Opioid Use Disorder Law and Policy: Impacts on American Indians and Alaska Natives

TEC News, Training, Webinar

December 11, 2020
1 p.m. CNT

Tribal Law & OUD

As the substance use disorder crisis continues to devastate communities across the United States, Tribal and American Indian communities are also impacted; yet insufficient attention has been paid to the law and policies perpetuating this crisis in Indian country. As sovereign nations, Tribes are uniquely situated to respond public health issues using their inherent sovereign authorities. Yet, issues related to federal Indian law and cross-jurisdictional issues between Tribes, states, and the federal government further complicate the implication of evidence-based legal interventions by Tribes or to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This webinar will explore Tribal, state, and federal substance use disorder law and policy and its impact in Indian country. It will focus on a variety of issues related to substance use disorder, with an emphasis on opioid use disorder.

Facilitated by the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center and presented by Aila Hoss, JD

Aila Hoss is public health attorney and an Assistant Professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law where she teaches and researches Indian law and health law. Prior to teaching, Professor Hoss practiced public health law as a staff attorney with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Law Program, where she worked to improve public health through the development of legal tools and the provision of legal technical assistance to state, Tribal, local, and territorial governments.

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NIHB Announces E-Course: Public Health Training


The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is pleased to announce the release of an interactive e-course: Public Health Training.

Course and project information
The Public Health Training project and its resulting e-course are intended to educate Tribal leaders and Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) members on public health topics and provide information, including best practices, to support consultation on public health. Created by NIHB with funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this course is part of NIHB’s aim to strengthen the public health infrastructure of Tribal Nations; ensure a competent, current, and connected Tribal public health system; and improve the delivery of essential public health services through capacity-building.

The training module was created using input from Area Indian Health Boards, CDC staff, and current and former Tribal leaders and Tribal Advisory Committee members. The training underwent two rounds of pilot testing and review prior to public release.

Target audience
While the training is intended for Tribal leaders and TAC members, it is publicly available to all interested people at no cost. It may also be useful for other professionals, such as those who are working with Tribal leaders or supporting consultation. Additionally, the first module of the course provides general public health information that may be more widely useful for those who want to learn the basics of public health.

Learning objectives
By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between public health and health care
  • Provide a brief overview of public health’s core services and disciplines
  • Identify the role of public health in Indian Country
  • Discuss Tribal consultation’s foundation and best practices

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2020 Training Course in MCH Epidemiology


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and CityMatCH are offering a Training Course in MCH Epidemiology as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. The training course is an intensive program, combining lectures, discussion, hands-on exercises, and opportunities for individualized technical assistance. Several post-training webinars will serve to build upon and extend the content of the in-person training.

The application period for the 2020 Training Course is open now through March 1, 2020. Acceptance notifications will be sent out in late April.

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CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program


CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for eligible undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. Learn about programs that provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities and see what past program participants have to say about their experience.

Why Does CUPS Matter?

The CUPS program prepares a diverse body of students to consider public health as a career to ensure a future where the American public benefits from a more diverse and better trained public health workforce. According to data from the 2017 National Population Projection Report of the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2045, more than half of all Americans will belong to a racial/ethnic minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic White alone).

A core area of study and practice during the internship is related to the health needs of U.S. minority and other populations who often are underserved and underrepresented in the field. During their internships, students work in a variety of public health settings including community organizations, health departments, university-based programs, and federal agencies.

Students display a variety of skills and knowledge including a focus on epidemiology, fundamentals of public health, minority health and health disparities, working with special populations, and biostatistics and statistical software.

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Promoting Indigenous Research Leadership (PIRL)


Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and hosted by the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) at Montana State University and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Promoting Indigenous Research Leadership (PIRL) is a three-day workshop designed to promote the research careers of Indigenous and other early-career faculty working with Indigenous communities. The workshop helps faculty investigators foster a sense of community, improve leadership and grant application skills, and receive the career support they need.

Applications are now open and are due by 11:59 p.m. (Mountain time) on February 16, 2020. Notification of selection will occur by March 23.

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