Behavioral Health Alerts

Posted: September 5, 2017

Upcoming Webinar: Improving Behavioral Health Integration through Culturally Appropriate Service Delivery
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:00-4:00 pm ET

Racially diverse and ethnic minority populations continue to experience disparities in behavioral health services access, treatment, and outcomes. Though the factors contributing to these disparities may include social determinants such as housing, education, and job status, provider bias and a lack of cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) may also play a role. Failure to address and acknowledge a patient's culture while providing integrated care can result in poor provider-patient communication and low health literacy.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • The range of issues of concern when it comes to cultural and linguistic competency (CLC);
  • How to engage leadership in CLC;
  • Specific tools and resources, including: an organizational self-assessment of linguistic and cultural appropriateness, a checklist of how to implement best practices and organizational protocols, and information on benchmarking progress;
  • How to obtain these tools and additional assistance in addressing CLC.

To register, click HERE

Posted: May 7, 2017

IHS Releases Dear Tribal Leader Letter Addressing Opioid Crisis

The Indian Health Service (IHS) released Dear Tribal Leader letter on May 2, 2017, outlining their new efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Tribal communities. The letter outlines initiatives taken by the Federal agency to improve coordination and responsiveness to the growing epidemic, while highlighting recent advancements such as the establishment of the IHS National Committee on Heroin, Opioid, and Pain Efforts (HOPE) Committee through official charter. To learn more, access the announcement HERE.

Posted: May 1, 2017

2017 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
Deadline: May 26, 2017

Hard Rock Casino and Hotel
Tulsa, Oklahoma
August 15-17, 2017

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) are proud to be working together to convene the various stakeholders across Indian Country looking to improve behavioral health outcomes in AI/AN communities. Tribal behavioral health experts, public health practitioners, researchers, community-based service providers, and Tribal professionals are invited to submit abstracts for the 2017 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Behavioral Health Conference. This year's conference focuses on actions and tools that foster resilience through the implementation of Tribal best practices.

IHS and NIHB invite proposals for presenters in the following five tracks:

  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse Prevention and Treatment
  • Strengthening Capacity to Support Resiliency
  • Traditional Approaches to Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Post-vention
  • Workforce Development and Community Resiliency
  • Behavioral Health Integration and Resiliency

Click here for more information and to submit your proposal!

Posted: March 4, 2017

Register for the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Webinar

Register for the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Webinar, March 8, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM ET:

National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 - 2020
on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

This Action Plan is the nation's road map for addressing viral hepatitis in the United States. Everyone has a role to play in the battle against viral hepatitis. Register now for the webinar on March 8th and learn more about the critical role(s) of various partners and how you can become a part of our national response to hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan) is posted and ready to share HERE. The webinar will include an overview of the Action Plan, what's new/changed, and perspectives from federal, national, and state partners.

Posted: March 4, 2017

National Transgender HIV Testing Day March 8, 2017 - Enhancing Services for Trans Populations

This is the second webinar, in a three-part series, that aims to enhance services for Trans populations and promote the National Transgender HIV Testing Day. This interactive and engaging webinar will cover strategies to help agencies and health departments improve services for Trans populations.This initiative encourages community-based organizations (CBOs), health jurisdictions and HIV prevention programs to respond by hosting local trans HIV testing community events (HIV testing, visibility campaign, community forums) and/or develop trans specific HIV testing.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern
(1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific)

For more information and to register, visit the link provided HERE.

Posted: February 21, 2017

SAMHSA, IHS and NIHB release the first-ever Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

Released in December, 2016, the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA) is the first-ever Tribally-informed and Tribally-directed behavioral health blueprint for improving behavioral health outcomes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The TBHA provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of behavioral health in Indian Country and outlines best practices, recommendations and priorities that can help inform program and policy development at the Tribal, Federal and State levels. Access the TBHA HERE.


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Behavioral Health Inquiries:

Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, JD
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-507-4089
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]



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