Washington Report

An NIHB Publication

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

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Health Reporter

An NIHB Publication

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

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Funding & Opportunities

NIHB Funding Opportunities Table

View all of the current funding opportunities offered by NIHB

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Posted: November 19, 2020

Open Forum for Quality Improvement Scholarship Application

Applications due Monday, November 23, 2020

The Open Forum for Quality Improvement (QI) and Innovation has continuously been an instrumental tool for many QI professionals and their careers. To ensure that the Open Forum continues to be equitable and support the Community of Practice for Public Health Improvement and Innovation (COPPHII), the National Network of Public Health Institutes will be offering full and partial scholarships. Apply for the scholarship here and learn more about the Open Forum here.

Posted: November 19, 2020

FEMA Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on the Updated "Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101"

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking feedback on the updated Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans. CPG 101 provides guidelines on developing emergency operations plans and promotes a common understanding of the fundamentals of community-based, risk-informed planning and decision making. These guidelines will help planners examine a threat or hazard and produce integrated, coordinated and synchronized plans. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to discuss changes to the updated CPG 101 and gather feedback from whole community partners. To review the document, download the comment form, and learn more about the webinar sessions, please visit the FEMA website.

Posted: November 19, 2020

USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program

Applications due Sunday, January 31, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1994 Tribal Scholars Program was established in 2008 in partnership between USDA and 1994 institutions and Tribally controlled colleges and universities with land-grant status. The program provides full tuition, fees, books, and a summer internship to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition. Read more here.

Posted: November 11, 2020

Request for Comments: Enhancing Linkage of STI and HIV Surveillance Data in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Evaluation

Comments due by Friday, November 27, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for "Enhancing Linkage of Sexually Transmitted Infection and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Surveillance Data in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Evaluation." HRSA is requesting public comments and review on the evaluation and how to improve linkage and re-engagement in care and health outcomes for people with HIV in the program. Read more here.

Posted: November 11, 2020

NPAIHB and Indian Country ECHO Partnership Application

Applications due by Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) is seeking to expand the number of Indigenous-led organizations implementing Indian Country Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHOs) on a variety of subjects. Funding will be provided in the form of up to 5 mini-grants ($100,000/year) to assist in the planning and implementation of additional ECHOs. For questions, contact [email protected].

Read more here.

Posted: November 11, 2020

GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant

Applications due by Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM MT

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting grant proposals through the GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant. First Nations will award up to 13 grants of approximately $32,000 each for work that contributes to a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. A Q&A webinar session is available for applicants to learn more about the Request for Proposal process and eligibility criteria below. Read more here.

Posted: November 11, 2020

National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP)

Applications due Friday, January 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch is providing funding and partnering with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) through the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEHPIP) to support 20 environmental health student internships during summer 2021. Selected college students from environmental health programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) will receive a base stipend of $6,000 for undergradaute and $8,000 for graduate students to complete the 10-week internship.

Read more here.

Posted: November 5, 2020

Call for Proposals: Indigenous Systems: Revitalizing Inherent Alignment

Deadline for Submission: Friday, November 13 by 5:00 PM PT

Seven Directions, a Center for Indigenous Public Health, in partnership with Red Star International, Inc., has released a Call for Proposals for the Indigenous Systems: Revitalizing Inherent Alignment Project. This project is a practice-based study of how health care delivery, public health, and social services systems work together to achieve mutually shared goals and desired impact.

As a partner and grantee, selected Tribes will:

  1. Receive a $20,000 grant to implement a cross-sector alignment project
  2. Receive capacity building assistance
  3. Evaluate the Theory of Change framework and its relevance in the Tribal setting.

Read more here.

Posted: November 5, 2020

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Applications due Monday, November 16, 2020

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (“Network Planning Grants”). The purpose of the Network Planning Grants Program is to promote the development of integrated health care networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Read more here.

Posted: November 5, 2020

Apply Your Doctoral Research to Build Healthier Communities with Health Policy Research Scholars

Applications due Wednesday, March 17, 2021

This Robert Woods Johnson Foundation program is a leadership opportunity is for doctoral students from historically marginalized backgrounds across a wide range of disciplines—from economics to education—who want to apply their research to inform and influence policy in ways that advance health equity. Read more here.

Posted: October 29, 2020

IHS Loan Repayment Program for Health Professional Education Loans

First award cycle deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021

On October 13, the Indian Health Service (IHS) released an initial notice of their Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans. Criteria for individuals to apply include the completion of a fulltime clinical service, be an enrolled member of a Tribe, have a degree in a health profession and license to practice in a state, be eligible for selection for service in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, and be employed in an Indian health program without service obligation. The loan can be used for both undergraduate and graduate levels. Read more here.

