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Tribal Advisory Committee Nominations for New Members Requested

National Native American Heritage Month - Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tribal Advisory Committee Nominations for New Members Requested

NIH Letter to Tribal Leaders

Vacancies open for nomination include:

  • Aberdeen/Great Plains Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Alaska Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Albuquerque Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Bemidji Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Billings Area (Alternate)
  • California Area (Alternate)
  • Nashville Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Oklahoma Area (Alternate)
  • Phoenix Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Portland Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Tucson Area (Delegate and Alternate)
  • National At-Large Members (2 Delegates and 5 Alternates)

Nominations should be submitted no later than August 1, 2017.

Annual Tribal Consultation Session

NIH Letter to Tribal Leaders

NIH is pleased to announce that it will host its annual consultation session on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Alaska Time as a pre-meeting to the National Indian Health Board's Tribal Public Health Summit in Anchorage, Alaska. NIH staff will briefly review the structure, mission, and general functions of the NIH in leading biomedical research. Participating tribal members will then be asked to provide research priorities and concerns that can be used to help the NIH Tribal Health Research Office develop its first strategic plan. This consultation session will be held in-person with a toll-free conference line available. Tribal leaders and participants may obtain the login information and agenda from the NIH Tribal Health Research Office website: https://dpcpsi.nih.gov/thro

"Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities" Challenge Winners Announced

  • In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the Tribal Health Research Office announced the “Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities” Challenge.
  • The AI/AN population has long experienced a disparity in certain health conditions compared with other Americans. AI/AN communities have higher rates of diseases and disorders across several areas of health such as diabetes, chronic liver disease, certain cancers, mental health, and substance use.
  • The NIH hoped that this Challenge would incentivize the public to showcase the strengths and resilience of these communities, their heritage and traditions, and how their culture promotes their health and well-being.

View the winning videos!

NIH Letter to Tribal Leaders

NIH Letter to Tribal Leaders

NIH Informational/Consultation Session on Tribal Interests in Research Involving Human Participants

Join us for a webinar on Feb 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST. The webinar will open at 2:00 PM EST to allow users time to test the connection.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5908735186122368771

The session will be organized in two parts. Part 1 will begin with NIH staff briefly reviewing NIH’s role in advancing research and in assuring the protection of individuals and populations participating in NIH-funded research. Staff will then address any questions and seek the perspectives of participating tribal members.

In part 2, participating tribal members will be asked to provide information and perspectives on the integration of tradition and culture in research design and conduct and partnering with tribes in those research activities.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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NIH Letter to Tribal Leaders


NIH Letter to Tribal Leaders

Vacancies open for nomination include a primary delegate and an alternate from each of the following areas:

  • Albuquerque (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Billings (Alternate)
  • California (Alternate)
  • Great Plains (Alternate)
  • Oklahoma (Alternate)
  • Phoenix (Delegate and Alternate)
  • National At-Large Member (5 Alternates)

Each area representative must be an elected official or a tribal employee, who is designated to act on behalf of a tribal leader.

Nominations should be submitted no later than February 24, 2017.

More information about the NIH TAC and the nominations process can be found at https://dpcpsi.nih.gov/thro.


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Announcement of Requirements and Registration for “Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities” Challenge

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the Tribal Health Research Office in announces the “Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities” Challenge. The goal of this Challenge is to develop a brief digital story (i.e., a video) that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).

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November 10, 2016 – Letter from the Director

Dear NIH Staff,

Each November, I have the distinguished honor of leading the National Institutes of Health in its celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.  This month recognizes the intertribal cultures of Native Americans and reminds us that the diverse histories and traditions of American Indian and Alaska Native people play a vital role in strengthening families and communities.

This year’s theme, “Guiding Our Destiny with Traditions and Heritage: Leading the Way to Healthier Nations,” is a forward-looking reflection on these important cultures.  Native Americans encompass people who identify as the indigenous people of this nation—American Indians, Alaska Natives, and hundreds of tribal nations and ethnic groups found within the United States.  Currently, there are 567 federally recognized tribes, with over 6.6 million people who identified as partly or completely American Indian or Alaska Native, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  But “Native American” goes beyond how people identify as the nation’s earliest occupants; it describes a rich heritage, a respect for and coexistence with the environment, and centuries-old traditions that are passed down through the generations by storytelling.

I have been deeply touched by my interactions with NIH’s tribal partners.  I would like to express my sincere gratitude to them for sharing their stories and testimony on health disparities and for their insights on the research supported by the NIH.  The mission of the NIH, to gather knowledge that helps people get healthy and stay well, is particularly critical to reducing health disparities in Native Americans.  These populations have long experienced higher rates of diabetes, chronic liver disease, certain cancers, substance abuse, suicide, and other conditions when compared to the nation as a whole.  Leading the way to a healthier nation will mean continuing our thriving partnership with tribal communities and moving a research agenda forward together.

This month, the NIH will release an opportunity for tradition and heritage to guide the agency’s important work.  We are asking individuals and communities to create digital stories about health and wellness research in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  The goal is to develop a series of brief videos that communicate—through storytelling—how NIH-supported research improves the health of tribal populations. The videos will augment the NIH’s ongoing efforts to inform a strengthened research portfolio that advances the research needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. And, beginning yesterday, we launched a month-long Twitter effort (https://twitter.com/NIH_EDI).

I invite the entire NIH community to join with me in Leading the Way to Healthier Nations.  Together, we can guide a healthier destiny by celebrating the traditions, heritage, and achievements made by Native Americans.  For more information, you may contact Ashley Wells, Strategist for the Native American Portfolio, at Ashley.wells@nih.gov or 301-827-9359.

Sincerely yours,

Francis. S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director

 


Videos now available

Videocast links for the February 25-26, 2015 and September 15-16, 2016 Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) Meetings have been posted.

 


Report posted

The NIH Report on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Activities is generated each year by NIMHD, using trans-NIH data. The report contains information about 75 activities NIH supported during Fiscal Year 2015. These are selected highlights from the NIH AI/AN portfolio including research to study health disparities experienced by AI/AN groups; prevention activities intended to reduce the burdens of suicide, alcohol abuse, and substance use and abuse; outreach to Tribes; research opportunities provided to AI/AN students; and more. This report is now available here and in the Additional Policies and Resources section.

 


Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee Nominations for New Members Requested

NIH Tribal Leader Letter

Vacancies open for nomination include a primary delegate and an alternate from each of the following areas:

  • Albuquerque (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Billings (Delegate and Alternate)
  • California (Delegate and Alternate)
  • Oklahoma (Alternate)
  • Phoenix (Delegate and Alternate)
  • National At-Large Member (2 Delegates and 3 Alternates)

Each area representative must be an elected official or a tribal employee, who is designated to act on behalf of a tribal leader.

Nominations should be submitted no later than October 28, 2016.

More information about the NIH TAC and the nominations process can be found at https://dpcpsi.nih.gov/thro.

 


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