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: January 6, 2018

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts (Family Treatment Drug Courts) Due Jan.16, 2018
Due Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts [Short Title: Family Treatment Drug Courts (FTDC)]. The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts, which use the family treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment to parents with a SUD and/or co-occurring SUD and mental disorders who have had a dependency petition filed against them or are at risk of such filing. Services must address the needs of the family as a whole and include direct service provision to children (18 and under) of individuals served by this project. Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and consortia are eligible to apply.

Funds are available for up to 20 awardees to complete projects of up to five years with up to $425,000 available per year.

Learn more about the funding opportunity HERE

Posted: January 6, 2018

Strengthening the Role of Primary Care in Serving Children and Families Experiencing Trauma or Chronic Stress- Learning Collaborative Opportunity. Due Jan. 16, 2018
Applications due Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Pediatric-Integrated Care Collaborative works with professionals offering child trauma services by integrating behavior and physical health services in Native Communities. They are looking for a provider setting to participate in a Learning Collaborative opportunity. The provider setting should offer services to children, and either have mental health services on site or a mental health partner that they are interested in working with.

This Learning Community Aims to:

  1. Increase accessibility of services for Native American communities by integrating trauma-informed behavioral health services with primary care;
  2. Improve the quality of child trauma services for Native American communities by integrating behavioral and physical health services to increase mental wellness, overall functioning and quality of life for children and families; and
  3. Customize, adapt and evaluate a Toolkit's recommended structures, resources and processes for the unique needs of Native American communities.

Participants will receive:

  • Coaching/support from national experts in trauma informed care for native populations
  • Networking opportunities with Tribal and urban sites
  • Trauma informed care tools and resources
  • Funding for travel and lodging

View the application HERE

To apply or ask a question, contact Susan Larson, 410-502-5969; [email protected] or Dr. Larry Wissow,410-614-1243; [email protected] for an application or further information.

Posted: December 12, 2017

National Environmental Public Health (NEHA) Internship Program Now Accepting Applications, Due January 3, 2018

NEHA is pleased to announce the fourth year of the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program, which is funded by CDC's Environmental Health Services Branch. Local, state, and Tribal environmental health departments can apply to host one of 35+ environmental health internships during summer 2018. Students from universities with undergraduate and graduate environmental health programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council may be eligible for internships. NEHA encourages health departments to apply to host an intern by submitting an application by January 3, 2018. Apply here.

Posted: December 5, 2017

HRSA Family to Family Health Information Centers,
Due January 17, 2018

The purpose of this grant is to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them. Eligible applicants include any public or private entity. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and Tribal organizations are eligible to apply. More information

Posted: December 5, 2017

Administration for Children and Families - Personal Responsibility Education Program
Due May 25, 2018 (estimated)

The purpose of this program is to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and youth by supporting collaborative improvement among Title V agencies working to address child safety, including sudden unexpected infant deaths and bullying. The program will accomplish this through providing capacity building services to Title V agencies and maintaining a coalition of national, state, and local agencies and other key stakeholders that support improvements in the adoption of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. Up to 750,000 will be available. Tribal governments are eligible to apply. Awards are limited to the following states: Florida, Indiana, Kansas, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia. More information

Posted: October 30, 2017

Call for Papers: Health Equity
Abstracts due November 1, 2017

Health Services Research (HSR) and Centeres for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) are jointly publishing a Theme Issue about Health Equity. For this issue, they are requesting submissions of studies, evaluations, and policy analyses that use rigorous and scientific research methods to promote health equity and reduce health disparities. Work can be related to public health, health services research, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, sociology, and other fields.

Learn more about this opportunity HERE

Posted: October 30, 2017

Collaborative Minority Health and Health Disparities Research with Tribal Epidemiology Centers AND Technical Assistance Webinar for Collaborative Minority Health and Health Disparities Research

Applications due: December 4, 2017, 2018, or 2019

Webinar: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 3:00-4:30 pm EDT

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently posted two funding opportunities to support collaborative research between Tribal Epidemiology Centers and extramural investigators on topics related to minority health and health disparities in American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, and others are eligible to apply.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will hold a webinar for information and technical assistance on the funding programs. There will be opportunities to ask questions.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 3:00-4:30 pm EDT.

