NIHB Public Health Alerts Archive


Posted: August 1, 2017

Public Health Resources Under Fire in Healthcare Reform Efforts

As the National Indian Health Board and other public health related organizations have been reporting this week, the Senate's ongoing healthcare reform debate could have severe implications for public health funding and resources in Indian Country moving forward. There have been two failed votes on reform legislation this week, and while the exact content is still unclear, the Senate is expected to vote once again on some version of legislation that will change the U.S. health insurance system and greatly impact the Indian health system.

Reports are currently showing that one of the most devastating changes the new version of legislation may contain are significant cuts or entire repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The fund, originally authorized in 2010 by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), has provided millions of dollars in resources for evidence-based activities including community and clinical prevention initiatives; research, surveillance and tracking; public health infrastructure; immunizations and screenings; tobacco prevention; and public health workforce and training.

NIHB's Legislative Action Alert

Joint Statement from American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, Society of Public Health Education, and Trust for America's Health

Posted: August 1, 2017

National Hepatitis C Awareness Day is July 28!

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is tomorrow July 28th and there are many ways you can join in the global fight against hepatitis B and C. This year's theme is Eliminate Hepatitis, it will take efforts from ALL sectors-federal and nonfederal, local and national, private and public-to begin to make progress toward elimination of hepatitis B and C. In addition to getting information from www.hhs.gov/hepatitis and downloading the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, 2017-2020 (PDF), check out these resources you can use to get involved-on World Hepatitis Day and beyond.

  • Download multilingual campaign materials and get involved with official World Hepatitis Day activities by joining the #ShowYourFace thunderclap and finding events near you.
  • Use CDC's Resources for World Hepatitis Day.
  • Promote hepatitis testing! The CDC has a valuable tool to help you learn if you should be tested.
  • Get social and go viral-spread the word about WHD via FB, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and more! Use #WorldHepatitisDay, #ShowYourFace, and #NOhep.

HHS news and the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for 2017-2020 can be accessed HERE

CDC news regarding viral hepatitis can be found HERE

Posted: July 27, 2017

Online Public Comment Period for Healthy People 2030 is Open Through September 29, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030 developed by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The Healthy People 2030 framework refers to the Healthy People 2030 vision, mission, overarching goals, foundational principles, and plan of action. It is called the framework because it will guide the selection and prioritization of objectives for Healthy People 2030.

Public comment is an essential part of developing Healthy People. Members of the public - both individuals and organizations - are invited to submit comments on the proposed framework. We look forward to hearing from you!
Click here for more information and to participate

Posted: July 24, 2017

NDSU Receives $1.16 million Grant for the American Indian Public Health Institute and Sustainability Project

North Dakota State University (NDSU) News reports that the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded NDSU's American Indian Public Health Resource Center a $1.16 million grant for the "American Indian Public Health Institute and Sustainability Project." The grant begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2020.

The center addresses American Indian public health disparities through technical assistance, policy development, feasibility analysis, education, research and programming in partnership with tribes in North Dakota, across the Northern Plains, and throughout the nation. Its goal is to improve health systems, access to services, and health outcomes in rural, impoverished communities.

"With the new grant, we plan to take this work to the next level and join the National Network of Public Health Institutes. In this capacity, we will continue to enhance our funding opportunities to promote sustainability, and we will be able to access new partners in promoting public health in underserved populations," said Dr. Donald Warne, chair of public health and Mary J. Berg Distinguished Professor of Women's Health.Warne explained.

By joining the national network, the center anticipates increased external funding via grants and contracted services, elevating American Indian public health issues in national prominence and bringing greater focus on American Indian public health issues in the seven-state region.

Posted: July 24, 2017

Five Tribes and Tribal Organizations Featured in New Report Advancing Public Health: The Story of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative

As awardees of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII). the Alaska Native Health Consortium, Cherokee Nation, Navajo Nation, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board's accomplishments are featured in the report Advancing Pubic Health: The Story of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative released by the CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial. This new report describes the successes and outcomes of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative. In the compendium, you can learn about the initiative's history, goals, and accomplishments, as well as read 71 individual stories about the activities of each funded health department, ranging from strengthening business and management practices, to using data to improve performance, to taking steps to understand and address their jurisdictions' unique public health needs.

Posted: July 24, 2017

2017 National Tribal Public Health Summit Conference Materials Now Available

Thank you for your support for and participation in the 2017 National Tribal Public Health Summit from June 6-8 at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska. If you were unable to join us, or if you attended and would like to view copies of the conference presentations again, visit our conference materials page HERE

Additional content, including photos and closing materials, will be posted soon. Contact NIHB at 202-507-4070 if you have questions. Together we rise!

Posted: July 6, 2017

Registration Now Open for the 2017 National Tribal Health Conference!

The National Indian Health Board's 2017 National Tribal Health Conference is now open for registration. This year's annual conference is scheduled for September 25 - 28, 2017 in Bellevue, WA.

The National Tribal Health Conference is the leading Indian health event in the nation. The event attracts over 800 Tribal leaders, health directors, advocates, researchers, and federal partners. This year's conference theme, "United Tribal Voices Advocating for Healthy Native People" will provide key opportunities for leaders in Indian health to network, participate in Tribal consultations and listening sessions with federal agencies, and choose from over 80 hours of training on leading Tribal healthcare and public health programs and policy...

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Posted: July 6, 2017

Announcing The NIHB Zika Newsletter Summer 2017 Series

Throughout the summer, NIHB will be sending out weekly Zika newsletters aimed at providing Tribal citizens and Tribal organizations with additional Zika-related resources. By sharing the newsletter during mosquito season, individuals can learn more about how they can prevent Zika virus transmission in their communities. CLICK HERE to subscribe.

Posted: July 6, 2017

Trump Picks Indiana Health Commissioner for Surgeon General

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Indiana's health commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the next U.S. surgeon general. Adams was appointed by Vice President Pence, then Indiana's governor, to serve as the state's health commissioner in 2014 and was reappointed earlier this year by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

In Indiana, Adams has been a prominent backer of allowing counties to start needle-exchange programs aimed at stemming the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users. As the health commissioner, Adams oversaw the effort to address needle-sharing among people injecting a liquefied painkiller which resulted transmission of 180 HIV cases in a rural southern Indiana county.

Adams also has an extensive medical background. An anesthesiologist, Adams was an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. If confirmed, Adams would succeed Dr. Vivek Murthy, who resigned in April 2017. Adams would also serve as medical director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service.

For the full story, CLICK HERE.

Posted: July 6, 2017

HRAC Call for Tribal Advisory Committee Nominations- Due July 15, 2017

The American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) is seeking nominations for new members for its Tribal Advisory Committee. HRAC addresses health disparities in Indian Country by supporting collaborative research efforts between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Tribal partners. The HHS Office of Minority Health is currently recruiting to fill several vacancies of delegates and alternates on the council including: Alaska, Albuquerque, Bemidji, Billings, California, Great Plains, Nashville, Navajo, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Tucson, and National-at-Large. Delegates and alternates must be elected Tribal representatives or appointed Tribal officials and be nominated by a Tribal leader. Nominations are due by July 15, 2017.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the council, including eligibility, selection process and how to nominate a candidate.

Posted: July 6, 2017

NIH Call for Tribal Advisory Committee Nominations- Due August 1, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking nominations for new members of its Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC was established in 2015 to provide a venue wherein Tribal representatives and NIH staff can exchange information about NIH research policies and program priorities. As an advisory committee, the NIH TAC provides recommendations on the development of relevant NIH policies, programs, and priorities. Vacancies open for nomination include: Great Plains, Alaska, Albuquerque, Bemidji, Billings, California, Nashville, Oklahoma, Phoenix, Portland, Tucson, and National At-Large. Each representative must be an elected official or Tribal employee designated to act on behalf of a Tribal leader. Nominations must be submitted by August 1, 2017.

More information about the NIH TAC and the nominations process can be found HERE.

Posted: May 11, 2017

2017 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference

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

Registration Fees

Standard Registration
May 1 - August 14

Onsite Registration
August 15-17

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

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Deadline: May 26, 2017

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

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

Submit your proposal!
Register now for the conference!

Posted: May 11, 2017

WALKNative Americans Walk to the Four Corners to Fight Diabetes

Hundreds of American Indians left their western tribal communities early in the morning on Friday, May 5th, on a journey that would take them to Four Corners. They walked as many as 20 miles to meet up at the Four Corners Monument to promote their people's health and well-being.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Indian Health Service

The walkers represented the Navajo, the Ute, the Zuni and other Tribes, and walked in from New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado to gather where those states share a common boundary-the only place in the United States where four states meet. This was the 21st annual Walking Together for Healthier Nations event, co-sponsored by Navajo Area Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities-the Shiprock Service Unit, Four Corners Regional Health Center, and the Northern Navajo Medical Center-as well as the Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute and White Mesa tribal communities.

The purpose of the annual walk is to raise awareness of the health disparities and challenges that Native people face, particularly with diabetes. Rita King, a Ute Mountain Ute member and coordinator for the Sleeping Ute Diabetes Prevention program at the IHS facility in Towaoc, Colorado, said 11 percent of her Tribe suffers from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Read more at HHS.gov blog...

Posted: May 11, 2017

CDC Releases Interim Zika Response Plan Update for 2017

Mosquito season is almost upon us! CDC has posted its May 2017 update to the Interim Zika Response Plan for the continental U.S. (CONUS plan). The new, more streamlined document is cross-linked to CDC's most recent information and guidance on the CDC Zika Response website. In addition, the updated plan includes more explicit thresholds for turning "on" and "off" active transmission areas and cautionary areas. Also included are alignment of triggers for blood and tissue safety intervention, as well as integration of pregnancy and birth defects activities into preparedness and response.

For more information on the Zika Virus, see CDC's website here

Download the updated CONUS plan here

Posted: May 4, 2017

Zika Update: Findings from the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and Updated Clinical Guidance

CDC recently released its latest findings from the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry (USZPR) on Zika virus infection in pregnant women and infants, which highlight the importance of prevention and early care. Additionally, CDC has released additional considerations for evaluating and managing infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection.

Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other serious brain defects; however, the full range of potential health problems that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may cause is not yet known. Healthcare providers need information to appropriately evaluate and manage patients with possible Zika virus infection.

During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the latest findings from the USZPR and updated CDC clinical guidance to assist in caring for these patients based on currently available data.

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Join the COCA Call webinar from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

If you cannot join through digital audio, you may join by phone in listen-only mode:
+1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 558 8656
Passcode: 445 639 884
International Numbers

You can also join through an H.323/SIP room system:
Dial: (US West) or (US East)
Webinar ID: 445 639 884

The recordings (audio, slides, and transcript) for this call will be posted on the webpage a few days after the COCA Call.

Posted: May 1, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Extends Comment Period

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is initiating consultation with federally-recognized Indian tribes on the proposed rule, Tobacco Product Standard for N-nitrosonornicotine Level in Finished Smokeless Tobacco Products. On January 23, 2017, the proposed rule was published in the Federal Register, (82 Fr 8004); a notice extending the comment period to July 10, 2017, and noting a correction in a certain formula was published in the Federal Register on March 22, 2017 (82 FR 14647). To view the proposed rule, click here.

Posted: April 28, 2017

ANTHC Diabetes Program Honored by American Diabetes Association Alaska

On April 8, Alaksa Native Tribal Health Consortium was recognized by the American Diabetes Association, Alaska as the recipient of the 2017 Golden Rose Award, an honor for an individual or organization who has made a significant impact in the field of diabetes in Alaska.

Key programs of the ANTHC Diabetes Program were highlighted as examples of high-quality care for preventing diabetes and improving the health of people with diabetes. Congratulations to the ANTHC Diabetes Program for your commitment to health and preventative diabetes care for our Alaska Native people!

Read more

Posted: April 13, 2017

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Summer Institute Courses

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health conducts two to three week-long courses in AI/AN public health every summer (June/July) and winter (January). The courses are part of the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Summer and Winter Institute Programs.

Courses are designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities. Courses are offered as for-credit or non-credit basis. Contingent on current funding, a limited number of scholarships are available to financially assist with costs involved with attending a course.

Summer Courses include:
  • Early Childhood Research in Tribal Communities
  • Introduction to American Indian Health Research Ethics
  • Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Public Health
  • Data in American Indian Communities

For more information, click here

Posted: April 13, 2017

The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers Tool

A Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers

The National Safety Council and national nonprofit Shatterproof have collaborated with an independent research institution, NORC at the University of Chicago to design "The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers" tool, an authoritative, easy-to-use tool providing business leaders with specific information about the cost of substance use (including prescription drug abuse and misuse, alcohol abuse and misuse, opioid and heroin addiction as well as abuse of other illicit drugs and marijuana) in their workplace based on size of employee base, industry and state.

Access the Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers here

Posted: April 10, 2017

The National Indian Health Board Celebrates National Public Health Week 

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. National Public Health Week is a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships, and champion the role of a strong public health system during National Public Health Week 2017.

List of Events

Monday April 3rd
Join NIHB's efforts to raise awareness of public health in Indian Country. Take to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others to share pictures of Tribal public health in action! Use #ThisIsTribalPublicHealth and don't forget to tag NIHB (Twitter - @NIHB1, Facebook - National Indian Health Board, Instagram - NIHB1). 

Tuesday April 4th, 3:00 pm (EST)
Public Health Is... webinar. This informative webinar aimed to educate attendees on the field of public health and how it differs from health care. The webinar concluded with a Tribal public health in action story from the field, presented by Matthew Frank (Navajo), MPH, MSW, Research Project Coordinator at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. This webinar is perfect for Tribal leaders, Tribal health staff and anyone else who wants to learn more about the practice of improving the health and well-being of communities!! Check back at www.nihb.org for the recording and slide deck, coming soon! 

Wednesday, April 5th, 2:00pm
NIHB shares an interview with Kris Rhodes of the American Indian Cancer Foundation.  Click here to hear what Kris had to say! 

Thursday, April 6th, TBD
NIHB closed out National Public Health Week in a healthy (and delicious) way! NIHB held a Traditional American Indian and Alaska Native Foods Pot Luck. We encourage others to host their own potlucks, as well! Be sure to share your pictures and recipes to social media with

Posted: March 30, 2017

Native Student Travel Support Opportunity to Attend APHA Annual Meeting - Deadline May 12, 2017

The American Public Health Association (APHA) American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus is proud to offer travel scholarships for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) students to attend the 145th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia on November 4-November 8, 2017.

The APHA AIANNH Caucus Student Scholarship will provide AIANNH students interested in public health with assistance towards the costs of traveling to and attending the APHA Annual Meeting. The APHA Annual Meeting addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. In addition, it provides numerous opportunities to learn about public health careers, research careers and to network with AIANNH health professional role models and elders.

All AIANNH full time undergraduate, graduate and recent graduate (within 1 year of graduation) students interested in public health are encouraged to apply. Young professionals are also eligible. Past recipients are not eligible.

Click here for more information and to apply for the Native Student Travel Support.

Posted: March 30, 2017

The National Indian Health Board Celebrates National Public Health Week April 3rd through 9th with #ThisIsTribalPublicHealth

Join NIHB in celebrating National Public Health Week April 3rd -9th. Events include: a #ThisIsPublicHealth social media campaign raising awareness of public health in Indian Country; a webinar on Tuesday, April 4th to learn more about public health; a video interview with a public health leader in Indian Country on Wednesday, April 5th; NIHB and other Tribal Public Health experts go to The Hill to meet with the Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, April 6th; and a Traditional American Indian and Alaska Native Foods Pot Luck on Friday, April 7th.

For more information, visit #ThisIsTribalPublicHealth

Posted: March 30, 2017

NPR Interview - Living with Zika in Puerto Rico Means Watching, Waiting, and Fearing Judgment

On March 27, 2017, NPR released this interview that offers a perspective on the impacts of Zika in Puerto Rico, an area that has been largely affected by this mosquito-borne disease which poses many severe health impacts to brain development. Tune into this interview to learn more about how this disease has influenced a mother who has given birth to after being infected with Zika. Click here to view the article and listen to the interview.

Posted: March 30, 2017

NIH Tribal Advisory Committee Vacancies - Call for Committee Membership Nominations

The National Institute's of Health (NIH) Tribal Advisory Committee currently has vacancies for membership in the Albuquerque and Phoenix areas. The NIH TAC was established in 2015 to provide a venue wherein Tribal representatives and NIH staff can exchange information about NIH research policies and program priorities. For further information on nominations, please visit the NIH Tribal Research Office website or email them at [email protected] .

Posted: March 26, 2017

CDC Identifies Potential Risk of Zika Virus Transmission since June 15, 2016, in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties

CDC has identified a potential risk of Zika virus transmission starting on June, 15, 2016, to present in Miami-Dade County, Florida, that also could affect risk for residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. CDC recently collaborated with the Florida Department of Health to conduct additional analysis of locally acquired Zika cases, including analysis of resident travel patterns between these counties. This analysis has led to CDC identifying that since June 15, 2016, there has been a potential increased Zika risk for residents in Broward and Palm Beach counties because of local travel to areas of active transmission in Florida and challenges associated with defining sources of exposure. To read the full article and learn more, please click here.

Posted: March 26, 2017

FDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Smokeless Tobacco Products

On Jan. 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule titled Tobacco Product Standard for N-Nitrosonornicotine (NNN) Level in Finished Smokeless Tobacco Products. The FDA is extending the proposed rule's comment period by an additional 90 days to allow people additional time to submit comments. Comments on the proposed product standard will now be accepted until July 10, 2017. The FDA also is providing notice of a revised Laboratory Information Bulletin to correct a typographical error in a formula that can be used to determine NNN in smokeless tobacco and tobacco filler.

Submit comments here

Posted: March 20, 2017

CDC State Coordination Task Force Webinar Series:
Sustaining the Zika Response in 2017

These webinars will provide useful information for Tribal health officials and leaders to best prepare for the threat and potential impacts of the Zika Virus. The series will run through the end of March, each highlighting various CDC task forces; additional topics and times will be shared at a later date. Participants will obtain information about Zika lessons learned, updates to Zika guidance, and functional task force recommendations for jurisdictional and CDC actions for 2017. Webinars will consist of 20 minutes of presentation and 40 minutes for question and answer session. We hope you will join.

Joint Information Center Task Force (JIC) will host a Zika Jurisdiction and Partner Sustainment Strategy Planning Webinar
Wednesday, March 22nd, from 2:00–3:00 PM EDT.

Webinar access information:

Epidemiology Task Force will host a Zika Jurisdiction and Partner Sustainment Strategy Planning Webinar
Thursday, March 23rd, from 2:00–3:00 PM EDT.

Webinar access information:

Posted: March 20, 2017

Presentation opportunity – CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents a session on "Emerging Tickborne Diseases"
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Join this live session hosted by the CDC Public Health Grand Rounds as experts discuss emerging tickborne diseases, treatment options, prevention strategies, and advances in diagnosing tickborne diseases. Infections from tickborne diseases in the US are steadily increasing — and new tickborne diseases have been discovered in recent years. Ticks are vectors that can carry infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, or parasites. When an infected tick bites a person or an animal, the tick’s saliva transmits infectious agents that can cause illness. Some ticks can transmit multiple diseases. These "co-infections" pose challenges for diagnosing, treating and preventing tickborne diseases.

A live webcast will be available here, and the link will be live five minutes before the presentation. Please also note you can request CEU's here.

Posted: March 20, 2017

Inspirational Stories for Native Families Facing Diabetes

March 7, 2017 Personal storytelling-long a key aspect of Native culture-reaches a new level this month as a series of seven short video stories portray Native parents and children describing their ongoing struggles with diabetes. The stories, designed for viewing to inspire and encourage patients in Indian Health Service and tribal health clinic waiting rooms, are available to the public on the University of Oklahoma's (O.U.) American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center's (AIDPC) website. The site allows unrestricted downloads at no cost. Read the media release.

Posted: March 20, 2017

Report: Medical Alert! Climate Change Is Harming Our Health

Published March 15, 2017 by Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health Most Americans are not aware of the health harms of climate change. A recent survey showed that most Americans have not considered how global warming might affect people's health, and few (32%) can name a specific way in which climate change is harming our health. Few are aware that some groups of Americans-including our children, our elders, the sick and the poor-are most likely to be harmed by climate change.

Read the 28-page report here

More information on the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health here

Posted: March 20, 2017

CDC Shares An Update To Key Messages About The Zika Virus

On February 28, 2017, CDC shared an update to their key messages about the Zika Virus disease. Tribal health officials should review this document to be well informed about the Zika threat. The document can be found here.

Posted: March 20, 2017

CDC Shares Travel Information For the Zika Virus

Tribal health officials should take a look at CDC's most recent travel information as related to the Zika Virus. You can find updates on CDC's website here.

Posted: March 4, 2017

Vector Control and Environmental Health Training! Free of cost and CEUs offered!

CDC and partners are proud to announce a new virtual training on Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP). There are 11 self-paced courses offered, and focused on using integrated pest management to control vectors that spread diseases, including Zika virus. It's free, practical, and you can earn CEUs!

Register here today!

Posted: February 27, 2017

NIHB's 8th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit Registration Now Open!

Conference Tracks:
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health Policy, Infrastructure and Capacity
  • Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health
  • Climate Change and Environmental Health
  • Empowering Youth Wellness

Special thanks to the Area Planning Committee: Alaska Native Health Board

Call for Proposals due March 17, 2017 here
Conference Summary and Registration here

Posted: February 27, 2017

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee Celebrates AI/AN Decrease in Kidney Failure

Sixteen elected and duly appointed Tribal leaders representing eleven Indian Health Service Areas participated in a Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) meeting in Arlington, VA on Feb. 8-9, 2017. The group celebrated the recent release of the prominent CDC Vital Signs Report released last month in January. The report highlights that there has been a 54% decrease in the rate of new cases of diabetes-related kidney failure in American Indians and Alaska Natives from 1996-2003. Kidney failure from diabetes had been the highest of any racial group in the United States but now has declined the fastest.

Dr. Michael Toedt, Acting Chief Medical Officer for the Indian Health Service responded to the significance of the Vital Signs Report and stated that he had not seen any more exciting good news on improving medical outcomes in his entire career. The Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) is partly responsible for these outcomes as SDPI has helped diabetes prevention and treatment efforts become more intensive and widespread across the IHS/Tribal/Urban health system.

Without Congressional reauthorization, SDPI is set to expire this year on September 30, 2017. SDPI has been reauthorized by Congress for only one to two years in the recent past and has not had a funding increase for 14 years. The instability of the program has been problematic for Tribes, the Indian Health Service and Urban programs to properly plan, expand services and retain staff. Despite the barriers, SDPI has been one of the most successful prevention programs in Indian County and serves as a model for other prevention programs. One Tribal leader commented that SDPI honors the treaties and she hopes that the program makes a synergistic impact. She stated that when American Indians and Alaska Natives are the priority, things get better.

Visit the IHS SDPI webpage here
View the CDC Vital Signs Report here
NIHB's Diabetes in Indian Country here

Posted: February 27, 2017

Special Diabetes Program for Indians programs are invited to present at the Opening Reception for the 8th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grantees to submit proposals to highlight the accomplishments of their programs at the Annual NIHB National Tribal Public Health Summit, in Anchorage, Alaska, June 6-8, 2017. The Annual SDPI Poster Session is a great way for success stories to be heard by a large audience of Tribal leaders and Tribal health professionals, as well as share program ideas with other grantees.

More information and submission form

Download the flyer

Posted: February 27, 2017

Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review - New Report

The Midcourse Review provides a snapshot of progress toward the Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives. There are 42 topic areas with more than 1,200 objectives, as well as Leading Health Indicators and Foundation Health Measures. For more information click here

Posted: February 27, 2017

Indicator Explorer by Thriving Cities

The Indicator Explorer database is comprised of over 3,000 indicators from more than 100 community indicator projects from across the country. However, this discernment tool highlights the leading indicators, those currently backed by the strongest academic research and most frequently employed in communities. Click here for more information Indicator Explorer.

Posted: February 19, 2017

New HIV Infections Drop 18 Percent in Six Years

Presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an 18 percent drop in annual HIV infections between 2008 and 2014. In addition to the national decline, a new CDC analysis also examined trends by transmission route from 2008 to 2014 and found annual HIV infections dropped:

  • 56 percent among people who inject drugs (from 3,900 to 1,700);
  • 36 percent among heterosexuals (from 13,400 to 8,600);
  • 18 percent among young gay and bisexual males ages 13 to 24 (from 9,400 to 7,700);
  • 18 percent among white gay and bisexual males (from 9,000 to 7,400);
  • And substantially in some states and Washington, D.C.

To access the full article and graphics visit the AIDS.gov page here.

Posted: February 19, 2017

CARF International Request for Comments on Behavioral Health Standards: Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programs

CARF International has released the Behavioral Health Standards for field review for the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programs. The final standards will be published as a Supplement to the 2017 Behavioral Health Standards Manual and subsequently incorporated into the standards manual.

The review closes on Monday, February 20, 2017.
Please use the link provided here to complete the online review.

Posted: February 14, 2017

National Tribal Public Health Summit Request for Proposals is Now Open. Registration coming soon.

Conference Tracks:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health Policy, Infrastructure and Capacity
  • Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health
  • Climate Change and Environmental Health
  • Empowering Youth Wellness

Special thanks to the Area Planning Committee: Alaska Native Health Board
Call for proposals here

Posted: February 14, 2017

Advancing the right to health: the vital role of law

This report aims to raise awareness about the role that the reform of public health laws can play in advancing the right to health and in creating the conditions for people to live healthy lives. By encouraging a better understanding of how public health law can be used to improve the health of the population, the report aims to encourage and assist governments to reform their public health laws in order to advance the right to health.

The report highlights important issues that may arise during the process of public health law reform. It provides guidance about issues and requirements to be addressed during the process of developing public health laws. It also includes case studies and examples of legislation from a variety of countries to illustrate effective law reform practices and some features of effective public health legislation.

Read the report here

Posted: February 2, 2017

AphaclimateAPHA and others to host its own Climate and Health Summit, Feb 16th in Atlanta

In an effort to provide a crucial platform for the diverse stakeholders in the public health and climate communities to come together around solutions, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, will host a Climate & Health Meeting that will take place on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by the Turner Foundation and other organizations, the one-day event will fill the gap left by the recently-canceled Climate & Health Summit originally to be hosted and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others.

Sign up for Registration information here

Posted: February 2, 2017

APHA's Year of Climate Change and Health: February focus on climate justice

APHA has declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health, a yearlong initiative to raise awareness of the health impacts of climate change and to mobilize action. Each month will focus on a different aspect of climate change as it relates to health. APHA's Surili Sutaria Patel outlines February's theme of climate justice and highlights opportunities to get involved.

Learn more

Posted: February 2, 2017

IHS Highlights Importance of Vaccination and Regular Cancer Screenings to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common virus that can affect both boys and girls. HPV causes a variety of cancers, including most cervical cancers. In 2013, cervical cancer killed over 4,217 women. It is a significant health issue for all women, but especially for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women. Studies have shown that from 1999-2009, AI/AN women were at a higher risk for developing cervical cancer than white women.

Learn more

Posted: January 27, 2017

Mountain State RHEC's Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Overview of Working With Tribal Governments

Interested parties can attend a webinar training series on the history of tribes and treaties, utilization of CLAS Standards and cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities, and the impact of cultural needs assessments. Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to accomplish the following from the specific tribal perspective:

  1. Describe tribal communities and the history of American Indian law and policies
  2. Discuss the self-determination component of tribes with regard to the environment and natural resources, as well the Federal Government's treaty obligations
  3. Describe the healthcare system within Indian Country, including an explanation of Tribally operated 638 programs and Indian Health Service direct healthcare services

February 16, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Register Here

Posted: January 27, 2017

NNPHI's Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health

National Network of Public Health Institutes Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement - Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Public Health. "The large number of first time attendees at every Open Forum continues to grow and is a testament to the value attending an OF provides for Public Health practitioners. The Forums have become an essential part of observing and participation in relevant public health practice."

April 20-21, 2017
New Orleans, LA
More info...

Posted: January 23, 2017

IHS and VA Announce Extension of National Reimbursement Agreement

On January 17, the Indian Health Service (IHS) issued a Dear Tribal Leader Letter announcing that Principal Deputy Director, Mary Smith signed an amendment with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to extend the period of a national reimbursement agreement for direct health care services through June 30, 2019.

NIHB and Tribes had submitted comments to the VA in November requesting that the national agreement be extended as well as those agreements between Tribal Health Programs and the VA. The national reimbursement agreement allows VA to financially compensate IHS for direct health care provided to American Indian and Alaska Native veterans that are eligible for and enrolled in VA's health care system. In fiscal year 2015, the VA had reimbursed over $16.1 million for direct care services provided by IHS and Tribal Health Programs, covering 5,000 eligible Veterans. The agreement was initially set to sunset in December 2017. Please contact NIHB's Director of Federal Relations at [email protected] for more information.

Posted: January 17, 2017

CDC Report: Kidney Failure from Diabetes Dropped by 54% in Native Americans

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, a costly condition that requires dialysis or kidney transplant for survival. Native Americans are twice as likely as whites to have diagnosed diabetes. According to a new

Vital Signs report published Jan. 10, 2017 by CDC, a dramatic decrease in kidney failure from diabetes was reported among Native Americans (American Indians and Alaska Natives).

The analysis found that the rate of kidney failure from diabetes among Native Americans was the highest of any race, but decreased 54% from 1996 to 2013. The rate of kidney failure among people with diabetes is now the same for Native Americans as it is for whites. This improvement occurred following the Indian Health Service's implementation of population health and team-based approaches to diabetes and kidney care, a potential model for other populations.

Link to CDC Vital Signs (includes the MMWR report, infographic, and social media tool).

Posted: January 17, 2017

Morehouse College has two Public Health summer programs for students in 2017

Click for Full Flyer

Please see links below for PROJECT IMHOTEP and PHLFP. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017.

CDC would like to reach out to as many American Indian and Alaska Native communities as possible to make sure students have opportunity to apply for this important program and become trained in public health. If the students prefer to be placed at CDC, please let the program coordinator know, they are available to assist students as needed.
PROJECT IMHOTEP: http://www.morehouse.edu/phsi/grants-imhotep.html
PHLFP: http://www.morehouse.edu/phsi/phlfp.html

Please direct questions to Ms. Sam Gerber, MS, RD
CEO, Gerber and Associates LLC
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 678-380-6777 (main)
Cell: 678-979-2398

Posted: January 17, 2017

Call for Applications: The Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative

The Kresge Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to recruit and select 20 teams for Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH). ELPH is a leadership development initiative aimed at helping current and future local public health leaders advance innovative models which improve their organizations and position them for new opportunities to meet the changing health needs of their communities. Teams of two co-leaders will embark on an 18-month, action-oriented experience. They will focus on the development and implementation of a "transformative concept" that shifts or expands the capacity of their local health department. Participating leadership teams will receive coaching, education, and up to $125,000 from The Kresge Foundation to apply their leadership skills and competencies in the development and implementation of their concept.

Public health leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and serve populations experiencing health disparities are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted from January 4, 2017, through February 20, 2017. More information about the selection criteria, application process, and stories of previous participants can be found at: kresge.org/elph.

