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Posted on April 28, 2022

Fernandeno Tataviam COVID-19 Vaccine Success Story

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has been collecting COVID-19 vaccination success stories from Tribes and community members across Indian Country. This month we are highlighting the amazing work from the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians!

In collaboration with El Proyecto Del Barrio, First-Med Ambulance, and Mission Community Hospital the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians developed the Mobile Vaxx program (under FEMA and Cal OES) with a mission to deliver vaccinations to underserved, under privileged, and disadvantaged communities. The program offers the following types of services:

  • Mobile Vaxx – They come to you. For the elderly and those with mobility issues, special needs, or transportation challenges a First Med ambulance will bring the vaccine to your doorstep (be it work or home).

  • Pop-Up Clinics – They set up clinics in strategic locations, canvassed the local area, boughteducation and awareness to the clinic, COVID-19, and the vaccine in their efforts to bring the vaccine to the public and Indian country.

To date, their collective efforts have vaccinated over 14,000 people throughout Los Angeles County and their new media efforts have put the program in front of over 20 million viewers. Mobile Vaxx was able to bring the vaccine to an elder who was not able to receive a vaccine through conventional outlets. She received both doses in a way that was conducive to her needs. Learn more here.

If you have a COVID-19 success story you want to share, reach out to Darby Galligher, Project Coordinator, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected], or fill out this form.



Posted on April 28, 2022

Coming to Indian Country: 988 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s suicide prevention project, THRIVE, has partnered with the Indian Health Services (IHS), Tribes, and Tribal organizations across Indian Country to write up a description of what the 988 direct three-digit mental health emergency resource is and how it can affect Tribal nations and communities. This resource will be updated and recirculated as the 988 line and partners answering the calls evolve. Access the document here.



Posted on April 28, 2022

CDC Releases Updated Information on Availability and Use of Treatments for Outpatients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19 Who are at Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19

On April 25, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to update healthcare providers, public health departments, and the public about the availability and use of recommended therapies for COVID-19 and to advise against using unproven treatments that have known or potential harms for outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19. For patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms who are not hospitalized and who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes, several treatment options are now widely available and accessible.

Systemic corticosteroids are not recommended to treat patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who do not require supplemental oxygen; patients who are receiving dexamethasone or another corticosteroid for other indications should continue therapy for their underlying conditions as directed by their healthcare providers. Antibacterial therapy is not recommended for the treatment of COVID-19 in the absence of another indication.

Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination is still the best way to prevent serious outcomes of COVID-19, including severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Read more about the Health Advisory here.



Posted on April 28, 2022

Free Youth Registration and the Chance to Earn Prizes at The National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022!

The annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS 2022) will be held virtually May 9 12, 2022. The summit is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) specific public health annual gathering elevating public health policy and its impact on Tribes. It serves as aforum for practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to mobilize in the arenas of public, behavioral, and environmental health. The summit also highlights emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices, developed by Tribes for Tribes.

The event attracts over 700 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year’s theme is Tribal Health is Public Health and will feature dynamic national plenary speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions, a Special Diabetes Program for Indians poster session, as well as the presentation of the Public Health Innovation Awards.

This week's TPHS 2022 news:

  • Youth, ages 18-24, are eligible to receive free registration!

  • Attendees who visit the virtual exhibit hall booths during the summit are eligible to win up to $800 in prizes!

Please visit the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 website for more information about the summit tracks, agenda, award nominations, special sessions, and opportunities to exhibit and sponsor.

Learn More and Register Today!



Posted on April 28, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Review the updated CDC resources below for more information!

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens. Read more.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens. Read more.

  • Recommendations to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in Tribal Settings. Read more.

  • Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report. Read more.

  • Recommendations for COVID-19 Close Contacts. Read more.

  • Recommendations for People with COVID-19. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised People. Read more.

  • Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report. Read more.

  • Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs. Read more.



Posted on April 25, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET.

  • Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes. Read more.

  • Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. Read more.

  • Schools, Child Care, and Colleges. Read more.

  • Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know. Read more.

  • What You Need to Know About Variants. Read more.

  • Self-Testing. Read more.

  • Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). Read more.



Posted on April 14, 2022

Upcoming Technical Assistance Webinars for AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Funding Opportunity

AmeriCorps is hosting technical assistance webinars for federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations that are controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by federally recognized Tribes for the Fiscal Year 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Applicants are encouraged to attend, ask questions, and learn more about the funding opportunity and eGrants. AmeriCorps State and National expects that successful applicants will be notified by early July 2022. Learn more about the funding opportunity and watch recordings of past webinars here.

Webinars: April 13 and April 20, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 5:00 PM ET

Register for the webinars



Posted on April 14, 2022

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Releases Version 2022 Standards & Measures

After years of input from the field, including from Tribal public health professionals, think tanks, expert panels, feedback from health departments, and a thorough vetting process, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) releases the Version 2022 Standards & Measures (S&M).

The S&M have been widely used by Tribes not only in the pursuit of voluntary national public health accreditation, but also as general resource for building Tribal public health capacity and systems improvement. Throughout the vetting process, Tribes contributed to the latest revisions through the Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board (TPHAAB) and various town hall meetings and think tanks coordinated to provide opportunities for Tribal inclusion. Read more about the newest revisions to the S&M’s here.

Provide feedback to NIHB on the new S&M or learn more about NIHB's technical assistance for public health accreditation and stems improvement by contacting Jessica Dean, Project Coordinator, Public Health Policy and Programs, at [email protected].



Posted on April 14, 2022

Coming to Indian Country: 988 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s suicide prevention project, THRIVE, has partnered with the Indian Health Services (IHS), Tribes, and Tribal organizations across Indian Country to write up a description of what the 988 direct three-digit mental health emergency resource is and how it can affect Tribal nations and communities. This resource will be updated and recirculated as the 988 line and partners answering the calls evolve. Access the document here.



Posted on April 14, 2022

April 11-16 Marks National STD Awareness Week!

This week is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Week! STD Awareness Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives; reduce STD-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2019, STD rates for American Indian or Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) were three to five times that of non-Hispanic White people. AI/ANs can lower their risk of getting an STD in several ways, including properly using contraceptives. All STDs, even HIV, are treatable, and most are curable. The sooner a person gets tested, the sooner they can take action to protect their health and the health of their partner(s).

The CDC created campaigns for STD prevention partners and stakeholders to support STD prevention outreach. Click here to learn more about their STD Awareness Week campaigns. For more information about Tribal-specific STI and HIV resources visit the NIHB website or sign-up for Indian Country ECHO’s free technical assistance and capacity building service.



Posted on April 14, 2022

Free Youth Registration and the Chance to Earn Prizes at The National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022!

The annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS 2022) will be held virtually May 9 12, 2022. The summit is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) specific public health annual gathering elevating public health policy and its impact on Tribes. It serves as a forum for practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to mobilize in the arenas of public, behavioral, and environmental health. The summit also highlights emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices, developed by Tribes for Tribes.

The event attracts over 700 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year’s theme is Tribal Health is Public Health and will feature dynamic national plenary speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions, a Special Diabetes Program for Indians poster session, as well as the presentation of the Public Health Innovation Awards.

This week's TPHS 2022 news:

  • Youth, ages 18-24, are eligible to receive free registration!

  • Attendees who visit the virtual exhibit hall booths during the summit are eligible to win up to $1500 in prizes!