Posted: October 22, 2020

Public Health Accreditation Board Seeks Members for Tribal Workgroup

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), in partnership with the National Indian Health Board, is seeking members to inform the development of the next iteration of the PHAB Standards and Measures, Version 2.0. The workgroup will meet several times in November, 2020. If you have knowledge and experience with the PHAB Standards and Measures v1.5 and are interested in participating in this workgroup, contact Sarah Price, [email protected], or 202-507-4078.

Posted: October 22, 2020

IHS Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project

Applications due by Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The purpose of this Indian Health Service (IHS) grant is to address the opioid crisis in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities by developing and expanding community education and awareness of prevention, treatment and/or recovery activities for opioid misuse and opioid use disorder. The intent is to increase knowledge and use of culturally appropriate interventions and to encourage an increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Approximately 33 awards will be issued for a 3-year project period, with awards of up to $500,000 per year. Read more here.

Posted: October 8, 2020

America Walks Annual Grant Series

Applications due Monday, November 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

America Walks and Active People, Healthy Nation have recently announced another round of their popular Community Change Grant program. This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.

America Walks and partners are seeking to fund projects that:

  • Increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community;
  • Work to cross engage people and organizations newer to the efforts of; walking and moving and walkability;
  • Demonstrate a culture of antiracism and inclusive health and design;
  • Support and cultivate connected, active and deeply engaged communities.

Read more and apply here.

Posted: October 8, 2020

FEMA AFG-COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) Round 2 Application Period

Applications due Friday, November 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing a second opportunity for volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for funding under the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – COVID 19 Supplemental (AFG-S). Through this AFG-S Round 2 funding opportunity, FEMA will directly award funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to support coronavirus (COVID-19) response. This includes reimbursement for applicable PPE expenditures made since January 1, 2020. Grants will be awarded, using a competitive process. Federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations are eligible. FEMA will be hosting serval webinars to assist with applications. Read more here.

Posted: September 17, 2020

NIHB Tribal Infection Control Advisory Committee

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is forming an advisory committee to help inform and guide our new Tribal Infection Control (TIC) project, formally titled Project Firstline: Tribal Infection Prevent and Control Capacity Building Program. The project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the purpose of the project is to provide infection prevention and control (IPC) training and technical assistance to Tribal Health Officials and Tribal Health Systems. The project will include developing and implementing a training program for Tribal health professionals as well as developing a mentorship program between infection control professionals and Tribal health officials. The advisory committee will assist with reviewing and advising on program materials and provide advisory for developing and implementing the TIC projects. NIHB invites those interested in becoming a member of the advisory committee to please contact Carmen Sanders at [email protected] for more information and an application.

Posted: September 17, 2020

HRSA Tribal Consultation Scheduled During NIHB Virtual Conference - October 13, 2020

The National Indian Health Board is offering a platform during its upcoming virtual conference for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to host its annual Tribal Consultation. The HRSA consultation, which is in support of the agency's ongoing commitment to partner with Tribes, is free and open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET. Tribals official may submit written comments to [email protected] by September 28, 2020.

Read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter.

To participate in this HRSA Tribal Consultation, please dial in at least 10 minutes before the appointed time to:
Conference number: 800-779-7169; Participant passcode: 6122629
Adobe Connect: https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/atcmeeting/

Posted: September 17, 2020

NCUIH Project Firstline Fellowship

The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to provide Native American students with the opportunity to increase the work being done in urban Native public health. Project Firstline is a national partnership of nonprofit organizations and academic institutions that aims to provide infection prevention and control training to more than 6 million healthcare personnel in the United States, including Urban Indian Organization (UIO) health care workers. Training content will include foundational information on infection control to protect the nation from infectious disease threats, such as COVID-19. As part of the project NCUIH is offering a fellowship for graduate and undergraduate students. Read more here.

Posted: September 17, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $40 Million to Address Rural Healthcare Workforce Shortages

Application due Friday, November 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET

On September 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $40 million in funding for the Rural Healthcare Grant Program to address rural healthcare workforce shortages in communities across the country. American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal governments and AI/AN program entities are eligible to apply. Read the full announcement here and apply here.

Posted: September 10, 2020

Nominate a Tribal Official to New HRSA Tribal Advisory Council - Deadline is September 30, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has extended the nomination deadline for a seat on the newly established Tribal Advisory Council. Tribes and Tribal organizations now have until September 30, 2020 to nominate qualified Tribal officials, particularly from the areas of Alaska, Albuquerque, Billings, Navajo, Phoenix, and Tucson.

View the Dear Tribal Leader Letter

View the Federal Register Notice

For questions, please contact Dr. Elijah K. Martin, Jr., Tribal Health Affairs, HRSA Office of Health Equity at [email protected].

Posted: September 8, 2020

National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health

Applications due Friday, October 2, 2020

The Center for Health Leadership and Practice is currently seeking applications from multi-sector teams across the U.S. for the 10th National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) cohort for the 2021 program year. Since 2012, NLAPH has brought together leaders from diverse sectors including health, housing, education, transportation, and law enforcement to build their own capacity in order to transform their communities, improve health, and advance equity.

