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The Opioid Crisis Impact on Native American Communities

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AASTEC recently produced and disseminated a new fact sheet on the impact of the opioid crisis among Native American communities. Key findings demonstrate that overdose deaths due to any type of opioid use have been on the rise among Native Americans since 2000.


The current opioid-related overdose death rate for Native Americans nationwide is 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population, which exceeds the national rate of 13.1 per 100,000.


The opioid overdose death rate among Native American males significantly exceeds the rate among Native American females (10.0 per 100,000 vs. 7.0 per 100,000). Among youth, more than 1 in 10 Native American high school students in New Mexico (11%) used a prescription pain medication without a doctor’s order in the past 30 days, and high school students who used a prescription pain medication also used heroin in the past 30 days (22%).

The fact sheet concludes with strategies that can be adopted at the individual, family and community level to reduce the harmful impact of opioids.

Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening

Grant Opportunities

Applications Due Friday, March 30, 2018.
Pre-Application Webinar Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:00-5:00 pm ET

“When you get a cancer diagnosis, your life changes from the way you know it, to doctor appointments, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and being home to recover.” 

– Frances Tiger, Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, Breast Cancer Survivor, 
quoted by American Indian Cancer Foundation


Request for Applications

Cancer is a serious concern in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Although cancer rates vary by region, cervical, breast, and colorectal cancers are among the five most common in AI/AN women, and colorectal is among the top five for AI/AN men. Cancer deaths are decreasing in white populations, while cancer deaths are rising in AI/AN communities. Additionally, whites typically live longer than AI/ANs after being diagnosed with cancer.
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening award. This funding will provide awards of up to $5,000 to three (3) Tribal clinics. Funding will be used to pilot test a toolkit developed by NIHB. This toolkit has been developed to share implementation guidelines for the priority evidence-based interventions (EBIs) found in the Community Guide to Preventive Services (Community Guide) Strategies. This action guide is designed specifically for Tribal health systems interested in increasing high-quality, population-based breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings. The funded pilot project will focus on breast and cervical cancer screenings and is expected to run from May 1st to July 31st, 2018. 
Download the Request for Applications (RFA)
Pre-Application Webinar
Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:00-5:00 pm ET

(3:00-4:00 pm CT/2:00-3:00 pm MT/1:00-2:00 pm PT/12:00-1:00 pm Alaska)
Register HERE
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493
Access code: 738 035 284

For additional information, please contact Breannon Babbel, bbabbel@nihb.org

2018 Public Health Management Certificate Application Period Now Open

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Applications are now being accepted for NWCPHP’s 2018 Public Health Management Certificate program.


As the challenge to deliver efficient public health services becomes more pronounced in today’s public health environment, it’s important for managers to possess critical skills in core areas such as budgeting, planning, organizing, and personnel management. NWCPHP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Public Health Management Certificate program to help public health professionals build these important skills to be successful managers in their workplace.

Applications will be accepted through May 31, with early-bird rates available for those who apply by May 1.

Learn More

2018 Tribal Youth Health Policy Fellowship

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Description: The National Indian Health Board’s second cohort of Fellows will consist of 12 Native youth from around the country to engage throughout the year in Indian health policy and programming efforts. The Fellows will engage in Indian health policy solutions, tell their personal story, and advocate for changes in the healthcare and public health systems important to their Tribal communities.

The Fellowship provides youth with key opportunities for relationship- and skills-building that allows them to return home feeling empowered, connected to other Native youth, and well equipped to be the next generation of advocates for Indian health.

Deadline: April 6, 2018

Apply Here

Population Health Training in Place Program (PH-TIPP)


Description: PH-TIPP provides formal training in policy analysis and development as well as program evaluation. During this 1-year, on-the-job professional development opportunity, participants will engage in a training experience using projects from their day-to-day work. PH-TIPP training uses evidence-based approaches to help participants develop and enhance their population health skills and add value to their organizations.

PH-TIPP participants are in leadership and management roles in their organizations. They are physicians, veterinarians, or nurses with a Master of Public Health (MPH) or doctoral-level scientists (PhD or equivalent) with coursework equivalent to a MPH.

Deadline: The application period for the PH-TIPP Class of 2018 is open now through March 16, 2018.

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