Please visit the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 website for more information about the summit tracks, agenda, award nominations, special sessions, and opportunities to exhibit and sponsor.

Learn More and Register Today!



Posted on April 14, 2022

Tribes Push Back on Senate Cuts to Tribal COVID-19 Funding

Last week, the Senate began considering a $10 billion COVID-19 funding package related to the manufacture and distribution of vaccines, testing, and therapeutics. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 4373 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act 2022. As part of the negotiations, the new funding was to be off-set primarily by reductions to past unspent COVID-19 relief funding.

One of those cuts was proposed to the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (Tribal Fund) which would reduce funding to Tribal governments by $221.75 million. Romney’s amendment rescinds $250 million of $500 million of the Tribal Fund that Senator Ron Wyden added to the American Rescue Plan Act. It also eliminates a portion of the Tribal State Small Business Credit Initiative allocation. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), Tribes, and other Tribal organizations including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI),fought back against these cuts. During a procedural vote on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, which failed primarily due to issues over immigration matters, Senator Wyden voted against the amendment. NIHB applauds Senator Wyden for standing with Indian Country; however, this fight is not over. Congressional leaders and the President intend to see this COVID-19 funding signed into law soon. Senators will still expect to have the funding off-set in some fashion. In addition, the funding should provide for some assistance to Indian Country. In its current form, it is not specific to the Indian Health Service or Tribes.

There is much work to do and NIHB will continue working on this matter. Please join in this fight for Indian health care funding.



Posted on March 24, 2022

Join Us for The National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022!

The annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS 2022) will be held virtually May 9 - 12, 2022. The Summit is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) specific public health annual gathering elevating public health policy and its impact on Tribes. It serves as a forum for practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to mobilize in the arenas of public, behavioral, and environmental health. The summit also highlights emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices, developed by Tribes for Tribes.

The event attracts over 700 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year’s theme is Tribal Health is Public Health and will feature dynamic national plenary speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions, a Special Diabetes Program for Indians poster session, as well as the presentation of the Public Health Innovation Awards.

Please visit the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 website for more information about the summit tracks, agenda, award nominations, special sessions, and opportunities to exhibit and sponsor.

Learn More and Register Today!



Posted on March 24, 2022

Closing Soon: 2022 State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial (STLT) Mental Health Survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched its 2022 State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial (STLT) Mental Health Survey. The anonymous, selfadministered, online survey covers questions to assess symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation. The instrument also assesses demographics, job categories, and work environment, as well as organizational support and coping strategies throughout the pandemic.

Public health workers who work at state, Tribal, local, and territorial health departments are highly encouraged to apply. All full-time, part-time, employees, contractors, fellows, and others who work at the health department are eligible to participate.

Survey Deadline: March 25, 2022

Access the survey here

For any questions, contact [email protected]



Posted on March 24, 2022

STAC Nominations Deadline Extended to March 25

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released an announcement that they will be extending their nomination deadline for Tribal members to serve on the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC).

The STAC is comprised of 17 Tribal positions including: a delegate and an alternate from each of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Areas with one delegate and one alternate from one from the five National At Large Members positions. Through this committee, HHS aims to provide a forum for government-to-government relationships for the continues development of partnership with Tribal nations on HHS policies, priorities and budgets.

Nominees must be an elected or appointed Tribal official acing as an elected official of their Tribe and must be appointed by an elected official of their Tribe.

The current vacancies are:

  • Alaska Area Primary and Alternate

  • Albuquerque Primary

  • Billings Area Primary and Alternate

  • Great Plains Primary and Alternate

  • Phoenix Primary and Alternate

  • Tucson Alternate

  • National At-Large Primary Delegate (2)

  • National At-Large Alternate Delegate (2)

Nominations Deadline: March 25, 2022

Submit a Nomination



Posted on March 24, 2022

COVID-19 Resources Available from Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board!

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) recently released new COVID-19 factsheets! These new factsheets include topics such as comparing symptoms of the cold, flu, allergies, and COVID-19, as well as COVID-19 therapeutics and booster shots. Factsheets can be accessed online here.

For more information, please contact Jonas Greene, Communications Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board at [email protected].



Posted on March 24, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Review the updated CDC resources below for more information!



Posted on March 17, 2022

New COVID-19 Resources Available from NPAIHB!

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) recently released new COVID-19 factsheets! These new factsheets include topics such as comparing symptoms of the cold, flu, allergies, and COVID-19, as well as COVID-19 therapeutics and booster shots. Factsheets can be accessed online here.

For more information, please contact Jonas Greene, Communications Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board at [email protected].



Posted on March 17, 2022

Congress Approves CDC and SAMHSA Funding for 2022 Fiscal Year

On March 11, 2022, President Biden signed the 2022 appropriations bill that includes funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), both of which are agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These bills are intended to fund the agencies through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2022, which ends on September 30, 2022.

The CDC received a budget of $8.5 billion, roughly $582 million over the FY 2021 enacted level. However, this increase does not translate into more direct funding for Tribes. Tribes suffer disproportionately from preventable chronic health conditions but continue to be overlooked when substantial public health funding is distributed by the CDC.

This bill funds SAMHSA at $6.5 billion, approximately $530 million over the FY 2021 enacted level. However, this does not provide the robust and bold funding levels required to address severe behavioral and mental health disparities in Tribal communities and rather, essentially exacerbate these disparities in Indian Country.

To read the full text of the bill, click here.

To read the Joint Explanatory Statement of the bill, click here.

To read the NIHB Special Message on SAMHSA funding, click here. The NIHB Special Message on CDCfunding is coming soon!

For questions regarding FY 2022 appropriations, please contact Erin Morris, Congressional Relations Manager, at [email protected], or Tyler M. Dougherty, Director of Public Health Policy and Programs, at [email protected].



Posted on March 17, 2022

Join Us for The National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022! Early Bird Registration Through March 11!

The annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS 2022) will be held virtually May 9 - 12, 2022. The Summit is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) specific public health annual gathering elevating public health policy and its impact on Tribes. It serves as a forum for practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to mobilize in the arenas of public, behavioral, and environmental health. The summit also highlights emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices, developed by Tribes for Tribes.

The event attracts over 700 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year’s theme is Tribal Health is Public Health and will feature dynamic national plenary speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions, a Special Diabetes Program for Indians poster session, as well as the presentation of the Public Health Innovation Awards. Plan now and take advantage of the Early Bird registration rates!

Please visit the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 website for more information about the summit tracks, agenda, award nominations, special sessions, and opportunities to exhibit and sponsor.

Important Dates:

  • Attendee Registration OPEN

  • Exhibitor Registration OPEN

  • Sponsorships OPEN

  • SDPI poster Session

  • Public Health Innovation Awards nominations OPEN through March 18, 2022

Learn More and Register Today!



Posted on March 17, 2022

Funding Package Includes Regulation of Synthetic Nicotine

When President Biden signed legislation to fund the federal government through the end of Fiscal Year 2022, authority for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate synthetic nicotine also became law.

Federal law for years allowed FDA to regulate commercial tobacco products like cigars and cigarettes, but not Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), also known as e-cigarettes or vapes. This allowed the vaping industry to operate without federal restrictions, marketing their products to youth through flavored products and actively encouraging synthetic nicotine addiction.

The FDA will now have to provide authorization for ENDS, and products not given authorization will be removed from the market.

Read more here (the new authorization is on page 1861).



Posted on March 17, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Review the updated CDC resources below for more information!