An informational webinar will be held on January 18, 2017 (2:00-3:00pm ET) for any applicant who wants to learn more about ELPH and what a competitive application looks like.


Posted: December 1, 2016

Patrick Peck, Environmental Health Manager for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, speaks on Zika in CDC November 2016 Public Health Law News

Profiled in last month’s issue of Public Health Law News, a publication of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is Patrick Peck. Peck is the Environmental Health Manager for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. In his interview he speaks on what drew him to working in environmental health, his responsibilities, the importance of tribal sovereignty, and efforts underway to combat the Zika virus.

Read the full interview here

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/phlp/news/current.html

Posted: November 16, 2016

NEHA Recruiting Environmental Health Departments to Host Interns

NEHA is pleased to announce the third year of the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program, which is funded by CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch. Local, state, and tribal environmental health departments can apply to host one of 20 environmental health internships during summer 2017. Selected college students from environmental health programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) will receive a stipend for the 10-week internship and some may be eligible to receive an additional stipend to cover relocation expenses. Interested health departments should submit an application by December 1, 2016.

Posted: November 15, 2016

Resource Directory on Evidence Based HIV/STI programs in Indian Country

On behalf of the NW Tribal Epidemiology Center, I would like to share a Resource Directory containing Evidence-Based HIV/STI Prevention Interventions in Indian Country, compiled by a student intern. Thank you all for submitting programs for inclusion!

Our goal in compiling the directory was to share information about programs that are working in Indian Country, share adaptation processes and evaluation findings, promote collaboration between tribes and tribal organizations engaged in this field of work, and expand the reach and use of culturally-relevant HIV prevention programs in AI/AN communities.

We hope the directory will be a living, growing document. We’ve included a contact form if you’d like to revise or add other programs to the directory. (It will also be added to the NPAIHB’s Resource Library: http://www.npaihb.org/resource-lib)

The directory complements www.HealthyNativeYouth.org: A new one-stop-shop for educators who want to expand learning opportunities for AI/AN youth: healthynativeyouth.org | facebook | @healthyN8Vyouth | Subscribe. If you’d like to share any adaptations you made with others, please consider adding it to the website! It will be made available to educators across Indian Country, and you’ll receive feedback on program uptake and reach, with the ability to update training materials and lesson plans as needed.

Posted: November 15, 2016

Public Health: Protocols for collecting sensitive data from Native Americans webinar
November 18, 2016 | 12:00 PM Central

Objective: Increase cultural awareness and understanding when working with Native American patients.

Presented by: Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS Behavioral Health & Recovery Administrator, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

Please register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/ff0f72cbd738e9c7cde7dc3c8da9331e

To utilize Zoom, please follow the link https://zoom.us/download and download it to your desktop. You’ll also want to download the free application if you plan on using Zoom on your mobile device.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please feel free to share with staff members that may be interested in attending.

For registration questions, please contact Dani Gullickson at (605) 275-2423 or [email protected].

Posted: November 15, 2016

Native America Calling to stream radio show "Health care on the chopping block"
Wednesday, November 16th, from 1:00-2:00 EST.

The election of Donald Trump puts the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. The new president-elect promises to repeal what’s known as Obamacare. That has possible consequences for Native Americans because it’s linked to Medicaid funding and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. We will explore some of the potential scenarios that the new president and Congress might bring forward in the coming months.

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Each program engages noted guests and experts with callers throughout the United States and is designed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Native America Calling is heard on nearly 70 public, community and tribal radio stations in the United States and in Canada. Our program is a production of Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, a Native-operated media center in Anchorage, Alaska.

The show can be accessed at the following link:

Posted: November 14, 2016

Video: Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men

This video describes the findings of a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) supported study on the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. Specifically, the study provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners over the lifetime of American Indian and Alaska Native women and men as well as victimization estimates over of the past year (based on 2010 data). It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. The results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.

The study used a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The NISVS was launched in 2010 by CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, with the support from the Department of Defense and NIJ.

For more information or to watch the video click here.

Read about the study in the NIJ Journal article Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men."

Posted: November 8, 2016

Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Resilience and Public Health Programs Request for Applications

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Climate and Health Program in the National Center for Environmental Health, is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Resilience award. Designed to enhance the capacity of Tribes, this funding will provide up to three (3) Tribes with grants ranging from $75,000 to $89,000 for the opportunity to increase the level of programming, research, and/or coordination and communication between the Tribal programs, community, and key partners involved in addressing the health consequences of climate change. NIHB will assist in sharing lessons learned and best practices with the Tribal awardees, CDC’s Climate and Health Program, Tribal Climate Change Workgroup members, and other key stakeholders.

The goals of the 2016-2017 Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change project are:

  • To reduce climate‐related morbidity and mortality in Tribal Nations and communities;
  • To build capacity to identify and assess climate‐related health threats to Tribes;
  • To build climate and health adaptation capacity within Tribal governments;
  • To increase collaboration and data sharing among the Tribes, the federal government, state/local governments, and other partners on issues of climate and health;
  • To increase communication and information sharing about the health effects of climate change.

NIHB intends to award funds to up to three (3) Tribes for the establishment and implementation of climate change resiliency projects. The request for applications (RFA) can be downloaded, completed as a Word document, then turned into a PDF for submission. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by by 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday November 30th, 2016.

Download the Request for Applications (RFA) here

Pre-Application Webinar
NIHB will hold a pre-application webinar on November 9th, 2016 at 4:00 pm EDT to answer questions about this RFA and application process.

To join the online event go to:

Event Password: climateready
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada) 1-877-668-4493
Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 736 604 604

Additional information may be found by contacting Brianna Carrier, [email protected]

Posted: October 26, 2016

White Paper: Achieving Health Equity: A Guide For Health Care Organizations

Significant disparities in life expectancy and other health outcomes persist across the United States. Health care has a significant role to play in achieving health equity. While health care organizations alone do not have the power to improve all of the multiple determinants of health for all of society, they do have the power to address disparities directly at the point of care, and to impact many of the determinants that create these disparities.

This white paper provides guidance on how health care organizations can reduce health disparities related to racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

The IHI White Paper includes:

  • A framework, with five key components, for health care organizations to improve health equity in the communities they serve:
    • Make health equity a strategic priority
    • Develop structure and processes to support health equity work
    • Deploy specific strategies to address the multiple determinants of health on which health care organizations can have a direct impact
    • Decrease institutional racism within the organization
    • Develop partnerships with community organizations to improve health and equity
  • Guidance for measuring health equity
  • A case study of one health care organization that has strategically integrated work to improve health equity throughout their system
  • A self-assessment tool for health care organizations to gauge their current focus on and efforts to improve health equity

To access the white paper, click here!

Posted: October 20, 2016

Indian Country Dying from a Curable Disease

Jessica Leston - The Oregonian

With Indigenous People's Day this week (known to some as Columbus Day), there is opportunity for collective acknowledgement of one of the many inequities that American Indian and Alaska Native people face in the United States.

Indian Country, which includes 566 self-governing tribal communities throughout the United States, has a desperate need for greater access to treatment for the hepatitis C virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indian and Alaska Native people have the highest mortality rate from hepatitis C of any race or ethnicity.

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Posted: October 11, 2016

National Meeting on Precision Medicine & Cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Dialogue on Cancer Research in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Cancer Health Disparities Program at the Stephenson Cancer Center is hosting an upcoming meeting to be held in Oklahoma City, OK on Thursday, November 10, 2016, entitled “National Meeting on Precision Medicine & Cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Dialogue on Cancer Research in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities”. This meeting will include Oklahoma Congressman Cole and National Cancer Institute Interim Director Dr. Lowy.

Initially, this meeting was conceived as a forum between NCI-designated cancer centers and AI/AN community partners. Due to broad interest, however, the registration was opened up to anyone who might be interested. The hope is to create a dialogue in terms of how research and AI/AN needs can be better met, including the new Precision Medicine Initiative.

The following link is for a webpage on the meeting, including an agenda and content:

For more information, please call(405) 271-2537 or e-mail [email protected].

Posted: October 11, 2016

New Funding Awards Promote HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care

Awards jointly funded by IHS and CDC tackle HIV prevention among American Indians and Alaska Natives

The Indian Health Service announced today two new cooperative agreements together totaling $500,000 per year for HIV and AIDS prevention and care activities by tribes, tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations. Awardees receive up to $100,000 a year for up to five years for community services including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), risk reduction for persons who inject drugs and support for people living with HIV and AIDS to stay in treatment. This effort is part of an ongoing collaboration between IHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which funded the agreement and is providing subject-matter expertise to support the effort.

"These awards increase access to culturally appropriate, high quality HIV treatment for our American Indian and Alaska Native communities," said Mary L. Smith, IHS principal deputy director. "It is important to keep investing in HIV prevention and outreach efforts, especially at the local level. Working with tribal organizations and with CDC on these agreements leverages resources to provide even more of the integrated and patient-centered HIV prevention and care that Indian Country needs."

IHS awarded the cooperative agreements to:

  • First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, New Mexico
    First Nations Community HealthSource is New Mexico's urban Indian health center and a Federally Qualified Health Center. For more than 43 years, First Nations has provided an integrated and culturally competent health delivery system that addresses the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of community members. First Nations operates two clinic sites and three school-based health centers.
  • Inter Tribal Council of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona
    The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona was established to provide a united voice for 21 tribal governments located in the State of Arizona to address common issues of concerns. ITCA operates more than 30 projects and provides on-going technical assistance and training to tribal governments in program planning and development, research and data collection, resource development, management and evaluation. The goal of ITCA is to ensure the self-determination of Indian tribal governments through their participation in the development of the policies and programs which affect their lives.

"This multi-year collaboration supports a sustained, in-depth HIV prevention program that will benefit not only tribes but also American Indians and Alaska Natives in urban locations," said Eugene McCray, M.D., director of CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. "Together CDC and IHS are reaching out to support tribal organizations to prevent and control HIV and sexually transmitted infections. We are bringing services right to the local level, reaching American Indian and Alaska Native communities."

The funding is intended to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes of American Indian and Alaska Native communities, in alignment with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov[PDF]. The awards support activities in five emphasis areas:

  1. Increasing access to comprehensive PrEP services
  2. Identifying local-level priorities for HIV care needs and creating tools and resources
  3. Improving engagement and retention in care among people living with HIV and AIDS
  4. Supporting and educating communities on risk reduction activities for persons who inject drugs and extend access to services for medication-assisted therapies for persons with opioid addiction in accordance with federal, state, tribal and local laws
  5. Increasing local-level delivery of age-appropriate HIV and sexually transmitted infections prevention education

A cooperative agreement is an assistance agreement in which the federal government provides funding or services to a tribe, tribal organization or Urban non-profit to accomplish specific activities or tasks. As part of this agreement, CDC is providing support and assistance that includes conducting site visits and assisting with the design of program components such as methods, surveillance, epidemiologic analysis, outbreak investigation, development of disease control programs and evaluation plans.

American Indians and Alaska Natives experience a disproportionate burden of sexually transmitted infections, especially youth. More than half of the new HIV diagnoses among American Indian and Alaska Native persons are estimated to be among people under the age of 35. For more data on STIs including HIV and AIDS in American Indians and Alaska Natives, see the "Trends in Indian Health" [PDF] 2014 report.

The IHS National HIV and AIDS Program serves as the primary source for national education, policy development, budget development, and allocation for clinical, preventive and public health HIV and AIDS programs for the IHS, area offices and service units. The program also coordinates and promotes HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment activities specific to Indians as part of a comprehensive public health approach.

The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.govis responsible for most of CDC's work to prevent HIV. The Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.govis charged with the mission of preventing HIV infection and reducing the incidence of HIV-related illness and death.

The IHS, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Posted: October 7, 2016

New ACA Planning Tool Released

NNPHI, working in collaboration with Georgia Health Policy Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announced the updated Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool is now available at www.acaplanningtool.com. The new and improved Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool supports public health departments and their partners in navigating challenges and opportunities introduced by health reform.Developed collaboratively by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Planning Tool guides leaders like you through a five-step journey—from understanding the questions to creating implementation plans.

At no cost, your organization’s leaders can use the tool individually or with a team to:

  • Examine the basics of health reform,
  • Think through the tough questions raised and introduced by health reform and health system transformation,
  • Apply adaptive thinking to questions related to health system change, and
  • Create an implementation plan that leverages opportunities created by the law.

To learn more about how the Planning Tool can help your organization and support your work visit acaplanningtool.com.

Posted: October 3, 2016

Upcoming Event: Climate and Health Summit - February 14-16, 2017

The Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the Climate and Health Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 14-16, 2017. Registration and abstract submission is now open. Please use the following link to register and/or submit an abstract:


If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Posted: September 28, 2016

CDC Updates Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Ongoing Investigation of Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida

CDC previously issued travel, testing, and other guidance related to local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission (active Zika virus transmission) that the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) identified in two areas of Miami-Dade County: (1) a one-square-mile area in Wynwood, and (2) a 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach. CDC has updated the guidance for people who live in or traveled to these areas.

FL DOH continues to investigate active Zika virus transmission in South Florida. Investigation has shown an expanded area of active transmission in Miami Beach, now measuring 4.5 square miles, which includes the original 1.5-square-mile area.

The FL DOH has determined that active Zika virus transmission is no longer ongoing in the one-square-mile area of Wynwood after three mosquito incubation periods have passed without any new cases of local transmission. As of September 19, 2016, CDC has modified recommendations for the Wynwood area. CDC no longer recommends pregnant women and their partners avoid travel to the Wynwood area. However, pregnant women and partners of pregnant women who are concerned about potential Zika virus exposure may consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County, including areas without identified active transmission. For all of Miami-Dade County, CDC advises strict adherence to precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

Because the incubation period for Zika virus infection is up to two weeks and many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms, it is likely that there are additional people infected in the population. In addition, because the diagnosis and investigation of cases may take several weeks, coupled with additional cases of local mosquito-borne Zika virus infection and increase in travel-related cases in Miami-Dade County, it is possible that other neighborhoods besides Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County have active Zika virus transmission that is not yet apparent.

More Information

Posted: August 29, 2016

Best and Promising Practices for Increasing HPV Vaccination Conference August 29, 2016 10 AM – 4:30PM ET

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable is hosting a Best and Promising Practices for Increasing HPV Vaccination one-day event. This event will be livestreamed on August 29 10AM ET. Join the conference to learn more about the high-impact strategies for increasing HPV vaccination by CLICKING HERE.

Review the agenda here

Hear from national experts on the latest strategies in HPV vaccination from the comfort of your own office. Follow along for the whole day or just the sections you’re interested in. This livestreamed event provides a great opportunity to get together with colleagues within your organization or with external partners to host a viewing party and provide time for local discussion after the presentations.

Please share with other individuals or organizations who may be interested in watching.

Posted: August 22, 2016

Healthy Native Babies Outreach Stipend Application

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is pleased to announce that outreach stipends of up to $1500 are available for Tribes and organizations serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. These stipends are available for printing customized outreach materials to disseminate safe infant sleep in your community. Decisions regarding awards are made on a rolling basis and will be made within 4 weeks of receiving your application.

The outreach stipend application as well as more details about eligibility criteria are available through this Healthy Native Babies Application download.

If you do not wish to apply for an outreach stipend, you may still order national flyers, brochures, a Workbook Packet (which includes the Toolkit Disk), and a Facilitator's Packet visit the National Institute of Health Safe to Sleep website.

If you have any additional question or need additional information, please email the Native American Management Service or call 1-888-996-9916. Take advantage of these free resources to spread the word about safe infant sleep.

Posted: August 9, 2016


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (ODPHP), showcased a recent International Association on Indigenous Aging (IA2)project—“1,000 Grandmothers”—in its Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators (LHI) series. The series highlights programs that successfully address 12 topic areas throughout 26 Healthy People 2020 critical indicators, including Maternal, Infant, and Child Health. The HHS e-bulletin is HERE.

The 1,000 Grandmothers project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was conducted for the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI), and in partnership with four tribes: the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (NC), Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (ND), Hannahville Indian Community (MI), and the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI). Targeted safe sleep education is critical for tribal communities, which experience sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) rates 3.5 times that of the U.S. overall. The goal was to improve infant safe sleeping practices through an intergenerational intervention that creates meaningful opportunities for elder engagement with younger tribal members-- experiences that are diminishing in many tribal communities, due in part to changing family structures, urbanization, and acculturation. The project brought young Native parents together with elders for traditional crafts sessions, mentoring, and informal discussions of both traditional tribal wisdom and current safe sleep practices in structured sessions. The national project support team, consisting of staff from IA2 and MPHI, worked collaboratively with each tribe on every facet of local project development. Tribes retained key decision-making authority. The project team provided technical assistance--both onsite and remotely--through knowledgeable, invested and readily available external support for both operational issues and expertise in SUID and safe sleep practices.

For more information, please contact IA2 Executive Director Dave Baldridge at [email protected].

Posted: August 9, 2016

CDC and the American Medical Association (AMA) Present a FREE webinar:
Preparing for Zika Transmission in the U.S.

Help ensure that you are prepared for Zika transmission. Please join CDC speakers Susan Hills, MBBS, MTH, and Kiran Perkins, MD, MPH, as they present…

  • The epidemiological and clinical aspects of the current Zika outbreak
  • Implications for pregnant women
  • CDC’s updated clinical guidance
A question and answer session will follow.

Webinar: Preparing for Zika Transmission in the U.S.
Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Time: 7–8 p.m. EDT
Sign up: Pre-register (at no cost) and view more details at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/u89qo24bddm1&eom

For the latest information from CDC on Zika virus visit www.cdc.gov/Zika

Posted: August 9, 2016

Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future for Indian Country

It was a report released in 2011 by the National Wildlife Federation with the assistance of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Native American Rights Funds, University of Colorado Law School, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. The report documents the unique threats imposed by climate change on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes, while highlighting resources and presenting recommendations to mitigate its effects.

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Posted: July 22, 2016

Neisseria gonorrhoeae Antimicrobial Susceptibility Surveillance — The Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project, 27 Sites, United States, 2014

Robert D. Kirkcaldy, MD; Alesia Harvey; John R. Papp, PhD; et al.
MMWR Surveill Summ 2016;65:1–19

Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States. Prevention of sequelae and of transmission to sexual partners relies on prompt detection and effective treatment. However, treatment has been compromised by the absence of routine antimicrobial susceptibility testing in clinical care and evolution of antimicrobial resistance to the antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea. Dual therapy with ceftriaxone plus azithromycin is the only recommended gonorrhea treatment, and the potential threat of cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea is a cause for concern. This report presents comprehensive surveillance data from the Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project and describes gonococcal antimicrobial susceptibility patterns in the United States during 2000–2014. Antimicrobial susceptibility surveillance data can be used to develop national treatment recommendations, set research and prevention priorities, and communicate best treatment practices to health care providers.

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Posted: April 25, 2016

Webinar on Syringe Service Programs

This upcoming webinar will be especially useful for HIV, viral hepatitis, injury and/or substance abuse prevention surveillance and program staff within health departments. On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued implementation guidance to ensure that state and local communities are aware of the circumstances under which federal funds may be used to support certain components of Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) for persons who inject drugs (PWID). This guidance follows The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114-113), which was recently signed into law by President Obama. In order to direct existing grant funding to SSPs, state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments must first consult with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provide evidence that their jurisdiction is (1) experiencing or, (2) at risk for significant increases in viral hepatitis infections or an HIV outbreak due to injection drug use.

CDC is hosting a webinar Wednesday, April 27, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EDT. Gabriela Paz-Bailey, Dita Broz, and John Brooks from the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention will walk participants through the process of requesting a determination of need for SSPs in consultation with CDC. They will provide practical information and tips for preparing these requests as well as address questions. This webinar will be especially useful for HIV, viral hepatitis, injury and/or substance abuse prevention surveillance and program staff within health departments. Please plan to participate in this webinar if interested in requesting a determination of need for SSPs within a jurisdiction. For those unable to participate in the live session, a recording will be posted on http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/syringes.html.

REGISTER HERE for the Requesting a Determination of Need in Consultation with CDC Webinar.

Posted: April 21, 2016

Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus – Texas, January 2016

Sexual transmission is an emerging mode of Zika virus transmission that might contribute to more illness than anticipated. A case of Zika virus transmission associated with sexual contact between a male traveler (patient A) who returned to Dallas, Texas from an area of active Zika virus transmission and his male non-traveling partner (patient B) is supported by epidemiological, laboratory, and environmental investigations by Dallas County Health and Human Services and CDC. Plaque-reduction neutralization tests indicated that patient A had been infected with Zika virus and/or dengue virus serotype 1, but that patient B had been infected only with Zika virus. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction assay of semen collected 17 and 24 days after illness onset in the non-traveler and traveler were negative and equivocal, respectively. Identification and investigation of cases of definitive sexual transmission of Zika virus in non-endemic areas presents valuable opportunities to expediently inform interim recommendations to prevent sexual Zika virus transmission.

Access the article HERE

For more information, please visit: CDC Zika Virus Home Page

Posted: April 8, 2016

April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness DayApril 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). This annual observance is the first day set aside to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on young people.

2016 marks the 4th annual observance of NYHAAD. To support this day, please join CDC by engaging in these activities to highlight the importance of youth HIV prevention.

  • Participate in the NYHAAD Thunderclap on April 10th at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT to encourage individuals and organizations to support the HIV prevention needs of youth. Sign up and share with your partners and social media contacts!
  • Download and share the NYHAAD button and poster. Post the materials on your Web site.
  • Share the CDC Web Feature on youth HIV awareness.
  • Promote youth HIV awareness, prevention and testing on your Web site, blog and social media channels.

Posted: April 8, 2016

HHS Issues Guidance on the Use of Federal Funds for Syringe Services Programs

HHS issued guidance regarding the use of Federal funds to implement or expand syringe services programs for people who inject drugs. An overview of the guidance and a link to the complete document can be found here.

The release of the HHS guidance was part of a broader set of public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic, which is claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Here’s a link to the full White House announcement.

Additional information and guidance for HHS grantees will be coming out over the next two weeks from the relevant HHS agencies.

Posted: April 5, 2016

Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

From American Public Health Association

We know that achieving health equity means addressing the social determinants of health. And in the long term, sustainable success requires reaching outside the traditional public health community to form cross-sector partnerships. That’s why this National Public Health Week, we’re so excited to announce a new opportunity to create healthier communities nationwide...

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Posted: March 24, 2016

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan's National Native Network presents a webinar series
Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country

Title: Gambling with our Health
Date: March 29, 2016
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Isaiah Brokenleg, MPH - Epidemiologist and Program Director, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council

Learning Objectives
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Attendees will know what theoretical win is.
  2. Attendees will be able to articulate the age and preferences for a smoke free environment.
  3. Attendees will be able to tell three differences between commercial tobacco and traditional tobacco.

Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, health educators, administrators, and support staff working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native communities.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8437125938810373380
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Space is limited.

Funding for this webinar was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DP13-1314 Consortium of National Networks to Impact Populations Experiencing Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities. Webinar contents do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No commercial interest support was used to fund this activity.

Posted: March 24, 2016

All Tribes Zika Briefing Call - Recording Available

The National Indian Health Board in conjunction with the Association of American Indian Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted an “All Tribes Zika Briefing” conference call on March 22, 2016. Topics presented by subject matter experts included vector issues, epidemiology & surveillance, pregnancy & birth defects, laboratory, traveler & border health and blood safety. To listen to a recording of the call, please CLICK HERE

Additional questions related to information discussed on the call can be directed to Robert Foley, [email protected]. Additional information about the Zika virus, including downloadable educational materials can be found on the CDC Zika website http://www.cdc.gov/zika .

Posted: March 11, 2016

Free Registration is Open for the "EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference"

The National Environmental Association (NEHA) is hosting Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors and Public Health Pests, a virtual conference that will be held April 13-14, 2016 and is designed to prepare professionals to respond to environmental events of public health concern. It will bring professionals together in a unique virtual environment to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in vectors and public health pests. The conference will also feature a live session on how best to communicate the health risks of vectors and public health pests from an ‎expert communication strategist and facilitator. There is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required. The conference is funded through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health. It will include sessions from experts in the field on these timely topics and tracks: Climate Change and Vector Control; Zika Virus and other Vector-borne Diseases; Bed Bugs; and Vector/Pest Management and Control. For more information and to register, go to http://www.neha.org/node/39078.

Posted: March 10, 2016

3rd Annual Community Partners Conference

The NB3 Foundation’s Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Community Partners Conference provides a platform to celebrate the incredible work of our community partners (grantees) and their communities in advancing the health and wellness of Native American children. A main goal of the gathering is to share, learn and network with each other, providing a deeper understanding of the opportunities that exist in the prevention of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. Community partners (grantees) and invited guests will be able to attend a variety of sessions aimed at fostering dialogue, facilitating partnerships and building knowledge. We are excited and honored to have you join us and look forward to seeing you in New Mexico!

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Posted: February 22, 2016

New STI Prevention, Treatment and Surveillance Resources Available

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention would like to share with you several new and updated resources and DSTDP-authored publications.

Posted: February 22, 2016

"The Zika Virus: What It Is and How to Protect Against It" Webinar Recording

This webinar is an overview of the Zika Virus and its spread, including, what it is, how it is transmitted, and who it affects. The content discusses how to protect against Zika and how health departments can prepare to recognize, manage and report Zika infections and communicate prevention measures to the public. According to the CDC, "in May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes." Since then, active Zika infections have been identified in Central America and the Caribbean. To access the webinar recording, click here.

Posted: February 22, 2016

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Materials Available

The 2016 NNHAAD poster is out. The poster and those who want to order copies of materials can visit the website at www.nnhaad.org. The poster will be available as will a download of the new PSAs and other materials. We're excited about 2016 NNHAAD. We're asking that, if people post on social media that they use #NNHAAD so that we can track our reach. Our theme this year is "Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting bold voices of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians"

Posted: February 18, 2016

You may now register for New Mexico Annual HIV & HCV Update Conference.

March 24-25, 2016
Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico

We will begin Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 am and the conference will conclude Friday, March 25 at 12:30 pm. We have attached the brochure with information and registration form.

Online registration with Visa or MasterCard will be available soon. Phone, mail and fax registrations are available now by contacting Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development by phone (505) 272-3942 or fax (505) 272-8604.

All participants must complete the Personal Information Form by going to the following link https://echoevaluation.health.unm.edu/evals/rws5.pl?FORM=HIVPIF116 .
If you need assistance, please contact us for information.

View Conference Flyer (PDF)

Posted: February 9, 2016

Funding Opportunity: SAMHSA Announces Strategic Prevention Framework- Partnerships for Success Grant

  • Expected Number of Awards: 3
  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,230,000
  • Anticipated Award Amount: From $318,543 to $1,230,000 per year
  • Project Length: Up to 5 years
  • Application Deadline: April 12, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) grants. The purpose of this grant is to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse among persons aged 12 to 24. States/Tribes may also use grant funds to target an additional, data-driven substance abuse prevention priority (marijuana, heroin, etc.) in their state/tribe. The grant program is intended to prevent the onset and reduce the profession of substance misuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, tribal, and community levels. Eligibility for the SPF-PFS grant is limited to states and tribal entities that have completed a SPF SIG grant and are not currently receiving funds through SAMHSA’s SPF-PFS grant.

View the SAMHSA announcement for more information and visit Grants.gov to submit an application.

Posted: February 5, 2016

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services mini-grant program

The Center for Sharing Public Health Services (“Center”) has just launched a new mini-grant program that builds on our work to date. The Center will select up to five public health agencies, or their designated agents, that wish to explore, plan, implement or improve some aspects of a cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangement. Eligible CJS arrangements must include a minimum of three jurisdictions of any size, or, two jurisdictions if the combined population is 50,000 or greater.

Applications in this first round will be considered on a rolling basis, starting on February 15 and until June 10, 2016, or until all five grants are awarded, whichever comes first. The amount of each award will be up to $10,000 for a project period of up to six months. Selected teams are expected to work with Center staff, who will provide technical assistance during the implementation of the projects, and to be available to share the results and lessons learned from their projects with appropriate audiences. Priority for funding will be given to proposals that address specific areas of learning described in the Call for Proposals (CFP).

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) will be the Center’s administrative partner for this effort. A second round of up to ten more mini-grants will be released at a later time following the close of this application period.

Posted: February 4, 2016

The Bemidji Area HPDP, Tele-Behavioral Health Center of Excellence & The IHS Clinical Support Center (Accredited Provider) Presents Emerging Trends: E-Cigarettes, Hookah & Beyond
Thursday, February 18th | 3:00 – 4:00pm Eastern

DISCRIPTION: Electronic cigarettes have gained tremendous popularity over the past few years. Yet there is only partial information on the chemical composition and potential health benefits and or harm of these products. While harm reduction and cessation claims abound, the existing scientific literature provides a cautionary tale that the use of theme products may lead to the ongoing use of both regular tobacco products and electronic cigarettes (dual use). New studies confirm that 2nd hand aerosol is inhaled by the people near and around e-cigarette users.

Join this session to learn more about the effects and impact of electronic cigarette use through the work and research of Dr. Gardiner by increasing knowledge of the negative health effects of e-cigarettes including the second hand aerosol that is inhaled by people who are near e-cigarette users.

  1. Describe the Chemical composition of E-Cigarette Liquids and Aerosols
  2. Recognize the Chemical Exposure resulting from Hookah use.
  3. Educate patients on the various new nicotine delivery devices and the co use with other substances (ex. Marijuana).
  1. Go to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/ihs-hpdp
  2. Select the “Enter as a Guest” option.
  3. Input your name (first and last) in the Name box.
  4. Press the “Enter Room Button”


Posted: January 20, 2016

Translating Science: Research and Communities Addressing Diabetes in American Indian & Alaska Native Populations

Diabetes is a disease that touches nearly every American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) person, either as part of a personal battle for health or in seeing family and friends struggle against the impact of diabetes in their lives. There must be investments in nations building and in equipping Native families and communities to create the conditions to support Native youth health and wellness. A re-introduction of local and traditional foods, coordination of community-based exercise and nutrition efforts, and a systemic approach to addressing food security could dramatically improve community health. In this Tribal Insights Brief, the NCAI Policy Research Center describes the evolution of diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities in order to emphasize the systemic levers that are essential in combating this disease and to combat the perspective that becoming diabetic is just something that happens to Native peoples. Our goal is to support tribal nations in promoting health for their citizens and in providing hope that being Native means having the best health and full wellness.

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Posted: January 13, 2016

Native VOICES SexEd Video Added to the CDC's List of Effective Programs!

In December, Native VOICES (Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex) became the first and only intervention purposefully designed for American Indian and Alaska Native youth included in the CDC's compendium of effective HIV interventions.

The 23-minute video was created by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to encourage condom use and improve condom negotiation skills among heterosexual and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Native teens and young adults 15-24 years old. The culturally tailored video covers important sexual health topics, including talking to your partner about sex, STD testing, defining and enforcing personal values, and healthy relationships.