Learn more about the two funding opportunities or apply HERE (opportunity 1) and HERE (opportunity 2)

Learn more about the webinar or join HERE

Posted: October 30, 2017

Feasibility and Planning Studies for Development of Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities Funding Opportunity
Letter of intent due 30 days before January 18, 2018 (5pm PT) deadline

The National Institutes of Health is offering a funding opportunity to support the planning and development of translational research programs focused upon cancer health disparities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (information HERE) and the American Indian Cancer Foundation (information HERE) provided facts about the seriousness of cancer disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.

This research must focus on racial/ethnic minority populations, including AI/AN people. Nonprofits, institutions serving Alaska Natives/Native Americans/Native Hawaiians, and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities are among those eligible to apply.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, click HERE

Posted: October 30, 2017

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) hosts the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) which funds institutions to offer 10-12 week long research training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students from minority populations. The program funds institutions of higher education. Participating students must be members of health disparity populations who are underrepresented in sciences. This includes American Indians and Alaska Natives, individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from rural ares, and several other racial and ethnic minority groups.

The purposes of this program include: encouraging underrepresented students to begin careers in biomedical or behavioral health research and expose minority students to research initiatives addressing global health disparities.

Interested institutions and students can learn more about the program HERE

Posted: October 12, 2017

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Mid-career Health Policy Fellowship Opportunity

Application due November 15, 2017 at 3:00pm ET

Applications to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellowship program are now open for the 2018-19 fellowship year. This is a mid-career fellowship program that is based in Washington, DC and gives you the opportunity to learn about and participate in the policy process through a placement in the legislative or executive branch of government. After orientation, many fellows work in the House or Senate, either on committee staff or private office staff, while others who work in the executive branch serve in DHHS, or other federal agencies that are linked to health.

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation's most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level, gain an insider's perspective of the political process, develop unmatched leadership skills, and build a professional network that lasts a lifetime to accelerate careers as a leader in health policy.

More information here.

Posted: October 12, 2017

USDA Farm-to-School Grant Application Process: Engaging Tribal Communities & Producers
Webinar: Wed, October 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

This webinar will provide an overview of the FY 2018 Farm to School Grant Request for Applications. Learn about the goal of this funding opportunity, eligibility requirements, the application process and how to set you and your team up for grant application success! This webinar is tailored to applicants interested in crafting proposals that will serve Native Communities.
Register for the Webinar

Posted: October 12, 2017

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Grants
Due December 1, 2017

Seventh Generation Fund is "an Indigenous identity-based organization dedicated to the self-determination of Native Peoples and the sovereignty of our distinct Nations that mobilizes financial, technical, and informational resources directly to Native communities to empower action."

Seventh Generation is currently accepting proposals for grant awards ranging from $250 to $10,000 with average grants around $5,000. Grants are available nationally for projects in health and well-being; leadership development; art and creativity; peace, equity, and justice; sustainable communities and economies; and the environment.

To learn more or apply, click HERE

Posted: October 12, 2017

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
Due December 4, 2017

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) ad the United States Department of Agriculture is soliciting applications for their Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program. Two types of grants will be funded:

  • Community Food Projects (CFP) - may be funded up to $400,000 over 48 months
  • Planning Projects (PP) - may be funded up to $35,000 over one year

The primary goals of the program include meeting the food needs of low-income individuals; increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs; promoting comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and meeting specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs.

To learn more or apply, click HERE

Posted: October 12, 2017

Preparedness (Non-Disaster) Grants
Deadlines vary

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for preparedness (non-disaster) grants. FEMA will award $1.6 billion total to up to ten local, state, Tribal, nonprofit, and private entities for their preparedness programs. Grants are intended to support readiness and response in mitigating terrorism, disasters, and other emergencies.