Posted on March 17, 2022

A Partnership With NIHB and CDC: Project Firstline

When healthcare workers practice infection control consistently – every person, every action, every day lives are saved. National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is excited to announce that our partner, CDC’s Project Firstline, released a new suite of educational resources to help healthcare workers recognize the risks for germs to spread throughout your workday and take action to protect your patients and yourself- no matter the situation.

Stay up to date on the latest Project Firstline resources. For more information, visit cdc.gov/projectfirstline.



Posted on March 10, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Review the updated CDC resources below for more information!

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • COVID-19 Community Levels. Read more.

  • COVID-19 by County. Read more.

  • Science Brief: Indicators for Monitoring COVID-19 Community Levels and Making Public Health Recommendations. Read more.

  • Guidance for Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2 for Healthcare Providers Testing Individuals in the Community. Read more.

  • Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. Read more.

  • Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines for People Who Would Like to Have a Baby. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding. Read more.



Posted on March 10, 2022

+Connection Is Medicine Project Aims to Support Mental Health for Native American Youth and Families

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health recently launched the +Connection is Medicine (+CiM) project that is aimed at supporting Diné and Apache families who are struggling with mental health due to ongoing stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to in-person learning. The study will leverage evidence-based tools, including developing individualized based coping plans and facilitating connections to care through case management. The study is being initiated in response to ongoing feedback from the Project SafeSchools Community Advisory Board and other community stakeholders who have raised concerns about mental distress in the community due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This pilot study will recruit from participants already enrolled in Project SafeSchools and who have elevated symptoms of mental distress.

Enrollment Period: June 2022 - January 2023

Learn More about +CiM



Posted on March 10, 2022

Join Us for The National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022! Early Bird Registration Through March 11!

The annual National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS 2022) will be held virtually May 9 - 12, 2022. The Summit is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) specific public health annual gathering elevating public health policy and its impact on Tribes. It serves as a forum for practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to mobilize in the arenas of public,behavioral, and environmental health. The summit also highlights emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices, developed by Tribes for Tribes.

The event attracts over 700 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year’s theme is Tribal Health is Public Health and will feature dynamic national plenary speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions, a Special Diabetes Program for Indians poster session, as well as the presentation of the Public Health Innovation Awards.

Plan now and take advantage of the Early Bird registration rates!

Please visit the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 website for more information about the summit tracks, agenda, award nominations, special sessions, and opportunities to exhibit and sponsor. Important Dates:

  • Attendee Registration OPEN - Early bird rate ends March 11

  • Exhibitor Registration OPEN

  • Sponsorships OPEN

  • SDPI poster Session – ACCEPTING PROPOSALS through March 15, 2022

  • Public Health Innovation Awards nominations OPEN through March 18, 2022

Learn More and Register Today!



Posted on March 10, 2022

EPA Releases Memo on Implementing Water Infrastructure Funding

On March 8, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum on how the agency will implement the $43 billion in water infrastructure funding included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which President Biden signed into law on November 15, 2021.

Clean drinking water is vital to health and wellbeing, and Tribes need funding to ensure their communities have access. On Navajo Nation, for example, over 9,600 homes were not connected to piped water and had to use wells.

The EPA’s memo outlined how the agency will use the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Grants to distribute $154 million to Tribes for water infrastructure, including replacement of lead service lines. For more information on how SRF grants work in Indian Country, click here and here.

The EPA maintains a National Tribal Caucus composed of regional Tribal representatives to advise the agency on issues relevant to Indian Country.

Read more here.



Posted on March 10, 2022

Virtual Tribal Consultation on Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2

Tribal Leaders are invited to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Virtual Tribal Consultation on Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2.

For more information, comments, or concerns, please email [email protected], or you may contact the Director for the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy, CAPT Karen Hearod, at 202-868-9931.

March 10, 2022

4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Register for the Tribal Consultation



Posted on March 10, 2022

Second Round of COVID-19 Tests Now Available for Order!

Earlier this year, the White House announced that they would be supplying Americans with a set of four free at-home COVID19 rapid tests. Starting now, residents of the U.S. and territories can place second orders of rapid at-home tests. Like the previous order, these kits will contain four COVID-19 tests.

How to place a second order:

  • Visit https://www.covidtests.gov/.

  • Click the blue button that says “Order free at home tests.”

  • Fill out the information with your residential address.

  • Click the green button that says “Check out now”

If you never placed your first order, you can still place your first and second order! To do this, complete the order process above twice.



Posted on March 10, 2022

Roselyn Tso Announced as Nominee for Indian Health Service Director

On March 9th, 2022, the Biden Administration announced the nomination of Roselyn Tso (Navajo Nation) to serve as Director for the Indian Health Service (IHS). The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) passed Resolution 22-02 on February 24, 2022, calling on President Joe Biden to nominate an IHS Director in order to ensure that IHS has a leader who can set forth a vision to address the health disparities that American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people face.

A citizen of the Navajo Nation, Roselyn Tso is currently the Director of the Navajo Area of IHS, and previously held the position of Director of the Office of Direct Services and Contracting Tribes at IHS. Tso began working for IHS in 1984, and prior to working with the Navajo Area, she spent years working in the Portland Area, which included roles such as the Portland Area Planning and Statistical Officer, Equal Employment Officer, Special Assistant to the Area Director, and as Director of the Office of Tribal and Service Unit Operations.

Read more here.



Posted on March 03, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Review the updated CDC resources below for more information!

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET.

  • What You Need to Know About Variants. Read more.

  • COVID-19 by County. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Community Levels. Read more.

  • Prioritizing Case Investigation and Contact Tracing for COVID-19. Read more.

  • Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States. Read more.

  • Self-Testing At Home or Anywhere. Read more.

  • Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination. Read more.

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety. Read more.

  • Use and Care of Masks. Read more.

  • Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan: Overview. Read more.

  • Considerations for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). Read more.

  • Case Investigator’s Interview Tool: Talking with People about COVID-19. Read more.

  • Contact Tracer’s Interview Tool: Notifying People About an Exposure to COVID-19. Read more.

  • Case Investigation and Contact Tracing: Part of a Multipronged Approach to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read more.

  • Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs. Read more.



Posted on March 03, 2022

+Connection Is Medicine Project Aims to Support Mental Health for Native American Youth and Families

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health recently launched the +Connection is Medicine (+CiM) project that is aimed at supporting Diné and Apache families who are struggling with mental health due to ongoing stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to in-person learning. The study will leverage evidence-based tools, including developing individualized based coping plans and facilitating connections to care through case management. The study is being initiated in response to ongoing feedback from the Project SafeSchools Community Advisory Board and other community stakeholders who have raised concerns about mental distress in the community due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This pilot study will recruit from participants already enrolled in Project SafeSchools and who have elevated symptoms of mental distress.

Enrollment Period: June 2022 - January 2023

Learn More about +CiM



Posted on March 03, 2022

Siletz Community COVID-19 Success Story

The National Indian Health Board has been collecting COVID-19 vaccination success stories from Tribes and community members across Indian Country. Check out our first success story from the Siletz Tribe in Oregon!