A free toolkit is available to support your use of the video in diverse tribal settings. The toolkit includes the Native VOICES video, a condom demonstration video, a dental dam demonstration video, a selection of condoms and dental dams, and a users' guide. The toolkit can be ordered free of charge at [email protected]

Posted: January 5, 2016

The Prevention Institute Outlines Wins and Losses for Community Prevention in the Federal Spending Plan

Prevention Institute E-Alert: December 23, 2015

Last week, Congress passed and the President signed a $1.1 trillion spending plan that funds the federal government through September 2016. This follows the enactment of a two-year bipartisan budget deal, which established overall spending levels and partially lifted sequestration through fiscal year 2017.

The 2000-page spending bill packs several wins for community prevention, but also some setbacks...

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Posted: December 14, 2015

IHS relaunches its HIV Website

The IHS HIV webpage has been updated with more information and resources. The IHS houses the only federal program that provides for HIV prevention and care needs specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Visit https://www.ihs.gov/hivaids for more information.

Posted: November 17, 2015

A New Quitline Resource: American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program
November 24, 2015 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Register now!

Amy V. Lukowski, Psy.D., Clinical Director, National Jewish Health

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key elements of the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (AITCP) as a means to meet the needs of the population and improve engagement of evidence-based cessation strategies.
  2. Inform state and tribal partners of the AICTP in an attempt to increase reach into AI populations through quitline services.
  3. Inform state and tribal partners of the AICTP to lessen the impact of commercial tobacco on the American Indian population.

Posted: November 11, 2015

ACF Putting Out New Tribal Maternal and Early Childhood Health Grants

The Administration for Children and Families has put out two new grant announcements to support Tribal maternal, infant, and early childhood home visitation programs. They have created announcements for both a development and implementation, as well as an implementation and expansion phase.

Please go to the following links to read about funding forecasts from the.

Posted: November 9, 2015

Closing the GAP: Improving Outcomes for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EDT)

To watch a Nursing Grand Rounds presentation live online or an archived recorded session, go to: http://dhmcconferences.dartmouth.edu/NursingGR.htm

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss three gaps that occur within the continuum of HIV care.
  • Identify two opportunities and interventions that promote engagement of HIV care.
  • Describe the role of the HIV nurse specialist.
  • Explain the importance of effectively utilizing HIV team members at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credential Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

PLEASE NOTE: You must attend at least 80% of the program to receive credit.

View Event Flyer (PDF)

Posted: November 5, 2015

FEMA hosts a Tribal Training Week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be hosting an all Tribal Nation/Alaskan Native Training Week the week of March 20-26.

The week's worth of free trainings and events are being offered at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Below is more information about the Tribal training week. Registration opened up one month ago, and unfortunately the Incident Command and Hospital Emergency Response Training courses are full. However, all of the others have availability at this time.

CLICK HERE to read more information about each of the courses being offered.

Posted: November 5, 2015

Free Public Health Project Planning Course

The University of Washington School of Public Health/Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP): New online course. Project Planning. Students and new professionals will learn project management fundamentals, while experienced planners can brush up on crucial skills. Learn more.

Posted: October 28, 2015

Join Us in Advancing Health Equity in Native Communities

The American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) addresses health disparities in Indian County by supporting collaborative research efforts between HHS and tribal partners. The HHS Office of Minority Health is currently recruiting to fill several vacancies on the council. Learn more about joining the council, including eligibility, selection process and how to nominate a candidate.

Posted: October 23, 2015

Million Hearts® emphasizes blood pressure management

An estimated 70 million US adults – nearly 1 in 3 – have high blood pressure. Only about 1/2 have their blood pressure under control, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s why Million Hearts® emphasizes blood pressure management as a key strategy. By monitoring blood pressure at home, then sharing those readings with healthcare providers through secure email, patient portals or other means, patients and clinicians can partner to improve blood pressure control...

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Posted: October 23, 2015

Financial Aid Resource for Graduate Students

The team at MastersinPublicHealth.com has developed a new financial aid resource tool. It's a searchable database containing curated scholarships for graduate students in the public health field. This resource could increase access to monies that can help to get American Indian and Alaska Native students into masters level public health programs and into the field. Please share the site widely, and if you are a student then visit to see if it will benefit you. The site is http:///www.mastersinpublichealth.com/scholarships

Posted: October 21, 2015

Summer Training Program Opportunity: Native Stand

The Center for Healthy Communities is partnering with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) to recruit Tribes and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) organizations to receive training on the delivery of Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decision Making), a positive youth development program that builds decision making skills on healthy relationships, STD/HIV prevention, and reproductive health.

Training Program: The Native STAND Summer Training Program will take place June 26-July 1, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.

Apply: For more information about the Native STAND program, eligibility, or to apply visit Oregonprc.org. Applications are due February 1, 2016.

Informational Webinar

A one-hour live webinar will be offered to those interested in learning more about the Native STAND program, curriculum, the dissemination project, training timeline and application process.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. PST
Registration: Simply follow the instructions below on the day of the presentation.

  1. Go to: https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip
  2. Select the "Enter as a Guest" option (no passcode needed)
  3. Input your first and last name
  4. Select Enter Room
For Technical Assistance During the Call Contact: Jessica Leston (907-244-3888, [email protected])

Posted: October 15, 2015

Next Hot Topics Webinar: Developing Evidence About Public Health Services
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 1:30–2:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Presenter: Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, FAAN

As election season draws near, policy-makers and community members increasingly ask about the value of public services. In the October session of Hot Topics in Practice, NWCPHP faculty member, Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, FAAN, reviews the importance of collecting standardized data and demonstrates how the information is being used to make the case for public health services.

In this one-hour session, Bekemeier will discuss how the Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST) project is building and analyzing key data sets, and how practitioners and elected officials can use them for decision-making. She will share a specific example in which detailed local public health services data were used to demonstrate strong links between increased food safety spending by local health departments and decreased foodborne illness. She will also share how a similar study of immunization services highlights the need for standardized data collection to drive population health improvement...


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Posted: October 15, 2015

REMINDER: Call for Nominations: 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge!

The latest data show that nearly 1 in 3 American adults— approximately 70 million—have high blood pressure. About half of those with high blood pressure don’t have it under control, even though many have insurance, are being treated with medicine, and have seen a doctor at least twice in the past year.

We know that better blood pressure control is achievable. Since its launch, Million Hearts® has recognized 41 Hypertension Control Champions for their success in achieving greater than 70 percent control among their patients with high blood pressure.

The deadline to apply to the 2015 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is fast approaching!

Please encourage clinicians, practices, and health systems that provide continuing care and have achieved hypertension control rates greater than 70 percent to enter. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on October 31, 2015. For resources to promote the challenge and information on eligibility requirements, please visit http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/aboutmh/htn_champions.html .

For information about past Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions click here.

Posted: October 15, 2015

SAMHSA Always Looking to Strengthen their Pool of Reviewers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) utilizes a pool of grant reviewers to reviews applications for their funding opportunity announcements. What is unique about their pool, is that it is based upon reviewers who voluntarily submit their own application to serve in that capacity, rather than a pool that is recruited just when a review panel is needed. So SAMHSA has a large and diverse pool of subject matter experts from which they can select a qualified panel of grant reviewers any time. However, there is always a need to grow that pool and ensure that all communities are represented. So please, visit their site, and complete an application and submit your paperwork to become a SAMHSA grant reviewer, and help to ensure that there is a strong Native presence within their pool of reviewers.


Posted: October 15, 2015

NIVDP Webinar: Influenza 101 con el Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 | 2:00pm EDT

* This webinar will be conducted in Spanish

Por favor, acompáñanos para un webinar en español con el Dr. Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner para aprender sobre la influenza estacional. El Dr. Azziz es un epidemiólogo dentro de la División de Influenza de los CDC y hablará sobre los conceptos básicos sobre la influenza, el impacto de la enfermedad, y las recomendaciones de vacunación para este año.

Línea de Conferencia: 1-866-740-1260

Código: 3420676


Posted: October 12, 2015

Presidential Proclamation -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2015

Too often, precious lives are interrupted or cut short by cancer. Breast cancer, one of the most common cancers among American women, affects roughly 230,000 women as well as 2,300 men each year and is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths annually in the United States. Breast cancer does not discriminate -- it strikes people of all races, ages, and income levels -- and we must raise awareness of this disease and its symptoms so we can more easily identify it and more effectively treat it. This month, as we honor those whose lives were tragically cut short by breast cancer and as we stand with their families, let us arm ourselves with the best knowledge, tools, and resources available to fight this devastating disease.

Regular screenings and quality care are vital to improving outcomes for millions of people, and we are making strides in improving treatment options. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most health insurers are now required to cover recommended preventive services -- including mammograms -- at no extra cost, and Americans cannot be denied health coverage due to a pre-existing condition, like breast cancer. Women and men can take precautionary action on their own by talking with their health care providers about what they can do to lower their individual risk factors and learning about what tests are right for them. For more information on breast cancer prevention, treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and the latest research, visit www.Cancer.gov/Breast...

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Posted: October 8, 2015

Best Practices User Guide: Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health has published a new Best Practices user guide: Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control. The guide was written in partnership with the Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

This user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can work to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control. Best Practices recommends that “Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups” be a primary goal of every state tobacco control program, along with preventing initiation among youth and young adults, promoting quitting among adults and youth, and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

To further reduce overall tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, tobacco use must be reduced in population groups with the greatest burden of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Because tobacco control policies take a population-based approach to improving health, policies have the potential to reach groups most affected by tobacco and reduce disparities. This guide offers tobacco control program staff and partners information on how to work toward achieving health equity when planning, implementing, and enforcing tobacco control policies.

The Best Practices user guide on Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control can help you:
  • Select and implement evidence-based strategies to promote health equity and reduce tobacco-related disparities
  • Learn from real-world examples of efforts to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control
  • Provide information to gain support for tobacco control efforts that focus on health equity
  • Identify the best tobacco control resources and tools to help in planning efforts.

The online version of the guide is available on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Web site: CLICK HERE

Printed copies of the guide should be available to order via the Smoking & Tobacco Use Online Publication Catalogue & Ordering System by the middle of November.

Posted: October 7, 2015

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is the nation’s most prestigious learning experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics. The 2016-2017 Call for Applications is now open. Deadline for receipt of applications via the RWJF online system is November 12, 2015, at 3:00pm ET. Conducted and administered by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) since 1973, the non-partisan fellowship offers exclusive, hands-on policy experience with the most influential congressional and executive offices in the nation’s capital. Working hand-in-hand with the best and brightest in federal health policy, fellows gain an insider’s perspective of the political process, develop unmatched leadership skills, and build a professional network that lasts a lifetime. http://healthpolicyfellows.org/fellowship_eligibilitycrit.php

Posted: October 6, 2015

1st Annual Four Corners TB/HIV Conference
November 3-4, 2015 | Durango, CO

The 2015 Four Corners conference is primarily for public health professionals focused on TB and HIV/AIDS. The theme is "Care for the Whole Person" and the programming will reflect this by focusing on a variety of medical and social co-morbidity concerns facing those both caring for and those being treated for TB or HIV/AIDS. There will also be presentations on several emerging infectious diseases in the 4-Corners region.

For more information and registration please CLICK HERE Or contact Stacey Mortenson, Program Director, American Lung Association in Arizona at 602-258-7507 or [email protected]

Posted: October 6, 2015

Developing a Referral System for Sexual Health Services: An Implementation Tool Kit

As a part of their focus on adolescent sexual health and their access to sexual health services (SHS), National Coalition of STD Directors CSD and Cicatelli Associates Inc. collaboratively developed the "Developing a Referral System for Sexual Health Services: An Implementation Tool Kit" and the "Establishing Organizational Partnerships to Increase Student Access to Sexual Health Services: A resource Guide for Education Agencies." These resources provide framework for developing and implementing a referral system to link youth to school or community based sexual health services.

These toolkits and guides can be best utilized by education agencies and youth serving agencies working to increase student’s access to sexual health services by increasing student's awareness of school and community based SHS providers, increasing referrals of students to schools and communities based SHS, and increasing the number of adolescents receiving key SHS.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Posted: October 5, 2015

Flu Season is Here

It is flu season and it is time to start thinking about getting a flu shot. Remember that a flu shot is for everybody and it is all of our responsibility to protect the circle of the community by staying healthy. A vaccination against the flu not only protects you, but protects everybody in your circle and in your community. Talk to your local provider about your options for getting a flu shot this year.

If you are a health educator or service provider, please consider working with your local radio stations to air some flu vaccine public services announcements (there are even pre-recorded PSAs in Navajo, Yup'ik, and Lakota). There are also posters specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native communities that help to convey the importance of getting a shot each year. You can find all of these resources here. We all a role in ensuring that elders, adults and youth alike are all safe against influenza.

Posted: October 2, 2015

National Despression Screening Day - October 8th

October 8th is National Depression Screening Day. This campaign seeks to bring attention to the critical needs of those with depression and mood disorders. For the month of October, there are anonymous depression and mood disorder screenings available at http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org.

This year marks the 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day and if you would like to see how you can support this event locally, visit: http://mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/ndsd/toolkit.

Posted: September 30, 2015

Upcoming Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

In a new 3-part webinar series designed for community-based organizations, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center will share the basics of successful federal grant applications. Three key topics will be covered on the following dates:

Foundations of Grant Writing
Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 pm ET

Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm ET

Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
Thursday, November 5 at 3:30 pm ET

Posted: September 25, 2015

Xerox Minority Scholarships

The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines. This scholarship is available to US Citizens and individuals with Permanent Resident visas of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent. Applicants must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate or graduate student in any of the following technical fields, chemistry, information management, computing & software systems, material science, printing management science, laser optics, physics, material science, engineering (chemical, computer, electrical, imaging, manufacturing, mechanical, optical, or software).

Deadline: September 30

For more information, please visit:

Posted: September 9, 2015

IHS Rounds Webinar: 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines Update and Evidence Based Strategies to Address Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Tuesday, September 24, 2015 | 3:00pm ET

  • Andria Apostolou, PhD, MPH, Indian Health Service STD Surveillance Coordinator
  • Sharon Adler, MD, MPH, Clinical Faculty CA STD/HIV Prevention Training Center & Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF FCM
  • Melanie Taylor, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist, Division of STD Prevention Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) trends in Indian Country
  2. Recognize and treat STDs according the updated 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines
  3. Employ evidence based strategies (such as usage of EHR reminders and Expedited Partner Therapy) to address STDs in Indian Country and improve STD screening

No registration needed. To join, at the appropriate date and time:

  1. Visit http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/ihsrounds
  2. Select the "Enter as a Guest" option.
  3. Input your name (first and last) in the Name box.
  4. The passcode is: rounds
  5. Press the "Enter Room Button"
Accreditation (pending)

For more information please contact Dr. Andria Apostolou at [email protected]

Posted: September 4, 2015

Implementing Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention into Primary Care: Experiences among Three CDC-Funded Grantees webinar
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Practical experiences associated with the implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) into routine health care are often understudied and under disseminated in the research literature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed an implementation guide outlining useful steps to integrate alcohol SBI into clinical practice settings. Three Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Centers (FASD RTCs) across the U.S. were funded by CDC to pilot implementation of alcohol SBI into multi-site primary healthcare systems. Pilot sites located in Alaska, Nevada, and Tennessee included three health systems across ten clinical settings.

The University of Nevada, Reno's Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies is pleased to offer this free webinar whose purpose is to highlight key aspects of the alcohol SBI implementation processes that were unique to each party involved in the pilot testing and resulted in important lessons that are applicable for others implementing alcohol SBI. Attendees will learn about available resources and receive practical recommendations that will increase the likelihood of their own success integrating routine alcohol SBI into clinical settings.

Elizabeth Dang, MPH - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra Gonzalez, MSSW, LCSW - Baylor College of Medicine
Joyce Hartje, PhD - University of Nevada, Reno
Becky Porter, MS, LPC - University of Alaska Anchorage

Contact Hours: This webinar has been approved for a total of 1.0 contact hour through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Certificates indicating the number of contact hours earned are issued to all participants at the end of the training via e-mail; certificates are sent out 7-10 days after the training has concluded.


For more information on alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention or FASD, please click here. Please contact Carolyn Edney at [email protected] with any questions.

Posted: September 1, 2015

Predicted Heart Age and Racial Disparities in Heart Age among U.S. Adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Vital Signs report on "Predicted Heart Age (HA) and Racial Disparities in Heart Age among U.S. Adults at the State Level." This CDC Vital Signs report shows that for most Americans, their heart age is much higher than their actual age, particularly for men and African Americans. There are also geographic differences in average heart age across states. Mississippi and Louisiana have the highest heart ages, while Utah and Colorado have the lowest. Heart age provides a new way of framing risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), potentially simplifying communication about CVD risk and facilitating opportunities for healthy lifestyle changes and enhanced adherence to treatment recommendations.

Please view the report and at www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns. Visit the Vital Signs webpage to find the Vital Signs MMWR, fact sheet, and other materials. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have Vital Signs sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service. We also invite you to join us for the Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference on September 8th at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Vital Signs is not just about facts—it is about action. To save more lives from preventable deaths, we must work together—collaborating with community organizations, health departments, healthcare providers, insurers, health care systems, and families— to support and reinforce changes that encourage healthy habits and improve the health care system so that no one dies a preventable death.

Posted: September 1, 2015

Suicide Prevention Series: Practical Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 1, 2015 | 3:30 pm ET

Presented by Shawn Sidhu, MD

Next Webinar
September 29, 2015, 2:00 pm ET

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify core principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
  • Apply these principles to individual therapy.
  • Utilize practical and tangible skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for use in individual therapy.

Connection Information

  • Go to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/sps
  • Select the "Enter as a Guest" option
  • Enter your name, first and last, with designation in the box designated Name (ex: Jane Doe, MD).
  • Enter the passcode : sps
  • Click on the "Enter Room" button

More Information (PDF)

Posted: September 1, 2015

Influenza 101 - Webinar Series

Upcoming Dates
  • Influenza 101 – CHR Session, September 9, 2015
  • Influenza 101 – CHR Session, September 15, 2015
  • IHS CMO Clinical Rounds Session – Influenza Kick-off, September 23, 2015
  • Mandatory Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Policy Webinar, October 8, 2015
  • Describe influenza, influenza vaccine and transmission of influenza virus.
  • Describe influenza and influenza vaccine myths and facts.
  • Describe the 2015-2016 influenza vaccination recommendations.

Target Audience

Educators, Health & Educational Administrators, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Counselors, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Psychologists, Dentists, Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals.

More Information (PDF)

Posted: September 1, 2015

Webinar on Learning how to Implement HPV Vaccinations
Thursday, September 3rd | 5:30-6:30 pm ET

Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition’s Webinar Series presents:
Vaccination in the U.S. – A Successful Quality Improvement Example

Overview of webinar:
  • Different options for quality improvement (QI) to improve HPV vaccination coverage
  • Specifics of the implementation of a quality improvement project in a Florida pediatric clinic with successful results
  • Lessons learned for future implementation of this intervention with providers
  • Pros and cons of this QI project from the provider prospective

Led by Dr. Alix Casler
Webinar link: https://uncsph.adobeconnect.com/sgee
Phone number (audio for webinar): 919-962-2733

Posted: September 1, 2015

CDC Presents an HPV Vaccination Webinar
Friday, September 18th | 11am-12pm ET

CDC’s Adolescent Immunization Communications Team presents:
HPV Vaccination Quality Improvement Projects and Implementation Science Working Together, For the Win! (#FTW)

Overview of webinar:
  • Dr. Brian Mittman, PhD will provide a brief introduction about Implementation Science theory and principles, and an overview of considerations influencing physician behavior and making practice-level changes.
  • Dr. Alix Casler, MD, FAAP will summarize her practice’s quality improvement project to increase HPV vaccination rates. Dr. Casler will discuss their multi-level approach and experience integrating changes in a large pediatric office.
  • Kia Redwine, Clinical Management Consultant will present on a collaborative quality Improvement project between WellStar Health System and the Georgia Department of Public Health to increase HPV vaccination rates. Ms. Redwine will highlight the variety of interventions that that were incorporated and lessons learned from her perspective.

Register by clicking this link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/6j2gnrfysvp8&eom

Posted: August 25, 2015

Indian Health Service Meeting on American Indian/Alaska Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Issues.
September 11, 2015 | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET

Hubert H. Humphrey Building. 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201.

The meeting will be open to the public. To facilitate the building security process, those who plan to attend should RSVP to Lisa Neel at [email protected] or by telephone at 301-443-4305 no later than 5:00 pm EST on August 31, 2015. (This is not a toll-free number.) Public attendance will be limited to the space available. Members of the public may make statements during the meeting to the extent time permits and file written statements with the agency for its consideration. Written statements may be submitted to Lisa Neel, MPH, Program Coordinator, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Posted: August 24, 2015

Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 16, 2015 | 12:30–2 p.m. ET

Learn about potential financing mechanisms for post-discharge care services for individuals who are at risk of suicide at the upcoming webinar, Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide. The speakers will discuss current financing models, as well as expected changes that will alter the national health services payment landscape. The discussion will focus on three case studies—an accountable care organization, a behavioral health plan, and a county-led crisis program—as examples of innovative financial models that support services for individuals in crisis.

Register To Attend the Webinar

Posted: August 5, 2015

First Kids 1st Puts Out First Newsletter

In July, the first edition of First Kids 1st newsletter was published by the coordinating committee. The newsletter is intended to highlight the work and initiatives taking place throughout Indian Country that are positively impacting Native Youth. You can read the newsletter here. Please share this newsletter with your networks and contacts that you feel would be interested in reading and contributing to future issues. Individuals interested in subscribing to this newsletter or submitting content can email: [email protected]

Posted: July 13, 2015

CDC Releases Tools to Help Combat Hypertension

One in every three American adults — approximately 70 million—has high blood pressure. CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention has released a new quality improvement action guide to help improve hypertension control, the Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians. This guide provides examples of tools that have worked in a variety of clinical settings that may be adopted by or adapted to individual practices or health systems. We hope that you, your Tribes, and your affiliated organizations find this guide useful in the important work you all lead in improving the heart health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Posted: July 10, 2015

Echo Hawk Consulting Releases Feeding Ourselves: Food Access, Health Disparities, and the Pathways to Healthy Native American Communities

Report Commissioned by the American Heart Association Calls for Mobilization of Tribal Leaders and Key Partners to Bring Healthy Food Access to Native American Communities

Longmont, Colorado (July 9, 2015) -- Echo Hawk Consulting, today released a comprehensive report on the state of food access in Native American communities and the resulting health disparities in Native Americans. The report – commissioned by the American Heart Association and its Voices for Healthy Kids®, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AHA – calls for tribes, the federal government and philanthropic organizations to serve as agents of change in the area of Native food access...

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Posted: June 29, 2015

SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee – Call for Nominations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) currently has vacancies for membership. The TTAC was established in 2008 by SAMHSA in an effort to create a coordinated, agency-wide strategy to incorporate tribal guidance on SAMHSA priorities, policies, and resources.

Tribal Technical Advisory Committee Composition
The TTAC is composed of 14 positions: one primary delegate and one alternate from each of the 12 Indian Health Service (IHS) geographic areas, plus one primary delegate and one alternate for two at-large member positions.

Tribal Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Logistics
The TTAC meets in Rockville, MD, twice per year, generally in April and August. SAMHSA supports travel for the primary representative to attend these in-person TTAC meetings. In the event a primary delegate cannot attend, SAMHA will support travel for the alternate delegate to attend the onsite meetings.

Tribal Technical Advisory Committee Vacancies
SAMHSA is seeking nominees for the following TTAC vacancies. The vacancies open for nomination include a primary delegate and an alternate delegate from each of the following regions.

  1. Billings Area
  2. Great Plains Area
  3. Navajo Area
  4. Oklahoma Area
  5. Phoenix Area

Nominee Eligibility Requirements
All TTAC nominees must be elected or traditionally appointed tribal officials acting in their official capacity as elected representatives of their tribes. The nominee should be qualified to represent the views of tribes in the respective area for which they are being nominated. Nominations must be made by an elected or appointed official from a federally recognized tribe acting in his or her official capacity.

Nominee Selection Prioritization
Nominations will be considered for selection in the priority order listed below. In the event that there is more than one nomination from the priority list, individuals who have a letter of support from tribal officials acting in their official capacity shall have priority. Letters of support from tribal organizations will be taken into consideration when selecting the primary and alternate delegates.

  1. Tribal President, Chairperson, or Governor
  2. Tribal Vice-President, Vice-Chairperson, or Lt. Governor
  3. Elected or Appointed Tribal Official

For more information or to submit nomination letters, please contact:
Sheila Cooper
Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs
Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Rd.
Rockville, MD 20857
Direct: (240) 276-2005
Fax: (202) 276-2010
E-mail: [email protected]

Posted: June 19, 2015

CDC Releases New Cancer and HPV Posters for Indian Country

The CDC has released a new series of posters targeting American Indian and Alaska Native Youth to promote HPV vaccination. The posters are available online and are designed to be printed out right from your desk (or you could use a commercial printer, if available). The focus is on preventing cancer through HPV vaccination. There are 4 posters – 2 featuring girls, 2 with boys - with a choice of several different AI/AN –inspired borders. This is an important issue that doesn’t get addressed very often in Indian Country, so please visit the site and consider posting these in your clinics and offices.


Posted: June 19, 2015

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to promote HIV testing among all individuals and encourage people to take pride in knowing their HIV status. The National Indian Health Board hopes that you will take this day as a reminder that we all need to take affirming steps to ensure our own health and wellness, and that of our community as well. Please consider how you can honor this day – by getting an HIV test, getting tested with a partner, volunteering to do some HIV educational outreach, and talking to your friends and family about HIV and HIV testing. HIV rates continue to climb among American Indian and Alaska Natives, and it is too often not talked about. But not talking about or seeing it, doesn’t make the problem any more real or any less significant. We can stop HIV when we stand together and combat the stigma that has driven this disease. Get the Facts. Get Tested. Get Involved. For More about National HIV Testing Day, and visit our partner, the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center for more information on HIV in Native American communities.

Posted: June 10, 2015

IHS National Combined Councils Meeting Coming Up

IHS is hosting the National Combined Councils Meeting this year with a theme of Ensuring our Future…Issues Effecting the Next Generation. The meeting is taking place in Denver, CO, June 23-15, and IHS is webcasting portions of the meeting on June 24th and June 25th for free. These webcasts will be open to all. Click here for the attached flyer for agenda and specific presentation information.

Posted: June 10, 2015

Gender Matters Adaptation for Native Youth

EngenderHealth is developing an adaptation manual of Gender Matters, a reproductive health behavioral intervention, for Native youth populations. This adaptation will be informed by:
  • Completing a thorough literature review on the needs, attitudes, and behaviors of Native youth
  • Conducting phone interviews with key stakeholders, including Native youth and adults, professionals working with Native youth, and others involved in developing or adapting curricula for Native youth
  • Conducting site visits with various native communities throughout North America
  • Convening an Advisory Committee to guide the adaptations recommended in the manual

For more information, please see the formal notice here. And if you are interested in serving as an interviewee, site visit and/or joining the Advisory Committee please contact Mandy Ackerman at [email protected] by Friday, July 17, 2015.

Posted: June 10, 2015

CDC Newsletter summary

CDC’s latest addition to its Public Health Practice Stories from the Field describes how pharmacists on the Yakama Nation Reservation in Washington are helping improve the health of patients with diabetes. The pharmacists help patients manage their diabetes and stay current on lab tests and health checks, thus easing the workload of overburdened primary care providers. Patients who are enrolled in the program are more than twice as likely to have their glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control as nonenrolled patients. Read Pharmacists Help Improve Health of Yakama Indians Living with Diabetes to find out how Yakama achieved this success.

Public Health Practice Stories from the Field is a collection of stories showcasing success and innovation in public health practice by state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health agencies. The stories are featured on the STLT Gateway, a web portal for STLT health professionals created by CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. You might also be interested in these other stories promoting heart health: Clinic Takes Team Approach to Controlling Hypertension in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, Public Health and Primary Care Partner in South Carolina to Address Cardiovascular Health, Schenectady County Program Lowers Sodium in Menu Items for Seniors, and Sodium Reduction Campaign Encourages Healthy Choices Among Consumers.

Posted: June 10, 2015

Worker Safety and Health among American Indians/Alaska Natives: A Partnership Workshop

August 17-18 | Aurora, Colorado

Please join CDC on August 17-18 in Aurora, Colorado for the Worker Safety and Health among American Indians/Alaska Natives: A Partnership Workshop. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in collaboration with the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center is excited to bring together American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, organizations, and other stakeholders to:

  • Meet and network with tribal, academic and government partners to discuss common worker safety, health and wellness issues and solutions
  • Identify opportunities to work together to improve worker safety, health and wellness
  • Learn about tribal resources, funding, data sources and surveillance systems that can help you develop worker safety and health initiatives


Tribal leaders, Tribal Epidemiology Center staff, IHS injury prevention specialists, state/tribal public health professionals, state epidemiologists, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals, academia, risk management professionals, workers’ compensation professionals, and those wanting to enhance worker safety and health among American Indians and Alaska Natives.


The meeting will take place Monday, August 17th from 8 am – 5 pm and Tuesday, August, 18th from 8 am – 12 pm. There is no cost for attending, but space for attendance is limited to 40 participants. Please register ASAP if you are attending the meeting by CLICKING HERE

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Dalsey at [email protected]

Posted: June 8, 2015

CDC Releases New STD Treatment Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines, updating the recommendations for treating persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Guidelines were developed by CDC after a consultation in the spring of 2013 with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs. The Guidelines play a critical role in advising healthcare providers of the best ways to diagnose and treat STDs, and are among the most widely used and referenced sources on STD treatment and management in the United States.

The full Guidelines are now available online for download at www.cdc.gov/std/treatment. Additional resources, such as a Evidence Tables (which serve as the basis for the recommendations), and an update Pocket Guides, Wall Charts, and the STD Tx Guide app will be available this summer for you to order or download.

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention and the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) will host the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Overview Webinar on June 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET to conduct an in-depth discussion on these and other changes in the Guidelines. NNPTC is your resource for the prevention and clinical management of STDs. To view the national training calendar, register for courses, find resources, and access STD consultation, visit the NNPTC at www.nnptc.org.

Posted: June 8, 2015

Archived Webinar: Project Lazarus

On May 21, 2015, a virtual webinar on Project Lazarus was presented. Project Lazarus is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to address the extremely high drug overdose death rate in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Project Lazarus believes that communities are ultimately responsible for their own health and that every drug overdose is preventable.

The Project Lazarus Model can be conceptualized as a wheel, with three core components (The Hub) that must always be present, and seven components (The Spokes), which can be initiated based on the specific needs of a community.

The learning objectives included:
  • Define the components of a successful community-based prescription opioid overdose prevention program.
  • Describe the possible roles that prescribers and substance use treatment providers can play in overdose prevention and supporting patients/families/friends with chronic pain/Substance use dependency beyond the traditional clinical setting.
  • Identify ways in which the Project Lazarus model can be adapted for replication in a medical practice or community.
  • Define the components of a successful community-based naloxone acceptability and access program with current laws.

Click here to download the slides.

Click here to view the webinar.