With NLAPH, groups will develop high-performing teamwork and communication skills while working on an issue that is already a priority in the community through an applied health leadership project. Learning opportunities throughout the year include an engaging leadership retreat, web-based discussions, coaching support from national experts, and peer networking. Read more here.

Posted: September 3, 2020

University of Minnesota American Indian Scholarship for Administrative Students

The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health has recently announced a new scholarship as part of its Public Health Administration American Indian Scholarship program. The University of Minnesota is built on native land and paid for by land grants. In recognition of these twinned needs and wrongs, effective in Fall Semester 2020, the Public Health Administration and Policy (PHAP) MPH program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health will provide a full tuition scholarship (up to 44 credits) for American Indians who meet the program’s regular requirements for admission and the established University of Minnesota-Morris’s definition of American Indian.Read more here. Read more here.

Posted: September 3, 2020

NACCHO's 10th Cohort of the Retail Food Program Standards Mentorship Program

Applications due October 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is inviting all state, local, Tribal, and territorial retail food regulatory programs to submit applications to participate in a mentorship program with their peers to learn, share experiences, and acquire tools and resources related to the FDA's Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). This program matches practitioners experienced in applying the Retail Program Standards with those enrolled and looking for assistance. Read more here.

Posted: August 28, 2020

Funding Opportunity: Supporting Tribes to Increase Commercial Tobacco Cessation

Applications due Friday, August 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

 The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce Supporting Tribes to Increase Commercial Tobacco Cessation, a funding opportunity for Tribal governments, Tribal health departments, and Tribal health care facilities/health systems seeking to implement projects to increase commercial tobacco cessation, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) cessation and 'quit smoking' attempts by promoting evidence-based services and activities, and/or adapting evidence-based health systems changes. Read more here.

Posted: August 28, 2020

FCC 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Window

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications Now due Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a greater need for high-speed internet connections as communities turn to telemedicine. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Window is unique opportunity for Tribes in rural areas to directly access unassigned spectrum over their Tribal lands, subject to buildout requirements. Read more here.

Posted: August 28, 2020

Request for Applications Maternal Telehealth Access

Applications due Monday, September 14, 2020 by 5:00 PM ET

The Maternal Health Learning & Innovation Center is offering a new funding opportunity called Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Maternal Health Services. The goal is to ensure women at higher risk receive quality maternal care services before, during, or after pregnancy via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply here.

Posted: August 27, 2020

NHSA Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health

In 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) a cooperative agreement for a five-year project to support the development and implementation of non-hospital postpartum maternal safety bundles within community-based organization and outpatient clinical settings across the United States within communities that experience high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality.

The NHSA is currently looking to partner with local providers and organizations providing postpartum maternal care and services to Native American women to work collaboratively as Local Maternal Safety Workgroups, implement safety bundles, and measure improvement with the goal of improving maternal health outcomes. Read more here and here.

Posted: August 27, 2020

Funding Opportunity: Tribal School Readiness
Applications due by Friday, August 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity titled Tribal School Readiness. With funding from the Indian Health Service, NIHB is offering a funding opportunity for Tribes and Tribal Organizations seeking to strengthen school preparation and readiness for safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to fulfill immediate Tribal school readiness needs related to COVID-19. Read more here.

Posted: August 27, 2020

RWJF 2021 Culture of Health Prize
Applications due Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has issued a call for applications for the 2021 Culture of Health Prize. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. Read more here.

Posted: August 24, 2020

Proposal for Drug-Free Communities Project Evaluator

Proposals must be received no later than August 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Taos Pueblo is requesting proposals for an experienced Public Health Evaluator to serve as the Drug-Free Communities grant to support the Taos Pueblo Awareness Coalition Team (TPACT) project and the associated projects in data collection, analysis, and reporting data related to drug and alcohol substance abuse/misuse.

Read more here

Posted: August 6, 2020

State/Tribal/Territorial Partnership Initiative to Document and Sustain Disparity-Reducing Interventions

Applications due August 26, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the following funding opportunity The State/Tribal/Territorial Partnership Initiative to Document and Sustain Disparity-Reducing Interventions. OMH intends projects funded under this initiative to help build the capacity of Tribal, state, and territorial governmental health agencies to achieve two main goals: (1) test modifications to existing public health programs or practices (interventions) to assess if the modified interventions are successful in significantly improving health outcomes for selected health issues; and (2) develop effective plan(s) to sustain successful interventions after the award period. Projects are expected to address two health issues, one from each of the following two lists: (1) HIV, maternal mortality and morbidity, physical activity, or substance use disorder; and (2) nutrition, sickle cell disease and trait, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, lupus, or cancer prevention (i.e., addressing risk factor(s) specifically for stomach, liver, or cervical cancer).

Read more here.