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Rural Tribal Health – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Dec 6, 2022 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. The program is intended to help Tribes and Tribal Organizations (T/TOs) prepare to assume management of IHS programs, services, functions, and activities and improve Tribal health management. Applications are due March 6, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 5, 2022 - Memorandum for the Executive Office of the President establishing uniform minimum standards to be implemented across all agencies regarding how tribal consultations are to be conducted. This memorandum is designed to respond to the input received from Tribal Nations regarding tribal consultation, improve and streamline the consultation process for both tribes and federal participants, and ensure more consistency in how agencies initiate, provide notice for, conduct, record, and report on tribal consultations. Federal agencies are encouraged to build upon these standards to fulfill the goals and purposes of Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, "Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments," consistent with their unique missions and engagement with Tribal Nations on agency-specific issues.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 2, 2022 - Provides brief summaries of recent Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) highlights and news from the HRSA regions, including conversations on maternal health in Utah, building partnerships with state health workforce boards, a tribal behavioral health summit, and meetings with Mississippi state health leaders.
Source: Heath Resources & Services Administration
Dec 1, 2022 - Describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative, promoting traditional food ways, Indian Country food and agriculture markets, and Indigenous health through foods tailored to address American Indian/Alaska Native dietary needs.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 30, 2022 - Highlights federal actions related to tribal consultation and input to strengthen relations between the federal government and tribal nations. Covers tribal consultation standards and policies, agency guiding resources, and infrastructure and economic development opportunities. Describes a wide range of tribal initiatives related to tribal lands, climate change, broadband, public safety, and economic development.
Source: The White House
Nov 30, 2022 - Discusses the Indian Health Service's efforts to bring attention to the current human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) epidemics affecting many parts of Indian Country. Describes projects undertaken by 7 Indian organizations that received $1.2 million in funding to work towards eliminating these diseases.
Source: Indian Health Service
Nov 22, 2022 - Highlights the recognition of the Cherokee Nation with the Indian Health Service's Pandemic Heroism Award and the Director's Customer Service Award for efforts related to COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination. Describes the work of the Cherokee Nation's COVID-19 Task Force and other pandemic-related initiatives.
Source: KTUL
Nov 22, 2022 - Announces a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time that will explore food access and maternal health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Describes the focus of the chat, titled "Native Strengths: Improving Maternal and Child Health Through Native Foodways."
Source: HHS Office of Minority Health
Nov 10, 2022 - Describes a new mental and behavioral health 988 crisis line for Native and Indigenous people residing in Washington. Offers an overview of the Native and Strong Crisis Lifeline, which will be staffed by 16 people. Discusses mental and behavioral health disparities for American Indian and Alaska Native populations and the need for access to specialized counselors.
Source: Seattle Times
Nov 4, 2022 - Highlights efforts to incorporate traditional Native American medicine and spiritual practices alongside Western medicine through Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, focusing on this work in the Navajo Nation. Describes issues of intergenerational trauma and mental health struggles and barriers to mental health services for Native people in Arizona.
Source: Cronkite News

Last Updated: 12/6/2022