Posted: June 5, 2015

The Census Bureau is Seeking Nominations for a National Advisory Committee

The federal government in its efforts to facilitate direct communication with and input from stakeholders across the country houses various advisory committees. These committees are authorized and governed by federal law, and serve a very important purpose. This makes is even more important of the Census (Census Bureau) is requesting nominations of individuals and organizations to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. While some federal agencies have advisory committees whose membership is comprised solely of Tribal leaders, the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations of the Bureau of the Census is not – it is a multi-cultural and cross-jurisdictional representation of constituents. In order to ensure an American Indian and Alaska Native voice in the operations of the Bureau of the Census, it is important to support nominations from qualified leaders and community members from Tribal communities.

More Information (PDF)

Posted: June 2, 2015

Interim Enforcement Policy to Demonstrating the Substantial Equivalence of a New Tobacco Product

While FDA considers new comments to the recently issued Demonstrating the Substantial Equivalence of a New Tobacco Product: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions guidance, the agency is announcing its interim enforcement policy. This interim policy is effective immediately and will continue until 30 days after FDA issues a revised guidance or announces its intention to not issue one.

The interim enforcement policy states that for 1) new tobacco products in which the only modification is a label change that creates a distinct product with identical characteristics to the predicate product, or 2) new tobacco products in which the only modification is a change in product quantity:

  • FDA does not intend to issue any warning letters or take steps to initiate any judicial or administrative adversarial proceedings for these tobacco products that are marketed without required premarket authorization; and
  • FDA does not intend to issue any “not substantially equivalent” orders or Preliminary Finding letters for reasons of failing to provide sufficient information.
    • However, FDA does plan to issue other regulatory letters, including refuse-to-accept (RTA) letters and “not substantially equivalent” (NSE) orders for those products that are not otherwise in compliance with the requirements of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C).

In both instances, for the interim enforcement policy to apply, the change (whether to the label or in product quantity) must have been made from, and including, February 16, 2007 through the end of this interim time period.

During the interim enforcement period, if a company did not file a substantial equivalence report for a tobacco product that meets the previously mentioned specifics, or if the company received an RTA for that submission, FDA intends to provide a period of 30 days from the date FDA issues a revised guidance or announces that it will not issue such a revised guidance, for companies to file such a substantial equivalence (SE) report.

The full interim enforcement policy can be found in footnote #1 of the Demonstrating the Substantial Equivalence of a New Tobacco Product: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions guidance and comments on the guidance, including the interim enforcement policy, may be submitted at any time for Agency consideration.

Posted: May 19, 2015

CDC evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of Community Health Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit also includes information that state and Tribal health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Resources available include online trainings, policy assessments and more!

One of the featured documents in the toolkit, Community Health Workers and Million Hearts™, highlights how CHWs can impact the national Million Hearts™ program that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. To learn more about the program, view this list of Million Hearts Resources.

Posted: May 19, 2015

CDC Supports Hepatitis Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins with national, state and local partners to recognize May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month.

In the US, an estimated 4.4 million persons are living with viral hepatitis, putting them at risk for liver disease, liver cancer, and early death. CDC’s latest Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis Report showed a 150% increase from 2010 - 2013 in cases of new hepatitis C infections; the continued increase of hepatitis C-related deaths; and a first time increase in reported cases of new hepatitis B infections since 1990.

Compounding the increases in hepatitis C-related deaths is an emerging epidemic of hepatitis C infection among young injection drug users. CDC’s budget request to Congress for FY 2016 proposes an increase of $31.5 million to expand viral hepatitis detection, monitoring, and prevention programs in order to stop disease transmission and reduce hepatitis B- and hepatitis C-related illness and deaths.

To continue to increase awareness of Hepatitis screening and treatment this month, CDC has developed several tools:
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day Resource Center which provides radio scripts, sample proclamations, information for community based organization websites and more.
  • A special feature for the CDC website, including information about what people from Africa (a region disproportionately affected by Hepatitis B) should know about the disease.
  • Publication of two viral hepatitis-related reports:
    • The first report describes increases in hepatitis C infection related to injection drug use among persons aged <30 years in four states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
    • The second report describes how an innovative community health center initiative expanded hepatitis C testing, diagnosis, and linkage to care in Philadelphia. With CDC funding, the National Nursing Centers Consortium integrated routine hepatitis C testing and intensive linkage to care services into five federally qualified health centers in Philadelphia.

While CDC and its partners have made progress in addressing viral hepatitis, there is a critical need to scale up the public health response to the disease. With better screening, diagnosis and linkage to care, we can help prevent further spread of the disease and help people with Hepatitis infections to live safer healthier lives.

To learn more about CDC’s Viral Hepatitis efforts, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis or contact Shana Beavin at [email protected] or 202-245-0600.

Posted: May 18, 2015

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. These populations include but are not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.

Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects. Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site : https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/OAM/NIHLM2015468/listing.html

Posted: May 8, 2015

Success Story: Pharmacists Help Improve Health of Yakama Indians with Diabetes

American Indian and Alaska Native teens and preteens are more likely to die of diabetes than youth of other races. On the Yakama Nation Reservation in Washington, healthcare workers have a program to reduce diabetes complications and deaths. Patients enrolled in the program are twice as likely to have their glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control as nonenrolled patients. Find out how Yakama achieved this success in Pharmacists Help Improve Health of Yakama Indians Living with Diabetes.

Posted: May 7, 2015

Call for Papers for Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans

We hope you will join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19th through the 21st for the 2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans. The Summit is an opportunity to share best practices, discuss common concerns and make new connections as we work to improve the quality of life of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries. You can learn more about the Summit on the web page:

And a quick reminder that the deadline for Call for Papers for the Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans is approaching. The deadline is May 22, 2015. Please contact Lyn Wilson-King for any questions.

The Summit is seeking proposals on evidence-based policies, programs or services in five areas:
  • The epidemiology of brain injury among Native Americans, including evidence on prevalence, incidence, comorbidity and demographics of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Increasing the knowledgeability of health and other service providers about culturally appropriate approaches to increasing awareness among Native Americans about brain injury, screening, and prevention;
  • Advances in state of the art medical and rehabilitation treatments that allow Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries to reintegrate into their communities and live as independently as possible;
  • The use of indigenous healing practices in the treatment of brain injury and examples of successful integration with western medicine; and
  • Non-medical short- and long-term services, including culturally appropriate peer support, information and resources, alternative therapies, advocacy and respite among Native Americans with brain injuries.

Information on how to submit a proposal or register for the Summit may be found on the Summit web page. If you have any questions, please contact Lyn Wilson-King at [email protected].

Posted - April 30, 2015

!JUST RELEASED! ASTHO's Workforce Development Plan Toolkit

ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) is pleased to announce the release of our Workforce Development Plan Toolkit found here. The toolkit is designed for agencies at all stages of workforce development planning. Agencies that are just starting the process may find it useful to review all toolkit sections in depth, while agencies that are further along might use the toolkit sections as a checklist. For agencies interested in applying for PHAB accreditation, this toolkit addresses the documentation requirement for Measure 8.2.1A Workforce development strategies and supports the accomplishment of Measure 8.2.3A Professional and career development for all staff.

For further information, please contact Denise Pavletic.

Posted - April 15, 2015

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

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The following information was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help the nation’s communities continue the dialogue about teen pregnancy and its health and social consequences for youth.

Teen births continue to decline in the U.S., but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013. Childbearing during the teen years can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children.

More teens are waiting to have sex, and of those who are sexually active, nearly 90 percent used birth control the last time they had sex. Data show that teens most often use condoms and birth control pills which, when not used consistently and correctly, are less effective for preventing pregnancy. According to this month’s Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) is one way to further reduce teen pregnancy. LARC – intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants – is the most effective type of reversible birth control.

Please see the attached documents for more information on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception and how providers, parents and guardians, and teens can effectively prevent unplanned teen pregnancy.

Posted - April 1, 2015

Generation Indigenous!

Native Youth, you are invited to attend a kickoff event for Generation Indigenous! President Obama launched the Gen-I Initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunity to succeed. Through new investments and increased engagement, this initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

Join representatives from The White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Native Americans, and the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow for this exciting kickoff event! Native youth in Grades 9-12 are eligible to attend on Thursday, April 23rd, to learn about Gen-I and to take the Gen-I Challenge to make a positive impact in your community!

The event will be held on Thursday, April 23rd, 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Registration will open at 11:30 AM, the event will begin promptly at 1 PM MDT. Lunch will be provided.

We hope you can join us in celebrating, you, Gen-I and working with us toward a better future for Native Youth!

Please see the attached Save the Date flyer for more information. If you are interested in attending, please Register Here. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and will be capped at 300 participants.

For more information on Gen-I, please Click Here.

  • Albuquerque Convention Center
  • Thursday, April 23rd at 11:30 AM MDT
  • Registration begins at 11:30 AM, the event will begin promptly at 1 PM MDT
  • The event will last approximately 4 hours.

Posted - April 1, 2015

FDA announces RFP for Tobacco Retail Compliance for Indian Tribes

The Food and Drug Administration intends to award sole source contracts to Indian Tribes for tobacco retail compliance check inspections. This action is in accordance with the Tobacco Control Act, Public Law 111-31, Section 103 (g) (2). This notice is issued for informational purposes only and is not a request for competitive proposals. Any interested party should submit a statement of capabilities in sufficient detail to determine if the requirement of this synopsis can be met no later than 15 calendar days from the posting of this announcement. A determination by the Government not to compete the proposed contracts based on responses from this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. The solicitation will be available on or about March 13, 2015 on the FedBizOpps website at www.fbo.gov. Prospective offerors are responsible for downloading the solicitation and amendments. It is the offerors responsibility to monitor the FedBizOpps website for the release solicitations and amendments. Hard copies will be provided to individuals eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act upon request. Responses to this notice must be sent via email to: [email protected]. The solicitation number is FDA-15-SOL-1144643. More information can be obtained at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/FDA/DCASC/

Posted - March 29, 2015


WASHINGTON—Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate today announced the release of the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. The FY 2015 EMPG Program provides over $350 million to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Delivering core capabilities requires the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government. The FY 2015 EMPG Program supports efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas.

Under the Stafford Act, FEMA is authorized to make grants to bolster emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States. The Federal government, through the EMPG Program, provides necessary direction, coordination, guidance, and assistance so that a comprehensive emergency preparedness system exists for all hazards and for all levels of government.

The notice of funding opportunity can be found at www.grants.gov. EMPG applications are due no later than April 24, 2015. Final submissions must be made through the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants system located at https://portal.fema.gov.

Further information on DHS’s preparedness grant programs is available at www.dhs.gov and http://www.fema.gov/grants.

Posted - March 16, 2015

The Quality Improvement Welcome Kit

On March 3rd, 2015, NNPHI and the Association for Immunization Managers hosted a webinar, The Quality Improvement Welcome Kit, featuring Laurie Call, Director of the Center for Community Capacity Development at the Illinois Public Health Institute, and Lori Linstead, the Director of Immunization Service with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Topics explored included:

  • What is QI?
  • What is the difference between Quality Improvement, Quality Planning and Quality Assurance?
  • Why is QI important now?
  • What is the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)?
  • What are the tools and methods used in QI?
  • What resources can help me get started?

Watch the webinar recording, view the presentation slides, or check out Oklahoma's Childcare Immunization QI Project Storyboard!

Posted - March 11, 2015

CDC releases new Community Health Status Indicators 2015 web application

Updates include new peer county groups and benchmarked indicators for all U.S. counties

Today, March 10, 2015, CDC released the updated Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) online application tool that produces public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.

The redesigned online application includes updated peer county groups, health status indicators, a summary comparison page, and U.S. Census tract data and indicators for sub-populations (age groups, sex, and race/ethnicity including American Indian/Alaska Natives) to identify potential health disparities. In this new version of CHSI, all indicators are benchmarked against those of peer counties, the median of all U.S. counties, and Healthy People 2020 targets. Organizations conducting community health assessments or tribal health assessments can use CHSI data to:

  • Assess community health status and identify disparities;
  • Promote a shared understanding of the wide range of factors that may influence health; and
  • Mobilize multi-sector partnerships to work collaboratively to improve population health.

To access CHSI, visit www.cdc.gov/communityhealth

Posted - March 4, 2015

A Resource for Public Health Workforce Development

PublicHealth.org is dedicated to connecting patients, students and professionals to the latest and most useful healthcare information and resources available. They offer a comprehensive look into the expanding field of public health, as well as information on launching a career in public health

Recently, they've launched a campaign to let students and professionals know about the need for qualified individuals in the public health sector. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) expects a shortfall of 250,000 professionals by 2020. This cross-disciplinary field is a good fit for people of all backgrounds who want to contribute to healthier communities. They have developed an information guide on public health degree programs - http://www.publichealth.org/degree/masters/. Visitors to this page can learn about the flexible options available for pursuing a future in public health. Included is a searchable database of programs featuring schools accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

A public health degree can make the difference between a working professional and a working professional who contributes to a safer, healthier world.

Posted - March 4, 2015

Tribal Leaders Learning Community, Rekindling the Fire, Part I

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center invites you to join the Tribal Leaders Learning Community, Rekindling the Fire, Part I. The webinar will be held on March 19, 2015, at 3:00pm Eastern Time.

This web-based learning community will offer opportunities for tribal leaders to share information with peers. Facilitators and participants will discuss best practices for increasing community involvement, as well as policy changes that place culturally focused prevention in the forefront of tribal leadership.

Presenter / Facilitators

Eva Petoskey, Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa
Gary Neumann, TTA Coordinator, SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe
Hunter Genia, Swan Creek and Black River Bands of Ojibway & Grand River Band of Ottawa

Webinar Instructions

  1. Register now for the webinar and complete the form. You will receive a confirmation email with the link and call-in information.
  2. On the day of the webinar, click on the link within your confirmation email to join the web portion.
  3. Call in to the conference number and enter the audio passcode shown in your confirmation email to join the audio portion.
  4. Enter your audio PIN, shown after joining the webinar, to enable audio controls.
You can also view the recorded webinar after it is posted on the Tribal TTA Center webinars page.

For more information, contact:

Lori King, M.Ed., PMP, SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center Project Co-Director: [email protected]
Gloria Guillory, M.S.W., SAMHSA Tribal TTA Center Project Co-Director: [email protected]

Posted - February 26, 2015

Funding Opportunity: State Occupational Health and Surveillance Program

The CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have announced a funding opportunity Tribes are eligible for. The State Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program supports meritorious applications relevant to NIOSH's occupational health and safety surveillance goals and priorities. Under this funding announcement, NIOSH staff work jointly with awardees in agency partnership roles to assist, guide, or plan work-related OSH surveillance activities. Although specific aims and activities may be shared among awardees and NIOSH, primary roles and responsibilities reside with the awardees. NIOSH understands the importance and need of injury prevention programs in tribal communities including the protection and wellbeing of the tribal workforce.

Click here for more information.

Posted - February 26, 2015

Archived Presentation: Congenital Syphilis: Best Practices for Prevention, Outbreak Identification and Response

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) hosted a conference call as part of their conference call series, “It’s Your Call”. Charlie Rabins, a technical assistance consultant with NCSD, facilitated a discussion on Congenital Syphilis: Best Practices for Prevention, Outbreak Identification and Response. Speakers from the CDC DSTDP and several STD-AAPPS grantees discussed lessons learned from past and current outbreaks. Find the archived presentation here.

Posted - February 12, 2015

Tribes and tribal organizations are eligible for up to $1million per year, so spread the word to your networks!!!!

The purpose of this program is to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth (birth to 21 years of age) with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. This program will support the wide scale operation, expansion and integration of the system of care (SOC) approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI).

Application Due date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Funding Mechanism: Grant
Anticipated Total Available Funding: $45,000,000
Anticipated Number of Awards: 15-45
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $3,000,000
Length of Project: 4 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: Yes

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $3,000,000 for state applicants and $1,000,000 for political subdivisions of states, tribes, tribal organizations, and territories total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project.

See the announcement here:

Posted: February 11, 2015

7th Annual Tribal Public Health Conference
Hosted by Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center

Dates: April 28th-30th, 2015
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, OK
Pre-Conference - April 28th (Sponsored by AAIP)
Full Conference - April 29th & 30th, 2015

April 28th - Data Into Action Workshop
A one-day training on how to access and utilize available data for local level public health action. The DIA training will fill focus on using data from various sources for program planning, surveillance, grant writing, community needs assessments and more. Bring a laptop and be ready for hands on assistance.

April 28th - Tribal Accreditation Readiness Workshop
Tribal Accreditation Readiness (TAR) Workshop is designed to improve capacity of tribal health departments to meet nationally established Public Health Accreditation Board standards. Public health materials, evaluation tools and resources will be available.


Posted: February 6, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The Health Resources and Services Administration will be hosting an online seminar to help grant applicants better understand:
  • The basics of every grant application
  • Writing your narrative to match the review criteria
  • How the application pieces fit together to respond to respond to all aspects of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Registration: The day of the event through the link for the webcast below

Send your questions to [email protected]

To join/register for this Webcast, go to: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa150211.html

Posted: February 5, 2015

Public Health Improvement Webinar:
The Quality Improvement Welcome Kit

March 3, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

Are there any work processes that frustrate you or the people you work with? Are you falling short on meeting defined metrics and need to improve results? Are you interested in a systematic approach to increasing effectiveness and efficiency of processes? If so, you may be interested in quality improvement (QI). Join us on March 3rd from 2:00-3:30pm ET to explore

  • What is QI?
  • What is the difference between Quality Improvement, Quality Planning and Quality Assurance?
  • Why is QI important now?
  • What is the Plan-Do-S tudy-Act (PDSA)?
  • What are the tools and methods used in QI?
  • What resources can help me get started?


More Information

Posted: January 28, 2015

Gambling with Our Health: Smoke-Free Policy Would Not Reduce Tribal Casino Patronage

Tribal government, health, and economic development leadership in the Bemidjii Area unite to conduct a first-of-its-kind study of casino patrons at the Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino in Lac du Flambeau, WI. The smoke-free casino survey was administered April-August 2011 to assess 957 members based on how many would 1] visit more 2] visit less; or 3] visit the same if the casino prohibited smoking.

Among other findings, the study found that both patrons and non-patrons would visit casinos more often if smoking was prohibited, projecting a 20% increase in casino patronage if smoking was banned. CLICK HERE to read more about the study that prompted the community-based policy work that is now underway in the LDF Tribal nation.

Posted: January 27, 2015

Department of Justice to Host Tribal Consultation with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The Department of Justice will be hosting a tribal consultation on proposed regulations that affect reservation-based cigarette and tobacco businesses. In 1978, the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act (CCTA), 18 U.S.C. 2341 et seq, was enacted to deter cigarette smuggling. The USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (PATRIOT Act), enacted on March 9, 2006, made several amendments to the CCTA. THE DOJ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for enforcing and administering both the CCTA and relevant amendments in the PATRIOT Act. In order to fulfil this responsibility and also ensure the rights of reservation-based cigarette and tobacco businesses, AFT has proposed further amendments to the PATRIOT Act.

The Department of Justice invites you to consult with ATF on these proposed amendments. CLICK HERE to read the framing paper that presents background on the aspects of the amendments that would affect American Indian and Alaska Native reservation-based businesses that sell cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to both tribal and non-tribal buyers. The schedule for the telephonic consultations is as follows:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Consultation Session
3:00-4:00pm ET
Link to register for call and receive call-in information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Consultation Session
3:00-4:00pm ET
Link to register for call and receive call-in information.

Please note that you will be asked to provide your name and Tribal affiliation when you register. In addition, written comments will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, March 13, 2015. Please submit them via email to [email protected] or (if necessary) via regular mail to:

Office of Tribal Justice
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 2318
Washington, DC 20530

Posted: January 27, 2015

Training Session: The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application

The Health Resources and Services Administration will be hosting an online seminar to help grant applicants better understand:
  • The basics of every grant application
  • Writing your narrative to match the review criteria
  • How the application pieces fit together to respond to all aspects of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Experts from HRSA’s Office of Financial Assistance Management will be on hand to answer questions on Wednesday, February 11th at 3:00 pm EST. Please CLICK HERE for the seminar.

Posted: January 19, 2015

What Is Your Elevator Speech? Tips and Insights for Communicating With State Legislators

You are invited to attend this free webinar on January 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7562431443908430850
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This timely topic is directed toward agencies responsible for implementing statewide health care data systems (hospital discharge, APCD).

  • Dick Cauchi, National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL): NCSL is a bipartisan organization serving lawmakers and staff of the nation’s 50 states, territories, and Commonwealths.
  • Norm Thurston, Ph.D., Director of the Utah Office of Health Care Statistics (APCD/Hospital Discharge System) and a newly-elected Representative to the Utah House.

Posted: January 16, 2015

OMH Seeking Nomination for Advisory Committee on Minority Health

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘Committee or ACMH’’)

The current and impending vacancies on the ACMH impact the representation for the health interests of American Indians and Alaska Natives and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. OMH is particularly seeking nominations for individuals who can represent the health interests of these racial and ethnic minority groups.

See attached Federal Register Notice.

Posted: January 16, 2015

New CDC Report - Incidence of Notifiable Diseases Among American Indians/Alaska Natives

According to new data published in today’s MMWR, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations experienced higher rates of new infections than non-Hispanic white (NHW) populations in 14 of 26 reportable infectious diseases during 2007–2011. Although incidence rates of some infectious diseases have declined in AI/AN populations, disparities between groups remain.

CDC analyzed data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System that collects reports on nationally notifiable diseases in the United States and its territories. Interventions are needed to reduce disparities in chlamydia, gonorrhea, West Nile virus, spotted fever rickettsiosis, and other infections among AI/AN and NHW populations.

CLICK HERE for more

Posted: January 16, 2015

Summer Research Training Institute for AI/AN Health Professionals

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Center for Healthy Communities at Oregon Health & Science University are hosting a training institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals June 15-July 2, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Courses emphasize research skills, program design and implementation. Each course costs $300. Tuition and travel scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

Posted: January 13, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Tribal Action Plan: Peer-to-Peer Discussion and Planning Practice

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time: 10:00am AST/11:00pm PST/12:00pm MST/1:00pm CST/2:00pm EST

This webinar will provide an in-depth review of the Comprehensive Assessment Process for Planning Strategies (CAPPS) model, along with examples of successes in Indian Country. CAPPS offers a step-by-step process to define the purpose for planning, identify strengths and needs, and develop an effective strategy to maintain momentum throughout the plan's implementation.

Register now for the webinar

Posted: January 8, 2015

CDC Recruiting for Public Health Associate Program Host Sites

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching their 2015 Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) host site recruitment initiative.

PHAP is a two-year, on-the-job training program for early career frontline public health practitioners who are employed by CDC and work in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments; community-based organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and CDC quarantine stations. Currently, PHAP has more than 250 public health associates fulfilling hands-on workforce needs at host sites across 41 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia.

PHAP is focusing its recruitment efforts on identifying exceptional prospective host sites, including increasing tribal involvement. Please share this information with your health department colleagues and partners in other public health organizations.

The host site application period is open January 5–23, 2015. Visit the PHAP website for more information about becoming a host site. A link to the host site application instructions is available on the website.

There are numerous benefits to serving as a PHAP host site, such as:
  • Participating in a unique partnership with CDC that enables you to contribute to the development of our nation’s next generation of public health professionals.
  • Having access to CDC materials, information, and subject matter expertise.
  • Being able to fill personnel gaps affected by budget cuts and staff shortages.

Public health organizations have hosted associates working in a variety of public health areas, such as prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV, and other communicable diseases; chronic disease prevention; environmental health; public health preparedness; immunization; injury and violence prevention; maternal and child health promotion, accreditation, and access to health care.

In preparation for the 2015 PHAP host site application period, PHAP hosted a two-part webinar series (PHAP 101 and PHAP 201) for health departments and non-governmental organizations interested in learning more about PHAP and the components of a quality application and associate training experience. Recordings are posted on the PHAP website under Become a Host Site. All program and application information, including testimonials from previous host sites, will be available on the website during the application period.

Posted: January 7, 2015

17th Annual National Conference
2015 Dialogue for Action™: Expanding Access Through Innovation

April 22-24, 2015
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel | Baltimore, MD

Cancer Screening Colleague:
We want you in the room! We hope you’ll attend the information-sharing session on cancer screening programs in Indian Country on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:15. Lend your voice and experience to the conversation!

  • Share resources, successes and challenges
  • Learn about the status of implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Indian Country
  • Discuss lessons learned from cancer screening in your community
  • Network with colleagues from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

The Dialogue continues through Friday, April 24, with exciting sessions on technology (including a talk on health care and technology in Indian Country), policy, patient engagement, expanding access to cancer screening and health care and more.

Last year’s participants came from 33 states, 9 American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and organizations, Japan and Israel. Responding to a conference survey question about high points of the 2014 conference, one participant wrote, "Networking with colleagues working with tribal communities to address cancer and the unique challenges faced by the American Indian populations."

Register Now!

Posted: January 5, 2015

National Drug Facts Week 2015 is January 26 to February 1

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Indian Health Board invite you to participate in National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), a national health observance from January 26 to February 1, 2015. Now in its 5th year, NIDA developed NDFW to get the science out to teens about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and behavior through community-based events and activities to help shatter their myths about drug abuse and addiction.

As part of its efforts to address substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, the National Indian Health Board encourages you to work with local youth, schools, and prevention coalitions to organize an educational event or activity for teens that delivers real, factual information about drugs and drug abuse.

Here’s how you can get involved: For more information, contact Brian Marquis at [email protected].

Posted: January 5, 2015

ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families

ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, is a 40-page friendly and colorful food magazine, published quarterly by Watertown, MA-based non-profit ChopChop Kids, and launched as an antidote to childhood obesity and hunger. While we know that these are multi-layered, complicated problems, ChopChop offers a solution that is both simple and easily achievable: Cook real food at home with your family. Our Magazine reaches three-million families annually, in both English and Spanish—through county health departments, hospitals, pediatricians, mobile clinics, community centers, schools, public housing sites, farmers markets and Indian Health Service facilities; we’re also proud to be endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The magazine publishes great-tasting, ethnically diverse and inexpensive recipes, as well as interesting and little-known food facts, Q&As and games to build family relationships.

Active advocates of ChopChop including Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, The New Balance Foundation, and the USDA National Strategic Partnership. Additionally, they are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and are a Media Partner of Partnership for a Healthier America. In addition, they have been honored by multiple awards including: the prestigious 2013 James Beard Award for Publication of the Year (the first non-profit ever to do so), two coveted Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Awards and recognition as a "Best Practice in Childhood Obesity Prevention" by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

The Magazine and website content http://www.chopchopmag.org/magazine is reviewed and approved by our medical and nutrition advisors.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to receive a complimentary copy of our ChopChop Magazine, if you would like to learn more about ChopChop WIC Magazine or if you are interested in ordering bulk or customized copies of ChopChop Magazine.


Posted: December 31, 2014

A Free App that Can Help Prevent Bullying

The power to prevent bullying is in your hands—or, more specifically, on your phone! SAMHSA’s free app, KnowBullying, features conversation starters, tips, warning signs, reminders, and even a section for educators so that caring adults can build strong relationships with the youth in their lives.

More Information

Posted: December 19, 2014

The 2015 APHA American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Caucus Call for Abstracts is Open

This year's American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo will take place October 31 - November 4, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The theme of the 2015 meeting is Health in all Policies. The AIANNH Caucus is currently accepting proposals for presentations. The Caucus invites abstracts for papers addressing health programming, research, and policy for Native populations and the conference theme of Health in all Policies. Abstracts that specifically address (but are not limited to) the following areas are encouraged:
  • Health Research Ethics & Policy: Impact on Indigenous Communities
  • Tribal & Community-Driven Health Policy
  • Translating Research into Policy for AI/AN/NH Health
  • Indigenous Approaches to Public Health Research & Policy

Abstracts MUST be submitted through the APHA website at: https://apha.confex.com/apha/143am/aiannhc.htm no later than February 9, 2015. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and must follow the general APHA guidelines for submission. Submissions that do not comply will not be reviewed. You can access the call for abstracts and detailed instructions on the APHA website at this link: https://apha.confex.com/apha/143am/aiannhc.htm. Special consideration may be given to submissions that reflect community-based and community-led projects or research, student submissions, or youth-led projects. Authors whose work reflects these areas should specifically note this in the abstract text.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deana Around Him ([email protected]) or myself, Audrey Solimon ([email protected]), regarding abstract submission or other program planning issues. Our contact information is located on the APHA website and in the attachment.

Posted: December 16, 2014

BUILD Health Challenge

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations working to improve population health by addressing the upstream causes of sickness and disease. The BUILD Health Challenge gives two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, health departments, and community organizations to improve the health of low-income, urban neighborhoods. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching and access to networks of population health innovators. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control – such as neighborhood safety, so kids can go out and play, or whether there’s a grocery store in the area, so residents have the opportunity to buy healthy food.

In brief:
  • $7.5 million in grants, low-interest loans, and program-related investments
  • Focus: addressing social determinants of health (upstream causes of illness/disease) and health disparities
  • Project particulars: projects can focus on things like early childhood development, economic opportunity, regulation and policy, the built environment, transportation and infrastructure, educational attainment, public safety, and housing (this list is not exhaustive)
  • Target communities: low-income, urban areas of 150K+ residents
  • Eligibility: collaborations composed of at least one hospital/health system, local health department, and nonprofit organization(s)
  • FAQs: http://www.buildhealthchallenge.org/faq/

If you have any questions, please feel free to follow up with Kate Reutersward at [email protected].

Posted: December 16, 2014

Native Connections: Identifying Your Community Issues
Part 2 of the Community Readiness Assessment model webinar series

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:00pm Eastern

As Part 2 of the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center's six-part Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) webinar series, this webinar will review the CRA model and examine the process to assess a community's readiness level. The webinar will also identify the issue of suicide prevention and begin preparing grantees for the next step in the process.

Who should attend:
Native Connections Grantees
Any staff conducting the CRA

Training objectives:
  • Review the purpose, dimensions, and stages of the community readiness model.
  • Explain the process for using the community readiness model.
  • Describe the step-by-step guide to doing an assessment by identifying the issue of suicide prevention.
  • Please share this information with anyone who will be working on the grant. We encourage you to involve all grant partners in this important webinar.

Join Webinar

Posted: December 15, 2014

National Drug Facts Week 2015

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Indian Health Service, Division of Behavioral Health Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) invite you to participate in National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), a national health observance from January 26 to February 1, 2015. Now in its 5th year, NIDA developed NDFW to get the science out to teens about the effects of drug use on the brain, body, and behavior through community-based events and activities to help shatter their myths about drug abuse and addiction.

As part of its efforts to address alcohol and substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, ASAP encourages you to work with local youth, schools, and prevention coalitions to organize an educational event or activity for teens that delivers real, factual information about drugs and drug abuse.

Here’s how you can get involved:

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at [email protected].

Posted: December 11, 2014

From the Immediate Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services

Please join representatives from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United National Tribal Indian Youth (UNITY), and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for a webinar on "What Native Youth Need to Know about the Affordable Care Act" on Wednesday, December 17 at 8 p.m. EST.

Webinar Instructions

  • Call 855-897-8197 and go to www.cmsitutrainings.net
  • Enter your email address and first and last names in the dialog box.
  • Click "Continue" near the bottom of the box. You will be redirected to a CMS ITU page that will generate an email to you.
  • Follow the instructions in the email to join webinar from the CMS ITU Trainings Center.
  • Make sure you click on today's webinar from the list of webinars.
  • Alternatively, you may download the webinar presentation ahead of time, call in, and follow along.

