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Washington Report: Issue 19-02

January 10, 2019

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MMPC Monthly Call

January 8, 2018

2:00 PM- 4:00 PM 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

Indian Health Care Improvement Fund Workgroup Meeting

February 12 – 13, 2019

Washington, DC



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

Crystal City, VA


MMPC Face to Face Meeting

February 19, 2019

Washington, DC



Tribal Technical Advisory Group Face to Face Meeting

February 20 – 21, 2019

Washington, DC



Diabetes in Indian Country 2019 Conference

August 6 – 9, 2019

Oklahoma City, OK


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Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) Vacancies

In February 2018, with the announcement of CHAP expansion to Tribes beyond Alaska, a CHAP Advisory Committee was chartered.


Information on CHAP and on its Advisory Committee, including vacant positions, is available on the CHAP



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Top Story
Shutdown Continues, Mullin Reintroduces Bill to Fund IHS

Please help by sharing your story!   The partial government shutdown has entered its third week, and congressional leadership do not seem to be any closer to a deal with the White House to reopen the government agencies that have not been funded for Fiscal Year 2019.   As NIHB has reported, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is one of those agencies. This lapse in funding impacts both Direct Service and Self Governance Tribes. Other public health programs operating in Indian Country within HHS are funded and will continue without disruption.   Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Cherokee Nation, has refiled a bill he introduced last Congress to provide funding to IHS. Mullin’s bill, H.R. 195, would provide funding at the FY 2018 level for IHS in the absence of a Continuing Resolution from Congress funding the government. This would ensure IHS’s ability to provide care, reimburse Self Governance Tribes, offer technical assistance, and conduct normal activities for the duration of the shutdown. Click here for a sample letter your Tribe can send to your Representatives and Senators urging them to end the shutdown and ensure Indian health is not threatened by a long lapse in IHS funding.    If your Tribe anticipates or has already experienced a disruption in its health program due to the shutdown or has had to make cuts in other areas to keep its facilities open, please let us know how!   This information is extremely important so that NIHB and other advocates may convey to Congress and the White House the serious impact this shutdown is having on American Indian and Alaska Native health. Congress MUST be made aware of the specific harm done to Tribes due to the shutdown. NIHB will use the information sent by the Tribes to advocate for Rep. Mullin’s bill and a long term budget solution for IHS.

In This Issue:



Shutdown Continues, Mullin Reintroduces Bill to Fund IHS



NIHB Health Policy Fellowship Applications Are OPEN!

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



Indian Country Senators Named to Finance Committee

Senate Confirms Jim Carroll as Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy

House Passes New Rules Package for the 116th Congress



National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices Launched

HHS Releases Voluntary Report on Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices

IHS Establishes New Office of Quality


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



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

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.


NIHB Health Policy Fellows:

  • Work with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue
  • Learn how to analyze policy in their issue area
  • Create informed recommendations, and
  • Advocate for change
Opportunities to Grow

Health Policy Fellows meet in-person 3 times and receive 5 virtual trainings to strengthen their leadership skills and ability to effectively advocate for their communities.


NIHB covers the cost of Fellows’ travel and accommodations to attend all in-person meetings. NIHB also provides free opportunities for professional development and skills building to both current and past Fellows.


Click here  to submit your application!


Click here to learn more. For additional questions, Contact NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner at wgardner@nihb.org or (202) 548-7297.

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


2019 Tribal Public Health Summit

Public health practitioners, researchers, and policy experts are invited to submit proposals for workshop and roundtable sessions for the 2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) in Albuquerque, New Mexico May 13-15, 2019.


The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) encourages presentations highlighting evidence-based, best, wise, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. NIHB highly encourages dynamic, interactive sessions that will draw upon the skills, knowledge and experience of session participants.


Conference Tracks

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Public Health Policy, Infrastructure and Systems
  • Substance Misuse and Behavioral Health
  • Environmental Health and Climate Change
  • Emergency Preparedness and Emerging Issues in Public Health

Deadline to submit a proposal: Monday, February 11, 2019. Click here to submit your proposal for TPHS!



2019 AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference

Behavioral health experts, researchers, and community-based service providers are invited to submit abstracts for the 2019 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Behavioral Health Conference, taking place May 15-17, 2019 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM.


The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is proud to convene with various stakeholders across Indian Country who are improving behavioral health outcomes in AI/AN communities. NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidence-based, best, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. The NIHB is particularly interested in presentations that provide tools in addition to information and research, so that gained knowledge can be made actionable. The NIHB is also looking for presentations that address Tribal behavioral health issues from multiple perspectives, paying close attention to the social determinants of health (i.e. socioeconomic status, exposure to trauma, access to education, the physical environment, etc.) which directly influence behavioral health outcomes. This year’s conference focuses on highlighting actions and tools that promote connections with culture, community, and knowing your purpose through the implementation of best practices. Please consider submitting an abstract that emphasizes this theme.


Conference Tracks 

Last modified: November 11, 2019