Washington Report: Issue 19-06

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 UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

IHS Call with Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders

February 7, 2019

3:30 – 4:30 PM Eastern

Dial In: 800-857-5577

Passcode: 6703929

 

 

CHAP TAG Virtual Meeting

February 8, 2019

1:00 – 2:00 Eastern

Dial In: 855-447-5646 Conference ID: 7292572

 

 

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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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
Office of National Drug Control Policy Releases 2019 National Drug Control Strategy Report The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has released its annual report outlining the Administration’s priorities and blueprint for addressing drug addiction and trafficking nationwide. Located in the Executive Office of the President, the ONDCP is the principal office that coordinates drug control and response efforts across all federal agencies involved in prevention, treatment and interdiction including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Food and Drug Administration.   Although technically an annual report, this is the first National Drug Control Strategy released by the Trump Administration, and arrives on the coattails of Jim Carrol’s confirmation as Director by the U.S. Senate back in early January 2019. The report outlines the Administration’s drug control priorities across Tribal, federal, state, and local governments with a particular focus on mitigating the national opioid overdose epidemic.   Last year, the President signed legislation into law directing resources to address the opioid epidemic. That bill, H.R. 6 – The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act – made noteworthy changes to ONDCP that included important provisions for Indian Country, such as the appointment of a Tribal Coordinator to oversee response efforts in Indian Country and an opportunity to establish a Tribal Advisory Council to the ONDCP Director. While these provisions were not discussed in the strategy report, they represent opportunities for Tribes to become more engaged in ONDCP’s implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy.   While the report outlines broader priorities as opposed to specific policies towards reducing addiction and drug trafficking rates, it does establish parity between state, Tribal and local government agencies and the need for  coordinated response efforts. For example, the report discusses the need to expand the capacity of Tribal governments in mitigating substance abuse and addiction in their communities; further support for Tribal drug courts and diversion programs; and better cross-jurisdictional coordination between Tribal and non-Tribal law enforcement.

 

To access the full report, click HERE

In This Issue:

 

TOP STORY

Office of National Drug Control Policy Releases 2019 National Drug Control Strategy Report

 

NIHB UPDATES

NIHB Health Policy Fellowship Applications Are OPEN!

Tribal Public Health Summit Proposals Deadline February 11!

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

 

CAPITOL HILL UPDATES

Budget Solutions for IHS Get Congress’s Attention After Shutdown

President’s Budget Request Delayed Until March

GAO Releases Report on Interior Department, Citing Factors that Hinder Tribal Administration of Federal Programs

 

FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION AND STATE GOVERNMENT UPDATES

Bernhardt Announced as New Interior Secretary

USDA Publishes Proposed Rule Making Changes to Work Requirements for SNAP Recipients

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: January 1 – March 31, 2019

NIHB Submits Comments on ONC Draft Strategy to Reduce Regulatory Burden in Health IT

 

UPCOMING EVENTS, CALLS, AND WEBINARS

February 7: IHS Call with Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders

February 12-14: HIMSS 2019 Conference

February 14: Tribal Dental Therapy Advocates Call

February 19: MMPC Face-to-Face Meeting

February 20-21: CMS TTAG Meeting

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

 

GRANTS AND RESOURCES

CDC Funding Opportunities

OMH Funding Opportunity: AI/AN Public Health Workforce

Resources Available to Tribes on Health Issues

NIHB UPDATES
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 Proposals Deadline February 11!

 

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!

   

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

 

NIHB invites Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grantees to submit proposals to highlight the accomplishments of their programs at the Annual NIHB National Tribal Public Health Summit, in Albuquerque, NM from May 13-15, 2019. (The poster session will be held during the opening reception of the Summit on the evening of May 13.) The Annual SDPI Poster Session is a great way for success stories to be heard by a large audience of Tribal leaders and Tribal health professionals, as well as share program ideas with other grantees.

 

SDPI presenters are also invited to volunteer to lead a fitness session on Tuesday, May 14 – please indicate if you are interested.

 

NIHB also invites Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program/Domestic Violence Prevention Program grantees, Tribal behavioral health experts, public health professionals, advocates, researchers, community-based providers, and others to submit poster proposals that highlight behavioral health best, promising, and innovative practice approaches at the American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference, in Albuquerque, NM, May 15-17, 2019.

 

Please submit proposals by March 1, 2019.

 

Click here for more information and to submit a poster proposal!

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

 

In an effort to honor individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved American Indian and Alaska Native public health and behavioral health, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites nominations for the Native Public Health Innovation Awards (three awards honoring different types of work) and the Native Behavioral Health Award (Hope and Healing Award).

 

Please submit nominations by February 15, 2019.

 

Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

Environmental Health Listening Session Announcement

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are convening an environmental health listening session at the National Congress for American Indians Executive Council Winter Session at 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET in the Pan American room at the Capitol Hilton in Washington D.C. on February 13th, 2019. For more information read more here.

CAPITOL HILL UPDATES