Posted: December 7, 2014

NIHB announces a Funding Opportunity for Tribes

The National Indian Health Board and the CDC are pleased to announce a new funding initiative that will provide funds to Tribes to support activities and efforts towards achieving public health accreditation. This funding program, titled the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiatives (Tribal ASI) will fund 5-10 Tribes at amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 to work in one or more categories related to strengthening the Tribal Health Department and working towards accreditation as defined by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Funds can be used for (but not limited to): completing pre-requisites activities, compiling documentation aligning with standards and measures, engaging in quality improvement activities, and supporting accreditation application fees. NIHB has created a short application that asks for details on how the funds will be used and a statement of commitment from the Tribe to work towards accreditation. The request for applications (RFA) is attached here (DOC). Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Wednesday, January 7, 2015, by 11:59pm EST.

NIHB and CDC staff will host a conference call with all interested parties on December 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST (1-866-303-3137, passcode: 702869#) to answer questions about this RFA and application process. Additional questions about this RFA may be directed to Robert Foley, [email protected].

Posted: December 7, 2014

Summer Research Internship Available

The 2015 Native American Research Internship (NARI) application is now available! Please share with any students who may be interested in this summer research opportunity and experience. Also, please share with any advisors, programs, organizations, Tribal officials and administrators, as well as community members. Feel free to contact Sam Hawkins, Program Coordinator, at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Read Full Internship Description (PDF)

Posted: December 7, 2014

NNPHI is seeking abstracts for the March 2015 Open Forum for QI in Public Health
Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 11th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time

NNPHI is seeking abstracts for the March 2015 Open Forum for QI in Public Health, which will be held March 19-20, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. NNPHI is offering two options for abstract session format submissions: a poster session or a roundtable discussion. Learn more about these format options and priority submission topics on the Open Forum registration website. Public health practitioners of all experience levels are invited and encouraged to submit, and authors may submit more than one abstract.

For each abstract that is accepted, NNPHI will sponsor the full cost for one presenter to travel to and attend the Open Forum.

Visit the Open Forum registration site and click on the Abstracts tab to learn more about abstract submission guidelines and requirements.

Posted: November 26, 2014

New Opportunity: Apply to the Performance Partnership Pilots Program
Monday, December 1, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Today, five Federal agencies are coming together to offer communities support in overcoming the obstacles they face in achieving better outcomes for disconnected youth. For the next 100 days, States, tribes, and municipalities can apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) program. These pilot communities will test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth.

You're invited to register for an upcoming webinar on Monday, December 1, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time to learn more about P3.

Register for the Webinar | View the Application Package | More Information

Posted: November 25, 2014

OMH Seeks Representatives for Health Research Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is inviting nominations for delegates from the following Areas to serve on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC):
  • Nashville
  • Phoenix
  • National-At-Large

The HRAC was established in 2006 by HHS and serves as the forum by which tribes advise the Department on Health research priorities and needs as well as how best to carry our health research involving American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The HRAC is comprised of elected or appointed Tribal officials from federally recognized Tribes acting in their official capacity or their designated employees with authority to act on behalf of the Tribal official, from each of the 12 Indian Health Service (IHS) areas; four National At-Large tribal member positions acting in their official Tribal capacity or their designated employees with authority to act on behalf of the Tribal official. The HRAC meets quarterly by conference call and one in-person meeting per fiscal year (normally held in Washington, DC metropolitan area).

Representatives selected will serve an unlimited term that remains in effect for the length of the Tribal official's term of office. If the delegate is not a Tribal official, but rather acting in an appointed capacity, that term will expire with the term of the appointing Tribal leader unless the newly elected or appointed Tribal leader reappoints the delegate and alternative to the HRAC.

Nominations will be considered for selection in the priority order listed below.
  1. Tribal President/Chairperson/Governor
  2. Tribal Vice-President/Vice-Chairperson/Lt. Governor
  3. Elected or Appointed Tribal Official
  4. Designated Tribal Official

HHS will support the travel of the delegate to attend in-person meetings of the HRAC or, if the primary delegate cannot attend, will pay for the alternate's travel.

Nomination packages should include a recent résumé or curriculum vitae, and a letter of nomination on official Tribal or Tribal organization letterhead, and a brief biography. Nominations are due December 31, 2014. Please include health-related experience of the nominee in the recent résumé, cover letter and/or biography, as nominees will be scored on the following criteria:
  1. Demonstrated expertise in minority health and racial and ethnic health disparities in regard to disease prevention, health promotion, service delivery and/or research;
  2. Expertise in developing or contributing to the development of science-based and evidence-based health policies and/or programs;
  3. Involvement in national, regional, tribal, and/or community efforts that support the improvement of AI/AN health research;
  4. Educational achievement and professional certification(s) in research or health-related field and personal experience providing expert advice on issues related to AI/AN health research; and
  5. Expertise in population level health data for AI/AN populations.

Nomination letters are due no later than December 31, 2014 to:
Rick Haverkate, MPH
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
E-mail: [email protected]

Detailed information about the HRAC can be found at

Posted: November 24, 2014

Youth Gardening Grant

National Gardening Association and KidsGardening.org: 2015 Youth Garden Grant. Awards funds to schools or non-profit organizations that demonstrate a relationship between a garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, and character education. Deadline is December 5, 2014. Learn more.

Posted: November 20, 2014

NIHB Conducting Webinar on Seasonal Suicide

The National Indian Health Board will conduct a webinar titled Understanding and Preparing for Seasonal Suicide. The webinar will be presented by Robert Foley and Jackie Engebretson. Pre-registration is not required. More information, including the link and passcode for the webinar will be forthcoming.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 3:00PM EST/2:00PM CST/1:00PM MST/12:00PM PST/11:00AM AST

Posted: November 20, 2014

IHS Hosting Webinar on Synthetic Substance Abuse

The Indian Health Service will be hosting a webinar titled Spice, Bath Salts, and Salvia, Oh My!: A Review of 'On-Trend' Synthetic Substances of Abuse. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Snehal Bhatt. Pre-registration is not required.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 3:00PM EST/2:00PM CST/1:00PM MST/12:00PM PST/11:00AM AST
Webinar: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/synthetic
Passcode: synthetic

Posted: November 17, 2014


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 10 (AK, ID, WA, OR) proudly presents a national webinar on Behavioral Health Resources for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Veterans

December 1, 2014, from 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST

Join the webinar and view the presentation online by clicking here:

Join the conference call by calling:
1 866-756-1071 and enter participant Code 6844772

More Information on Webinar (PDF)

Posted: November 16, 2014

NNPHI launches Ebola Repository

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has created a repository of resources and links for Ebola. Please visit and bookmark http://nnphi.org/news-events/ebola in order to remain abreast about the latest updates.

Posted: November 14, 2014

Breakthroughs in HCV Medical Options: What Primary Care Clinicians Should Know

Date and Time: November 19, 2014, 1 pm Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of the new treatment options available for Hepatitis C. This webinar will be presented by Jorge Mera, MD. Dr. Mera is an infectious disease doctor working for the Cherokee Nation

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Recommend HCV screening policy as per national guidelines
  2. Integrate HCV diagnosis and linkage to care into existing primary care services
  3. Plan HCV+ patient needs, including access to treatment

This webinar is designed for Educators, Health & Educational Administrators, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Counselors, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Psychologists, Dentists, Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals. This presentation is open to everyone and no registration is required. Simply go to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/hcv, Enter the room with your name under the "Guest" option, use passcode: hcv There is no cost required and IHS is offering 1 hour of FREE CME, CE or CEU credit is available for attending this webinar (through the UNM School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education, New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Continuing Education Credit, or American Psychological Association Continuing Education). Details on how to claim the credit will be provided during the presentation. http://psychiatry.unm.edu/centers/crcbh/docs/accreditationetc.pdf

Recording: All sessions are recorded for those unable to join them real-time, however, CME/CE credit is not available for viewing the recording. You can access previous recordings at: http://bit.ly/TBHCEarchive

Posted: November 3, 2014

ONDCP announces webinar on controlled substance disposal

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host a webinar titled, “The DEA Disposal of Controlled Substances Final Rule for Community Agencies," on Thursday, November 6th between 10:00 and 11:00am EST. The webinar will feature ONDCP Acting Director Michael Botticelli, Imelda Paredes of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Alameda County government officials who will be discussing expansions to drug disposal programs. Under these expansions, there are more convenient, environmentally-friendly options for disposing unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs. Approved hospitals, pharmacies, and treatment clinics can accept these drugs. This webinar also invites those interested in establishing take-back programs.

Please note that the registration deadline is Friday, October 31st, at 5:00pm EST
Register here

Posted: November 3, 2014

DOJ launches the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit – promotes connection with NASADAD members

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a toolkit with a wide range of resources pertaining to naloxone treatment and law enforcement. These resources, organized and presented as the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit, aim to enable and improve responses to opioid overdoses. Drug overdoses cause 110 deaths per day in the United States, and law enforcement officers need every tool they can get to reduce this number. The toolkit provides information on naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist with no potential for abuse. The toolkit also provides information on how law enforcement can collaborate with State substance abuse agencies. With 80 resources from 30 contributing law enforcement and public health agencies, the toolkit has the potential to be instrumental in developing naloxone intervention programs.

You can find the toolkit here:

Posted: November 3, 2014

IHS is recruiting participants for Injury Prevention Fellowship

The IHS Injury Prevention Program’s mission is to build the capacity of Tribes to increase the understanding about injury prevention. The IHS Injury Prevention Fellowship is a 12-month advanced learning experience to increase knowledge and skill-building in injury prevention. Since 1987, the IHS IP Fellowship has trained more than 290 individuals from various disciplines across the country. The IHS Injury Prevention Fellowship training is nationally and internationally known and serves as a model for injury prevention training. The IHS Injury Prevention Fellowship training have resulted in development of a cadre of individuals who can be considered some of the most qualified Injury Prevention public health professionals in the World. The Injury Prevention Fellowship is a program that has made a difference in American Indian/Alaska Native communities by reducing the number and impact of injuries. As a result of the Injury Prevention Fellowship through the studies and projects, many documented reports of how it has influence change in tribal leadership and policy to preventing injuries.

Please feel free to distribute and share with interested individuals. You can download the application packet here (DOC). Applications must be received by December 15, 2014.

The following is a brief description of the IHS Injury Prevention EPI Fellowship:
  • Eligibility
  • Worked at least 2 years in the area of injury prevention
  • Attended at least two IHS injury prevention core courses: Introduction to Injury Prevention, Intermediate Injury Prevention, Advanced Injury Prevention, or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of experience in public health
  • A college degree
  • Broadband internet access at home or work

Posted: November 3, 2014

Eastern Band of Cherokee publishes Tribal Health Report

The Eastern Band of Cherokee has been making strides towards their goal of achieving public health accreditation. One of the pre-requisites for applying for accreditation is to complete a community health assessment. The Eastern Band of Cherokee not only completed the first ever Tribally-specific health assessment, but also published the results on their website in a succinct and easy to read report. They also made the assessment instrument that they used available to all as an appendix in the report. Congratulations, Eastern Band! You can read the report and view the instrument here.

Posted: November 3, 2014

CSTE is partnering with CDC to offer an Epi Info 7 Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) Outbreak Management App Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Atlanta December 10-11, 2014

The Epi Info VHF app (http://epiinfovhf.codeplex.com/) is designed to provide case management, contact tracing, analysis, and reporting services during outbreaks of Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers. The workshop will prepare participants to use the VHF app as well as tools to provide training and technical assistance to colleagues.

This workshop is intended for individuals that already have experience with Epi Info 7 and are interested in gaining skills to provide Epi Info VHF app training and technical assistance to others at their health departments. Prerequisites for the workshop include...

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Posted: November 3, 2014

CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea. These travelers are now arriving to the United States at one of five airports where entry screening is being conducted by Customs and Border Protection and CDC. Active post-arrival monitoring means that travelers without febrile illness or symptoms consistent with Ebola will be followed up daily by state and local health departments for 21 days from the date of their departure from West Africa. Six states (New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and Georgia), where approximately 70% of incoming travelers are headed, have already taken steps to plan and implement active post-arrival monitoring which will begin on Monday, October 27. Active post-arrival monitoring will begin in the remaining states in the days following. CDC is providing assistance with active post-arrival monitoring to state and local health departments, including information on travelers arriving in their states, and upon request, technical support, consultation and funding...

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Posted: November 3, 2014

CDC Public Health Law Program publishes menu of Tribal Infectious Disease Laws

The CDC Public Health Law Program, at the behest of a Tribe, has conducted research on the existence of Tribally-specific laws that address the control and prevention of infectious diseases. The menu has been made available to the Tribe that requested the research and is now being made public. The menu is a good resource for Tribes to use to see what is out there and whom to contact when seeking to write your own infectious disease laws. You can access the menu here (PDF).

Posted: November 3, 2014

The Great Plains Area is creating a new coordinating Area-wide effort to discuss infectious diseases, promote collaboration, and share resources

They are seeking to promote readiness and preparedness in light of recent and pending potential infectious disease outbreaks. They are planning their first Area-wide infectious disease call for November 6, 2014, 10:00am-11:30-am Central Time. The calls will be held on the 1st Thursday of the month thereafter. To join the webinar portion of the call, please log in to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/publichealthissues, or to call in, use: 1-866-964-5122, code: 71922

View Teleconference Flyer (PDF)

Posted: November 3, 2014

CDC Publishes Key Points and Guidance to Support Preparedness around Ebola

The Division of Health System Policy put out the following "Dear Colleague" letter on October 28, 2014.

Dear colleague,

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The attached document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share this document with others as appropriate. You can access the document here (PDF).

ASPR continues to provide Ebola information for healthcare professionals and healthcare settings on its website. Information is organized for EMS providers, clinicians and healthcare professionals, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and healthcare coalitions. Audio replays and transcripts from recent Ebola webinars and national calls for healthcare professionals and healthcare settings are also available here and updated as additional information comes available.

Additionally, on October 24th, the CDC published Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States. It can be found here.

On October 24th, the Interagency Board published Recommendations on the Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders Against Ebola Exposure Hazards. It can be found here

Posted: October 31, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the California area delegate seat on the CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC)

Please disseminate this information widely to those who are eligible to submit nominations. All forms for nomination and other resources have been distributed to all federally recognized Tribes in this area and are available on the TAC web page.

Delegate nominations will be accepted until November 30, 2014, and may be submitted by email, fax, or mail. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] or 404-498-0300. The CDC looks forward to continuing to strengthen the government-to-government relationship between CDC/ATSDR and tribes, and enhancing partnerships with Tribes and Native-serving organizations.

Posted: October 31, 2014

Champions for Change Application Open

The Center for Native American Youth is currently accepting applications and nominations for the Champions for Change (CFC) program! CFC, designed to recognize and encourage positive Native youth-led efforts, has provided incredible opportunities for Native youth to grow as leaders both in their tribal or urban Indian communities, as well as at the national level. The first two classes of Champions have participated in White House events, connected with their members of Congress, received fundraising and advocacy training from experts, and traveled across the country inspiring other Native youth. If you know of an awesome Native youth, nominate them using this form. If YOU are a Native youth making a positive impact in your community, start your application today!

Posted: October 24, 2014

Turning Millennials into Members: How to Engage the New Generation

A webinar on how to grow your Gen Y base without losing Baby Boomers
October 28, 2014 - 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Register now for Turning Millennials into Members: How to Engage the New Generation.

With 62% of associations struggling with flat or shrinking membership, it’s clear how urgent it is to bring Generation Y Millennials on board.

But unless you’re also keeping your existing Generation Xers and Baby Boomers on board, membership will continue to decline...

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Posted: October 24, 2014

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Webinar Announcement
October 29, 2014 at 2pm EST

Please join us for a webinar on October 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET to receive an update on Substantial Equivalence (SE) reports and the grandfathered review process. This webinar will discuss the recently published final guidance on grandfathered tobacco products. The guidance provides information on what is needed to demonstrate that a tobacco product was commercially marketed in the United States as of February 15, 2007.

CTP is also unveiling new educational resources related to SE. Visit our website to view an interactive graphic that walks visitors through the phases and steps involved in our SE review process. Additionally, we just published a Substantial Equivalence Issue Snapshot, which provides a high-level overview of the SE pathway. We hope you find these new resources useful!

Posted: October 22, 2014

Infrastructure Protection Climate Adaptation & Critical Infrastructure National Webinar on "Sea Level Rise and its Cascading Effects"
Friday, November 14, 2014 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

The Office of Infrastructure Protection will host a national webinar entitled "Sea Level Rise and its Cascading Effects" on Friday, November 14, 2014 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST. This joint partnership webinar will feature speakers from NOAA and the USACE. Participants can join at https://share.dhs.gov/sea_level_rising_nov13/

Posted: October 20, 2014

Native American Calling Upcoming Show on Health

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Leaving Domestic Violence

Last month, we talked about the reasons why someone might stay in an abusive relationship. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this hour, we will discuss what it takes to leave abusive relationships. What steps do individuals need to take to get away from a violent partner? Who is supporting victims of domestic violence and giving them the tools they need to leave? Guests include: Romalita Laban (Hopi) Executive Director of Hopi Tewa Women's Coalition to End Abuse.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - Your Family Health History

Almost every adult has filled out a health history form at the doctor's office. Why is it important for you to know about diseases that struck your parents, grandparents or aunts and uncles? Knowing your family's health history is more important than you think. It can give your doctor some clues about issues you, or your children, may face someday. If you know that certain diseases and conditions run in your family, you can take preventative steps or get tested early. Has knowing your family health history helped you address a health concern? Join us as we talk about why health history matters.

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture. The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern. Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848, and listen in online by clicking here.

Posted: October 20, 2014

Vision and Learning Symposium to be held in the Seattle Area
November 8, 2014

An important symposium titled "Right in Front of Our Eyes" will discuss vision, vision problems, the connection to learning in young age children, and might best detect and treat those who lack the vision skills needed for success in school. The conference will be held on November 8, 2014 in the Discovery Hall on the University of Washington Bothell campus. The event will run from 8:30am until 4:00pm. A developmental optometrist in the Seattle area has found as many as 31% of those students screened in Yakima Valley schools with binocular problems that were not likely to be detected in routine vision exams. And 31% of tested local high school students demonstrate problems with eye coordination and are likely to have some degree of reading problem as a consequence, with projections that that number would be as high or higher in schools with Indian students. For more information and to register, please visit: www.educatingyoungeyes.xyz

NIHB has passed a resolution encouraging HHS to address this problem, and this conference is a very important effort to bring attention to the many unmet vision needs of our Native children and youth including, but not limited to, the lack of diagnosis and treatment for the kind of binocular vision problems (eye coordination problems) that very often interfere with education.

Posted: October 13, 2014

Center for American Indian Health hosting Winter Institute

Johns Hopkins University/Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is accepting application for scholarships for their annual Winter Institute. The institute will take place in early 2015, are is designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities. Deadline is November 1, 2014. Learn more.

Posted: October 13, 2014

HRSA Grant to Improve Rural Healthcare

HRSA is currently accepting competitive applications for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (HRSA-15-039). This grant is strictly for entities and Tribes in rural areas. The goals for the Outreach Program are the following: 1. Expand the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities; 2. Deliver health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services; 3. Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services; 4. Improve population health, demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability Proposed projects will have an outcomes-oriented approach that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective health care in rural communities. The deadline to apply is November 14, 2014. The full application is available on grants.gov

Posted: October 9, 2014

FDA Seeking Representatives for Scientific Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for individuals to sit on its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs in discharging responsibilities related to the regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the Commissioner. This is a 12-person committee that currently has no Native representation.

The deadline for nominations is December 8, 2014. Nominations are being accepting electronically through: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/FACTRSPortal/FACTRS/index.cfm, by mail to: Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or by fax to 301-847-8640. For more information, please contact: Regarding all nomination questions for membership, the primary contact is: Caryn Cohen, 1-877-287-1373 (choose Option 5), email: [email protected].

The full announcement (including what must be included in the nomination forms) in the Federal Register can be found here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-24074.pdf

Posted: October 7, 2014

Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit Released

Research shows that where we live matters for our health, wellness, and longevity. In fact, our zip code can be just as important as our genetic code in determining how well—and how long—we live. Although studies have shown some signs of progress across the United States in our effort to reverse the national childhood obesity epidemic, too many families continue to live in unhealthy communities that lack affordable nutritious foods or safe places to play. This is especially true in rural areas, where obesity tends to be more prevalent and healthy options can be few and far between.

Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed the Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit to help local and state leaders advance innovative, evidence-informed strategies for improving health in rural towns, counties, tribal lands, and schools.

Policymakers, advocates, and community leaders can work together and use these strategies to advance policy solutions that support vibrant, healthier rural communities. You can download the Toolkit here:

Posted: October 3, 2014

National Native American Youth Art Competition Announced

Flying With Eagles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing Native American youth as peer leaders to combat suicide and substance abuse, announced the launch of their first ever Native American Youth Art Competition.

The competition is open to all Native American youth and young adults age 21 and under. The contestants are not required to be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

The first project is designing the featured artwork for a soon to be released line of sweatshirts, tee shirts, hats and other clothing items. Applicants will be provided with an outline of the project and are to add their creativity and originality. The contest closes October 31, 2014.

An application form, competition guidelines and awards information is available by sending an email to: [email protected]. For more information, contact Blair Gilbert (215) 872-8300.

Posted: October 2, 2014

Articles on Seasonal Suicide

With winter approaching and spring not too far behind, it may be a good idea to begin to be thinking about the effect that the seasons have on your local suicide rates. Below are three articles that may help you in addressing any seasonal suicide problem.

Seasonal Variation of Suicide Rates within Alaska: Associations of Age and Sex

Seasonal spring peaks of suicide in victims with and without prior history of mood disorders

How can one explain changes in the monthly pattern of suicide?

Posted: October 1, 2014

Assessing Risk to Prevent Lethal Domestic Violence

An estimated 35 percent of women in the US will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. In addition, up to 70 percent of female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner. To protect women who repeatedly suffer from severe abuse, police from seven jurisdictions in Oklahoma teamed up with social services to use a "lethality assessment program" to identify women whose lives may be in immediate danger and provide them with support to reduce the likelihood and severity of abuse.

A recent study of the lethality assessment program, funded by NIJ, has shown it is effective in:

  • Helping women at high risk for severe and near lethal violence to talk with a domestic violence advocate at the scene of a police-involved domestic violence incident.
  • Increasing survivors' use of formal and informal protective strategies.
  • Decreasing the frequency and severity of physical violence.

Read "Police Departments' Use of the Lethality Assessment Program: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation."

Learn more about intimate partner violence

Posted: September 30, 2014

Office of Minority Health Looking for Research Advisors

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health would like to invite you to nominate a delegate to serve on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC). Nominations are requested from the following Indian Health Service (IHS) Areas: Phoenix & Nashville; as well as one National At-Large member...

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Posted: September 30, 2014

2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Now Available

The 2014 version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) is now available. Following a yearlong review and revision process, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice recently released this updated version of the Core Competencies for use by public health practitioners, educators, and researchers. This set of foundational competencies builds on the 2010 version by adding and expanding concepts of increasing importance in a time of health reform and national health department accreditation, simplifying and clarifying the wording of competencies, and reordering competencies within domains to ensure a logical progression in the complexity of skills. A crosswalk of the 2014 and 2010 versions is also available to help with the transition to the new Core Competencies, as are additional resources and tools that support integration of the Core Competencies into workforce development efforts. As well, opportunities to learn more about the revisions are being planned, including a session at this fall’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. For more information, please visit phf.org/aboutcorecompetencies.

Posted: September 26, 2014

CMS has extended the Public Call for Comment on the quality measure PQRS #181 Elder Maltreatment Screening and Follow-Up Plan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has extended the Public Call for Comment on the quality measure PQRS #181 Elder Maltreatment Screening and Follow-Up Plan from 5:00 P.M. EDT 9/25/14 to 5:00 P.M. EDT COB 10/9/14 in order to provide additional time for stakeholders and the public to review and comment. The Public Call for Comment is located at the link below:


Posted: September 23, 2014

Professional Development Opportunity: Tribal Juvenile Code Development Online Course

We are excited to announce that the Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center and Tribal Law and Policy Institute have partnered together to bring you a 3-part course on Tribal Juvenile Code Development.

This course has been designed for those seeking to increase their understanding of developing or revising their juvenile codes. Presenters Pat Sekaquaptewa and Chia Halpern Beetso from the Tribal Law and Policy Institute will present on model and comparative tribal codes to establish or improve responses to youth who are “status offenders" and/or are labeled as “delinquent. Participants who attend all three sessions of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the evaluation survey.

October 6 - Part I: the Basic Elements of a Model Tribal Juvenile Justice Code
October 8 - Part II: Native Youth Victimization & Trauma and Tribal Juvenile Justice Laws
October 10 - Part III: Cultural Values and Traditional Practices in Tribal Juvenile Justice Laws

Register for any or all of the three sessions.

Posted: September 22, 2014

The Public Health Foundation will be hosting a free webinar on their recently release Performance Management Toolkit
October 1, 2014

On October 1, 2014, the Public Health Foundation will be hosting a free webinar on their recently release Performance Management Toolkit. The webinar will feature of walkthrough and overview of the components of the toolkit and how it could be beneficial to public health professionals in a variety of fields. After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the five components of the Performance Management System framework
  • Identify resources related to each component of the Performance Management System framework
  • Locate resources and tools, including case stories, self-assessments, and white papers that can help individuals and organizations develop and improve their performance management system

For more information and to register for the webinar, please CLICK HERE

Posted: September 19, 2014

AcademyHealth and the Aetna Foundation announces the Call for Applications for the new AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship Program

The AcademyHealth and the Aetna Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the new AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Scholars in Residence Fellowship Program. This fellowship is designed to retain underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities in health services research (including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Native Alaskan applicants) by providing professional training and networking activities for junior and mid-career level academics and clinical practitioners, who are conducting disparities research with a focus on population health.

Registration and travel support will be provided for AcademyHealth professional meetings and workshops, including: National Health Policy Conference, Annual Research Meeting, a research methods seminar, and the Disparities Interest Group Annual Meeting. In addition, the program will provide mentoring and opportunities for fellows to present their research. The Aetna Foundation will host the fellows in Hartford, CT for up to one week and provide a $15,000 stipend to support a disparities research project. Five fellows will be selected.

The fellowship application is now available on the AcademyHealth website at www.academyhealth.org/aetnafellowship. The application deadline is November 7, 2014. The fellowship begins on January 1, 2015 and concludes July 31, 2015.

Posted: September 19, 2014

FDA Announces a Public Workshop Series

The FDA announced a public workshop series, the purpose of which is to gather scientific information and stimulate discussion about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and the public health. The workshops will include presentations and panel discussions about the current state of the science. The first e-cigarette workshop will be held December 10-11 and FDA intends to follow this workshop with two additional e-cigarette workshops, with one on individual health effects and one on population health effects. FDA believes it is important to gather scientific information from individuals with a broad range of perspectives on technical topics to be discussed at the workshop. Persons interested in being a panelist, presenting, attending, or watching the live webcast must register online or in writing. Additionally, at the start of this first workshop in the series, FDA will announce via a FR notice the establishment of a docket for submission of written comments about the topics the workshop will address.

Important dates

  • The public workshop will be held on December 10, 2014, from 8 am - 5 pm and on December 11, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will focus on product science, packaging, labeling of product components and ingredients, and environmental impacts. Individuals who wish to attend the public workshop must register by November 25, 2014.
  • You must register to attend, speak during the open comment session, or view the live webcast by submitting either an electronic or written request no later than November 25, 2014; (using https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTP-December-Workshop).
  • If you are interested in serving as a presenter or panelist, please submit an abstract and biosketch (details in notice), along with the topic on which you would like to speak, to [email protected] by November 4, 2014.

For more information, including how to get involved, important deadlines, and topic areas for this workshop, read the full notice online.

Posted: September 8, 2014

Selfie With A Favorite Teacher
September Contest for Native Youth

Three winners will receive cash prizes ($75, $50, and $25).

To Enter Youth Must:

1. Snap a selfie with their favorite teacher for the chance to win $75! Use #weRnative on any social media platform or visit weRnative.org/whoRu.aspx to enter.

2. After they submit their photo they will be entered for the chance to win $75 (1st), $50 (2nd), and $25 (3rd). They can enter online (takes about 2 min) or by clicking the "Submit Entry Here" button below. They can also share on any social media platform by using #weRnative.

Upon receiving all entries, winners will be randomly selected. For questions please contact [email protected] or visit www.weRnative.org/whoRu.aspx

This contest is open to American Indian and Alaska Native youth 13-21 years old. Entries must be submitted by September 20th. Winners will be announced by September 25th.


Posted: August 29, 2014

LGBTQ Summit in Albuquerque, September 20, 2014

New Mexico's Sexual and Gender Diversity Summit: New Directions for LGBTQ Health and Well-Being

On September 20, 2014
From 8:30 to 5:00
At the Domenici Center Auditorium

This event is Free with RSVP to Miria Kano at [email protected] or by phone at 505-272-3876.

Refreshments and lunch will be served so please let us know if you have dietary restrictions when you RSVP!

Dr. Scout, the Director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at CenterLink and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, will provide a key note address. Dr. Scout is a frequent public speaker and cultural competency trainer who specializes in tobacco, wellness, transgender health, social determinants, health disparities, and surveillance. The remainder of the agenda will be set aside to address issues such as LGBTQ Youth, Queer Families, Sexual and Gender Violence, Living with HIV, Community and Rural Outreach, and Health Disparities and Social Justice.

The Summit is funded through a Tier 1 Award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is supported by the efforts of the New Mexico LGBTQ Health Collaborative and the New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement and Science on Health Disparities (NM CARES HD).

Posted: August 29, 2014

Reports from Healthy Teen Network

The Native Youth Project (NYP) was a national learning collaborative facilitated by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), Healthy Teen Network, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that engaged seven community-based organizations serving American Indian youth to support the communities to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based programs. However, what the project results were not able to illuminate were the processes grantees engaged in to make the Native Youth Project a reality in their specific communities. To share these lessons learned with other communities and promote sustainability, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and project partner, National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), contracted with Healthy Teen Network to conduct Learning Walks. The Learning Walks provided the opportunity to learn about the process of engaging stakeholders, the unique geographical context that shaped the implementation of the project, and the social impact the Native Youth Project had in the community.

For more information, please visit: http://www.healthyteennetwork.org

Posted: August 28, 2014

Healthier Pregnancy: Tools and Techniques to Best Provide ACA-covered Preventive Services

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00-10:30am Eastern Time

Participation is free for this event and you have the option of attending in person at the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University, US Bank Conference Center, Columbus, OH or watching the webcast. Either way, pre-registration is requested. For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.blsmeetings.net/healthierpregnancy/registration.cfm

Posted: August 28, 2014

Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center presents an Webinar on HIV and Linkage to Care

An Intergenerational Approach to Linkage to Care Programs, Adolescence to Aging A Webinar Follow-up from Responding to HIV/AIDS in the Heartland

When: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central Time

This webinar is a follow up to the "Responding to HIV/AIDS in the Heartland," Community Forum that Region V, RRC, Sanford Gaylord and Region VII, RRC Angela Williams convened along with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Midwest AIDS Education + Training Center in St. Louis, MO earlier this summer.

