January 27, 2015 |  Issue 15-04





IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee 
January 27-28, 2015

Washington, DC


Affordable Care Act National Tribal Day of Action 

February 2, 2015


Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee

February 4-5, 2015

Rockville, MD


IHS FY 2017 National Budget Formulation Work Session

February 10-11, 2015

Washington, DC


CDC TAC meeting and Tribal Consultation

February 10-11, 2015

Atlanta, GA


Medicare, Medicaid Policy Committee Meeting

February 17, 2015

Washington, DC 


CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Group 

February 18-19, 2015

Washington, DC 


Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee Meeting 

February 18-19, 2015

Nashville, TN


HHS Tribal Budget and Policy Consultation

February 25-26, 2015

Washington, DC


Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

March 17-18, 2015

Washington DC


NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit 

April 7-9, 2015

Palm Springs, CA


NIHB Annual Consumer Conference

September 21-24, 2015

Washington, DC

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In This Issue 

NIHB Updates

The National Indian Health Board's Tribal Public Health Summit will take place at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, California  from April 7-9, 2015.  The Summit has continued to grow each year, and now in its 6th year, this promises to be the largest Summit to date.  


Registration deadlines, fees, and more information on the Summit are available on the Summit webpage.  You can click here for more information or call our offices at (202) 507-4070. 

Tribal Public Health Summit - Call for Proposals

Public health professionals, researchers, and community-based service providers are invited to submit abstracts for the NIHB 2015 Tribal Public Health Summit, taking place April 7 to 9, 2015, at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. 


NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidenced based, best or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. NIHB is particularly interested in presentations that provide tools along with information and research, so that participants may leave with the tools they need to make the knowledge they gain actionable. This year's summit emphasizes strengthening the public health workforce in Indian Country, so please consider topics and content that will focus on key skills in one of the four summit tracks. 


The summit tracks include:

  • Accreditation and Quality Improvement
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Use
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 
  • Public Health Law and Policy 

 To  visit our online Call for Proposals information page for additional details and instructions on submitting your proposal, CLICK HERE.


NIHB Announces Recipients of Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative Awards  

NIHB is pleased to announce the recipients of the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI) awards.  The following five Tribes will receive small awards to work on projects pertaining to public health accreditation:

  • Eastern Band of Cherokee
  • Forest County Potawatomi Community
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Swinomish Tribal Indian Community

Each Tribe submitted workplans distinguishing different areas of focus - but all project activities will demonstrate concrete gains in readiness to apply for public health accreditation.  NIHB is looking forward to working directly with these Tribes during the course of the year.

Capitol Hill Updates
NIHB to Testify before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs January 28
On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 2:30pm EST, National Indian Health Board Executive Director Stacy Bohlen will testify before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs at an oversight hearing called "Indian Country Priorities for the 114th Congress." 

You can view the hearing live on the Committee's website.

Congress Begins Early Consideration of Legislative Vehicle for SDPI 
Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee began considering changes for the Medicare's physician payment formula -- also known as the "Doc Fix" -- as the current "patch" blocking cuts to Medicare doctors expires on March 31, 2015.  During the meeting, the path forward on how to pay for this major legislation remained unclear. 

The Doc Fix is typically the legislative vehicle that contains renewal for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) as part of what are known as the "Medicare Extenders."  In recent years, SDPI has only received one-year renewals because the Doc Fix bill has only received short-term patches.  

NIHB and other SDPI Advocates from across Indian Country will be meeting with their Members of Congress in the coming months to support long-term SDPI renewal as part of the "Doc Fix" by March 31. Please visit www.nihb.org/sdpi for more information in SDPI including fact sheets on the program, or contact Caitrin Shuy, NIHB's Director of Congressional Relations, if you would like to become more involved in SDPI advocacy efforts at cshuy@nihb.org or 202-507-4085. 
Administration Updates


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host the 17th Annual Tribal Budget Consultation (ATBC) for Fiscal Year 2017 in February.  The two-day session will include one-on-one sessions and a Tribal Resource Day on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and the ATBC session on Thursday, February 26, 2015.  


HHS will be hosting Planning calls from the Budget Session leading up to the consultation.  The call-in information is as follows:

17th ATBC Planning Conference Call Schedule

  • January 21, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST
  • January 28, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST
  • February 4, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST
  • February 11, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EST

Conference Call Number (for every call)

Call In Number: 888-552-9182

Participant Code: 97371


Tribal leaders, advocates and technical advisors are encouraged to participate in these calls. Click here for more information on the ATBC and a draft Agenda.

NIHB Invites You to attend Upcoming Data Symposium 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) will be presenting a Data Symposium at the National Museum of the of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 19th, 2015.   The Data Symposium will feature the latest data on key priorities in the delivery of healthcare services across Indian Country. 


Tribal leaders, representatives, and their staff are invited to attend the daylong event that follows the Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) Face-to-Face meeting the day before.  Notable topics for the Symposium include updates on the changes in American Indian and Alaska Native Medicaid enrollment and payment, IHS updates on the diabetes and Medicare payments, CMS information on Medicare payment adjustments, federal and state marketplace and qualified health plan enrollment, and more. 


The National Indian Health Board highly encourages Tribal leaders and staff to attend this rare event.  For more information, please contact Devin Delrow at ddelrow@nihb.org


Webinar:  American Indian/Alaska Native Youth and the ACA

Please join representatives from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United National Tribal Indian Youth (UNITY) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) for a Webinar/Call on "What Native Youth need to know about the Affordable Care Act". 


The webinar/call will take place on Thursday, January 29th at 3:00 PM EST. Below you will find the Call-In Information and links to the webinar and agenda.  

Call-In Number:  888-989-4986

Participant Passcode:  7171070

Webinar link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/271169805 


Click here for the agenda and Power Point


HRSA Training Webcast: The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Application

Save the date for a for a Training Webcast:  The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application.  Brought to you by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


This online seminar will help grant applicants better understand:

  • The basics of every grant application
  • Writing your narrative to match the review criteria
  • How the application pieces fit together to respond to all aspects of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Experts from HRSA's Office of Financial Assistance Management will be on hand to answer your questions on:

Wednesday, February 11th at 3:00 pm EST.


Send your questions to TribalQuestions@hrsa.gov 


To join/register for this Webcast, go to: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa150211.html 

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