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Washington Report: Issue 19-01

January 3, 2019

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IHS All Tribal & Urban Indian Organization Leaders Call

January 3, 2019

3:30–4:30 PM EST

Call in number: 800-857-5577

Code: 6703929



116th Congress Sworn Into Office
January 3, 2019

Washington, DC



MMPC Monthly Call

January 8, 2018

2:00-4:00pm ET

Call in: 1-866-866-2244

Tribal Technical Advisory Group
January 9, 2018
2:30 PM-4:00 pm ET
Call in: 1-877-267-1577
Code: 993 205 820#



Tribal Self Governance Advisory Committee Meeting

January 22 – 23, 2019

Washington, DC



Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

February 12 – 13, 2019

Arlington, VA



 FY 2021 National Budget Formulation Work Session
February 14 – 15, 2019

Crystal City, VA



Diabetes in Indian Country 2019 Conference

August 6 – 9, 2019

Oklahoma City, OK


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Happy New Year from NIHB!

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) would like to wish you a Happy New Year! As we look back on our accomplishments over the past year, it is clear that Indian Country is in a strong position to continue fighting for what was promised us long ago. Congress has enacted several laws aimed at improving health in Tribal communities and fulfilling the federal government’s trust responsibility to provide health to Tribes. In 2018, Congress enacted:

None of these things would have happened without continued Tribal involvement and advocacy. In 2019, NIHB will continue working on these and other issues, including:

  • Long term renewal and a funding increase for SDPI
  • Improving Medicaid’s ability to fund quality health care in Indian Country
  • Budgetary reforms for the Indian Health Service to ensure adequate funding
  • Increased funding for public health programs making a difference in Tribal communities

For 2019 to be a bright year for Indian Country’s health, we must continue the work of advocating for the Tribes again and again to Congress and the Administration. To help NIHB in our advocacy work, please help build NIHB’s Legislative and Policy Agenda for 2019! See the article below on how to submit your Tribe’s priorities!

In This Issue:



Happy New Year from NIHB!



Please Join Us in Creating National Indian Health Board’s 2019 Legislative & Policy Agenda!

NIHB Health Policy Fellowship Applications Are OPEN!

Tribal Public Health Summit and Behavioral Health Conference Calls for Proposals Now Open!



Shutdown Continues into Second Week, Tribes Feeling Impact

New Congress Sworn In, Pelosi Elevated to Speaker



HHS Task Force Releases a Draft Report on Pain Management Best-Practices

SAMHSA Reiterates Requests that States Work with Tribes on Substance Use Issues



TODAY January 3: IHS All Tribal & Urban Indian Organization Leaders Call

January 8: MMPC Monthly Meeting

January 9: Tribal Technical Advisory Group

January 10: Tribal Dental Therapy Advocates Call

February 14-15: FY 2021 National Budget Formulation Work Session

February 26-27: 12th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Summit



SAMHSA Funding Opportunities

CDC Funding Opportunities

HRSA Funding Opportunity: 2019 Health Center Controlled Networks

OMH Funding Opportunity: AI/AN Public Health Workforce

Resources Available to Tribes on Health Issues

Please Join Us in Creating the National Indian Health Board’s 2019 Legislative & Policy Agenda!

Every year, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) engages with Tribes and Tribal leaders to examine the political landscape to set forth an agenda that focuses on key priorities and topical areas that will require targeted efforts and concerted energy to advance throughout the year. This Legislative and Policy Agenda lays the path for NIHB’s work each year.

During meetings with Congress and the Administration, NIHB uses this agenda to advocate, with a unified voice, for the top priorities of the Tribes when it comes to health. The document allows NIHB to not only elevate the most important issues of the Tribes, but also track progress for Indian Health policy.


Some of the major successes from the 2018 Legislative and Policy Agenda include:

  • $50 million Tribal Set-aside for opioid grants in both FYs 2018 and 2019
  • 5% Tribal set-aside for opioid funding in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271)
  • Continued increased funding for the Indian Health Service
  • $5 million increase for the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program in FY 2019
  • $10 million increase for Tribal Behavioral Health Grants in FY 2019
  • 2 year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Click here to view the full 2018 Legislative and Policy Agenda.


In the first quarter of next year, NIHB’s Board of Directors will develop the 2019 Legislative and Policy Agenda based on feedback from Indian Country. We urge you to submit your policy priorities for the Board’s consideration either to your regional board member or Member Organization or NIHB staff.


If you would like to submit recommendations directly to NIHB staff, please send your recommendations to Caitrin McCarron Shuy, NIHB Director of Congressional Relations at cshuy@nihb.org by January 4, 2019.

NIHB Health Policy Fellowship Applications Are OPEN!

Growing the Next Generation of Indian Health Advocates

The National Indian Health Board Health Policy Fellowship is a year-long program for Native youth 18-24 years old who are interested in making a difference in the health of their communities.


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