February 9, 2015 |  Issue 15-06






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 

Top Stories 
Tribal Leaders Visit Capitol Hill in Support of SDPI

Tribal leaders took to Capitol Hill on February 3, 2015 to provide outreach and education to Congress on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI).  Over 15 individuals participated in visits to 9 Congressional offices.  The group met with members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate and included representatives from Cowlitz Indian Tribe; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians; Navajo Nation; Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians; Pueblo of Zuni; Astariwi Band of Pit River Indians; the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians; and the Tohono O'Odham Nation.

Tribal representatives meet with staff of Rep Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM)
SDPI will expire on September 30, 2015, unless Congress acts.  The legislation that typically serves as the legislative vehicle for SDPI, the Sustainable Growth Rate Fix (aka the "Doc Fix"), which governs the rates physicians are paid by Medicare, expires on March 31 2015.  It is still unclear if Congress will find a way to pay for the overall bill which is estimated to cost over $150 billion.  If there needs to be another short-term patch for the Doc Fix Tribes are asking that SDPI be included in that reauthorization. 


Please visit www.nihb.org/sdpi for more information on how you can be involved in SDPI renewal for 2015! 

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee Meets in Rockville, Maryland

The Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC)  met last week at IHS headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The primary role of the TLDC is to make recommendations to the IHS Director on broad-based policy and advocacy priorities for diabetes and related chronic conditions. 


The Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee met February 4-5 in at IHS Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland 

There were over 35 people present for the meeting and eleven of the twelve IHS Areas were represented in a discussion with the IHS Acting Director, Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, on the process for the FY2016 national consultation process. TLDC members were able to provide their recommendations on how the Director could consult with Tribes regarding the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The final decisions for the FY2016 consultation process will be made by the Director if SDPI is renewed in March 2015.

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 IS LIVE. You can click here for more information or call our offices at (202) 507-4070. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Tribal Public Health Summit - Call for Proposals 

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Friday, February 20, 2015.  Please follow the link below for more information and to submit your workshop proposal.  


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 Palm Springs, California. 


NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidenced based, best or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities.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:

  • Accreditation and Quality Improvement
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
  • 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.

Capitol Hill Updates
House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on FY 2016 IHS Funding
The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies will hold a Budget Hearing on the Indian Health Service on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at  9:30am in B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. 

For more information please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=393961 

Bill to Establish a Commission on Native Children Passes the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, a bill introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) to establish a Commission on Native Children (s. 246) unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.  This is the final step before being able to be considered on the Senate Floor. 

If enacted, the Commission on Native Children would work to identify the complex challenges faced by Native children across the United States by conducting an intensive study on these issues.  These issues include high rates of poverty, staggering unemployment, child abuse, domestic violence, crime, substance abuse, and dire economic opportunities. After the study, the Commission would make recommendations on how to make sure Native children get the protections, and economic and educational tools they need to thrive.

You can learn more about this legislation by clicking here
You can read NIHB's support letter for this bill by clicking here.

Administration Updates
Invitation to Indigenous U.S. Consultation, February 26

The U.S. Department of State cordially invites you to a Consultation with Representatives of the U.S. Government, U.S. Federally Recognized Tribes and other U.S. Indigenous Peoples. 


TopicFollow-Up to the September 2014 UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 

DateThursday, February 26, 2015 

Location:  Capital Hilton Hotel,  Ohio Room

1001 16th Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C.   20036


Session for U.S. Federally Recognized Tribes:  10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session for U.S. NGOs and others:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Click here for more information. 



Training Session: The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application

On behalf of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), you are invited to attend a training session on  "The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application"

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


This online seminar will help grant applicants better understand:

  • The basics of every grant application
  • Writing a narrative to address 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 Federal Assistance Management will be on hand to answer your questions. 

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


Send your questions to TribalQuestions@hrsa.gov 


Funding Opportunity: Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Grants 

Last week, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released two new Notices of Funding Availability in the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent (FGP) and Senior Companion (SCP) programs. These competitions are open to federally-recognized Indian Tribes, including current Tribal grantees. With these notices, CNCS intends to fund successful applicants that increase the impact of national service in American Indian and Alaska Native communities not currently served by FGP or SCP grantees.  


Established in 1974, the Senior Companion Program links volunteers ages 55 and over with adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks. They provide assistance and friendship to make a difference by helping these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care.  Senior Companion volunteers help with tasks such as shopping or paying bills. They also provide respite to give family members or professional caregivers time off to run their own errands or to take care of their own appointments.

Successful applicants will recruit and place volunteers, ages 55 and over, to provide person-to-person service to adults in need of additional assistance, often frail elders, as well as to provide additional support to family caregivers. 


Additional information can be found here. 


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