9/9 NCUIH Updates: 9/10 Hope For Life Day, Indigi-Wellness Campaign, SOAR Webinar


NCUIH Newsletter | September 9, 2019 

Hope for Life Day (September 10, 2019) 

"Since 2015, NCUIH and the Action Alliance along with NCAI, have worked to change the public conversation about suicide and promote resilience among AI/AN communities with the Annual National American Indian and Alaska Native Hope for Life Day on September 10. There is still much work to do to tackle this epidemic and we are proud of the NCUIH Youth Council’s important work on these efforts. Please join us in celebrating the resiliency of Indian Country by using the toolkit and encouraging youth to participate in our upcoming Indigi-Wellness Champion Campaign (Sept. 10 – 20)," said NCUIH Executive Director Francys Crevier.
On June 30, 2015, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), in partnership with the Action Alliance’s AI/AN Task Force, put forward a resolution at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The resolution, “Creating an Annual National American Indian and Alaska Native Hope for Life Day (Suicide Prevention Awareness Day),” was the outcome of a one-year collaborative effort by task force members.

NCUIH and the Action Alliance developed the National Hope for Life Day Toolkit to help community leaders, grassroots organizers, and health care professionals working in AI/AN communities implement a community-wide Hope for Life Day.

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Policy Center Highlights 

Senate Appropriations Committee Markups Scheduled for Defense, Labor-HHS-Education, Energy-Water and State-Foreign Operations 

The Appropriations Committee tentatively plans to mark up on Sept. 12 the draft Defense, Labor-HHS-Education, Energy-Water and State-Foreign Operations bills, a package that would amount to a third of the 12 annual bills needed for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The committee also plans to approve its subcommittee allocations, which set the overall spending limits for each of the bills, on that same day, according to people familiar with the process.

The Interior Appropriations subcommittee, which funds the Indian Health Service and Title V Urban Indian Organizations, has not announced any markups. The overall plan is for the full committee to mark up four bills each week for the next three weeks, with the troublesome Homeland Security measure last in the queue.

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Cherokee Nation Names First Delegate To Congress 

The Cherokee Nation has named its first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Former Obama appointee Kimberly Teehee's nomination was approved by the tribe's council on Thursday. Although the treaty that created this nonvoting position is almost 200 years old, it had never been filled. The appointment still needs congressional approval, and it will likely take time for Congress to figure out exactly how to seat Teehee. But the treaty language is very clear: The Cherokee Nation is entitled to a delegate.

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New Mexico Governor Announces Plan To Increase Payments To Medicaid Providers 

The Human Services Department (HSD) announced Friday the next step in Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s multi-phase strategy addressing New Mexico’s health care delivery network. 

Effective October 1, 2019, HSD proposes to establish a new minimum encounter rate for FQHCs based on the national Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) base rate. The FQHC sites that currently have a Medicaid encounter rate that is below the Medicare PPS base rate of $169.77 will be raised to the new minimum encounter rate. The revised encounter rates for each FQHC are posted at www.hsd.state.nm.us/providers/fee-schedules.aspx.

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Call for UIOs to Participate in Health IT Modernization Survey 

IHS and HHS are well underway on their Health IT modernization project, and as part of that work, they would like feedback from across Indian Country, including Urban sites on the current state of Health IT across the Indian Health Service (IHS).  Currently, the HIT Modernization Project is focused on developing a recommended process that will assist the IHS as they work to modernize the HIT systems, including the Electronic Health Record (EHR) utilized by the IHS – the Resource Patient Management System (RPMS).   With your voice, we can secure a stronger healthcare future for American Indian and Alaska Native communities!

The online questionnaire will help identify clinical, administrative, infrastructure gaps in the HIT system and identify what changes are required to meet the needs of healthcare facilities. The questionnaire will ask participants about the changes and improvements to RPMS they would most like to see. Please note, questions for the survey were developed from input received by users of RPMS. We ask for your timely participation in the data call to ensure that the perspective of your patients and their urban Indian health program is included, whether or not your health system utilizes RPMS regularly.  
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Upcoming Events Highlights 

Joint Commission Suicide Prevention Webinar: Implementing the Safety Planning Intervention in Your Organization - Guidance on NPSG 15.01.01 (EP 6) effective July 1, 2019 (September 9, 2019)

Effective July 1, 2019, Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal 15.01.01 (EP6) requires organizations to follow their policies and procedures when providing counseling and planning follow-up care for individuals at discharge who have been identified as at risk for suicide.  Suicide prevention safety planning is more than simply filling out a form. To assist healthcare organizations to better understand safety planning as a clinical intervention, The Joint Commission has partnered with suicide prevention experts, Gregory K. Brown, PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, Barbara Stanley, PhD from Columbia University Medical Center, and Christine Moutier, MD from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to present a webinar focused on Implementing the Safety Planning Intervention. 

Webinar Session objectives include:
  1. Introduce the concept of Safety Planning as a clinical intervention and not a form.
  2. Clearly delineate Safety Planning Intervention requirements for Emergency Departments vs psychiatric and behavioral health care settings
  3. Examine challenges for Safety Planning implementation in ED and urgent care settings
  4. Share best practice resources
A webinar recording and slides will be posted on the Joint Commission website several weeks after this session.