For registration, please visit:

Posted: August 28, 2014

SAMHSA hosts a Two-Part Webinar Series on Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse

Part 1. Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What the Research Tell Us
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT/1:00 p.m. CDT/12:00 p.m. MDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT
Duration: 90 minutes

Substance abuse and suicide are critical public health issues affecting millions of people annually. It is clear that these two issues are closely related–but how can practitioners work more effectively, across disciplines, to address them? This webinar will examine current research findings that explore the connections between substance abuse and suicide, highlighting in particular factors that contribute to both problems and can be addressed in a coordinated way.

Part 2. Mobilizing Partnerships and Resources to Address Substance Abuse and Suicide
Date and Time: TBA
Duration: 90 minutes

Growing awareness of the connections between substance abuse and suicide has motivated many states and communities to begin looking for ways to better align their efforts to address these problems. But effective collaboration–particularly across disciplines–takes planning and preparation. This webinar will explore the essential ingredients of effective collaboration, highlighting some of the innovative ways practitioners are working together to prevent substance abuse and suicide.

To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/suicide_sap

Posted: August 25, 2014

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Offers New HCV Guidelines

AASLD, IDSA, and IAS-USA released a new module of their Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C providing new guidance on “When and in Whom to Initiate HCV Therapy." This module provides expert recommendations on prioritizing specific populations that will derive the most benefit or have the greatest impact on further HCV transmission when workforce and/or resources are limited. The complete updated recommendations are attached for your use and available at www.hcvguidelines.org.

Posted: August 22, 2014

PCSS-MAT Archived Webinar on Opioid Use Disorders

Hospitalized patients often experience significant pain associated with their illnesses or injuries, and even those actively addicted to opioids may still require pain relief. However, research has almost exclusively focused on outpatients with chronic pain rather than medical inpatients with acute pain. In the absence of objective biomarkers for pain, differentiating those patients in acute pain from those who are seeking opioids for non-medical reasons remains challenging in the acute medical setting. Patients misusing opioids are prone to painful conditions from trauma, soft-tissue infections, and overall poor health. They may require higher opioid doses due to tolerance and hyperalgesia, and may be undertreated due to bias about addiction. Given that adequate pain relief has become an important goal in hospital settings, this presentation will provide some guidance on how to assess and manage medical inpatients who may be requesting prescription opioids for non-medical reasons.

Click here to view the archived webinar.

Posted: August 19, 2014

Tribal Evaluation Workgroup

American Indian and Alaska Native communities face unique challenges when participating in program evaluation. Historically, Tribes have experienced intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused great harm. In 2012, the Children’s Bureau convened a group of national experts to develop an approach that might improve evaluation in Tribal communities. Together, workgroup members created a shared vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and a guide (or roadmap) for developing culturally and scientifically rigorous evaluation.

In 2014, CB released the publication A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities and a pair of companion videos as part of its Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series. The videos provide a brief overview of the roadmap and highlight the roles of key stakeholders in this new vision for evaluation with Tribal communities. CB also released a video of workgroup members presenting the roadmap at the 2013 Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Summer Institute. For more information, please visit the CB website or click on the links below.

Posted: August 18, 2014

CDC Updates Regarding Ebola Outbreak in Africa

While the threat of an outbreak of Ebola in the United States remains extremely small, it is important to all Tribal leaders and health staff to remain abreast of the situation, and consider their own preparedness for states of infectious disease outbreaks. For the most up to date information on the CDC’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/resources/outbreaks.html

Posted: August 14, 2014

CDC Releases Occupational Health Surveillance Grant Announcement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a funding opportunity announcement to support the creation and implementation of a new internal surveillance system. Occupational health and safety (OH) surveillance is the ascertainment and tracking of work-related injuries, illnesses, hazards, or exposures. OH surveillance includes population/group- and case-based approaches and activities. Occupational surveillance data are used to identify state priorities and guide efforts to improve and protect worker safety and health; monitor statistical and other trends and progress over time; and to develop prevention intervention recommendations.

The deadline to submit an application is September 15, 2014. Tribes and Nations have an opportunity to compete for funds to conduct occupational health and safety surveillance over a 5 year period.

Please visit for more detailed information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-14-275.html

Posted: August 14, 2014

Online Expert Advice for Clinicians Treating Hepatitis C Now Includes Section on When and For Whom to Initiate HCV Therapy

State-of-the-art guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was updated this week to help healthcare providers to determine when and in whom to start antiviral treatment to cure patients of their HCV infection. Launched earlier this year by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society...

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Posted: August 11, 2014

The Ebola Outbreak: The CDC Director’s Guidance for Health care workers

By Tom Frieden MD, The Health Care Blog

Two Americans who became infected with Ebola virus disease in Liberia are now at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. They’re receiving supportive care, including careful fluid management, as their bodies wrestle with the Ebola virus. While there is no cure for Ebola, strong supportive care will increase their chances of survival...

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Posted: August 7, 2014

Making Apps and Web-based Tools Part of Your Integrated Behavioral Health Team

August 21, 2014, 2pm - 3:30pm Eastern/11am - 12:30pm Pacific

Register for free at http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/about-us/webinars

Health Information Technology (HIT) makes it possible for individuals to access their health information online and also supports care coordination among health care providers. But how else can provider organizations use HIT to support the integration of behavioral health in primary care?

Web and mobile-based HIT can enhance integration and support clinical outcomes through enriched care coordination, patient engagement, and treatment between office visits. Web-based tools and apps have significant potential to enable self-management of mental health and substance use disorders as well as to act as a treatment extender for individuals served by safety net and other community-based primary care providers.

Join CIHS on August 21 to hear how one health center uses new behavioral HIT patient engagement tools in their integrated behavioral health care services. An HIT expert will review the technologies available to primary care providers, how to ensure IT tools support your clinical outcomes goals, and tips for implementing them into your clinic workflow.


  • Learn the variety of behavioral HIT clinical support tools available for primary care practices
  • Learn potential benefits to support patient care between office visits
  • Gain insights on how one clinic implemented a tool into their integrated behavioral health services
  • Obtain strategies for supporting implementation of HIT into the clinical workflow

Presenters: Chantelle Thomas, Behavioral Health Consultant, Access Community Health Center; and Lisa A. Marsch, Director, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

Posted: August 5, 2014

HIMSS and NACCHO Introduce Public Health & HIE Toolkit

To assist public health organizations better understand and use health information exchange, HIMSS and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) have collaborated to produce the Public Health & HIE Toolkit. The full press release of the announcement can be reviewed here. There is also an infographic available on how Public Health and HIE fit together.

The Toolkit was developed to help public health departments understand:

  • what HIE services are and what types of organizations providing them;
  • how a health department might use or support such services; and
  • how to assess whether the value of participating in HIE will be worthwhile.

Created to help orient HIE organizations (HIOs) to the functions of health departments, the Public Health & HIE Toolkit also explains the value of HIOs as customers and partners in HIE. The HIE Toolkit for Public Health, authored by Seth Foldy, MD MPH FAAFP, received assistance from NACCHO and HIMSS members. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also supported the project.

Posted: July 31, 2014

Tribal Health Profession Opportunities Grant RFA released

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

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

For more information CLICK HERE

Posted: July 31, 2014

Upcoming Webinar on Veteran’s Services

On August 20, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT, please join a webinar titled Effective Outreach and Engagement Strategies for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. As the number of service members returning from deployment continues to grow, many service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) will need the support of behavioral health services. Individuals closest to SMVF are more likely to identify early signs of challenges and issues and can provide opportunities to help SMVF connect to needed services.

Presenters of this webinar will discuss effective outreach and engagement strategies for SMVF, as well as methods for implementation. An overview of best practices, such as Military-Veteran Mental Health First Aid training and peer outreach, will be provided. Participants will gain an understanding of effective methods and strategies that can be adapted to suit their local community needs.

Click here to register prior to the event:

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Lisa Guerin, Senior Administrative Assistant, at 518-439-7415 ext. 5242 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Posted: July 19, 2014

OKC VAMC Hosts 2014 Mental Health Summit

The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center is hosting a free mental health summit August 29, 2014. The Summit will contain specific information regarding mental health, PTSD, TBI, trauma, and homelessness, as well as VA training programs, processes and points of contact available for assistance. Please see the attached registration flyer HERE (PDF).

Posted: July 19, 2014

Webinar on Tribal Action Plans

The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA) and the IASA Tribal Action Planning (TAP) Workgroup will host a webinar entitled “Developing Your Tribal Plan" on Thursday July 31, 2014 from 2-3PM EDT. This webinar will allow Tribes, jurisdictions, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to listen to and engage in a presentation on the Tribal Action Planning process, its value and proven outcomes, and overall interagency efforts authorized under the Tribal Law and Order Act. Please note that registration is not required to participate in this webinar. For more information please CLICK HERE (PDF).

Posted: July 3, 2014

SAVE THE DATE - Learn more about Hepatitis C Patient Assistance Programs

When: Monday, July 21, 2014 1:00 PM-2:00 PM. (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Where: Adobe Connect - https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip/
Duration: 1 hr total – 30 minute didactic with 30 minutes for Q/A

This presentation will focus on learning how to work your way through patient assistance programs so that you can economically treat more people with Hepatitis C infection.

This presentation:

  • Is intended for pharmacists, nurses, physicians, patient assistance navigators, hospital administrators or program managers wanting to know more about obtaining Hepatitis C drugs.
  • Will teach you how to start navigating pharmaceutical assistance programs.

Presenter: Kristin Meyers, BSN, RN, Cherokee Nation Health System
Kristin has worked in the Cherokee Nation W.W. Hasting Hospital Infectious Disease Clinic for over 2.5 years and has worked extensively with obtaining these medications. She has assisted Cherokee Nation is obtaining Hepatitis C medications for over 60 patients.

To Connect: https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip/

Save The Date Flyer (PDF)

Posted: July 3, 2014

SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center Webinar:
All My Relations: The Impact of Lateral Oppression in AI/AN Communities

July 10, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar will be the second session in a 3-part series exploring lateral oppression as it relates to interpersonal and professional relationships. During the presentation, Barbara Aragon will provide an overview of and facilitate discussion on the impact of social, collective, and historical trauma and how, when unaddressed, this trauma can dilute or distort traditional values. This distortion then lays the foundation for lateral oppression and violence which can affect “all my relations." Ms. Aragon will also discuss how participants can develop a self assessment and healing plan, and will share the efforts some tribes have used to address this issue...

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Posted: July 2, 2014

Apply for an SBIRT Grant

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

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

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

Please direct any questions to Aaron Williams, Project Director, at [email protected] or to Chris Bodner, Project Coordinator, at [email protected].

Posted: June 27, 2014

CDC Permits Grantees to Use Monies for Public Health Accreditation

Public health accreditation is still a hot topic and more and more Tribal health departments are exploring undertaking the accreditation process as a step in their own infrastructure development. However, a very large barrier is how to pay for the work (especially the staffing resources) required to undertake the multi-year accreditation process. In light of the discontinuation of some public health grants that were specifically geared towards supporting accreditation activities, the CDC has created now language that is being included in some of their funding opportunity announcements that allows for applicants to write specific activities towards meeting at least one accreditation standard into their budget and their workplans. For more information on this language, the stipulations, and the specific FOAs that feature this language, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/Accreditation/docs/foa-phablanguage.pdf

Posted: June 23, 2014

Webinar: The Promotion of Health Professions as a Workforce Development Strategy in Indian Country

Wednesday June 25, 2014
3:00-4:00 PM ET (12PM PT/1PM MT/2PM CT)

Come join the Promotion of Health Professions as a Workforce Development Strategy in Indian Country webinar to learn more about the basic tenets of workforce development and about a specific example of a healthcare workforce development program in Native communities, the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. The Tribal HPOG program, administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides opportunities for health education and training for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. ACF’s Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) and its partners, Red Star Innovations and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to conduct an evaluation of tribal HPOG. Presented by NIHB and NORC, by the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principal elements of a workforce development program;
  • Understand the intent and design of the Tribal HPOG program, and strategies designed to facilitate educational and employment attainment among low-income tribal students; and
  • Consider strategies that they could adopt in their own communities to engage, support, and train health professions students.

This webinar is intended for those professionals who are actively working in the areas of Tribal health and/or education and training. Tribal officials and leadership will also find benefit from the content of this webinar as a means to support Tribal wellness.

Pre-Registration is not required.
Dial-in: 1-866-215-5504
Passcode: 9287 393#

AdobeConnect link: http://norc.adobeconnect.com/workforcedev8045/

Posted: June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - New Hope for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are over 2.7 million cases of Hepatitis C in the United States. A new drug treatment for the disease has been found to cure 90% of those who take it. The treatment costs almost $100,000 and which may make a cure out of reach for some. The research on Native Americans and Hepatitis C is limited. Have you or someone in your life been diagnosed with Hepatitis C? Are you a doctor or nurse who treats patients with this disease? Or do you have questions about Hepatitis C?


Posted: June 17, 2014

FDA Releases Contract Opportunity

On June 16, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE) released a sole source contract opportunity for federally-recognized Tribes to conduct tobacco retailer compliance checks on their Tribal lands. CTP held a Tribal consultation on their Tribal efforts and explained in detail the compliance and enforcement activities and set the stage for announcing this RFP. Click here for the RFP.

Posted: June 17, 2014

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS Team With Health Departments and Local AIDS Service Organizations to Offer Free HIV Testing in Support of National HIV Testing Day

Free HIV Testing Events at Select Walgreens Locations in More Than 140 Cities, June 26-28

In support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS have united in response to the domestic AIDS epidemic and are teaming with health departments and local AIDS service organizations across the country to encourage community members to take advantage of free HIV testing. Free HIV tests will be available June 26-28 at select Walgreens in more than 140 cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Nearly 200 state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations (ASOs) will lead testing events and will provide results on-site within minutes.

For more information on participating locations and testing hours, visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.

Posted: June 13, 2014

Indigenous Health Conference puts out a Call for Abstract

The Indigenous Health Conference is currently accepting abstracts for their international conference November 20-21, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Abstracts are due on June 23, 2014. The conference objectives are as follows:

  • Discuss health disparities & burden of disease among Indigenous peoples in Canada, highlighting certain conditions with a high burden of disease.
  • Start a dialogue about potential long term solutions towards health equity.
  • Challenge stereotypes and misperceptions about Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Discuss cultural competencies and safety in working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations.
  • Job Fair to facilitate matching healthcare providers with working opportunities with Indigenous populations.

For more information, please view the call for abstract flyer (PDF).

Posted: June 12, 2014

NIHB Hosting Webinar on Program Planning Phases

Title: How to Develop and Establish an Effective Program: One Year Planning Phases as a Key to Success

June 18, 2014 at 3-4 PM Eastern Time

Planning is the foundation for effective program implementation. However, long-term planning and organizational activities often get under-prioritized when faced with other deadlines and programmatic implementation. And often, grant applicants may avoid including specific language or set aside times dedicated to planning in their grant applications for fear that this will not be seen as productive ventures. So when the opportunity to take advantage of a funded planning period – such as a one year planning grant – presents itself, it is important to come to the table prepared and equipped....

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Posted: June 6, 2014

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
March 19-21, 2015
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

The National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence provides valuable professional education on the latest health research, practice, policy, prevention and advocacy responses to domestic and sexual violence (D/SV) in the U.S. and around the world. The Call for Abstracts is open online and the deadline for submissions is June 27, 2014. For more information and to submit an abstract, go to: www.futureswithoutviolence.org/nchdv.

Posted: June 6, 2014

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Virtual Tribal Consultation Webinar

DATE: June 16, 2014
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST
REGISTATION LINK: http://bit.ly/ctpwebinar

On June 16, FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) will hold a virtual consultation webinar to provide information about compliance and enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act. The goal of this consultation webinar is to discuss compliance and enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act in Indian Country. CTP invites Tribes to provide comment, feedback and questions about how this law may affect you...

More Information (PDF)

Posted: June 4, 2014

ASTHO hosts webinar on Latest Tools and Resources!

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is unveiling its latest resources to help health departments conduct performance improvement activities including accreditation preparation, state health improvement planning, and building cultures of quality. This webinar will feature the State Health Assessment, QI Plan Toolkit, Strategic Planning Toolkit and the Customer Satisfaction Toolkit that health departments can use in their performance improvement efforts. These resources are applicable to all state/territorial health departments as they advance cultures of quality and work toward accreditation.

When: June 24, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT
Login: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/c941i0k58loc&eom (no advance registration is required)

Posted: June 2, 2014

American Journal of Public Health Releases AI/AN Issue

The June, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Public Health is dedicated to raising awareness and disseminating research on public health among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The edition features 34 articles, commentaries or editorials on public health topics including, but not limited to: pneumonia, suicide prevention, cancer, chronic liver disease, dialysis, heart disease, and substance use. The journal is available online. Users can visit http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/104/S3 to access the table of contents. Most of the articles are free to access in PDF format.

Posted: June 2, 2014

American Journal of Public Health Publishes two articles on Suicide Risk in AI/AN Communities

The June, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Public Health was recently released and focuses on issues of American Indian and Alaska Native health. The edition features two articles on suicide risk and prevention in AI/AN communities that are available online.

Suicide Among Young Alaska Native Men: Community Risk Factors and Alcohol Control – available to order from http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301503

Suicide Mortality Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1999–2009 – available for free at http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2014.301929

Posted: May 28, 2014

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board hosts Hep C Treatment Webinar

NPAIHB is hosting a webinar on June 18, 2014 at 1:00 Central Time titled Patient Follow up at the Primary Care Level - A Pre-Treatment Sofosbuvir-Based Treatment Primer. For more information, please view the flyer here. To connect go to https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip/. If you have questions, please email Jessica Leston, [email protected]. Please distribute this announcement widely.

Posted: May 28, 2014

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

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

Click here to view the FOA:

Posted: May 28, 2014

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

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

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

Posted: May 27, 2014

Upcoming meeting of the Tribal Public Health Accreditation Advisory Board (TPHAAB) and the NNPHI Open Forum

NIHB is proud to announce that on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, the TPHAAB will convene for a face-to-face meeting in conjunction with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Open Forum for Quality Improvement in Kansas City, Missouri. The Open Forum will be held on June 12 – 13, 2014, and both the Open Forum and the TPHAAB meeting will take place at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza Hotel.

The Tribal Public Health Accreditation Board continues their important and influential work in assuring Tribal specific considerations are being made in the path to accreditation for Tribal public health department and in quality improvement efforts in general. The NNPHI Open Forum is an excellent opportunity for Tribes and Tribal organizations to join the conversation on quality improvement in public health and take part in these efforts. Again this year, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will have a presence at the Open Forum and hopes to engage the community, especially the Tribal community present, throughout the conference and within town hall style gatherings.

Posted: May 20, 2014

Helping Hearts Hurt: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and How to Plan for it and Prevent it

Ecoee Rooney, MSN, RN-BC
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm (Eastern)

Compassion Fatigue is a preventable and natural consequence of the work with traumatized populations. Understanding it, planning for it, and preventing it can increase the sustainability of the human resources devoted to this work.

To register, go to www.tribalforensichealthcare.org

Posted: May 19, 2014

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

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

Posted: May 19, 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US Public Health Service releases new clinical guidelines on using daily oral TDF/FTC (also known as Truvada) as PrEP for HIV prevention.

This type of guideline is used by the US government to set national norms for health providers. It is the first such national guideline issued anywhere for PrEP use. It provides clear instructions for health providers about providing TDF/FTC as PrEP for individuals at "substantial risk for HIV infection". This is a significant step to making this PrEP strategy a well-understood and accessible option for men and women living in the United States. Ideally other countries and global agencies will replicate this important step. AVAC is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 20 at 10am ET where representatives of the CDC will discuss these guidelines.

Register for the webinar here.

The new guidelines replace CDC’s prior interim guidance documents, and come two years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved daily TDF/FTC for use in HIV prevention. The guidelines explain the evidence for PrEP to date and give step-by-step instructions for doctors and other health providers about how to safely prescribe and monitor PrEP for people with different risk factors for HIV infection. There is also a section on “financial case-management issues" to help providers address barriers to access. The main guidelines were published alongside a providers' supplement with additional materials and tools for clinicians who prescribe PrEP.

The guidelines are an important reference tool for advocates and individuals seeking PrEP, since they lay out the arguments and evidence for a strategy that is still unfamiliar or relatively unknown to some providers.

Even as the guidelines create an environment for more widespread PrEP use, there is still a need to do "implementation science" to find out how best to deliver TDF/FTC as PrEP. One way to do this is through demonstration and implementation projects that evaluate different approaches to PrEP service delivery. CDC is supporting this work as well—however additional studies are needed to answer the full range of questions for men and women in the US and globally.

Also, on Tuesday, May 20 at 1pm ET the CDC will host Public Health Grand Rounds on PrEP, which will be live webcast and archived after the event. Click here for details.

For more information on PrEP research, ongoing implementation projects, access, guidance and more, visit prepwatch.org, and questions or comments are welcome, as always!

Posted: May 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

More Information (PDF)

Posted: May 12, 2014

SAMHSA Suicide and Substance Use Prevention Grant Opportunity

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

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

Learn more and download application materials here:

Applications are due Tuesday, June 17 2014

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

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

Posted: May 11, 2014

CDC Announces Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced the next face-to-face meeting of the Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC). The meeting will be hosted by the Tribes of the Bemidji Area and will be held August 12-14, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa by Traverse City, Michigan. The CDC will be sending out a Dear Tribal Leader Letter soon. This is a good opportunity to consult with Tribal leaders about challenges and successes with health and public health systems and programming, funding, access to information and data, and other related topical areas in order to funnel this information to the official Area TAC representative. As the agenda has not been published yet, it is not known what portions of the meeting will be closed and what will be open, however, attendance is encouraged and a wonderful opportunity to provide live testimony and to listen to the testimony of others.

Posted: May 11, 2014

CTP’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE)

Despite progress, every day more than 1,300 people in this country die from smoking and each day more than 3,200 kids under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. That’s why tobacco product regulation and CTP’s compliance and enforcement program are so important.

CTP’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE) created a comprehensive report detailing its activities from its inception in 2009 through September 30, 2013. Their efforts help to ensure that regulated industry and regulated tobacco products are in compliance with the laws designed to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors.



Posted: May 8, 2014

Tribal Invite Only webinar on Tobacco Deeming - May 29, 2014

See the attached "Dear Tribal Leader" letter (PDF).

The Federal Drug Administration is hosting a Tribal consultation via webinar titled "Deeming Tobacco Products to Be Subject to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; Regulations on the Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products and Required Warning Statements for Tobacco Products" to discuss the proposed deeming rule on tobacco and tobacco-based products, and potential implications for Tribal manufacturers. The letter was mailed to Tribal leaders on April 29, 2014. Participants should register for the webinar by providing name and Tribal affiliation to [email protected]

Posted: May 7, 2014

Investigation and Prosecution of Child Fatalities, Neglect, and Abuse Seminar

The Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Fatalities, Neglect, and Abuse Seminar. The seminar will be held July 14-18, 2014, at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Travel and lodging accommodations will be provided by the Office of Legal Education. This seminar is for federal and tribal prosecutors, investigators, medical and mental health providers, social workers, and child protective services workers who investigate and prosecute Indian Country fatalities and neglect and abuse cases involving children, and those individuals who investigate and prosecute child fatalities, neglect, and abuse cases on military bases and other federal enclaves. This course will offer participants knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and prosecute complex cases involving children through presentations by national experts in medicine, forensic investigation, and prosecution.

Nominations are due by May 23, 2014.

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Posted: May 6, 2014

Voices for Healthy Kids

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

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Posted: April 24, 2014

FDA Center for Tobacco Products: Deeming Proposed Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is sending you this advisory announcing a tele-briefing at 2pm EST today to discuss a proposed rule issued by the FDA this morning deeming tobacco products subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The tele-briefing will beginning at 2:00 pm EST. Lines will open at 1:30 pm. Participants in the United States or Canada may call 866-844-9416. All others should dial 1-203-369-5026. The passcode for all callers, which will be asked for orally, is “CTP."

If you are unable to attend today, a replay will be available on hour after the briefing until May 8, 2014. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email ([email protected]) or by telephone (240-402-3820). Please feel free to share this advisory on your respective news feeds.

Posted: April 23, 2014

Women Living with HIV and Healthy Pregnancies

Many women living with HIV wonder if they can have healthy pregnancies. Happily, the answer is yes: With good medical care, women with HIV can have healthy, HIV-negative babies and be strong and healthy parents. The first step is for women who are HIV-positive to have a candid talk with their HIV provider about whether...

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Posted: April 21, 2014

Teeth and heavyset kids: Intervention similarities between childhood obesity and oral health interventions within Native American societies – was recently released in the peer reviewed Journal of Indigenous Research. The publication is focused on bringing Native health research back to the People.

Abstract: A systematic literature review was conducted focusing on childhood obesity and oral health interventions which may have relevance to Native American children, their families, and their communities. Childhood obesity and oral health have become a significant problem across Indian Country. Subsequently, a number of oral health and obesity interventions are emerging developed for ethnic minority populations including Native Americans. The objective of this review was to determine best practices of various obesity and oral health interventions used with Native youth. The review found a number of prevalence related studies showing both health conditions were concerns within Native American societies (n=94)...

Read more at http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/kicjir/vol3/iss1/5

Posted: April 15, 2014

Two New Food Safety Tools

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

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

Posted - April 2, 2014

NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit Focuses on Building Capacity and Partnerships on First Day

BILLINGS, Mont.--April 1, 2014--The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) opened its 5th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit in Billings, Mont. with a powerful, passionate keynote address from one of Indian Country's most renowned physician and a leading resource on Indian health.

Dr. Donald Warne, Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University, impressed upon nearly 400 Summit attendees that to build effective public health capacity in Indian Country the investments, resources and mind-sets need to change...

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Posted: March 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

Go to Webcast

Posted: March 4, 2014

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

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

More Information (PDF)

Posted: January 16, 2014

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

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

How the program works

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: January 15, 2014

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


Abstracts MUST be submitted through the APHA website at: https://apha.confex.com/apha/142am/aiannhc.htm no later than February 11, 2014.

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

For more information please visit the APHA website at this link: https://apha.confex.com/apha/142am/aiannhc.htm

Or: Information Sheet (PDF)

Posted: January 13, 2014

Upcoming Training Opportunity!

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

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

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

Sheri Pfeiffer-Tsinajinnie
Director of Evaluation & Training, National Indian Youth Leadership Project
Phone 505.554.2289
Email: [email protected]

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


Posted: October 30, 2013

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

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

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

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

Posted: October 28, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Access the RFA and application reference document at: www.naccho.org/fees.

Questions about this opportunity can be directed to [email protected].

Posted: October 16, 2013


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

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

You may submit your information by e-mail to [email protected]

For Questions: call the Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff at 1-800-741-8138 or visit: www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/default.htm

Posted: October 3, 2013

Upcoming Webinar:
Policy Evaluation Tools for Injury and Violence Prevention

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

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

To register, visit:

Sept. 10, 2013

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

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

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

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

To read the entire news release, please Click Here

Posted: September 26, 2013

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

The Dialogue on Native Men’s Health Continues

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

More Information (PDF)

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

Join the meeting here: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/r5pn035rkub/
Room Passcode: ihs123
Audio Conference Details:
Conference Phone Number:
United States: 1-800-832-0736
Please enter Room Number 3014886

Posted: September 20, 2013

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

Number of PHAB-accredited health departments now totals 19

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

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

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Posted: September 4, 2013

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

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

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


Posted: September 4, 2013

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

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

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

Visit www.nnphi.org/kaizen to access the following:

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

Posted: August 22, 2013

2013 Performance Improvement Managers Network Conference Calls and Webinars

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

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

Link to CDC Host page: www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/pimnetwork/events.html

Posted: August 20, 2013

Addressing Historical Inequities: Environmental Justice for Native Americans

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

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

To register (registration required), please visit: http://bit.ly/PEPH_EJWebinar

Posted: August 16, 2013

Positive Wellness: Culturally Relevant Linkages to Care

Linkage to care is a vital component of the prevention and treatment landscape, however, American Indian and Alaska Native people are displaying some of the lowest rates of linkage to care. Participants on this webinar will gain an understanding of what constitutes effective HIV linkage to care, and explore an existing framework that National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) has created and begun to diffuse with Tribal communities across the country. By walking through NNAAPC’s linkage to care model Positive Wellness, this webinar will explore some of the challenges of engaging patients into care (e.g. system navigation, stigma and trust), as well as highlight strengths-based and culturally appropriate strategies for engaging AI/AN individuals living with HIV into care. To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=sc0pi386408p

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

Posted: August 1, 2013

STOP Obesity Alliance – Strategies to Overcome and Prevent

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

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

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Posted: July 24, 2013

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

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

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

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Posted: July 12, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: July 12, 2013

Evidence-Based Screening Information From Three HHS Agencies

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

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

Download the Letter [PDF – 136 KB]

Posted: July 2, 2013

STOP Obesity Alliance – Strategies to Overcome and Prevent

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

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Posted: June 10, 2013

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

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

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

LOCATION: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/r77im31j7f9/
Room Passcode: ihs123

For more information CLICK HERE (PDF)

Posted: June 3, 2013

“Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health” PSAs

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

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

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

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

Posted: May 28, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: May 24, 2013

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

Monday, June 17, 2013
12 - 1 pm ET

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

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Posted: May 8, 2013

Save the Date: Public Health Grand Rounds

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

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

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

Posted: May 7, 2013

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

May 22, 2013 @ 1PM EST

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

Please join the National Council of Urban Indian Health on May 22, 2013 @ 1PM EST for this exclusive and informative Webinar. For registration, please visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/943822014

Posted: May 6, 2013

May Is Healthy Vision Month

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

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
2-3pm ET

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

Register for Webinar

Webinar Login Instructions:

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

Posted: May 2, 2013

Eat Well, Live Well

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

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

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

Posted: April 24, 2013

Funding Opportunity:
Tribal Management Grant Program

A Notice by the Indian Health Service

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

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Posted: April 19, 2013

Download the Spring 2013 Prevention and Recovery Newsletter Now!

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

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

Posted: April 19, 2013

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

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

Application Due Date: May 6, 2013

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

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Posted: April 18, 2013

Call for Participants for IHS Youth Leadership Event

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: April 16, 2013

HRSA Webinars on Engaging Hard-to-Reach Populations

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

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Posted: April 16, 2013

Health Care Law Webinars for April and May 2013

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

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

Posted: April 8, 2013

Teleconference: Preventing Repeat Teen Births

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

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

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Posted: April 4, 2013

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

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

Posted: April 1, 2013

SAMHSA Announces Request for Applications (RFA)

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

Applications due by May 22, 2013

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

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

For more information, please visit:

Posted: April 1, 2013

April is STD Awareness Month - Make a difference

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

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

Visit CDC’s STD Awareness web page.