"The staff at Siletz Community Health clinic has done a remarkable job getting COVID-19 vaccines out to Siletz Tribal members and the community of Siletz in Lincoln County, Oregon. We had our first drive-through vaccine clinic on January 14, 2020. Since that date we have held drive-through COVID-19 vaccine events EVERY Friday through 2021. Last spring, we were vaccinating over 500 people at each vaccine event. Every department pitched in to help make these events run smooth and be successful. Community Health staff along with administration worked to schedule each event and ensure paperwork was completed. Medical prepared and administered vaccines while staff from dental, behavioral health, and fitness center manned the monitoring area and traffic control. Our small rural health clinic has administered over 10,000 vaccines! While this pandemic has been hard on Tribal communities, our clinic staff really came together as a team and worked hard to get this life saving vaccine out to as many Tribal and community members possible."

If you have a COVID-19 success story you want to share, reach out to Darby Galligher, Project Coordinator, Public Health Policy and Programs, at [email protected], or fill out this form.



Posted on March 03, 2022

Virtual Tribal Consultation on Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2

Tribal Leaders are invited to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Virtual Tribal Consultation on Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2.

For more information, comments, or concerns, please email [email protected], or you may contact the Director for the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy, CAPT Karen Hearod, at 202-868-9931.

March 10, 2022

4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Register for the Tribal Consultation



Posted on March 03, 2022

The National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022!

The National Tribal Public Health Summit will be held virtually May 9-May 12, 2022. The Summit is the premier American Indian and Alaska Native specific public health annual gathering elevating public health policy and its impact on Tribes. It serves as a forum for practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to mobilize in the arenas of public, behavioral, and environmental health. The summit also highlights emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices, developed by Tribes for Tribes.

The event attracts over 700 Tribal public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates, researchers, and community-based service providers. This year’s theme is Tribal Health is Public Health and will feature dynamic national plenary speakers, interactive workshops and roundtable discussions, a Special Diabetes Program for Indians poster session, as well as the presentation of the Native Public Health Innovation Awards.

Plan now and take advantage of the Early Bird registration rates!

Please visit the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 website for more information about the summit tracks, agenda, award nominations, special sessions, and opportunities to exhibit and sponsor.

Important Dates:

  • Attendee Registration OPEN - Early bird rate ends March 11

  • Exhibitor Registration OPEN

  • Sponsorships OPEN

  • Public Health Innovation Awards nominations OPEN through March 4, 2022

  • SDPI poster Session – ACCEPTING PROPOSALS through March 15, 2022

  • Call for Abstracts CLOSED

Learn More and Register Today!



Posted on February 24, 2022

Zenni Scholarship to Advance Children’s Vision

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is launching the Zenni Scholarship to Advance Children’s Vision in partnership with Zenni Eyewear. This new program supports vision screeningcertification and access to eyeglasses for underserved populations, including Tribal communities, across the U.S. through:

  • Scholarships for the Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course (a value of $175) -- a three-year, nationally recognized certificate based on current national guidelines, best practices, and evidence-based vision screening tools and procedures for preschool and schoolage children. Participants receive five contact hours for professional development.

  • Access to vouchers for the full cost of one pair of Zenni eyeglasses for children served by scholarship recipients who do not otherwise have public or private insurance to cover the cost of new or replacement eyeglasses.

Course Description

The course provides instruction and a personalized virtual skills assessment with mentoring and tips for participants. Topics include:

  • Signs of possible vision disorders;

  • an overview of vision disorders in the target age group;

  • an explanation of age-appropriate, Prevent Blindness-approved vision screening tools;

  • how to set up the vision screening environment;

  • how to use the vision screening tools; referral protocols;

  • and suggestions for improved follow-up on referrals for eye examination.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://preventblindness.org/zenni-scholarship/.



Posted on February 24, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET.

  • Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Caregivers about COVID-19 Precautions in Schools. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised People. Read more.

  • Isolation and Quarantine in Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs. Read more.



Posted on February 24, 2022

Dr. Laura Hammit Emphasized the Need for Sustained Investments in Countering Health Inequities

Dr. Laura Hammitt, Director of Infectious Disease Prevention Programs at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (CAIH), has been featured in The Lancet Infectious Diseases as a key leader within the Center's COVID-19 response efforts.

Dr. Hammitt and the CAIH team supported testing and contact tracing efforts and delivered supplies to households in isolation or quarantine during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was the honor of a lifetime to be part of the COVID-19 response team and work alongside Tribal leaders, healthcare providers, and community members to battle this virus,” Hammitt said. (Center for American Indian Health, 2022).

“There is a myriad of socio-economic factors and long-lasting effects from colonization that vaccines alone cannot overcome,” Dr. Hammit explains. “We need sustained investment in Indigenous communities to allow them to make improvements in the structural, economic, and social conditions that impact health.” (Center for American Indian Health, 2022).

Read more in The Lancet Infectious Diseases here.



Posted on February 24, 2022

National Indian Health Board's COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected], 202-507-4081 or visit the COVID19 Tribal Resource Center.



Posted on February 24, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seektesting and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on February 24, 2022

+Connection Is Medicine Project Aims to Support Mental Health for Native American Youth and Families

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health recently launched the +Connection is Medicine (+CiM) project that is aimed at supporting Diné and Apache families who are struggling with mental health due to ongoing stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to in-person learning. The study will leverage evidence-based tools, including developing individualized based coping plans and facilitating connections to care through case management. The study is being initiated in response to ongoing feedback from the Project SafeSchools Community Advisory Board and other community stakeholders who have raised concerns about mental distress in the community due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This pilot study will recruit from participants already enrolled in Project SafeSchools and who have elevated symptoms of mental distress. +CiM is aimed to start enrollment by the end June 2022 and continue through January 2023.

Learn more about +CiM here.



Posted on February 24, 2022

Indian Health Service Vaccine Events and Clinics Calendar

The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently added a list of COVID-19 vaccine events and clinics to their website! The list currently includes events happening in California, Montana, and New Mexico. If you do not live in those states, or do not live near an IHS, Tribal, or urban Indian organization, you can visit www.vaccines.gov to find vaccines near you.

Visit the Vaccine Events and Clinics site here.



Posted on February 24, 2022

Call for National Tribal Public Health Summit Presenter Abstracts

Deadline: February 28, 2022, 11:59 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites Tribal public health practitioners, researchers, and community-based service providers to submit presenter abstracts to the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 (TPHS 2022) being held virtually May 9-12, 2022.

NIHB encourages workshop and roundtable breakout session presentations highlighting emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices developed by Tribes for Tribes. Please consider submitting an abstract proposal in one of the six summit topic areas:

  • COVID-19 and Vaccines

  • Tribal Public Health Infrastructure, Policy, and Systems

  • Climate Change and Environmental Health

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

  • Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Decolonizing Public Health

Read more and submit your abstracts here.



Posted on February 18, 2022

A Solemn Milestone for Indian Country: More than 10,000 COVID-19 Deaths

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of COVID-19 related deaths for the American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) reached 10,259 as of February 5, 2022. This somber statistic is a reminder of how devastating COVID-19 has been for Tribal nations. We mourn the loss of our family members, friends, neighbors, and Tribal citizens due to COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important that Tribal citizens remain vigilant. The best tool to prevent the worst outcomes from the virus is getting your vaccine and booster. The CDC data reinforces the importance of the vaccine and booster.

Visit the National Indian Health Board’s COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center for more information on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community.

Learn More.



Posted on February 17, 2022

Indian Health Service to Distribute N95 Masks

To ramp up access to high-quality masks amid the spread of the Omicron variant, Indian Health Service (IHS)-operated facilities, Tribally-operated facilities, and Urban Indian Organizations have received N95 respirator masks from the IHS National Supply Service Center for free distribution to patients, health center staff, and other individuals within the community. Upon request, IHS will distribute the N95 masks to health care facilities operated by Tribes with an Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (ISDEAA) agreement and Urban Indian Organizations with an Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) agreement.