Webinar Date: Sep 9, 2019 11:00 AM CDT 
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September 10 - 20 - NCUIH's Youth Council’s Indigi-Wellness Champion Campaign

Join the online campaign on September 10 - 20, 2019!  NCUIH Inaugural Youth Council invites all youth to participate in the National Indigi-Wellness Champion Campaign.
  1. Create a post and share photos of life, family, friends, hobbies as examples of ways you keep your Indigenous identity strong and what have you been doing to promote health and wellness in your community over the past 4 years.
  2. Answer 2 questions in your post: “What does it mean to be an Indigi-Wellness Champion?” and “How do you stay resilient in your community”?
  3. Ask other Native youth to join the movement in your post and ask them “What does it mean for you to be an Indigi-Wellness Champion?” and “How do you stay resilient in your community”? 
  4. Share on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Make sure that your social media post settings are public for NCUIH’s office to view your submission.
    • *Always get parental permission before posting any content online (if under 18 years old)
    • Include the Youth Council Campaign Logo & hashtags #ThisIsNative #CultureIsPrevention #NCUIH #NCUIHYC18
    • Create your post by using the YC’s graphics image representing both campaigns.
  5. Submit your post at https://www.ncuih.org/indigiwellness before 11:59 PM September 20, 2019.

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Webinar: NCUIH Presents SOAR for Native Communities (September 12, 2019)


In partnership with the ACF Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, National Council of Urban Indian Health is offering, SOAR for Native Communities, a free interactive training for health care professionals to identify and respond to human trafficking.  

The SOAR curriculum is designed to educate health care providers, social workers, public health professionals, and behavioral health professionals on how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to individuals who are at risk or who have been trafficked.  SOAR for Native Communities will provide UIOs and others detailed guidance on how organizations can respond to trafficking
When: September 12, 2019 at 4pm to 5pm ET

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on VA-IHS MOU (September 16, 2019 in Temecula, CA)

The Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer will seek input on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and related performance measures between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service. The session will be free and open to the public as part of the pre-conference day of the National Indian Health Board Tribal Health Conference.

Event Information:
Monday, September 16, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) at the Pechanga Casino & Resort, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA
Read Tribal and Urban Leader Letter from IHS

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Annual Tribal Consultation Meeting (September 16, 2019 in Temecula, CA)


The ACF will host its Annual Tribal Consultation Meeting on September 16, 2019, in Temecula, California from 9am -5pm PDT. The session will take place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. More information about the meeting is be posted here: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ana/2019-acf-tribal-consultation.  All attendees must register for this consultation through this site.

Contact: ANA help desk at 1-877-922-9262 or ANACommissioner@acf.hhs.gov.


Webinar: University of Arizona Telemedicine Program Presents: “Superbugs are Taking Over...Here's How Telehealth Can Stop Them” (September 19) 

Presenter: Kevin T. Stephan, MD, FACP 

Learning Objectives:
  1. The impact of overprescribing antibiotics and how they create superbugs
  2. The importance of Infectious Disease specialists
  3. Eight steps to bringing in a solution via Telehealth
Date:  Sep 19, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (EST)
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Technical Assistance & Research Highlights 

Program Spotlight: Fresno American Indian Health Project Expands Services 

Incorporated as a nonprofit in 2011, the Fresno American Indian Health Project (FAIHP) is an organization devoted to providing services to urban Native Americans in Fresno and other parts of the region. According Selina De La Peña, CEO of the FAIHP, this amounts to people from more than120 tribes from across the country.

“People that move away from the reservations — let’s say in New Mexico, Oklahoma — and they come to Fresno,” De La Peña said. “So they live here, but their original roots are from somewhere else.”

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National Indigenous Women's Resource Center offers On-Site Technical Assistance to Tribal Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters 

NIWRC is pleased to announce the availability of On-Site Technical Assistance to tribal domestic violence programs and shelters. In FY 2020, NIWRC has funding to provide up to three days of direct on-site technical assistance in four (4) tribal locations.  This technical assistance opportunity is designed to support tribal capacity enhancement in responding to domestic violence and to strengthen advocacy services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and trafficking. FVPSA tribal grantees are encouraged to apply.
Important dates:
  • Deadline for submission is September 30, 2019.
  • TA applicants will be notified on or before October 18, 2019.
  • All onsite TA visits will be scheduled from January 1 through August 31, 2020.
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CDC Preventing Chronic Disease Collection Journal Now Available Featuring 7 Articles on Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country 


Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed public health journal sponsored by the CDC and authored by experts worldwide. This Preventing Chronic Disease Collection of 7 articles chronicles the journey of CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) as the first 5 years come to a close.  The articles are available as free downloads online here.

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Funding Opportunity: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A and B (October 15, 2019)

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding for the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Parts A and B”.  The program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Grantees will be funded to implement effective and innovative strategies, interventions, approaches, and services to reduce new HIV infections in the United States. The overarching goal for this initiative is to reduce new HIV infections in the United States to less than 3,000 per year by 2030.  Applications will be accepted 08/13/2019 to 10/15/2019, and awards are projected to be made on 03/01/2020.

Deadline: October 15, 2019 
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Funding: HUD for Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (October 30, 2019) 

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.

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.
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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 NCUIH, posted on Monday September 9, 2019
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