Posted: March 14, 2013

Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

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

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

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Posted: March 11, 2013

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

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

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Posted: March 11, 2013

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

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

To register online CLICK HERE

Posted: March 8, 2013

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Posted: March 7, 2013

Request for HHS SAMHSA TTAC Nominations

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

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

Additional information about the TTAC can be found at:

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

Nomination Form (PDF)

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

Posted: March 6, 2013

2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application Cycle Opens Today!

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

To learn more about general program information please visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/NURSECORPS/

Posted: March 5, 2013

Eleven Public Health Departments Achieve National Accreditation

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

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

Posted: March 4, 2013

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

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

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Posted: February 28, 2013

15th AAIP National Native American Youth Initiative

June 22-30, 2013
Washington, DC

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

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Posted: February 28, 2013

Public Health and the Sequester

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


Posted: February 26, 2013

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

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Posted: February 26, 2013

Announcing the American Indian Public Health Track at NDSU

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

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Posted: February 26, 2013

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Workshop

July 28 at 6pm & July 31 at 12pm

At the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Application due: April 1, 2013

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February 25, 2013

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

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

View Policy Draft (PDF)

February 25, 2013

National Network of Public Health Institutes  2013 Annual Conference

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

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

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February 25, 2013

Congress needs to hear from you: No more cuts!

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

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

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

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

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February 20, 2013

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


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

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

Learn more about continuing education on the Grand Rounds website

February 19, 2013

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

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

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

February 19, 2013

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

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

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American Indian Public Health Disparities: Regional Differences in Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

May 20-22, 2013 
New Orleans, Louisiana

Register Now!

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

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February 6, 2013

NACCHO Releases New Accreditation & QI Resources  for Local Health Departments 

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

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Native American Mental Health Symposium - March 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 28, 2013

Upcoming TeleBehavioral Health Events

View the full schedule of upcoming events: CLICK HERE

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

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

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

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January 22, 2013

NIDA Summer Research Opportunity

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

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

For more information, contact Dr. Albert Avila at [email protected].

January 22, 2013

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

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

View Winter 2013 Newsletter (PDF)

January 17, 2013

Call for New PHAB Site Visitors

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

Applications should be submitted to [email protected].

Site Visitor Roles and Benefits (PDF)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Participate:

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


January 9, 2013

Upcoming webinar from the Network for Public Health Law

Effects of the Election on Future Implementation of the ACA

This webinar will take place on Thursday, January 17, at 1-2 p.m. (ET). Registration deadline is 1 p.m. Tuesday, January, 15. (ET). Register at http://www.networkforphl.org/network_resources/webinar_series/

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

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

January 4, 2013

Scholarship Opportunity Available

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

2012 and Earlier

December 19, 2012

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

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

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

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

December 4, 2012

Request for Proposals - JBS International

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

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

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December 4, 2012

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

CDC’s Winter Weather website is new for 2013 and now live. Learn how to stay safe and healthy during winter weather.
Learn more at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter

Dentists Visit Alaska Dental Therapist Program

In September, former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan saw first-hand how dental therapists are making a difference in the oral health of Alaska Natives -- village by village. Dr. Sullivan was one of about two dozen dentists, health professionals and advocates who participated in two separate educational tours of the Dental Health Aide Therapist Program in Alaska...

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Motivational Interviewing: How to Communicate with Defendants and Respondents to Motivate Them to Succeed

This program is the thirteenth in a series of audio-teleconference presentations produced by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) in cooperation with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with a focus on the relationship of the judicial and probation communities and the issues related to underage alcohol abuse.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change. By identifying ambivalence, expressing empathy, eliciting “change talk,” and using certain skills, we can facilitate change. Motivational Interviewing has been shown to markedly improve outcomes for defendants, parents, and juveniles in terms of reducing substance use; changing antisocial attitudes, values, and beliefs; reducing negative peer associates; promoting identification with pro-social role models; increasing self-regulation skills, and increasing relapse prevention skills.

LOCATION: Online Webinar

DATE: Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:00-4:15 Eastern Time

FACULTY: Roxanne Bailin, Chief Judge, 20th Judicial District, Boulder, Colorado

NO REGISTRATION FEE: Register on line at: http://www.udetc.org/audioconf_judicialregistration.asp
Course Objectives, Outline and CLE Certificate Provided Upon Request

New Domestic Violence E-Learning Course

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program's grantee that National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is pleased to announce the release of this new interactive online course.

Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics by the NRCDV and VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (November 2012)

This 1 hour interactive eLearning module describes the dynamics and common tactics that characterize domestic violence, provides an overview of the scope and impact on individuals and society, explores the underlying factors that allow domestic violence to exist, offers insight into the various risks and choices that survivors face, and shares how to be part of the solution. Divided into 10 sections addressing common questions related to domestic violence, this course will help new advocates, allied professionals, students, and the general public achieve a basic understanding of this complex issue.

Access the course at:


Call for Applications for the Inaugural Cohort of the NCRE Scholars Program

NCRE Scholars, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, targets American Indian and Alaska Native and other junior faculty interested in substance use research with tribal communities and in understanding how substance use impacts the development of Native children and adolescents, birth through emerging adulthood. NCRE Scholars in Cohort 1 will be involved in the program for three years, completing both common and tailored mentoring activities designed to meet individual career development needs and research interests.

The Call for Applications and Application Form will be available on the NCRE website early next week.

Applications are due (via email) by Monday, December 10, 2012.

Solicitation for Applications

SAMHSA’S GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation Seeks Communities to Participate in Trauma-Informed Trainings

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system, is soliciting applications from communities interested in its How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training. The target audiences for this training are community-based criminal justice system professionals, including police, community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers), court personnel, and other human service providers...

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The 2013 USPHS Scientific & Training Symposium invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the Symposium, which will be held May 21-23 at the Renaissance in Glendale, Arizona. The theme for the 2013 Symposium is “Public Health Prevention and Care: Bridging the Gaps.” The deadline for abstract submissions is December 17, 2012.

The focus of the Symposium is on the use of the National Prevention Strategy in working with communities and stakeholders at the local, state, Tribal, national and international level to address health disparities among border, cross cultural and at-risk populations. The objectives of the Plenary and Track sessions at the Symposium will be on bridging the knowledge gaps needed to improve the health and quality of life for at-risk populations by moving the focus of healthcare from sickness and disease to prevention and wellness.

The online abstract submission process is easy to follow.

US EPA's National Center for Environmental Research invites you to join us for the second of several Tribal Research Program Webinars which will discuss research progress of our STAR grantees:

The November 7th Webinar will include presentations on:

Cumulative Risk and Yurok Tribal Lifeway
Human and Wildlife Biomonitoring: a tribally designed and operated program to assess, mitigate, and adapt to the climate-related changing risks and benefits of subsistence species in rural Alaska

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2013 Scholarship to Undertake the Graduate Certificate in MCH Epidemiology - University of Arizona

Applications for the Graduate Certificate program in Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology are now available. With funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is offering 10-15 scholarships to MCH professionals working with American Indian and underserved communities nationally. These scholarships valued at $11,685 each, will be awarded for the year 2013/14. The University of Arizona’s Graduate Certificate in Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology is offered entirely online with no requirements for travel. The deadline to apply for applications to the program is March 1, 2013. All qualified applicants will automatically be considered for scholarship.

For more details about this great opportunity, please see announcement attached. You can also visit the program website at:

The application form can be found at:

If you need further information, please feel free to contact:
Dr. John Ehiri at [email protected]
Maribel Tobar at [email protected]

Screening & Assessment of PTSD with Native American Veterans

Thursday, October 26th
Eastern: 2:00-6:00
Central: 1:00-5:00
Mtn: 12:00-4:00 Pacific: 11:00-3:00
Alaska: 10:00-2:00

  • SITE: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/ptsd
  • PASSWORD: ptsd
  • Audio options:
    • Have Adobe Connect call you by entering your phone number (example: +13014433593)
    • Select listen to audio via your computer speakers.

Technical Assistance

Eric Tsosie (505-248-4613; [email protected] [email protected])
Daniel Cook (505-248-4547; [email protected] [email protected])


Senior Public Health Analyst (Team Lead) position opening within HRSA's Public Health Branch

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), created in 1982, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. In support of this mission, HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) works to ensure a highly skilled health professions workforce.

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The IHS Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Pain and Co-Occurring Addictions Tele-Clinic presents:

Co-Occurring Chronic Pain, Depression and Anxiety

By Joanna Katzman, MD & Snehal Bhatt, MD

Monday, October 15th

For times and information CLICK HERE (PDF)

American Indian Institute Call for Proposals

For those interested in presenting a workshop during the American Indian Institute Native Diabetes Prevention and Native Women & Men’s Wellness conferences, the call for proposals deadline is next Friday, October 12, 2012. To learn more information, visit the following Call for Proposals webpages:
15th Native Diabetes Prevention Conference (Phoenix)
12th Native Women & Men's Wellness Conference (San Diego)

SAMHSA’s Native American Center for Excellence
Presents Upcoming Webinars:

Introduction to the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA)

Date: Friday, September 28th 2 – 4 pm EDT
Speakers: Patricia Whitefoot, Barbara Aragon, John Bird, Clayton Small PhD and Maria Trevizo
Register FREE at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/968396622
More Information (PDF)

Education and the Native American Student: Leavers and Completers

Date: Wednesday September 26, 2012 2 – 3 pm EDT
Speaker: Dawn Mackety, PhD, Director of Research, Data and Policy at the National Indian Education Association
Register FREE at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/446443294
More Information (PDF)

Archived Webinars also Available for Viewing

For more information on all the webinars or to contact SAMHSA Click Here

Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement (QI) in Public Health
December 6-7, 2012
Charlotte, North Carolina

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to invite you to our next Open Forum Meeting for Quality Improvement (QI) in Public Health. This is the 6th Open Forum hosted by NNPHI and it is scheduled to take place at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 6-7, 2012. The Open Forum Meeting will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, December 6th and conclude at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 7th. NNPHI will waive the registration fee and reimburse the cost of travel, hotel stay, and provide a per diem for up to 8 participants representing tribal health organizations.

The Open Forum Meeting is part of the Strengthening the Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement (COPPHI) (View Press Release) award program and is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The 1.5 day gathering will convene leaders and practitioners representing key organizations and investments shaping quality improvement (QI) in public health today, such as the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB); the CDC’s National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII); and other RWJF and CDC-supported initiatives that are building capacity for accreditation and QI, including Practice Based Research Networks (PBRN), Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR) and Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning (CHA/CHIP). We are also pleased to be joined by national public health organizations supporting accreditation and QI, such as the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO); the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO); the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH); the National Indian Health Board (NIHB); the Public Health Foundation (PHF); the American Public Health Association (APHA), and many others leading QI efforts.

To view archived meeting materials from past Open Forum Meetings, click here.

If you are interested in this opportunity for sponsored attendance at the next Open Forum Meeting for QI in Public Health, please contact NNPHI Program Coordinator Whitney Magendie at [email protected] or 504-301-9847. We hope you can join us in Charlotte!

How the ACA Changes Pathways to Insurance Coverage for People with HIV

In the latest post from the series "Notes on Health Insurance and Reform," Jen Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, examines different insurance pathways for people with HIV and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expanding coverage options for this population. The post includes a series of infographics depicting these eligibility pathways prior to the ACA, after the ACA was enacted but before 2014, and as of 2014 and beyond.

All previous posts are also online. Additionally, you can subscribe to the columns and have them fed to your RSS reader.

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The IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence is pleased to announce the start of a new seminar series focused on Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health issues.

This is the first of that series with others to follow on a weekly or biweekly basis. There are free CME/CEU available for all seminars. Please join us.

Seminar Times

Eastern- 2:00, Central- 1:00, Mountain- 12:00, Pacific- 11:00, Alaska- 9:00

Depression in Childhood and Adolescence on September 19

as part of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Seminar Series By Avi Kriechman, MD &  David Graeber, M

To Participate

SITE:  http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child
PASSWORD:  child
Have Adobe Connect call you by entering your phone number (example: +13014433593).
Select listen to audio via your computer speakers.

Technical Assistance

Eric Tsosie (505-248-4613; [email protected])
Daniel Cook (505-248-4547; [email protected])

Southwest American Indian RAINBOW Gathering – Circle of Diversity
October 19-20, 2012, Phoenix College

The Gathering provides community resources, benefit services, current updates and networking opportunities with healthcare providers and community organizations serving the Native American LGBTQ community. Several events are currently in the planning process and include a youth- focused event on October 20, 2012 from 9AM to 2PM with presentations on topics that target LGBTQ Youth and end with a Native American LGTBQ Youth Panel.

For more information, please contact:
Kimberly Yellow Robe
(866)964-1941 ext. 14050
Planning Committee Co-Chair

Bullying Prevention Webinar - September 13

The Indian Health Service (IHS), Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) is proud to be a partner in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention. Tomorrow on September 13, 2012, the partners will host a webinar titled “Strategies to Ensure a Healthy Adolescence.” The webinar will take place from 2:00-3:30p.m. EST. Please find the attached flyer containing registration information.

The webinar will feature Teresa LaFromboise, Ph. D., a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at Stanford University. She specializes in stress-related problems of American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

Webinar Flyer (PDF)

Announcement: 7th Annual Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

The Department of Justice invites Tribal leaders from across the nation to join them on October 2-3, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, for a government-to-government Consultation.

Day 1: 7th Annual Violence Against Women Consultation

The Department of Justice will be joined by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Interior for this portion of the consultation.

The purpose of the violence against women consultation is to solicit recommendations from Tribal government leaders on the following three topics.

  • Administering grant funds appropriated for Tribal governments and programs created to benefit Tribal governments by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation.
  • Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Strengthening the Federal response to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Day 2: Department of Justice Grant Funding

On the second day, DOJ officials would like to hear feedback from Tribal leaders about their resource needs and grant funding priorities, their experiences with the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) process that was utilized for DOJ's Tribal government specific grants in Fiscal Year 2010, 2011, and 2012, and their recommendations for how the process can be improved for Fiscal Year 2013.

OVW hopes that Tribal leaders from across the nation will join us in Tulsa, OK, to share their recommendations about how we can work together to end violence against women and improve DOJ support for Tribal justice systems.

For more information , please visit: http://www.ovwtribalconsultation.com/

9/10/12 – World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide prevention continues to be a critically important priority for the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and Tribes across the country.  As part of NIHB’s outreach and education efforts on this issue, and to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day, NIHB would like to make readers aware of a new National Strategy to reduce the number of deaths by suicide.  The strategy comes from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance)* and the U.S. Surgeon General.  The strategy outlines four priority areas to reduce the number of suicides:

  • integrating suicide prevention into health care policies;
  • encouraging the transformation of health care systems to prevent suicide;
  • changing the way the public talks about suicide and suicide prevention; and
  • improving the quality of data on suicidal behaviors to develop increasingly effective prevention efforts.

More details on the strategy can be found at: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org

 *The Action Alliance is composed of approximately 200 public- and private- sector organizations united by a common vision of a nation free from the tragic experience of suicide. 

 NIHB also reminds you that if you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 for free, confidential help (1-800-273-8255).

HRSA OFAM Grants Special

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

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

Funding Opportunity in Grants.gov: http://www.grants.gov


Call for Nominations: 2012 Frankie Awards for Innovative Use and Promotion of NDEP Resources

The National Diabetes Education Program is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2012 Frankie Awards. The Frankie Awards, recognize the innovative and effective use and promotion of NDEP materials and resources as the cornerstone of diabetes prevention and control programs and initiatives. They are named in honor of Frank Vinicor, M.D., former director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) and a founder of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)...

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Circle Of Life CHR and Health Provider Training

September 17, 2012 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 ending at 3:00 pm

Wylie Inn and Conference Center Endicott College
295 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915

The American Cancer Society and the Northeast Tribal Cancer Advisory Board are working together to offer a culturally appropriate and tailored educational training specifically for Northeast CHRs and Health Care Providers. Using a holistic health model, this training will be useful for providers, CHRs, program directors, and educators who focus on preventive and primary care...

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Special Announcement from NACCHO:
Accreditation Support Funding Opportunity Coming Soon

With funding from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACCHO is pleased to announce that it will soon be offering a second round of funding through the Accreditation Support Initiative.

Approximately 15-20 awards of up to $40,000 each will be provided. This opportunity will be open to all public health departments (local, state, territorial, and Tribal) and organizations that assist local/Tribal health departments (i.e., states, SACCHOs, Public Health Institutes) to support activities that will assist in moving the health department(s) toward accreditation application...

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SAMHSA awards up to $4.6 million in youth suicide prevention grants to tribes through South Dakota

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that four tribes in South Dakota were being awarded a combined total of up to $4.6 million over the course of the next three years to promote suicide prevention efforts in their communities. Secretary Sebelius announced the awards during her visit to South Dakota today.

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IHS announces tribal HIV/STD training kit and guide

To help stop the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the Indian Health Service (IHS) supported the development of a Tribal HIV/STD Training Kit and Policy Guide. The training kit gives tribes and tribal organizations information on how to work with tribal council members, school boards, health directors, and other partnering programs on ways to prevent the transmission of HIV and STDs.

The training kit contains facts about sexual health, tools for assessing community readiness to implement a sexual health program, information to guide policy development, case studies of effective models for change, and additional resources to strengthen community sexual health activities and policies.

The kit also provides recommendations to American Indians and Alaska Natives on healthy lifestyle choices. Tribal health advocates can use the kit to guide discussions with tribal leaders and develop ideas for effective disease prevention strategies. The training kit can be downloaded from the IHS website at http://www.ihs.gov/hivaids/.

The training kit is a collaborative effort with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health Resource Center and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. It is being released in conjunction with the International AIDS Conference being held in Washington, D.C., the week of July 22.

The IHS, an agency in HHS, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of federally recognized tribes.

Nike N7
Project Specialist FY13

As Project Specialist, you will assist the N7 team through administrative functions including meeting scheduling, calendar upkeep, shipment of product, and ordering of comp product. You will also support N7 through our digital media platforms connecting and maintaining close relationships with consumers. The Project Specialist will work closely with Nike Sports Marketing, Event Marketing, and Retail Brand teams to identify influencers and stay current on market trends. You'll be a source for gaining instant consumer response/feedback for projects in the planning and execution phases in addition to providing social media statistic reports for the team...

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

Suicide & Suicidality in Native American Youth by Doreen Bird, MPH on August 16th from 9:00-10:00 (Mountain)

There are now 2 ways to participate.

  1. By Fully Interactive Video (preferred):
    • Inside IHS dial with your televideo unit.
    • Outside IHS dial
  2. By Adobe Connect:
    • SITE: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/r3kpp3x1add/
    • PASSWORD: TBHCE (all in capitals)
      To join the audio conference, select an option:
      • Have Adobe Connect call you by entering your phone number. The format is +1 area code plus number with no spaces or hyphens (example: +13014433593)
      • Select listen to audio via your computer speakers.

Webinar: Health, Justice, Women Transforming Systems--Changing Lives

8/15/2012 - 8/15/2012

Online Webinar

Additional Info.:
During this national discussion sponsored and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections, participants will explore research, strategies, and resources designed to effect health care practices used with justice-involved women. At the conclusion of this broadcast, participants will be able to:

  • Define and describe the unique health care needs of women involved with the justice system,
  • Apply the public health model to working with justice-involved women in corrections settings, and
  • Express the critical role leaders play in creating systems and organizational processes that meet the health care needs of justice-involved women.

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NNAAPC Regional Training Awards Funding Opportunity DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Through its regional training program, the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) is announcing the availability of regional training awards. NNAAPC is looking for Native organizations or agencies that serve Native communities who are willing to host a 2-day training on one or more of the following topics:

  • HIV Prevention Social Marketing
  • HIV and Social Media
  • Listening to the Community Speak: The Art of Community Assessment

Successful applicants will be awarded up to the amount of $2,500.00 to cover the costs of hosting one of the three trainings. The funds are designed to cover expenses needed to plan, market the event, and recruit participants. Funds can be used to support travel and accommodations for participants. All applications are due to NNAAPC by August 10, 2012, 5:00pm Mountain Time. For more information, view:

Regional Training Announcement (PDF).

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

From the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive public health approach for delivering early intervention and treatment services to people with, or at risk of developing, substance use disorders. Healthcare providers using SBIRT ask patients about substance use during routine medical and dental visits, provide brief advice, and then, if appropriate, refer patients who are at risk of substance use problems to treatment...

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Free Public Health Trainings

PUBLIC HEALTH LIVE - T2B2 (Third Thursday Breakfast Broadcast) is a monthly webcast series sponsored by the University at Albany School of Public Health to provide continuing education opportunities on public health issues. Broadcasts are free and available to all who are interested in furthering their knowledge of public health. The live webcast is always held from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET on the third Thursday of each month.

The July 19 webcast will be on Social Media: Changing Communication and Interventions in Public Health. For more information on this specific webcast go to http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/phl_0712.shtml

Online Learning Companion Guide (PDF)

Celebrate the Summer Games at Your Local Lets Move! Olympic Fun Day

First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the U.S. Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games and she’s calling on families around the country to support Team USA, not just by cheering on our athletes, but by getting active in their own communities.

Saturday, July 28th is the first day of the competition in London. We're calling on families around the country to join us by participating in “Olympics-inspired” Meetups in your towns or neighborhoods.

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Upcoming UNITY Webinars on Data & Evaluation

Measuring Success:
Strategies for Effective Program Evaluation
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
10 to 11 a.m. PT / 1 to 2 p.m. ET

With the increasing focus on evidence-based practice and fiscal accountability, effective program evaluation becomes even more important. Whether you are a manager of a small community program or a director of a city-wide initiative, this webinar will review the relevant steps of program evaluation, including planning tips, development strategies and data requirements. From needs assessments to different types of outcomes, this webinar will provide practical approaches to conducting a program evaluation.

Register for July 25 Webinar

What Outcomes Should We Use?
Effective Indicator Selection
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
10 to 11 a.m. PT / 1 to 2 p.m. ET

At first glance, selecting an appropriate outcome indicator for a program or evaluation seems straightforward. A violence prevention initiative has been implemented, so compare the rates of violence before and after the program started. However, one may need to consider issues of relevancy, comparability and temporality in the process of selecting a suitable indicator. Even data availability itself can sometimes be a factor. This webinar will introduce some of these concepts, along with practical strategies for effective outcome selection

Register for August 29 Webinar

CDC Orientation for New Health Officials
October 15–17, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is pleased to inform you about the upcoming CDC Orientation for New Health Officials, October 15–17, 2012. The orientation will be held at CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

This orientation is exclusively for new health officials and tribal leaders and offers you an important opportunity to
  • Learn about CDC and its priorities
  • Share with CDC your urgent realities and competing priorities at the front lines of public health, and discuss about how CDC may assist you in your efforts
  • Dialogue with experienced health officials to gain insight on how to more effectively meet your public health goals
  • Engage in interactive sessions highlighting promising public health practices and innovative strategies to reduce the leading causes of death and disability and improve health outcomes
  • Tour CDC’s main campus, including the Emergency Operations Center

If you are interested in attending the orientation, please respond to Brook Nash at [email protected] by July 6, 2012. Please note that regional representation is a consideration in attendee selection and you will be notified once your attendance has been confirmed. Should you have any questions, please contact Brook Nash via email or at (404) 498-0239.

We encourage you to make every effort to attend this orientation. Your participation is crucial in helping to strengthen collaboration and public health service for CDC and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments.

The Behavioral Research Program will host a Learning Institute Course at the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association

Sunday, October 28, 2012
2:30-6 pm
Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA.

Course # 2016, Keys to Writing NIH Meritorious Proposals for Behavioral Science and Cancer Control in Public Health Early is a hands-on mentoring opportunity with experienced NIH program staff, and is ideal for early career investigators in public health and behavioral and social sciences who seek federal funding support.

This interactive Learning Institute will:
  • Describe the NIH grant funding and review processes,
  • Highlight funding mechanisms,
  • Offer tips for successful proposal writing through examples, and
  • Introduce the scientific priorities and research portfolio at the National Cancer Institute.

For course details and registration information, please see the online flyer at: http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/brp/docs/APHALI2016%20.pdf, or email Dr. Wen-ying Sylvia Chou at: [email protected].

Upcoming Sexual Assault Examiner Trainings offered by IHS

July Trainings:

Navajo Area
Date: July 9, 2012, to July 13, 2012
Location: Navajo Nation Museum, Conference Room 3, Highway 264 and Post Office Loop Road, Window Rock, AZ 86515

Billings Area
Date: July 16, 2012, to July 20, 2012
Location: Billings Area Indian Health Service, 2900 Fourth Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101

Aberdeen and Bemidji Areas
Date: July 23, 2012, to July 27, 2012
Location: Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, 115 Fourth Avenue SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401

Alaska Area
Date: July 30, 2012, to August 3, 2012
Location: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 1901 Bragaw Street, Anchorage, AK 99508

Sexual Assault Examiner Trainings

The Indian Health Service is inviting registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, certified nurse-midwives, physician assistants, medical doctors, and osteopathic doctors for a five-day, sexual assault examiner (SAE) training. Victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecution team members are welcome to attend to gain information and awareness about the sexual assault exam process. Participants will learn how to conduct adult medical forensic examinations in cases involving sexual assault. Materials will be provided. (Meals not provided.)

Registration for the SAE trainings is open to health care providers from health care facilities and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative projects that serve American Indian or Alaska Native victims of sexual assault. Seating is limited, so please register as soon as possible to ensure your ability to participate.

For more information and to register, please visit:

It’s Official! Indian Health Care Improvement Act Permanent! Affordable Care Act Stands!

NIHB Celebrates the Supreme Court’s Health Reform Decision

June 28, 2012
In today’s landmark decision of National Federation of Independent Business et al. vs. Sebelius, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and affirms the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) included in the ACA. Now, with this important Supreme Court decision regarding the ACA with it permanent reauthorization of the IHCIA, the Indian health care system can begin a new chapter in the delivery of quality health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives. NIHB will continue to fight to protect the ACA and the continuous improvement of health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives...

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$3.5 Million Available from OMH for Awards to National Minority-serving Organizations, American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages and Corporations

The announcement on www.grants.gov

$3.5 Million is available from OMH for partnerships to address: access to care; achieving health equity by addressing social determinants of health; youth violence (including gang violence); work force development; and data collection, analysis, and evaluation.

The purpose of the NUCA II Program is to demonstrate that partnerships between Federal agencies and national organizations can efficiently and effectively: (1) improve access to care for targeted racial and ethnic minority populations; (2) address social determinants of health to achieve health equity for targeted minority populations through projects of national significance; (3) reduce youth violence (including gang violence) among targeted minority populations; (4) increase the diversity of the health-related workforce; and (5) increase the knowledge base and enhance data availability for health disparities and health equity activities. Over the three-year project period, multiple relevant projects will be supported under each umbrella cooperative agreement.

The application due date is: July 26, 2012

Expanding the National Diabetes Prevention Program Network— New Funding Available 

Access the FOA and Application Package Online
Application deadline is Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 5:00pm, EST  

A new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) has been released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FOA is entitled PPHF 2012 - National Diabetes Prevention Program: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Among People at High Risk, Financed Solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds...

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June 26 at 2pm Eastern

FEMA invites Tribal leaders Of federally-recongnized TRIBES to discuss support for the stafford act change

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate invites the leader of each federally-recognized tribe to join him for a conference call to discuss proposed changes to the Stafford Act on June 26, 2012, at 2:00pm Eastern. He will provide an update on FEMA’s activities in support of legislation that would amend the Stafford Act to allow federally-recognized tribal governments to directly request an emergency or major disaster declaration from the President, as well as solicit feedback from the tribal leaders.

Date: June 26, 2012
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern)
Call In: 773-756-4626 (Domestic) | 800-369-1986 (Extended and Insular Areas)

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Getting Started with PHAB Accreditation Web Conference.
One of three Sponsored by NIHB & PHAB

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Toll Free Number:  1-888-537-7715

International Number:  1-334-323-9858

Participant Passcode:  97065966 #

Event Url:  Click here to view details of this event

Leader Email:  [email protected]

New EHS Spotlight Features:
Prevention of Tick-Borne Diseases; Draft Pool Code Module for Comment (Lifeguarding and Bather Supervision)

Prevention of Tick-Borne Diseases – Guest columnists Joseph Piesman and C. Ben Beard describe U.S. efforts to prevent tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Colorado tick fever.

They also announce the TickNET multistate trial to determine whether barrier acaricide sprays on residential properties are effective in decreasing the incidence of Lyme disease. This article is published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. 

Draft Lifeguarding and Bather Supervision Module for Public Comment – This draft Model Aquatic Health Code module is open for public comment through July 30, 2012.

The Lifeguarding and Bather Supervision Module is a first step toward improving the consistency in training, lifeguard management and supervision, lifeguard competency for guarded facilities, and proper bather supervision at unguarded facilities. The module contains requirements for unguarded and guarded aquatic facilities, general requirements for lifeguard training, and more.

Other EHS Spotlights: Environmental Health Specialists Network - Find out more about our work to identify and prevent environmental factors contributing to foodborne and waterborne illness outbreaks.   

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Practical Tips for Winning the NEW Community Transformation Grants for Pop. < 500K

Another $70 million in grants for the Community Transformation Grant Program were announced last week. Between 25 and 50 grants are expected to be awarded for amounts likely to average between $1 million to $3 million over 2 years. (Letters of Intent due by June 18 and applications are due on July 31.)



Funding Opportunity:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation.

Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nation’s growing health care costs associated with preventable chronic diseases...

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Funding Opportunity:
Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

This funding opportunity announcement provides Fiscal Year 2012 funds for the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program (THV). Funds will support 5-year demonstration grants (cooperative agreements) between ACF and Federally-recognized Indian Tribes (or a consortium of Indian Tribes), Tribal Organizations, or Urban Indian Organizations to conduct community needs assessments; develop the infrastructure needed for widespread planning, adopting, implementing, expanding, enhancing, and sustaining of evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs; and provide high-quality evidence-based home visiting services to pregnant women and families with young children aged birth to kindergarten entry.

For more information please Click Here

CDC’s Response to Federal Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

In January 2012, the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP)* recommended that CDC change its “blood lead level of concern,” which has been 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter. The recommendation was based on a growing number of scientific studies showing that even low blood lead levels can cause lifelong health effects. Today, CDC is officially announcing our agreement with that recommendation and the change in CDC policy...

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4 Upcoming Free Webinars:
Preventing the Spread of HIV in Native Communities.

NNAAPC, in partnership with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce 4 upcoming free webinars! The goal of these webinars is to provide participants with dynamic and innovative learning opportunities to prevent the spread of HIV in Native communities.

