7/29 NCUIH Newsletter: Former NCUIH ED Geoff Roth Named to UN Forum, Budget Deal Reached, New Funding Opportunities Closing Soon

NCUIH Newsletter | July 29, 2019 

Meet the 2019 NCUIH Youth Council

The 2019 NCUIH Youth Council members are Czarina Campos (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Taylor Francisco (Navajo Nation), Megan McDermott (Descendant Piegan Blackfeet & Plains Cree), Quentin Paulsen (Nima Corporation), and Benjamin Sandecki (Cherokee).

Czarina Campos
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Taylor Francisco
Navajo Nation

Megan McDermott
Descendant Piegan Blackfeet & Plains Cree

Quentin Paulsen
Nima Corporation
Benjamin Sandecki 
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Health Advocate and Former NCUIH Executive Director, Geoffrey Roth, Appointed as the North American Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The United Nations recently announced the eight new members to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues nominated by indigenous peoples’ organizations for a 3-year term beginning in January 2020. Among those appointed by her Excellency Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is Mr. Geoffrey Scott Roth (Standing Rock Sioux).

“As a longtime health advocate and a former NCUIH Executive Director, the National Council of Urban Indian Health is thrilled to have Mr. Geoffrey Roth join the UNPFII as a Member in 2020.  Given Mr. Roth’s extensive knowledge and long work history with American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations in tribal and urban areas, Mr. Roth will represent the interests of all AI/AN at the UNPFII at every level,” said NCUIH Executive Director Francys Crevier.

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Policy Center Highlights 

NCUIH and the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Hosted a Virtual Dialogue on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women 

On Thursday, July 18th NCUIH and the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), hosted a Virtual Dialogue on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), with the purpose to identify opportunities for building the capacity of urban Indian organizations to contribute to local MMIW efforts. In addition to ANA Commissioner Jeannie Hovland, the Indian Health Service, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development presented agency efforts and posed questions to help identify gaps for improved service delivery. This event was in support of the Commissioner Hovland’s role with the Congressionally-mandated HHS Intradepartmental Council on Native American Affairs.
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July 26, 2019 Letter to Urban Indian Organization Leaders is Now Posted 

A letter notifying Urban Indian Organization leaders that the comment submission deadline for the Opioid Grant Program Urban Confer has been extended until Tuesday, September 3, 2019,  and also provides information about a Virtual/In-Person Opioid Grant Program Information Session on July 31, 2019, in conjunction with the 16th Annual Direct Service Tribes National meeting is now posted on the IHS Web site and is available at the link below.
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Trump and Congressional Leaders Reach Sweeping Budget Agreement 

White House and congressional leaders on Monday clinched a sweeping fiscal deal to lift the nation's debt limit and dramatically raise federal spending levels. The agreement, negotiated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, is expected to clear both chambers before the August recess — alleviating pressure ahead of a slew of high-stakes fiscal deadlines this fall. Democratic leaders note that the bipartisan agreement "will enhance our national security and invest in middle class priorities that advance the health, financial security and well-being of the American people."  Under the agreement, the debt limit will be suspended until July 31, 2021, with spending increases of $22 billion for the Pentagon and nondefense spending increase of $27 billion. Under the agreement, however, Democrats won't be able to push for policy priorities, like scrapping the so-called Hyde Amendment prohibition on using federal funds for abortion, or further restricting Trump's use of Pentagon money for his border wall project until legal challenges on the issue are resolved.

Congressional leaders want to pass the two-year deal before departing for a five-week recess at the end of the week, which means a vote likely this week in the House. The Senate is in session for another week. Read more details here


CMS Announces $6 Million Available in Funding Under the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS Native American and Alaska Native (AI/AN) 2020 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreement Program 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for funding under the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS Native American and Alaska Native AI/AN 2020 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreement program, as authorized under the Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act of 2018. The purpose of this program is to increase the participation of eligible, uninsured AI/AN children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Grants awarded under the cooperative agreement will fund outreach and enrollment strategies aimed at educating AI/AN families about the availability of Medicaid and CHIP and directly assisting families with the application and renewal process. This specific funding opportunity makes available $6 million in cooperative agreements to. Apply for funding and learn more.