To learn more, click HERE

Posted: September 7, 2017

RWJF Culture of Health Prize Accepting Applications
Deadline Nov. 3

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest barriers to good health, the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and well-being are greatly influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play; the safety of our surroundings; and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who together are transforming neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more-so that better health flourishes everywhere.

More Information and How to Apply

Posted: August 23, 2017

Behavioral Health Integration Initiative

The purpose of the IHS Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I) grant opportunity is to improve the physical and mental health status of people with behavioral health issues by developing an integrative, coordinated system of care between behavioral health and primary care providers. This effort supports the IHS mission to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of AI/ANs to the highest level. Increasing capacity among IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian Organization (I/T/U) health facilities to implement an integrative approach in the delivery of behavioral health services, including trauma-informed care, nutrition, exercise, social, spiritual, cultural, and primary care services will improve morbidity and mortality outcomes among the AI/AN population. In addition, this effort will support activities that address improving the quality of life for individuals suffering from mental illness, substance use disorders, and adverse childhood experiences. Other outcomes related to this effort include improved behavioral health services that will increase access to integrated health and social well-being services and the early identification and intervention of mental health, substance use, and serious physical health issues, including chronic disease. Applications for $500,000 are due September 14, 2017. More information for grantees is available at 2017-17103.

IHS Federal facilities: IHS-operated facilities may apply for a BH2I Federal program award. Please visit https://www.ihs.gov/dbh/newsannouncements/fundingannouncement for more information.

Posted: August 23, 2017

Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths

The purpose of the IHS Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths cooperative agreement is to increase access to community-based prevention strategies to provide social detoxification, evaluation, stabilization, fostering patient readiness for and entry into treatment for alcohol use disorders and when appropriate, other substance use disorders. Applicants must have a fully operational and staffed social detoxification program that provides all three critical components of the detoxification process that primarily serves Indians.

IHS will use this funding to focus on the provision of services in the Navajo and Great Plains Areas. Congress has highlighted that the community of Gallup, New Mexico, continues to face urgent needs for substance abuse treatment, residential services, and detoxification services to address an ongoing crisis of alcohol-related deaths of Tribal members. Senate Appropriations Committee Report 114-281 expressed the Committee's expectation that IHS use funds provided in its appropriation to continue its assistance toward addressing this issue in the city of Gallup, New Mexico. Additionally, IHS is aware of the urgent need for alcohol detoxification services in the Great Plains Area. IHS anticipates making two awards: 1 for Navajo and 1 for Great Plains. Applications are due on September 14, 2017. More information for applicants is available at 2017-17102.

Posted: August 7, 2017

NIHB Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Funding Opportunity ASI
Deadline September 1

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, is providing awards to eligible Tribal entities for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI). The Tribal ASI will fund 15-20 Tribes or Inter-Tribal Consortiums at amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 to work in one or more categories related to strengthening the Tribal health entity in working towards public health accreditation as defined by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Friday, September 1, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

BEGINNER COHORT NEW THIS YEAR! There will be a separate funding category for Tribal entities new to public health accreditation who wish to explore, in-depth, the potential of achieving public health accreditation with the option of taking the first steps on a path toward achieving such accreditation. Read the full announcement

On August 3, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, NIHB held a webinar about the funding opportunity. The time has passed, but the webinar was recorded and will be available soon on the NIHB Tribal ASI webpage. Follow the link for the RFA below.

Download the RFA and Application Package

Posted: August 7, 2017

IHSBehHealthIHS Division of Behavioral Health Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Funding Announced
Deadline August 31

The total amount of funding identified in FY 2017 is approximately $3.6M. Individual award amounts will range from $50,000 to $200,000 for IHS, Tribes, and tribal organizations. Urban Indian organization awards will be $100,000 each. The project period will operate from September 30, 2017 to September 29, 2020, dependent upon appropriations.

Access the funding opportunity website