Providers, patients and community-members are encouraged to attend! Pre-registration is required and can be completed online. For any questions, please contact: Matt Ignacio at (720)382-2244 or [email protected]

  1. HIV Prevention and Social Media
    April 26th, 2012: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Mountain Time)
    Pre-Registration required. Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/oqvsfni54n34
  2. Ahalaya Case Management: Creating a Circle of Care for Native Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
    May 22nd, 2012: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Mountain Time)
    Pre-Registration required. Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/sod8gudlxqh
  3. Incorporating Traditional Medicine into HIV Prevention and Treatment
    June 21st, 2012: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Mountain Time)
    Pre-Registration required. Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/xwxysfvhzeht
  4. Culturally Appropriate Linkages to Care
    July 11th, 2012: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (Mountain Time)

Pre-Registration required. Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/i6cluq04xvv

Watch HBO's "The Weight of the Nation" Documentary

Viewers Without a Subscription Can Watch Episodes for Free on HBO Website and YouTube

HBO will premiere the first two episodes of its four-part documentary series on America’s obesity epidemic, called “The Weight of the Nation,” tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Parts 3 and 4 will air tomorrow beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The documentary is part of a public service campaign that encourages action at the personal, community, and national levels to prevent obesity. To raise awareness of the obesity epidemic and support action to reverse it, HBO is providing free online access to the entire documentary, as well as topic-specific segments, action steps, discussion guides, and other materials at http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/. The series also will be viewable on YouTube.

NIDDK Announces Travel Awards to AAIP's 41st Annual Meeting and Health Conference!

A limited number of travel awards will be offered to American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate students who may have an interest in biomedical research relating to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) mission areas, including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney and hematologic diseases. As a recipient of this award, students will receive paid travel expenses, lodging and per diem to the AAIP Annual Conference that will be held in Anchorage, Alaska July 31- August 5, 2012. Students will be required to attend a Workshop on NIDDK Research Training Opportunities while at the Annual Conference.

To apply for a travel award, students must submit an AAIP Primary Data Sheet, have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and have an interest in NIDDK scientific research areas. The deadline to submit an application is June 15, 2012 and the application must be received by the AAIP office on this date. Late applications will not be considered.

To download the Primary Data Sheet, please CLICK HERE 

For any questions or more information, please contact Jason McCarty at 405-946-7072 or e-mail [email protected].

Grant Opportunity:
Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity (R21)

Department of Health and Human Services - Full Grant Description

The goal of this initiative is to encourage exploratory/developmental clinical research that will accelerate the development of effective interventions for prevention or treatment of overweight or obesity in adults and/or children. The goal of this mechanism is to provide flexibility for initiating exploratory, short-term studies, thus allowing new ideas to be investigated in a more expeditious manner without stringent requirements for preliminary data. Such support is needed to encourage investigators to pursue new approaches, underdeveloped topics, or more creative avenues for research including new partnerships. Epidemiological research with a goal of informing translational/clinical research on prevention or treatment of obesity or overweight in adults and/or children is encouraged. The emphasis is thus on the development of exploratory clinical studies, pilot and feasibility studies, or small randomized clinical trials that will provide preliminary data for intervention and epidemiological studies that will inform translational/clinical research...


National Network of Public Health Institutes Call for Proposals: States Without an NNPHI Member

Public health institutes (PHIs) are nonprofits that improve the public's health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors.  PHIs address current and emerging health issues by providing expertise in areas such as: Fiscal/Administrative Management; Population-Based Health Program Delivery; Health Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation; Training and Technical Assistance; Research and Evaluation; Health Information Services; Health Communications and Social Marketing and Convening/Partnering. See NNPHI's membership categories for more information...

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Hunter Health Clinic Receives Federal Grant for New Facility

It's been a dream 15 years in the making, and soon it will be a reality.

Wichita's Hunter Health Clinic, which serves 30,000 low-income and uninsured patients each year, has unveiled plans for the construction of a new facility.

"This is a glorious day," said CEO Susette Schwartz, in announcing the clinic secured a $4.6 million grant from theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

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Roots of Health Inequity:
A Web-Based Course and Learning Collaborative

The National Association of County and City Health Officials launched Roots of Health Inequity, the first comprehensive web-based curriculum about the root causes of health inequity...

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Or visit site at www.rootsofhealthinequity.org

Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding under the Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program. The program furthers the Department’s efforts to assist tribal communities in planning and implementing comprehensive strategies to reduce and control crime associated with alcohol and other drug abuse; and in developing, implementing, and enhancing American Indian and Alaska Native tribal justice systems.

Deadline: May 31, 2012

For more information please visit

Mark Your Calendars! Join NCEH/ATSDR Director Dr. Chris Portier for a Twitter chat during National Environmental Education Week on Friday, April 20 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST!

Topic: "Your Health, Your Environment: Health Starts Where You Live"

We'll be discussing how the environment around you - especially the way your community is designed - can have an impact on your heatlh. Join the conversation by using the tag #CDCEarthDay in your messages!

What's a "Twitter chat" you ask?

Twitter chats are scheduled gatherings of people on Twitter to discuss anything that interests them, using a #hashtag to keep track of the conversation. The chats offer everything from blogging to art to agriculture to, yes, health! Twitter chats offer participants a great way to network and share knowledge. It's similar to a chat room in that it's topic-driven conversation happening in real time; it just happens to take place on Twitter.

Not using Twitter?

No problem. Just visit http://twitter.com and click on Sign Up. Then, be sure to "follow" Dr. Portier by searching for @CDC_DrCPortier or by clicking on http://twitter.com/CDC_DrCPortier.

Let’s Move! In Indian Country – Tell Us Your Stories

By Charlie Galbraith
Since coming into the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama has made the promotion of a healthier America one of her primary goals. Through her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady has dedicated her time to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. May of 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of Let’s Move! In Indian Country which brings together federal agencies, local communities, nonprofits, corporate partners, and tribes in order to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation.

We have seen significant progress, both from the various agencies and organizations working to combat childhood obesity, but also from individuals such as Brian “Bear” Bosto, who was recently recognized as a White House Let’s Move! Champion of Change. Bear manages the Brookston Center for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and helped start the “Lax-4-Life” Lacrosse Camp to teach the traditional Native American game of Lacrosse, while also instilling the tribe youth with the leadership and healthy living skills they need to grow up safe and strong.

We want to hear more stories like Bear’s about the positive contributions individuals and organizations are making to their tribes, nations, villages, Pueblos and communities. Please send us your stories, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

SAMHSA announces the launch of their new health insurance enrollment webpage


Whether you are looking for a place to find information about insurance coverage or are researching what other States are doing to improve enrollment processes, the SAMHSA health insurance enrollment webpage has launched to help connect you to that information. On the page you will find a number of resources including:
  • The opportunity to find coverage through healthcare.gov’s insurance finder;
  • Current health insurance options, such as Medicaid, CHIP and the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan;
  • Health insurance options available starting January 1, 2014, including expanded Medicaid eligibility and coverage through the Affordable Insurance Exchanges;
  • Information about priority populations, such as young adults and individuals who have difficulty sustaining health insurance coverage, both of which have disproportionally high behavioral health needs;
  • Provider specific information, such as webinars, fact sheets, and business operations resources; and
  • State specific information, such as State level behavioral health prevalence data, webinars, online eligibility applications, and information on SAMHSA specific projects like the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy - Health Reform Education program.

The SAMHSA enrollment webpage can be found at http://www.samhsa.gov/enrollment/index.aspx.

2005-2010 BRFSS Web-Enabled Analysis Tool Data Now Available

The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Branch in the Division of Behavior Surveillance, Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office (proposed) is pleased to announce the release of the 2005-2010 BRFSS data on WEAT.  WEAT is also introducing data by state for 2005-2010.

The online Web-Enabled Analysis Tool (WEAT) allows people to conduct analyses with the option of using several distinct variables from the BRFSS web site. Users can do logistic or cross-tabulation analyses using data for the entire nation or by state.    

The BRFSS is a unique, state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.  Information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access, primarily related to chronic disease and injury, is obtained from a representative sample of non-institutionalized adults, 18 years and older, in each state.  The BRFSS provides flexible, timely, and ongoing data collection that allows for state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons.  State-specific data, including racial-and ethnic-specific data from the BRFSS, provide a sound basis for developing and evaluating public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health risks.  The BRFSS is the largest telephone-based surveillance system in the world, with more than 430,000 interviews in 2010.  

The WEAT BRFSS data are located at

For more information, please contact Dr. Lina Balluz, at 404-498-0496 or [email protected]

Making the Connection: Linking Policies to Improve Public Safety with Preventing Childhood Obesity

Thursday, April 26, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

On Thursday, April 26, Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will host a webinar on successful strategies to address both public safety and childhood obesity.  

To register, please email Elizabeth Hinman by Wednesday, April 25, 2012.   Confirmation and log-in details will be sent to you upon registration.       

The webinar coincides with the release of Making the Connection: Linking Policies to Improve Public Safety with Preventing Childhood Obesity, to provide policymakers seeking to address public safety in their communities with policy options that can also contribute significantly to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.

Institute of Medicine Committee Calls for Increased National Focus on Prevention, Public Health

Report Recommends New Health Targets and Changes in How Public Health is Funded and Organized

Echoing widespread concern about the escalating cost of health care and the nation’s standing behind other countries in health outcomes, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) this week released a new report calling for significant reforms to refocus America’s health system toward prevention of the chronic diseases that are taking a toll on the nation’s health and economy.

The report, issued on April 10 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored IOM Committee on Public Health Strategies to Improve Health, says changes in how America invests in health will be critical for the nation to prevent illness and control costs at a level on par with other wealthy nations. The committee’s 10 recommendations include one that is focused on setting national targets for life expectancy, and another on establishing a basic array of programs and services that enable every health department to provide a standard level of health protection in the communities they serve.

The report, titled For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future, is the final in a series that is designed to provide guidance to public health leaders, policy-makers and other stakeholders to inform efforts to address the nation’s health challenges in the 21st century and beyond.


April 28, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”

“With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these three events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue,” said Leonhart.

For more information, including take-back locations please click here

International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV & AIDS.
Summer 2012 - Washington, DC

The International Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA) is pleased to announce the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV & AIDS taking place this summer in Washington, DC. This is an innovative exchange forum where Indigenous service providers, researchers, policy makers, community leaders, and Indigenous people living with HIV come together to share and learn. Unique and culturally appropriate wise practices in HIV & AIDS service will be explored with the aim to increase the visibility of HIV & AIDS in Indigenous communities across the globe.

The Pre-Conference immediately precedes the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), but is not officially connected to AIDS 2012.


The conference lasts from 8:00am - 5:00pm on both July 20th and 21st. The conference agenda includes plenary speakers, panel presentations, breakout workshops, and interactive, small group work. Workshops will be organized by the following four tracks:
  • Lived Experiences of Indigenous People Living with HIV or AIDS
  • Cultural and Wise Practices
  • Indigenous Policy and Advocacy
  • Research, Epidemiology, and Surveillance

For more information, or to register please click here

Indian Health Service Sexual Assault Response Team, Sexual Assault Examiner, and Clinical Skills for Sexual Assault Examiners Trainings

The Indian Health Service is excited to announce several training opportunities at the regional level. The IHS is inviting Tribal and Federal health care providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates for a two-day, sexual assault response team (SART) training. The IHS is inviting registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, certified nurse-midwives, physician assistants, medical doctors, and osteopathic doctors for a five-day, sexual assault examiner (SAE) training. The IHS is also inviting registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, certified nurse-midwives, physician assistants, medical doctors, and osteopathic doctors from Tribal and federal facilities who have completed the 40-hour, SAE didactic training to a two-day clinical skills training. During the clinical skills training, participants will have the opportunity to apply information and skills learned in the 40-hour didactic portion of sexual assault forensic examiner training. The SAE and Clinical skills trainings are for IHS and tribal facilities that offer 24/7 services. Planning is underway for the Alaska Region and dates and locations will be disseminated in the near future.

Download our flyer for more information on SART SAE trainings, dates, and locations. http://www.ihs.gov/Announcements/documents/SART-SAE-Clinical_Trainings.pdf

For more information on the logistics of the SART Trainings, contact:
Kristiana Huitron
Training and Resource Coordinator
(866) 599-9650 ext. 218
[email protected]

For information related to the topic, contact:
Beverly Cotton
IHS National SANE/SART Coordinator
(301) 443-4754
[email protected]

Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications for YouthBuild Grants

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL, or the Department), announces the availability of approximately $75 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions of the Workforce Investment Act [29 USC 2918a].

YouthBuild grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Under this solicitation, DOL will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities...

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Living a balanced life with Diabetes

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has created a new tool kit to help health care professionals reach out to their American Indian and Alaska Native patients with information to promote better diabetes self-care. The Living a Balanced Life with Diabetes tool kit features culturally appropriate resources to address the barriers to diabetes self-management that are pervasive in tribal communities...

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April 5, 2012: Today is National Alcohol Screening Day!

Is it time to start rethinking your drinking? Find out if alcohol is negatively affecting you health, relationships or career. Visit www.HowDoYouScore.org for a brief online alcohol assessment.

Second Nutrition Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition Released

On April 2nd, CDC released its Second Nutrition Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population. The report is part of a series of CDC publications that provide an ongoing assessment of the U.S. population’s nutrition status.

CDC’s Second Nutrition Report covers 58 biochemical indicators – measurements of specific substances in people’s blood and urine – and shows us what the actual levels of nutrition indicators are in the general population as well as in select groups such as children, women of childbearing age and minorities. The biochemical indicators studied include indicators such as vitamins A, D, and folate, trace elements such as iron and iodine, and nutrients such as saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences at the National Center for Environmental Health measured these indicators in blood and urine samples collected from participants in CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Data are presented for the years 1999-2006, with emphasis on data from 2003-2006 that is newly available since the first report, which was released in 2008.

The Second Nutrition Report provides:
  • Rates of nutrient deficiencies
  • Reference information for scientists and physicians to detect high or low nutrient levels in people
  • A look at nutrient levels over time to detect trends of health significance
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions to improve the nutrition status of the population
  • The nutrition status of specific populations for nutrient deficiencies

CDC’s Second Nutrition Report can be used by public health scientists and policy makers to assess rates of inadequate or excess intake in the U.S. population and population subgroups. The results from this report can help guide and expand future research. Furthermore, the Second Nutrition Report along with CDC’s first report gives nutritionists, clinicians and public health officials access to critical nutrition data.

You can access the report and additional resources at our web site at www.cdc.gov/nutritionreport/. There are additional web resources available related to the Second Nutrition Report, including a podcast posted at http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=8623372. We also have a web button (size 250x208) available (upon request) for online sharing if your organization is interested.

New Data Can Help Pave the Way to Reduce Burden

CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation is pleased to announce the upcoming release of 2009 county-level estimates of diagnosed diabetes, obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity in the United States. These data will be available on the Diabetes Data and Trends Web site http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/ on April 3, 2012, and add to the 2004–2008 county-level estimates already available on the Web site.

Also, for the first time, estimates of diagnosed diabetes will be available for the Puerto Rico municipios (county equivalents).

  • These data are important to help address the burden of diabetes and selected risk factors.
  • The county-level estimates help identify counties with high estimated numbers and percentages of people diagnosed with diabetes or at high-risk of diabetes.
  • County-level estimates diabetes and selected risk factors can be used to maximize use of existing resources for diabetes management and prevention efforts, including health policy.
  • Combined with other resources, these data can assist in the allocation of funds to help areas hardest hit with diabetes or at high-risk of diabetes. This focused attention may help reduce rates of complications caused by diabetes and obesity, such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, as well as specific complications of diabetes such as kidney disease, blindness, and lower-limb amputations.

For more information on diabetes prevention and control, please visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes

CDC's Second Nutrition Report 2012

Today, CDC released its Second Nutrition Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population. The report is part of a series of CDC publications that provide an ongoing assessment of the U.S. population's nutrition status.

CDC's Second Nutrition Report covers 58 biochemical indicators- measurements of specific substances in people's blood and urine- and shows us what the actual levels of nutrition indicators are in the general population.

CDC's Division of Laboratory Sciences at the National Center for Environmental Health measured these indicators in blood and urine samples collected from participants in CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The Second Nutrition Report provides:
  • Rates of nutrient deficiencies
  • Reference information for scientists and doctors to detect high or low nutrient levels in people
  • A look at nutrient levels over time to detect trends of health significance
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions to improve the nutrition  status of the population
  • The nutrition  status of specific populations for nutrient deficiencies

CDC's Second Nutrition Report along with CDC's first report gives nutritionists, clinicians, and public health officials access to critical nutrition data. The report can be used by public health scientists and policy makers to assess rates of inadequate or excess intake in the U.S. population and population subgroups. The results from this report can help guide and expand future research.

You can access the report and additional resources at our Web site (www.cdc.gov/nutritionreport).

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National Minority Health Month
Act Now in Your Community!!!


April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme, Health Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY!, is a call to action and unity for the regions, the state and local offices of minority health, the health departments and all the organizations and partners involved and invested in reducing health disparities. April 2012 marks the first anniversary of the launch of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity

National Public Health Week

“Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to that year’s theme. APHA creates comprehensive planning, organizing and outreach materials that can be used during and after the week to raise awareness.

But APHA cannot do it alone. The success of National Public Health Week lies with each and every organization and individual who takes up the cause of public health and seeks to improve health in their communities.

National Public Health Week is a time to unite around a critical public health issue and focus our collective energy on the singular goal of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives.”

More information:

DC Native Community Wellness and Wellbeing Spring Round Dance
Saturday, April 28

6:30 to 10:00 pm
Eastern Market North Hall
225 7th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

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Tribal substance abuse treatment facilities lead in offering community outreach services

A new report shows that 81 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities run by tribal governments provided outreach services to persons in the community who may need treatment. The report, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the level of outreach services provided by tribal substance abuse facilities was notably higher than the levels among other private and public-run facilities. Overall, 51 percent of all treatment substance facilities provided outreach services.  

The rest of the report can be found at:

Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC)

The First Lady’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) Initiative brings together federal agencies, communities, nonprofits, and corporate partners to support and advance the work that tribal leaders and community members are already doing to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native children.

March 2012 Articles:

Check your risk for getting type 2 diabetes
Diabetes Alert Day is March 27, 2012.  

Take a moment to learn your risk for type 2 diabetes and how you can prevent it.

CDC’s prediabetes screening quiz, which you can take by double clicking here, asks just seven questions that can predict whether you are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

If the CDC screening quiz shows you have a high risk for prediabetes, talk to your health care provider about getting tested and making changes to eat more healthfully and add more physical activity to your routine.

If you have prediabetes, CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program offers programs that can help you prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes. A list of program locations currently offered is posted here. Check back often as new programs are becoming available nationwide every week. The National Diabetes Education Program, a joint initiative of CDC and the National Institutes of Health, offers information on preventing type 2 diabetes with booklets that help you keep track of your meals and physical activity.

Here are other actions you can take:

  • Encourage family and friends to take the quiz. Send them a Prevent Diabetes Health-e-card.
  • Share Diabetes Alert Day social media messages from CDC’s Facebook page and @CDCgov Twitter channel.
  • Make the CDC Prediabetes Screening Quiz electronic widget available on your Web site. Information on adding the widget to a Web site is available at CDC’s widgets page.

For more information, read CDC’s Diabetes Alert Day web posting.

Additional resources:
CDC: Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation


Chemicals in Food & Consumer Products Linked to Obesity and Diabetes

A CHEM Trust (Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust) report released today highlights the dangers of our exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals in food and consumer products because of their links to obesity and diabetes. Studies published in recent years provide compelling evidence that human chemical contamination can play a part in both conditions...

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Addressing Historical Trauma: The Struggle of Native American Women Against HIV/AIDS

Native American women are experiencing growing rates of HIV and remain at-­risk with two important events taking place in March – National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 20 – the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) describes these risks as well as a culturally-­responsive intervention underway to help Native women reduce their risk of HIV infection...

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Nearly 35 Scholarships Available to Attend AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

June 24-26 | Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin | Orlando, FL

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 15

AcademyHealth is offering 34 scholarships for master's/doctoral students, fellows, and new researchers to attend the 2012 Annual Research Meeting (ARM), June 24-26 in Orlando. The ARM offers a variety of networking opportunities, skill-development sessions, workshops, and presentations on emerging health services research...

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Drexel University Program: Opening the Doors for Diverse Populations to Health Disparities Research

Drexel University School of Public Health announces paid ($4000) 10 week summer research opportunities for undergraduate students for health disparities research. Applications are accepted beginning February 24th from students who will be juniors or seniors by the time the program starts in June 2012.

More information can be found at:

Capacity Building Assistance to Improve Health in Tribal Populations

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide financial assistance to applicants serving tribal health departments (or their equivalents) so these organizations can provide Capacity Building Assistance, (CBA) to improve tribal health department quality, effectiveness, and efficiency in the delivery of public health services. Specifically, assistance will be provided in the following two Priority Areas: (1) capacity building assistance to prepare for public health department accreditation, and (2) capacity building assistance to implement model program and policy practices that address Winnable Battles that are culturally appropriate to AI/AN populations and address highest priority public health needs...Read More

Prevention Funding: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide financial assistance to applicants serving tribal health departments (or their equivalents) so these organizations can provide Capacity Building Assistance, (CBA) to improve tribal health department quality, effectiveness, and efficiency in the delivery of public health services. Specifically, assistance will be provided in the following two Priority Areas: (1) capacity building assistance to prepare for public health department accreditation, and (2) capacity building assistance to implement model program and policy practices that address Winnable Battles that are culturally appropriate to AI/AN populations and address highest priority public health needs...Read More

By Georges Benjamin

March 13 Webinar on Developing NIH Grant Applications for Funding Opportunities in Native American Populations

March 13 from 1-2 pm ET

This webinar is offered by the Native American Center for Excellence in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will disseminate and assist with developing grant applications in response to an important funding opportunity announcement entitled Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations (RO1) (PAR-11-346). The webinar will includes a 30-minute presentation and 30 minutes for Q and A. The presentation will expand on what is written in the Funding Opportunity Announcement and describe common weaknesses of NIH grant applications.

The target audience includes those interested in developing grant applications and in applying to the NIH for grant support to assess the efficacy and/or effectiveness of interventions for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. As these research efforts are partnerships between communities and research scholars, the target audience includes both.

To register: http://bit.ly/w5a71E

To view the funding announcement: http://1.usa.gov/zM1n2A

Building Capacity to Conduct Effective HIV, STD, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Call for Proposals: Evidence Based HIV, STD, and Teen Pregnancy Capacity Building Awards

Proposal Deadline: March 20th, 2012

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2012 Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Deadline for entries:
April 30, 2012

Winners receive college scholarships and an opportunity to participate in a Scholars Week in Washington, D.C.

Click here to view announcement (PDF)
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Cultural Competence: Strengthening the Clinicians Role in Delivering Quality HIV Care within Native American Transgender Communities

A LIVE WEBCAST PRESENTED BY: AETC-NMC at Howard University, College of Medicine

Thursday, March 8, 2012 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

  • To learn and understand Transgender terminologies
  • To identify Transgender issues and challenges to services
  • To understand the need for Transgender data and research inclusion
  • To understand risks and unique challenges for Native Transgenders
  • To discuss how to become and create Trans-friendly services and sites
  • PHYSICIANS: This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
  • NURSES: ANCC accepts credits awarded by the Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Please refer to http://www.nursecredentialing.org/RenewalApplicationForm.aspx (page 6) for more information on nursing credits.

Click Here to register

HHS Secretary Sebelius announces environmental justice strategy

Renews commitment to protect the health of every American

Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with other federal agencies, today released the Department’s 2012 Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan, outlining steps that will be taken to protect communities facing greater health and environmental risks. The strategies outlined in the implementation plans represent a significant step forward in the Administration’s commitment to integrating environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, and housing...Read More

Final Strategy (PDF)

Regional Training Awards -- HIV/AIDS Prevention

Deadline for applications:
April 9, 2012, 5:00 pm Mountain Time

Click here to download announcement (.doc)

Implications of Health Reform for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has important implications for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), including the expansion of Medicaid coverage to nearly 400,000 currently uninsured AI/AN individuals. This brief outlines ACA provisions that uniquely affect AI/AN populations and provides strategies to help states and other key stakeholders fully realize the potential of the ACA to improve the health and health care of AI/ANs...Read More (PDF)

Webinar: Two Current Funding Opportunities for Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (FY 2012 CTAS RFP and Drug Courts RFP)

Join us for a Webinar on March 2, 2012

For more information click here (PDF)

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement -- Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

The Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health and related training to undergraduate students from underrepresented populations defined by the federal government to encourage and support the pursuit of graduate degrees. MCHC/RISE-UP grant funding was awarded to Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is built on a model developed at Kennedy Krieger using a previous CDC RISE grant... Learn More

Find HHS Grant Opportunities for Tribes
Live Webinar Demonstration!

April 17, 2012, 2:00 to 4:00 EDT

Click here for invitation to the webinar.

Click here for webinar agenda.

Summer Research Training Institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals

June 11-June 28, 2012 in Portland, Oregon

Click here for More Information or to Register.

Click Here for Brochure.

Click here for Save the Date Flyer.

Celebrating the Two Year Anniversary of Let’s Move! and work in Indian Country

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Garden Harvest Event with children and members of the American Indian community, in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House, June 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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Smoke-Free Policies: Protecting Tribal Sovereignty and Community Health Brief - PDF

We are making available the policy brief entitled: Smoke-Free Policies: Protecting Tribal Sovereignty and Community Health...

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An Introduction to the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) and Evaluation

Increasing the number of well-trained health professionals working in underserved areas is a critical issue that has gained momentum as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions estimates a nationwide shortage of almost 100,000 physicians, as many as 1 million nurses and 250,000 public health professionals by 2020...

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The Public Health Associate Program

Your public health career starts here!

As a Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) associate, you are a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee assigned to work alongside state and local public health agency staff. The work you perform will help advance your career while having a significant impact on the community you serve. Upon completion of a two-year appointment, associates are qualified to compete for entry-level career positions at CDC and equivalent positions in public health organizations at the state, tribal, local, and territorial levels... Read More (PDF)

Brutal Crimes Grip an Indian Reservation

WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, Wyo. — At a boys’ basketball game here last month, Wyoming Indian High School, a perennial state power, was trading baskets with a local rival. The players, long-limbed and athletic, are among the area’s undisputed stars, and their games one of its few diversions. On this night, more than 2,500 cheering, stomping people came to watch...Read More

AAMC Social Determinants Flash Video

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April 17-19, Lexington, KY

Keynote speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine, American Hospital Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Public Health Accreditation Board will provide insight on how their work affects the public health system.
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Announcing the Eagle Books Toolkit!

Greetings from the CDC’s Native Diabetes Wellness Program! You are receiving this email because you attended an Eagle Books event or visited our booth at a conference and asked us to let you know when the Eagle Books Toolkit became available. We’re delighted to announce that the toolkit is now online. It contains information, ideas, downloads, and how-to instructions - just about everything you need to hold a community health fair, school assembly, or another wellness event. On the site you’ll also find lots of Eagle Books materials and activities for parents and teachers.

Here is a direct link to the Eagle Books Toolkit.

The Eagle Books are inspired by the wisdom of traditional ways of health in tribal communities, the Eagle Books feature a colorful cast of animal characters and young friends who explore the benefits of being physically active, eating healthy foods, and seeking the wisdom of elders regarding healthy living. They were produced by CDC’s Native Diabetes Wellness Program of the Division of Diabetes Translation to broaden type-2 diabetes awareness and prevention.

Visit us at http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/eagle/index.html to find out more about Eagle Books.

February 2012 is American Heart Month

This February, HHS celebrates activities focused around heart health.

New EHS Spotlight Features: Summer 2012 Internship with EHS:
Deadline 2/15/2012

Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) - SUPEH is a 10-week summer environmental internship for students majoring in EH. Interns gain EH experience and an understanding of EH work at the local, state, regional, tribal, and federal levels. Applications for summer 2012 due by February 15, 2012.

Other EHS Spotlights
EH Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – Find out how graduates have applied what they learned.
Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Updates – Provide comment on the Public Regulatory Program Administration module by February 5, 2012.

Opportunity to apply for participation in an April 2012 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale (BRSS) Policy Academy and to receive a contract subaward under SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) initiative.

The purpose of the BRSS Policy Academy and contract subaward is to assist State, Territory, and Tribal Governments in designing and implementing strategic behavioral health policies, practices, financing mechanisms, and infrastructure improvements to promote the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems.

More Information (DOC download)   |  Invitation (PDF)

January 17, 2012 -

Webcast of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds, entitled The Science Base for Prevention of Injury and Violence
TODAY at 1pm EST with an archived video being made available by January 21.

January 10, 2012 -

Healthy Weight Collaborative Call for Applications -
Deadline 1/27

January 6, 2012 -

Summer Internship Opportunity:
Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement -- Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

December 14, 2011 -

American Public Health Association Policy Contest

December 13, 2011 -

Accreditation Funding Opportunity

December 5, 2011 -

CDC Environmental Health Services Spotlight
Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox; Summer Internship with EHS; EHTER Stories from the Field; Drought Guidance for PH Professionals; MAHC Updates

November 17, 2011 -

It's World Prematurity Day

November 17, 2011 -

Great American Smokeout Day!

November 1, 2011 -

CDC- VITAL SIGNS Town Hall Meeting

October 25, 2011 -

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide

October 21, 2011 -

Study: Living in Poor Neighborhood Can Hurt Health

October 20, 2011 -

Native Youth Track Report

October 19, 2011 -

World Prematurity Day - November 17

October 17, 2011 -

Red Ribbon Week - October 22-30

October 17, 2011 -

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 17, 2011 -

Alaska Area Action Summit for Suicide Prevention - October 25-27

October 17, 2011 -

National Drug Facts Week - Oct 29-Nov 6

October 14, 2011 -

Alaska Careline Provides Crisis Intervention for Individuals Considering Suicide

August 23, 2011 -

Tribal Leader Childhood Obesity Event Scholarship Opportunity
Deadline August 26!

August 5, 2011 -

Is breastfeeding associated with a reduced risk of pediatric overweight?

July 25, 2011 -

World Breastfeeding is August 1-7, 2011! See www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org for information and exciting news!

July 20, 2011 -

First Lady, Michele Obama, requests presence of NIHB for an announcement in support of access to healthy food!

July 15, 2011 -

President Obama announces a Native youth challenge

July 7, 2011 -

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011

July 5, 2011 -

Tribal PREP Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Available NOW!!!

June 23, 2011 -

IOM Issues Recommendations for Preventing Obesity in Early Childhood

June 22, 2011 -

NIHB Funding Opportunity Announcement

April 11, 2011 -

Additional $34.2 Million for Public Health Improvement Programs
through Affordable Care Act

April 6, 2011 -

National Public Health Week 2011

January 7, 2009 -

National Influenza Vaccination Week

DECEMBER 18, 2009 -

CDC Announces 2 yr. Field Assignments of Prevention Specialists

NOVEMBER 19, 2009 -

Open Comment Period: Healthy People 2020 DRAFT Objectives

NOVEMBER 18, 2009 -

The CDC and the HIS urge Native American Parents to Protect Preteens with Recommended Vaccines

NOVEMBER 3, 2009 -

Revised Deadline: for Letter of Intent for ARRA Funding Opportunity

Periodically there is information given to NIHB by federal agencies and other health entities regarding health programming or issues effecting American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

NIHB has created health alerts to share information that may immediately impact communities. One example is when NIHB sent out information about recent H1N1 tribal briefing calls for tribal leaders that provided valuable updates and outreach to tribal communities.

Below are recent NIHB Health Alerts that have been issued. To sign up to receive new health alerts please click here.

Please feel free to share the information contained in these alerts on a broad basis. For more information contact: Blake Harper via email at [email protected] or via phone at 202-507-4081.