USDA Proposed Rule Targeting Categorical Eligibility Would Cut SNAP Benefits to 3.1 Million People 

On Tuesday, July 24th, the Agriculture Department issued a proposed rule targeting categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Categorical eligibility allows states to streamline the SNAP application process for those who qualify for certain benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Forty states and D.C. currently use alternative eligibility criteria that allow participants in some TANF funded programs to automatically receive SNAP benefits as long as their income is less than double the poverty level. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue categorizes categorical eligibility as a “loophole” that allows some to bypass eligibility guidelines, and that many state governments have “misused this flexibility.” Consumer advocates, however, point out that low-income Americans trying to get the help they need still must meet the disposable income threshold for the SNAP program. Nancy Pelosi was quoted as saying this proposed rule is an “act of staggering callousness.” The USDA invites interested persons to submit written comments on this proposed rule by September 23, 2019. For the supplementary information on the proposed rule, as well as instructions for submitting comments, see the Federal RegisterLearn more.

Trump Administration Asks Judge to Delay Decision on Medicaid Work Rules 

The Trump administration has asked U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg to delay ruling on  New Hampshire’s Medicaid work rules until mid-November, because the state delayed the program. For now, work rules are slated to take effect Oct. 1, but state legislation allows the state to postpone them until July 2021. Judge Boasberg has previously thrown out similar work rules in Arkansas and Kentucky and during oral arguments on July 23rd, appeared unlikely to uphold the New Hampshire rules, as well, stating that the federal government's approval letter for New Hampshire work requirements was "virtually indistinguishable" from those used for other states. Judge Boasberg stated that he will make a decision soon whether he would issue a decision quickly or delay his ruling.    

CMS Administrator Verma Speaks Out Against Medicare for All

On Monday, July 22nd, Verma spoke at the Better Medicare Alliance summit and stated, “I view ‘public option’ and Medicare for All as equally dangerous, and history backs me up.” She went on to say, "The secret of the public option is that it's only cheaper because it uses the force of government to strong-arm doctors and hospitals into accepting below-market payment rates, but the government cannot waive a wand and impose lower rates on some providers while holding everyone else harmless." Democrats who support the public option make the opposite argument, asserting that it will force private insurers to be better by improving competition in many markets.

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Upcoming Events Highlights 

11th Annual NADC Economic Development and Procurement Conference (July 30 - August 1, 2019) 

The staff of NADC would like to formally invite you to the 11th Annual NADC Economic Development and Procurement Conference –July 31-August 1, 2019 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, Montana.

The Native American Development Corporation (NADC) is a nonprofit organization located in Billings, Montana that has served Indian reservations in Montana and Wyoming since 1996 and, in 2009, expanded to serve reservations in North and South Dakota. NADC is committed to providing assistance to develop the economies of Native Communities.

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National Conference on American Indian and Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention (July 23-25, 2019) 

Registration is now open for the National Conference on American Indian and Alaska Native Injury and Violence Prevention, hosted by IHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 23-25 in Denver, Colorado. The conference will bring together tribal, federal, and state injury prevention practitioners, injury researchers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders with a goal of Bridging Science, Practice, and Culture to reduce the disparity of injuries in Native communities. 

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Register for the NCUIH and UNITY Native Youth Virtual Convening - August 6, 2019 

The Native Youth Virtual Convening will provide an overview on how to become an Indigi-Wellness Champion. An Indigi-Wellness Champion is: American Indian and Alaska Native youth that embraces their indigeneity, lets their culture be the armor that protects them and builds/promotes resilience to empowering future generations. All AI/AN youth and allies across Indian Country are invited to participate in this free event.

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2019 Indian Health Service - Diabetes in Indian Country Conference (August 6-9, 2019)  

The IHS Diabetes in Indian Country Conference will host 1,500 IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian (I/T/U) providers, clinicians, Tribal leaders, community members, and Special Diabetes Program for Indians grantees. There is no cost to attend this conference in-person or via streaming, including CME/CE credits. The event will also be live-streamed. It takes place on August 6-9 in Oklahoma City, OK.