IHS-operated facilities will offer two masks for each person in the household. To order masks for your Tribal or Urban Indian Organization site, please contact your IHS Area Emergency Point of Contact (EMPOC).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that any mask is better than no mask. And we do encourage all Tribal members to wear a well-fitting mask to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.



Posted on February 17, 2022

Zenni Scholarship to Advance Children’s Vision

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is launching the Zenni Scholarship to Advance Children’s Vision in partnership with Zenni Eyewear. This new program supports vision screening certification and access to eyeglasses for underserved populations, including Tribal communities, across the U.S. through:

  • Scholarships for the Children’s Vision Screening Certification Course (a value of $175) -- a three-year, nationally recognized certificate based on current national guidelines, best practices, and evidence-based vision screening tools and procedures for preschool and school-age children. Participants receive five contact hours for professional development.

  • Access to vouchers for the full cost of one pair of Zenni eyeglasses for children served by scholarship recipients who do not otherwise have public or private insurance to cover the cost of new or replacement eyeglasses.

Course Description

The course provides instruction and a personalized virtual skills assessment with mentoring and tips for participants. Topics include:

  • Signs of possible vision disorders;

  • an overview of vision disorders in the target age group;

  • an explanation of age-appropriate, Prevent Blindness-approved vision screening tools; how to set up the vision screening environment;

  • how to use the vision screening tools;

  • referral protocols;

  • and suggestions for improved follow-up on referrals for eye examination.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://preventblindness.org/zenni-scholarship/.



Posted on February 17, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on February 17, 2022

February 2022 Issue of Health Affairs, Racism and Health

The February 2022 issue of Health Affairs, “Racism & Health,” contains a comprehensive, scholarly look at the complex relationship between racism and health and provides new evidence, analysis, and narratives on the topic. Included is an open access article “The Generational Impact of Racism On Health: Voices From American Indian Communities” highlighting stories illustrating the effects of racism and recommendations for using the American Indian and Alaska Native Cultural Wisdom Declaration to inform policy and programming to eliminate structural racism.

Read the American Indian and Alaska Native Cultural Wisdom Declaration, first published in the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda 2016, here.

Watch the February 8, 2022 virtual symposium Racism and Health, here.



Posted on February 17, 2022

Ready Youth Toolkit in a Box

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 developed a toolkit for Tribes to involve youth in local preparedness activities to support disaster preparedness, positively impact their communities, and help FEMA build a culture of preparedness.

The Ready Youth Toolkit in a Box is a step-by-step guide on starting a Youth Preparedness Council/Club (YPC), including templates and resources for securing a sponsor, assigning membership roles, scheduling preparedness training, and best practices for sharing social media information on preparedness to their community. By organizing a YPC, Tribes support youth in helping to save lives and, in turn, help strengthen their community.

Download the toolkit and help build the next generation of emergency preparedness leaders right in your own backyard here.



Posted on February 17, 2022

University of Minnesota Offers Public Health Opportunities to Indigenous Students

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is providing an opportunity for American Indian/Alaska Native students interested in getting a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree with an emphasis on management, policy, and public health informatics. The PHAP degree is offered in 3 formats

  • Traditional (on campus; 44 credits)

  • Executive (online with five short visits to campus over 30 months; for students who already have experience in health or public health; 42 credits)

  • Distance (fully online; 44 credits)

Traditional students attend school full-time (usually 11-12 credits a semester). Distance and executive students attend school online part- or full-time (4-10 credits a semester) while remaining embedded in their communities and working in public health, health care, community health, or population health organizations.

Learn more about the program here.

Interested applicants, please contact the program for more information and application deadlines.



Posted on February 17, 2022

Navajo Nation Awarded $1.6 Million for Abandoned Mine Clean Up

The Department of the Interior announced the award of $725 million, including $1.6 million to the Navajo Nation, to reclaim abandoned mine lands. The Navajo Nation was the only Tribal government awarded funds along with 22 states. The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed into law in November 2021, which allocated $11.3 billion over 15 years to reclaim abandoned mine lands across the country.

Over 500 abandoned uranium mine sites dot Navajo Nation, exposing the surrounding communities to high levels of radiation. Long term exposure to this radiation is shown to cause or exacerbate lung cancer, bone cancer, and loss of kidney function.

Read more here.



Posted on February 17, 2022

National Indian Health Board's COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected], 202-507-4081 or visit the COVID19 Tribal Resource Center.



Posted on February 17, 2022

Indian Health Service Vaccine Events and Clinics Calendar

The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently added a list of COVID-19 vaccine events and clinics to their website! The list currently includes events happening in California, Montana, and New Mexico. If you do not live in those states, or do not live near an IHS, Tribal, or urban Indian organization, you can visit www.vaccines.gov to find vaccines near you.

Visit the Vaccine Events and Clinics site here.



Posted on February 17, 2022

2022 Public Health Innovation Awards Nominations Open!

In an effort to honor individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved American Indian and Alaska Native public health, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites nominations for the Native Public Health Innovation Awards 2022! One National, Regional, and Local winner will be awarded in each category.

The Public Health Innovation Awards were created to recognize excellence, achievement, and innovations that are above and beyond the call of service. NIHB recognizes that public health is a traditional Native value, that is important to Native health and wellness, and that Tribes have led the way in creating and implementing public health programming and services that align not only with contemporary needs, but with cultural beliefs as well.

Each award highlights the work and vision of a Tribe, individual, organization, or program that has worked to improve health status or outcomes, implement new programming, address long standing health disparities, and/or increase the visibility of Tribal public health concerns. NIHB will virtually present the awards during the National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) May 9-12, 2022..

Award Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022, 11:59 PM ET

Submit Award Nomination



Posted on February 10, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes. Read more.

  • Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. Read more.

  • Schools, Child Care, and Colleges. Read more.

  • Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know. Read more.

  • What You Need to Know About Variants. Read more.

  • Self-Testing. Read more.

  • Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). Read more.



Posted on February 10, 2022

Ready Youth Toolkit in a Box

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 developed a toolkit for Tribes to involve youth in local preparedness activities to support disaster preparedness, positively impact their communities, and help FEMA build a culture of preparedness.

The Ready Youth Toolkit in a Box is a step-by-step guide on starting a Youth Preparedness Council/Club (YPC), including templates and resources for securing a sponsor, assigning membership roles, scheduling preparedness training, and best practices for sharing social media information on preparedness to their community. By organizing a YPC, Tribes support youth in helping to save lives and, in turn, help strengthen their community.

Click this link to download the toolkit and help build the next generation of emergency preparedness leaders right in your own backyard.



Posted on February 10, 2022

Indian Health Service Vaccine Events and Clinics Calendar

The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently added a list of COVID-19 vaccine events and clinics to their website! The list currently includes events happening in California, Montana, and New Mexico. If you do not live in those states, or do not live near an IHS, Tribal, or urban Indian organization, you can visit www.vaccines.gov to find vaccines near you.

Click here to visit the Vaccine Events and Clinics site.



Posted on February 10, 2022

National Indian Health Board's COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committedto serving Tribal nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected] or 202-507-4081 or visit the COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center.



