native people in the U.S.? Then you may be able to take advantage of a recently announced funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

HHS projects it will offer up to $15 million in grants for community-based projects to support the principle that social and economic development are inter-related and essential for the development of thriving Native communities.

HHS’ Administration for Native Americans will offer five funding opportunities. The announcements are as follows:

  • Native Languages – Preservation and Maintenance;
  • Native Languages – Esther Martinez Immersion;
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies;
  • Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies; and
  • Environmental and Regulatory Enhancement.

Applications are due April 15, 2014. Potential applicants may find the Funding Opportunity Announcements for these grants at www.grants.gov. ANA promotes self-sufficiency of Native communities in the U.S.—including American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands —through the provision of discretionary grants to tribal governments and Native-serving nonprofit organizations. ANA is interested in supporting community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, increase the capacity of tribal governments, strengthen families, preserve Native cultures, and increase self-sufficiency and community well-being. Funded project will reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for reducing or eliminating community problems and achieving long-range community goals.

For more information, visit ANA’s website at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana or contact the ANA Help Desk at 1-877-922-9262.



Posted: April 8, 2014

Funding Opportunity: PPHF- 2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (PPHF-2014)

Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements
Application Due Date: Monday, May 19, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) PPHF- 2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements) (PPHF-2014). The purpose of this program is to support states and tribes (including Alaska Villages and urban Indian organizations) in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration. Such efforts must involve public/private collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies and should include schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs, and other child and youth supporting organizations. Learn More.



Posted: March 20, 2014

Funding Opportunity: Teenage Pregnancy Prevention: Research and Demonstration Programs Community Collaborative Academy

Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)
Non-Binding Letters of Intent Due: March 21, 2014
Application Deadline: April 24, 2014
OAH has announced the availability of funds to help communities with high teen pregnancy rates develop and implement a collaborative, community-driven, innovative strategy or prevention framework for teen pregnancy prevention. Learn more.



Posted: March 20, 2014

Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Children Exposed to Violence

Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
NIJ is seeking multidisciplinary research and evaluation proposals related to childhood exposure to violence, particularly those that address polyvictimization, resilience, or justice system responses to children identified as being exposed to violence. For this solicitation, "children exposed to violence" encompasses a broad area that includes children both as direct victims and as bystanders or observers of various forms of violence in the home, school, or community. Learn more.



Posted: March 20, 2014

Funding Opportunity: Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women: Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence

Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
Funds will be provided for research and evaluation related to violence against women in the areas of teen dating violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence. These funding opportunities are focused at the state, local, tribal, federal, juvenile justice policy, and practice levels. Learn more.



Posted: March 20, 2014

Funding Opportunity: Internet Crimes Against Children Program Support

Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Application Deadline: April 14, 2014
The awardee will provide services and support to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force program. State and regional ICAC task forces work collaboratively as a national network of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies that prevent, interdict, and investigate technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. Learn more.



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