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Virtual Training: Project ECHO | Grand Rounds 

Opioid Use Disorder

  • August 13, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:00pm MT
  • The BHA Grand Round will be a 1 hour lecture on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), presented by Snehal Bhatt, MD. This lecture will review criteria for OUD, the role of primary care teams in treatment of patients with OUD and harm reduction for patients with OUD.  
  • To register, contact bhaECHO@salud.unm.edu and include your name, credentials, health center/organization, city and state.

Introduction to Depression Management (BHA)

  • August 16, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:00pm MT
  • To register, contact bhaECHO@salud.unm.edu and include your name, credentials, health center/organization, city and state.
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CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting and 19th Biannual Tribal Consultation Session 

The Summer 2019 CDC/ATSDR TAC Meeting and 19th Biannual Tribal Consultation Session will provide opportunities for tribal leaders to speak about the public health issues affecting their tribal nation. These meetings will include, but are not limited to, discussions about securing sustainable funding to Indian Country, ensuring a tribal voice in CDC policy and programs, and current CDC priorities. Tribal nations also will have an opportunity to present formal testimony about tribal public health issues. It will take place August 13 - 14, 2019 at Harrah’s Cherokee, 777 Casino Dr, Cherokee, NC, 28719.

Email Address for event: TribalSupport@cdc.gov
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2019 Indian Health Service - National Clinical & Community-Based Services Conference (August 24-30, 2019) 

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is hosting the Clinical and Community-Based Services Conference to convene and hear from nationally recognized speakers, health care providers, Tribal leaders, and health care officials committed to addressing emergent clinical and community health topics in Indian Country. The focus topics include, but are not limited to: opioid prevention, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C prevention, STD prevention, tobacco prevention, cancer prevention, and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training. It takes place August 24-30, 2019 in Tigard, Oregon.

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Technical Assistance & Research Highlights 

Program Spotlight: First Nations Community Healthsource to participate in Chronic Kidney Disease Research 

First Nations Community HealthSource has successfully partnered with researchers at The University of New Mexico, tribal leaders at Zuni Pueblo, Dialysis Clinics Inc., and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and its Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch. The consortium was awarded a $3.5 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the hopes of improving the understanding of potential risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease progression, and the impact among Native Americans.  There have not been many studies on CKD in Native Americans, although it effects about 17 percent of Native Americans in the Southwest. 

Reminder: Request for Interviewees on Health Information Technology (HIT) Modernization 

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and Health and Human Services (HHS) is collecting feedback on Health Information Technology, including from urban facilities.  The project is interviewing IHS healthcare staff, tribal leaders, and people who use healthcare facilities to provide recommendations on Health IT and technology appropriations for congress.  Interviews are 1 hour, and can be scheduled online here.

SAMHSA Releases New Publications on Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools and Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings 

SAMHSA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new joint informational bulletin on Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools. This guidance includes examples of approaches for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) related treatment services in schools and describes some of the Medicaid state plan benefits and other Medicaid authorities that states may use to cover mental health and SUD related treatment services. Additionally, the guidance summarizes best practice models to facilitate the implementation of quality, evidence-based comprehensive mental health and SUD related services for students.
SAMHSA released a new guide focused on using medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in jails and prisons, and during the reentry process when justice-involved persons return to the community. It provides an overview of policies and evidence-based practices that reduce the risk of overdose and relapse.  The guidance: Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings.

Tuition-Free Master of Science Scholarship Program for Veterans 

Mercy College (NY) is offering a wonderful scholarship opportunity to U.S. military veterans and reservists, to earn a tuition-free Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education and become a secondary mathematics teacher in our high need schools through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Teacher Scholarship Program. The funding from the National Science Foundation is earmarked for ten Veterans to complete a Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education – TUITION FREE!

Contact Dr. William Farber at wfarber@mercy.edu for more information and view video.
Contact Dr. William Farber at wfarber@mercy.edu for more information

New Free E-Learning Program on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals 

The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) announced a new, free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The program, available via OMH’s Think Cultural Health website, is designed to develop behavioral health providers' knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

This online program is a practical tool for behavioral health professionals who want to gain skills and knowledge about culture and diversity, which could be applied daily to better serve your clients. The tool is particularly timely for professionals working to address the opioid epidemic among racial and ethnic populations, which have low treatment rates and some of the highest rates of opioid misuse and overdose.