Posted on February 10, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on February 10, 2022

Indian Health Service to Distribute N95 Masks

To ramp up access to high-quality masks amid the spread of the Omicron variant, Indian Health Service (IHS)-operated facilities, Tribally-operated facilities, and Urban Indian Organizations have received N95 respirator masks from the IHS National Supply Service Center for free distribution to patients, health center staff, and other individuals within the community. Upon request, IHS will distribute the N95 masks to health care facilities operated by Tribes with an Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (ISDEAA) agreement and Urban Indian Organizations with an Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) agreement.

IHS- operated facilities will offer two masks for each person in the household. To order masks for your Tribal or Urban Indian Organization site, please contact your IHS Area Emergency Point of Contact (EMPOC).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that any mask is better than no mask. And we do encourage all Tribal members to wear a well-fitting mask to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.



Posted on February 10, 2022

Tribal Leaders Call on CDC for TribalDriven Public Health Infrastructure and Direct Funding for Tribal Public Health Systems

Tribal leaders from 7 of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Areas and 4 Tribes-At-Large members gathered virtually for the 23rd Biannual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee (CDC TAC) meeting on February 2-3, 2022. The CDC TAC received briefings on the agency's fiscal year 2022 budget, and heard updates from CDC about where the agency is in the process of updating their Tribal consultation policy, following a consultation held in August 2021. The CDC TAC then heard from three Tribal health organizations (THOs) regarding their work expanding and strengthening their public health systems. Following these presentations, Tribal leaders participated in a discussion on future Tribal public health infrastructure needs. They advocated for the implementation of minimum five percent set-asides across the agency for Tribal programs and for direct, non-competitive funding to Tribes. They further urged the agency to consider updated budget formulation models that address the needs of Tribes equitably.

On the second day, CDC Director/ATSDR Administrator Dr. Rochelle Walensky addressed the TAC and reaffirmed the government-to-government relationship between the agency and Tribes. She praised Tribes’ public health infrastructure strengthening efforts, and highlighted programs to support Tribal public health workforce development. The CDC TAC requested the agency to support the expansion of self-governance through compacts and contracts. They also stressed the importance of clear COVID-19 communication, and close engagement with Tribal leaders in anticipation of future changing guidance. In a following discussion session, the CDC TAC explored needs for future pandemic mitigation, including reliable and accurate testing, accessible data, strengthening of the Tribal public health workforce, and a focus on understanding long-term COVID-19 in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Finally, Chair Bryan Warner (Oklahoma City Area Representative) requested that CDC provide guidance to state, local, and territorial entities to affirm Tribal public health authority.

The CDC TAC is currently recruiting for the Billings Area, and is acceptingnominations through February 18, 2022.

Learn more about the CDC TAC, including the roster here, and access summaries from past meetings here.



Posted on February 03, 2022

FDA Approves Second COVID-19 Vaccine

On February 1, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to a second COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna COVID19 vaccine, now being marketed as Spikevax, has been approved for people ages 18 and over. The Moderna vaccine (Spikevax) has been available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for people 18 years of age and older since December 18, 2020.

Spikevax has the same formula as the EUA Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is given as a primary series of two doses, one month apart. Spikevax can be used interchangeably with the EUA Moderna vaccine to provide the vaccination series. The Moderna/Spikevax vaccine meets the FDA’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality required for a full FDA approval. Read more about Spikevax’s FDA approval here.



Posted on February 03, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • Schools, Child Care, and Colleges. Read more.

  • Travel. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs. Read more.

  • Free N95 Respirator Manufacturers. Read more.

  • Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing. Read more.

  • Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines. Read more.



Posted on February 03, 2022

National Indian Health Board's COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected] or 202-507-4081 or visit the COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center.



Posted on February 03, 2022

Indian Health Service Vaccine Events and Clinics Calendar

The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently added a list of COVID-19 vaccine events and clinics to their website! The list currently includes events happening in California, Montana, and New Mexico. If you do not live in those states, or do not live near an IHS, Tribal, or urban Indian organization, you can visit www.vaccines.gov to find vaccines near you. Click here to visit the Vaccine Events and Clinics site.



Posted on February 03, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on January 27, 2022

White House Supplying Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests and N95 Masks

Last week, the White House announced that they will be supplying Americans with free at-home COVID-19 tests and N95 masks. Every home in the U.S. is eligible for four free at-home rapid tests. Test sets can be ordered through the U.S. Postal Service online now! N95 masks will be available to pick up at thousands of pharmacies and community health centers across the country. Masks will be available soon, and the program will be fully running by early February.

Order COVID-19 tests here.

Read more about the N95 masks here.



Posted on January 27, 2022

Indian Health Service Vaccine Events and Clinics Calendar

The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently added a list of COVID-19 vaccine events and clinics to their website! The list currently includes events happening in California, Montana, and New Mexico. If you do not live in those states, or do not live near an IHS, Tribal, or urban Indian organization, you can visit www.vaccines.gov to findvaccines near you.

Click here to visit the Vaccine Events and Clinics site.



Posted on January 27, 2022

National Indian Health Board's COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback. Contact Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected] or 202-507-4081 or visit the COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center.



Posted on January 27, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • Interim Guidance for Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2. Read more.

  • Types of Masks and Respirators. Read more.

  • What to Know About COVID-19 Testing in Schools. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots. Read more.

  • Reinfections and COVID-19. Read more.

  • Quarantine and Isolation. Read more.

  • Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Read more.

  • Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages. Read more.



Posted on January 27, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on January 27, 2022

CDC Releases New Reports Highlighting Importance of COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released three new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs) that further highlight the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot to protect against severe COVID-19 associated with either the delta or omicron variant.

The first MMWR (early release January 21, 2022) found that getting a third dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer Bio-NTech or Moderna), either as an extra dose or a booster shot, was highly effective at preventing severe illness during both the delta and omicron predominant periods. Vaccine effectiveness was higher in adults who were eligible for a third dose or booster shot compared to those who had received two doses.

The second MMWR (early release January 21, 2022) found that when the delta variant was the dominant variant, and in the early days of omicron, that people who were fully vaccinated and boosted (up to date on their vaccines) had the highest protection against infection.

The third MMWR (early release January 21, 2022) found that a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine provides significant protection against symptomatic COVID-19 disease. Protection was found to be greater against the delta variant compared to the omicron variant.



Posted on January 27, 2022

Help Spread the Word to Potential CDC Public Health Associates and Host Sites

On January 3, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) launched their host site recruitment efforts for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). Many Tribes and Tribal Organizations have taken advantage of this program which places early career public health staff at their sites for a two-year commitment, paid for by the CDC. The CDC is looking to recruit both host sites—state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations—and recent college graduates who are interested in a career in public health. To help, they have created a partner social media toolkit with sample messages for Facebook, Twitter, andLinkedIn, as well as diverse graphics for different audiences.

Interested in becoming a Public Health Associate, read more here. Interested in becoming a host site, read more here.



Posted on January 27, 2022

New Scale to Assist in Prioritization of Patient Safety During Crises

As Omicron cases continue to surge, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) urges healthcare facilities to assess their infection prevention workload and prioritize critical patient safety and infection surveillance work. A statement from APIC President Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, says “Infection prevention professionals serve as a critical line of defense in preventing and responding to infections and integrating evidence-based strategies to limit their spread.” Tribal healthcare systems are experiencing a high volume of work due to COVID-19 response in Tribal communities, and an Omicron surge may consider evaluating infection control workloads. The work can be prioritized so that infection control professionals can focus on their areas of expertise and optimize safety for Tribal healthcare professionals. Read more here.



