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Washington Report: Issue 19-04

January 23, 2019

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IHS Call with Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders

January 24, 2019

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern

Call in: 800-857-5577

Passcode: 6703929



CANCELLED: Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

February 12 – 13, 2019

Arlington, VA

CANCELLED: Indian Health Care Improvement Fund Workgroup Meeting

February 12 – 13, 2019

Washington, DC



CANCELLED: FY 2021 Budget Formulation Workgroup 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



Tribal Self Governance Advisory Committee Meeting

April 24-25, 2019

Washington, DC



Diabetes in Indian Country 2019 Conference

August 6 – 9, 2019

Oklahoma City, OK


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Top Story
End of January Brings Worry to Tribes as Shutdown Continues

Please help NIHB advocate for a solution by sharing your story!

The partial government shutdown is harming the delivery of health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Currently in its 33rd day, the shutdown does not appear likely to end soon. The White House has proposed a three-year extension of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for funding for a border wall, and the Senate Appropriations Committee has introduced legislation to that effect. Included in the Senate’s legislation is $5.8 billion for the Indian Health Service through the end of Fiscal Year 2019. While the Senate is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Thursday, House Democrats appear unlikely to support the legislation due to the border wall funding.   NIHB held calls with the Tribes on January 14 and  January 22, 2019 to discuss the shutdown’s impacts on Tribes and possible solutions. Several Tribal leaders on the calls noted that the period of time around the end of January represented a turning point for their health budgets, when they would no longer be able to keep health facilities staffed and open.   As NIHB has reported, the Indian Health Service (IHS) staff are either furloughed or working without pay due to the shutdown. IHS is hosting a call on January 24, 2019 to provide an update on the agency’s actions during the shutdown (see below).   If your Tribe has 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. NIHB will use the information sent by the Tribes to advocate for an immediate reopening of IHS and for a long term budget solution for Indian health.

In This Issue:



End of January Brings Worry to Tribes as Shutdown Continues



NIHB Health Policy Fellowship Applications Are OPEN!

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

Call for Proposals for Poster Presentation at Upcoming Conferences Now Open!

NIHB Accepting Nominations for Native Public Health Innovation Awards & Native Behavioral Health Award

Environmental Health Listening Session Announcement



Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers File Court Brief Supporting ICWA

Senate Bill Would Reauthorize SDPI for Five Years



CMS Approves Medicaid Work Requirements Demonstration for Arizona, with the First Exemption for AI/ANs
CMS Announces Two-Sided Risk Model for Medicare Part D Aimed at Lowering Drug Prices


TODAY January 23: CMS Long-Term Services and Supports Webinar

January 24: IHS Call with Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders

February 14: 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 

  • Community-Based Behavioral Health Services
  • Sharing Traditional Best and Promising Practices
  • Behavioral Health Integration – Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders, Suicide Prevention
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Innovation

Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Grantee Track


Deadline to submit a proposal: Friday, February 1, 2019. Click here to submit your proposal for the 2019 AI/AN National Behavioral Health Conference! 

Call for Proposals for Poster Presentation at Upcoming Conferences Now Open!

Last modified: November 11, 2019