FYI: Weekly Health Resources for November 6, 2019

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November 6, 2019

Native American Heritage Month 2019

As part of the OMH observance of Native American Heritage Month, this special issue of the FYI is devoted to activities and resources related to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

In This Issue:

FYI Spotlight

Native American Heritage Month Twitter Chat. November 13, 3-4 pm ET. #NativeHealthChat
  • Join the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the HHS Indian Health Service (IHS) for a Twitter chat in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. The chat will focus on maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle and sharing resources to help the Native American community. Use hashtag #NativeHealthChat to join.
    November 13, 3:00 pm ET. Learn more


Federal Grants

  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Research grant. Collaborative Minority Health and Health Disparities Research with Tribal Epidemiology Centers (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). Specific areas of interest include health disparities, tobacco use as it pertains to cancer outcomes, alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder and environmental health. Deadline is December 4. Learn more.

  • HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. 
    Deadline is December 10. Learn more.

  • HHS/NIH, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): Research grant. Strategies to Provide Culturally Tailored Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Seriously Ill American Indian and Alaska Native Individuals (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). 
    Deadline is February 5, 2020. Learn more.

  • HHS/NIH: Research grant. Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). Supports culturally appropriate research on chronic disease, substance abuse, mental health, HIV infection and environmental health among AI/ANs.
    Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is April 14, 2020. Learn more

Non-Federal Grants

  • National Indian Health Board (NIHB)Climate Ready Tribes Initiative Mini-Award for Climate and Health Communication. This opportunity is designed to fund up to three AI/AN Tribes to conduct low-cost, local work related to Tribal climate health.
    Deadline is November 8Learn more.

  • Native Americans in Philanthropy and The Minneapolis Fund: #GenIndigenous Response Fund. Supports organizations that work with AI/AN youth in areas such as resiliency in the face of trauma, environmental health and social determinants of health. 
    Deadline is November 11. Learn more

  • NIHB: Supporting Tribes to Increase Commercial Tobacco Cessation. Provides support and technical assistance to Tribes for projects that implement strategies to increase quitting and quit attempts of commercial tobacco among AI/ANs. 
    Deadline is November 12. Learn more

  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) and NIHB2020 Cross-jurisdictional Systems Improvement Partnership Technical Assistance Opportunity. This opportunity requires a shared commitment from at least one Tribal, one local and one state health department to collaborate on a joint public health systems improvement project.
    Deadline for LOI is December 6. Learn more

Scholarships / Fellowships

  • Washington Student Achievement CouncilAmerican Indian Endowed Scholarship. Provides financial assistance to low-income Washington State students who have close social and cultural ties to an American Indian Tribe or community within the state.
    Application period is December to February 1, 2020Learn more.

  • HHS/Indian Health Service (IHS)IHS Scholarship Program. This program offers three scholarships for undergraduate and graduate AI/AN students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Tribal health programs.
    Application period opens in December. Learn more

  • American Indian College Fund: Full Circle Scholarship. Provides financial assistance to AI/AN students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tribal colleges/universities or nonprofit schools. 
    Application period is January 1 to May 31, 2020. Learn more

Loan Repayment

Webinars and Other Events


  • HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Prevention Information Network: Tribal Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance: Using Data to Drive Policies and Programs. Representatives from the Navajo Nation, Cherokee Nation and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will describe how they were able to successfully engage schools and communities to administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and then use the data for action.  
    November 19, 1:00 pm ET. Register


  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Registration is open for the Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management (ATCEM). Conference discussions will focus on finding and implementing solutions to address the unique environmental health concerns facing Alaskan communities.
    November 19-22 in Anchorage, Alaska. Register.

  • NIHB: Call for proposals for the 11th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit. Conference topics include disease prevention, public health policy, substance misuse and behavioral health, environmental health and traditional AI/AN public health practice. 
    March 17-19, 2020 in Omaha, Neb. Register.
    Deadline for proposals is December 15. Learn more.

  • Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and 7th Generation: Call for abstracts for the Tribal Public Health Conference 2020, Reclaiming Healthy Narratives in Indian Country.
    April 14-16, 2020 in Durant, Okla. Register
    Deadline for abstracts is December 9. Learn more.

Tribal Public Health Conference 2020
  • National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA): Call for proposals for the 2020 American Indian Elders Conference, Resilience for Tomorrow... Together. Conference topics include elder health education and promotion, caregiver support and AI/AN elder health policy. 
    August 17-20, 2020 in Reno, Nev. Learn more.
    Deadline for proposals is February 1, 2020Learn more.


  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center/Zero Suicide Institute: Toolkit. Best and Promising Practices for the Implementation of Zero Suicide in Indian Country. This toolkit provides culturally sensitive recommendations on how the Zero Suicide framework can be used in Indigenous-serving systems that are Tribally or IHS owned and managed. Learn more.

  • NIHB: Toolkit. Health Systems Improvement Toolkit: A Guide to Cancer Screenings in Indian Country. Through support and partnership with the CDC, NIHB has designed a tool for Tribal health systems interested in increasing high-quality, population-based breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings. Learn more | Download the full toolkit (PDF).
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB): Consumer materials. Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health. Materials include rack cards and pamphlets with messages for Two Spirit/LGBTQ individuals, health care providers and allies. NPAIHB has also developed the Celebrating Our Magic Toolkit, a culturally-specific resource for transgender and Two-Spirit youth, their relatives and their healthcare providers. Learn more.
We stand together. LGBTQ. Two Spirit. Native. We are the best advocates for our health.


  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Rural Development Innovation Center: Report. Collaborating for Prosperity with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Rural Development Programs for Tribes, Tribal Families, Children, and Communities. This report provides detailed information on USDA Rural Development programs in the following categories: Individual and family vitality, community collaborations, economic prosperity, infrastructure and special initiatives. Learn moreDownload the full report (PDF).

  • Georgetown University Center for Children and Families: Report. Promoting Health Coverage of American Indian and Alaska Native Children. This report presents key findings on the performance of Medicaid and CHIP, and the accessibility to culturally competent care and health insurance for AI/AN children. Learn more | Download the full report (PDF). 

  • Candid and Native Americans in Philanthropy: Report. Investing in Native Communities: Philanthropic Funding for Native American Communities and Causes. The purpose of this report is to shine a spotlight on philanthropy for Native communities and to inspire more foundations to partner with Native-led organizations. Learn moreDownload the full report (PDF).

Opportunities for Public Comments

  • HHS/IHS: Call for comments from Tribal leaders on the funding distribution for fiscal year 2021 and other issues relating to the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. Written comments may be sent to
    Deadline is December 2.

Clinical Trials

  • Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Behavioral study. Connecting Alaska Native People to Quit Smoking (CAN Quit). Researchers seek Alaska Native volunteers age 19 years or older who smoke at least one cigarette per day over a seven day period. Study to be conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Learn more.

  • The University of Colorado, Denver, in collaboration with the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): Behavioral study. Reducing Diabetes Risk Factors in American Indian Children: Tribal Turning Point (TTP). Researchers seek American Indian volunteers age 7-10 years old with a BMI >=85th percentile for their age and sex and who have at least one parent/primary caregiver willing to actively participate. Study to be conducted at the Childrens Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo. Learn more.

Workforce Development

Health Professionals

@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading

The Knowledge Center recommends the report NIH Strategic Plan for Tribal Health Research: FY 2019–2023. Published by the National Institutes of Health Tribal Health Research Office, this first strategic plan summarizes the mission of the office along with strategic goals to facilitate further research and collaboration between American Indians and Alaska Native communities and the NIH.

To view this title or request additional information, search the online catalog.

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