Posted on January 25, 2022

IHS Acting Deputy Director Urges Indian Country to Order Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Acting Deputy Director, Elizabeth Fowler sent a message urging Indian Country to order their one set of four FREE at-home COVID-19 testing kits at: https://www.covidtests.gov/ from the US Postal Service (USPS) is now delivering

To order, you only need to provide your name and residential mailing address. No ID, credit card, or health insurance information is required. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

If you have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support placing an order, you can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY: 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – from 8:00 am to midnight ET, seven days a week.

The website also provides important information about the at-home test, other valuable testing resources, and the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for isolation and self-testing. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section to answer many of the common questions regarding the at-home test kits, including any issues related to residential addresses with multiple units or multi-family living arrangements.

To order your at-home testing kit from the US Postal Service (USPS):

Step 1: Visit https://special.usps.com/testkits

Step 2: Fill out your contact information, including first and last name. You may also give your email address if you wish to receive shipping notifications. and email if you wish to receive shipping notifications.

Step 3: Enter your shipping address or PO Box.

Step 4: Check out!



Posted on January 20, 2022

Special Message for Indian Country: COVID-19 Vaccines for Native Youth

As experts agree and data has shown, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective defense strategy we have against the virus. Longstanding inequalities fueled by federal policies have helped fuel COVID-19 spread in Native American communities. As of January 14, 2022, nearly 8.5 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. COVID cases among children are extremely high: nearly 580,000 child cases were added the past week, an increase of nearly 78% over the last two weeks.

According to data from January 14, 2022, nearly 1.4 million eligible AI/ANs ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and over 1.6 million have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but, as suggested by recent data, COVID-19 vaccine coverage is the lowest among 12-15-year-olds. We’re all hopeful that the end of this pandemic comes to us sooner rather than later, but until then, we still need to be diligent in protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. It is important to continue to show your Acts of Love to your community by wearing a mask, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (or using hand sanitizer), getting your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t yet, staying physically distanced, and getting tested for COVID-19. There are several in-person and home testing options available to Tribal members across the country.

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Posted on January 20, 2022

USPS to Deliver Free At-Home Rapid Tests for COVID-19

The US Postal Service (USPS) is now delivering FREE at-home rapid tests! Residential households in the U.S. can now order one set of four free at-home COVID-19 testing kits. There is a limit of one order per household. Each order includes four individual rapid COVID-19 tests, and will ship for free starting in late January.

To order your at-home testing kit:

Step 1: Visit https://special.usps.com/testkits

Step 2: Fill out your contact information, including first and last name. You may also give your email address if you wish to receive shipping notifications. and email if you wish to receive shipping notifications.

Step 3: Enter your shipping address or PO Box.

Step 4: Check out!



Posted on January 20, 2022

EPA Announces Evaluation of Lead in Aircraft Fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intent to use Clean Air Act authority to examine the impact lead in the fuel used by piston-engine aircraft has on public health. The agency will issue a report for public comment in 2022 and publish final actions, including possible regulations, by 2023.

An estimated 167,000 piston-engine airplanes use leaded fuel between nearly 20,000 public and private airports, and leaded aircraft fuel accounts for 70% of all lead air pollution nationwide. Piston-engine aircraft are typically smaller than airplanes used for commercial transportation. Commercial jets do not use leaded fuel.

EPA estimates that 78,000 American Indians/Alaska Natives live within a 500 meter radius of an airport, meaning they are at higher risk of exposure to lead exhaust.

Exposure to lead is disastrous for health, with high lead concentrations in blood strongly correlated to heart and pulmonary system problems, memory loss, kidney disorders, behavioral disorders, and brain damage. Exposure tolead by pregnant people is correlated to a higher incidence of miscarriage.

Read more here.



Posted on January 20, 2022

IHS Scholarship Application Open for Health Professional Education Programs

Deadline: February 28, 2022

The Indian Health Service (IHS) released the scholarship application for several health professional areas, including preparatory, pre-graduate, and graduate programs.

Environmental health, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and social work are some of the professional areas highlighted by IHS as eligible for the scholarship. Read the IHS comparison chart for more information.

According to a presentation on the scholarship, the program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of their preprofessional careers. The scholarship program provides financial support in exchange for a minimum two-year service commitment within an Indian health program in the chosen health professional discipline.

Read more, including how to apply, here.



Posted on January 20, 2022

White House Supplying Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests and N95 Masks

This week, the White House announced that they will be supplying Americans with free at-home COVID-19 tests and N95 masks. Every home in the U.S. is eligible for four free at-home rapid tests. Test sets can be ordered now! N95 masks will be available to pick up at thousands of pharmacies and community health centers across the country. Masks will be available late next week, and the program will be fully running by early February.

Order COVID-19 tests here.

Read more about the N95 masks here.



Posted on January 20, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on January 20, 2022

Help Spread the Word to Potential CDC Public Health Associates and Host Sites

On January 3, the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) launched their host site recruitment efforts for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). Many Tribes and Tribal Organizations have taken advantage of this program which places early career public health staff at their sites for a two-year commitment, paid for by the CDC. The CDC is looking to recruit both host sites—state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations—and recent college graduates who are interested in a career in public health. To help, they have created a partner social media toolkit with sample messages for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as diverse graphics for different audiences.

Interested in becoming a Public Health Associate, read more here. Interested in becoming a host site, read more here.



Posted on January 20, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens. Read more.

  • Communication Resources. Read more.

  • Travel. Read more.

  • Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools. Read more.

  • Responding to COVID-19 Cases in K-12 Schools: Resources for School Administrators. Read more.

  • Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines. Read more.

  • Types of Masks and Respirators. Read more.



Posted on January 20, 2022

First Nations Playwright Publishes Work on Indigenous Vaccine Conversations

Yvette Nolan, an Algonquin playwright living in Canada has published a new online play, The Case of You, which explores Indigenous perspectives on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Nolan, who has received the vaccine, wanted to explore reasons Indigenous people might not have been vaccinated at this point. She encourages people to have conversations grounded in love with relatives, friends, and neighbors who for one reason or another have not gotten vaccinated.

For more information, and to watch The Case of You, click here.



Posted on January 20, 2022

New Season of "American Diagnosis" Podcast to Explore the Resilience of Indigenous Peoples in the Face of Adversity, Social Inequity, and Health Injustice

The new season of the "American Diagnosis" podcast will explore the impact of hundreds of years of adversity on the health of Indigenous peoples in America, examining the resilience of the Navajo Nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In "Rezilience: Surviving Manifest Destiny," host Dr. Céline Gounder investigates how COVID is the latest chapter in a long history of Indigenous resilience to adversity—on the "rez" (reservation) and beyond. The series will feature conversations with Indigenous leaders, scholars, health workers, activists, historians, and poets.

Read more and listen to the podcast here.



Posted on January 20, 2022

National Indian Health Board's COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback.

Contact Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected] or 202-5074081 or visit the COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center.



Posted on January 13, 2022

Help Spread the Word to Potential CDC Public Health Associates and Host Sites

On January 3, the Center for Disease Control’s(CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support launched their host site recruitment efforts for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). Many Tribes and Tribal Organizations have taken advantage of this program which places early career public health staff at their sites for a 2-year commitment, paid for by the CDC. The CDC is looking to recruit both host sites—state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations —and recent college graduates who are interested in a career in public health. To help, they have created a partner social media toolkit with sample messages for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as diverse graphics for different audiences.