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Navigating Unfamiliar Waters: Improve Drinking Water Quality in Federally Unregulated Wells 

ChangeLab Solutions announced the launch of a new policy guide, fact sheet, and infographic on improving the water quality and safety of federally unregulated wells:
  • Navigating Unfamiliar Waters: Policy as a Tool to Improve Drinking Water Quality in Federally Unregulated Wells – a how-to guide on state and local policymaking to support safer drinking water from private wells
  • From Source to Tap: State Policies to Improve Drinking Water Quality in Private Well Systems – a fact sheet and infographic that identify state-level policy tools for improving well water quality and show how those tools relate to various aspects of the drinking water system
These new resources were developed with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of a broader collection of tools aimed at helping environmental and public health practitioners use policy to improve the safety of drinking water from federally unregulated private wells. The suite of resources is designed to support practitioners who are just learning about the issue as well as those who are beginning to dive into policy development and implementation.
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Funding: HRSA Service Area Competition

Through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Primary Health Care, there are two program awards available for solicitation. Organizations may compete for Health Center Program operational support to provide comprehensive primary health care services to defined service areas and patient populations already being served by the Health Center Program. Service areas and target populations listed in the Service Area Announcement Table (SAAT) are currently served by Health Center Program award recipients whose project periods are ending in FY 2020.

The first of the awards is due by August 5th (HRSA-20-016) and is estimated for award up to 50 grants for a total funding of $2.08 million annually for three years.  The second award is due by August 26th (HRSA-20-017) and is estimated for award up to 83 grants for a total funding of $2.45 million annually for three years.
Deadline: August 5, 2019
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Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School - Certificate in Evidence-Based Assessment & Treatment of Anxiety in Adults 

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Evidence-Based Assessment & Treatment of Anxiety in Adults will prepare professionals with evidence-based competencies in engaging, assessing and intervening with adults presenting with anxiety. The program’s case-based approach provides tools for how to conceptualize and address the distress of clients presenting with four of the most common anxiety-related diagnoses. Participants will learn to apply Exposure-Based Treatment strategies, Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to alleviate client distress.

Deadline: August 16, 2019
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Funding: HUD for Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking 

Through the FY 2019 Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, in conjunction with OVC, seeks to address the housing and service needs of victims of human trafficking.

This solicitation has two distinct components and applicants may apply under one or both of the following:

Human Trafficking Program Applications

  • Successful applicants will implement and provide housing and trauma-informed, victim-centered services to victims of human trafficking. HUD expects to make up to 20 awards, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $13.5 million.
  • Apply for the Human Trafficking Program component by October 30, 2019.

Technical Assistance Applications

  • The successful applicant will provide technical assistance to the possible 20 successful projects selected for under the Human Trafficking Program. HUD expects to make one award, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $1 million.
  • Apply for the Technical Assistance component by August 30, 2019.
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Call for Interest Letters on Opioid Response Initiatives from Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts is pleased to announce the Community Opioid Response and Evaluation (CORE) project, an effort to help communities on the front lines of the opioid crisis conduct evaluations of existing programs. With support from and in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CORE awards will provide funding and assistance for up to six community-based initiatives, composed of a lead applicant organization and their selected evaluation partner, to conduct evaluations of established programs. Interested organizations are invited to learn more and apply by August 30, 2019.

Deadline: August 30, 2019

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IHS Call for Project Spotlights: National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September) 

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Please provide a brief description of their project's activities for suicide prevention to spotlight during the month of September and during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, September 8 to 14, 2019. Project Spotlights will be hosted on both the IHS.gov/suicideprevention and at the IHS Division of Behavioral Health Facebook page. If you have any questions or comments, please contact pamela.endofhorn@ihs.gov. Complete this form to provide information to be spotlighted.
Deadline: August 30, 2019 by 5pm EST
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This publication was made possible by Award Number H723IHS0003 from the Indian Health Service (IHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the IHS or HHS.

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By Meredith Raimondi, posted on Monday July 29, 2019
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