Interested in becoming a Public Health Association, read more here.

Interested in becoming a host site, read more here



Posted on January 13, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on January 13, 2022

National Indian Health Board's COVID-19 Contact

The National Indian Health Board is committed to serving Tribal Nations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We welcome your requests and feedback.

Contact Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Program Manager, Public Health Policy and Programs at [email protected] or 202-5074081 or visit the COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center.



Posted on January 13, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S., updated daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • What We Know About Quarantine and Isolation. Read more.

  • Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines. Read more.

  • Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools. Read more.

  • Overview of COVID-19 Isolation for K-12 Schools. Read more.

  • Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools. Read more.

  • Responding to COVID-19 Cases in K-12 Schools: Resources for School Administrators. Read more.

  • What You Should Know About COVID-19 Testing in Schools. Read more. Schools, Child Care, and Colleges. Read more.

  • Quarantine and Isolation. Read more.

  • Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Read more.

  • Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages. Read more.

  • Travel. Read more.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots. Read more.



Posted on January 13, 2022

High Level Faith Leaders Are Urging People to Get Vaccinated

In late 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID19 vaccines, which have been a promising and important tool in the fight to end the pandemic. Tribes across Indian Country have worked diligently to vaccinate their citizens and have high vaccination rates, however there are those that remain unvaccinated. Some of the vaccine hesitancy may be due to religious or spiritual beliefs. Faith leaders across the world have spoken up about the COVID-19 vaccines.

On January 10, 2022, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State since 2013 urged countries, including the U.S. to vaccinate their populations. Pope Francis stated getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a “moral obligation” as part of caring for the health ofoneself and others. Similar comments have been made in Indian Country. “Vaccines are not a magical means of healing, yet surely they represent, in addition to other treatments that need to be developed, the most reasonable solution for the prevention of the disease,” Pope Francis added.

Read more about the statement from Pope Francis here.



Posted on January 13, 2022

Call for National Tribal Public Health Summit Presenter Abstracts

Abstract Deadline: February 14, 2022, 11:59 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites Tribal public health practitioners, researchers, and community-based service providers to submit presenter abstracts to the National Tribal Public Health Summit 2022 (TPHS). The summit is currently planned to be in-person for the first time since 2019, unless circumstances require otherwise and will be held May 10-12, 2022. The traditional homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan people in Anchorage, Alaska will host summit attendees from across the country. Please see the COVID-19 statement for more information here.

NIHB encourages workshop and roundtable breakout session presentations highlighting emerging, promising, best, and evidenced-based practices developed by Tribes for Tribes. Please consider submitting an abstract proposal in one of the five summit topic areas: COVID-19 and Vaccines Tribal Public Health Infrastructure, Policy, and Systems Climate Change and Environmental Health Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Mental and Behavioral Health

Submit your abstract here.

Read more about NIHB’s request for abstracts here.



Posted on January 13, 2022

Biden-Harris Administration Requires Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Increasing Access to Free Tests

Beginning January 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over the counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover eight free over the counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. There is no limit on the number of tests, including at-home tests, that are covered if ordered or administered by a health care provider following an individualized clinical assessment, including for those who may need them due to underlying medical conditions.

Read more here.



Posted on January 12, 2022

NIHB’s Chief William Smith Speaking at the Indian Affairs Roundtable on Broadband Infrastructure in Native Communities

On Wednesday, January 12 at 2:30 PM ET, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will lead the "Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment," roundtable discussion.

Chief William "Bill" Smith, Chairman of the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and Vice President of the Valdez Native Tribe, is one the Tribal leaders Chairman Schatz and the committee will hear from. The roundtable discussion will focus on how the strong federal investment in broadband infrastructure is attempting to bridge the digital divide in Native communities and what more Congress can do to get Native communities connected.

Access the livestream



Posted on January 06, 2022

CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster at Five Months, Additional Primary Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Children

On January 4, 2022, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, issued two COVID-19 related recommendations following actions by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). First, people who received the Pfizer Bio-NTech COVID-19 vaccine as their primary series are now recommended to get their booster after five, instead of months, months. Second, moderately, or severely immunocompromised children ages 5-11 should receive an additional dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 28 days after their second shot.

The FDA also authorized booster shots for children ages 12-15. CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on January 5, 2022, to discuss this topic further. Providers are reminded to wait for the CDC recommendation before administering booster shots to children in this age group.

Read the CDC media statement here.



Posted on January 06, 2022

CDC Releases Updated Healthcare Worker Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

With the increased number of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for isolation and quarantine for healthcare workers. The guidance decreases the amount of isolation time after infection with COVID-19. The CDC also released an update to guidance for contingency and crisis management in settings with significant healthcare worker shortages. The updated guidance is important for Tribal healthcare workers as it provides Tribal healthcare facilities with strategies to limit the effects of staff shortages caused by COVID-19 that may effect patient care in Tribal communities. Important updates include:

  • Healthcare workers with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic can return to work after seven days with a negative test, and that isolation time can be cut further if there are staffing shortages.

  • Healthcare workers who have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including a booster, do not need to quarantine at home following high-risk exposures.

The CDC continues to monitor the Omicron variant and the guidance may be revised as new information becomes available. The guidance applies to the healthcare workforce and recommendations are in place to keep Tribal healthcare workers, patients, and Tribal communities safe from the impact of COVID-19.



Posted on January 06, 2022

Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Self Checker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a great tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care. Tribal members who are 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 can use the tool to help decide when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Tribal members can use the on-line tool to find recommended actions and resources based on their response to questions in the self-checker tool.



Posted on January 06, 2022

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Resources

  • Updated: What's New in the Guidelines. Read more.

  • Updated: The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel's Statement on Therapies for High-Risk, Nonhospitalized Patients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19. Read more.

  • Updated: The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel's Statement on Potential Drug-Drug Interactions Between Ritonavir-Boosted Nirmatrelvir (Paxlovid) and Concomitant Medications. Read more.

  • Updated: The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel's Interim Statement on Patient Prioritization for Outpatient Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Therapies or Preventive Strategies When There Are Logistical or Supply Constraints. Read more.



Posted on January 06, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

  • Updated: COVID-19 Data Tracker. Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the U.S. daily by 8:00 PM ET

  • Updated: Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know. Read more.

  • Updated: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19. Read more.

  • Updated: COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots. Read more.

  • Updated: Different COVID-19 Vaccines. Read more.

  • Updated: Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work. Read more.

  • Updated: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (also known as COMIRNATY) Overview and Safety. Read more.

  • Updated: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety. Read more.

  • Updated: Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety. Read more.

  • Updated: Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. Read more.

  • Updated: The Possibility of COVID-19 after Vaccination: Breakthrough Infections. Read more.

  • Updated: Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines. Read more.

  • Updated: Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination. Read more.

  • Updated: COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Systems. Read more.

  • Updated: V-safe COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Registry. Read more.

  • Updated: COVID-19 Vaccines are Effective. Read more.

  • Updated: COVID-19 Vaccines Work. Read more.

  • Updated: Monitoring COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness. Read more.

  • Updated: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines. Read more.

  • Updated: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination. Read more.

  • Updated: Reporting COVID-19 Vaccinations in the U.S. Read more.

  • Updated: Reporting County-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Data. Read more.

  • Updated: Reporting COVID-19 Vaccination Demographic Data. Read more.

  • Updated: Communication Resources for COVID-19 Vaccines. Read more.

  • Updated: Quarantine and Isolation. Read more.



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