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TribalNet Seeking Speakers for the 16th Annual TribalNet Conference

tribalnetlogotransjulyApril 13, 2015 – TribalNet will be accepting requests to present until May 29, 2015 for the 16th Annual TribalNet Conference which will be held this year at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, TX November 2 –5, 2015.

Each year the annual TribalNet conference brings together a unique nationwide community and provides an excellent platform for targeted educational opportunities unmatched in the industry. The number of speakers, vendors and attendees continues to climb each year as this event has proven itself for years to be a MUST attend for anyone involved with technology and leadership at tribes, tribal health facilities, tribal gaming and non-gaming enterprises.

“Our speaker lineup is always impressive and we start our agenda development early in the year so if you want to participate be sure to connect with us as soon as possible!” comments Executive Director, Shannon Bouschor. “Each year we continue to expand our reach in the industry; new tracks and new topics. Our advisory board will soon start reviewing requests to speak and begin to develop and shape what is sure to be an agenda full of educational and valuable sessions.”

Anyone who hasn’t been to a TribalNet conference and maybe more importantly those of you who have, should tune into the TribalNet YouTube channel where you can take a look at the 15th anniversary video. You will see highlights from past events, interviews with some key players in the industry and hear from some key technology solution providers. You can search for it on YouTube or use the direct link:

Information on how to submit your request to present at TribalNet can be found on their website under the conference menu tabsubmenu-speakers. Simply complete and submit the form by May 29, 2015 in order to be considered.

About TribalNet:

Through the annual conference, year-round membership, magazine and industry partnerships, TribalNet is an industry resource connecting technology leaders at tribal organizations, health facilities, casinos and enterprises nationwide with technology solution providers specific to the industry. Join their social media platforms to stay informed and stay connected year-round. For more information visit TribalNet online at:


March is National Nutrition Month – celebrate Native foods with #HeresMyPlate

March is National Nutrition Month!Here's-My-Plate-Tip-1

During the week of March 23, we invite you to join us in promoting healthy eating. Throughout the week, snap a picture of your favorite healthy meal or a family favorite, then tweet and post using‪#‎HeresMyPlate‬ starting March 23. For Native Health News Alliance users, we’re offering a $20 gift card for participation. Just make sure you mention @newsNHNA when you post on Twitter and we will enter you in a drawing to win!


NIHB announces Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative awardees

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) announced the selection of five tribal health departments for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI), which will run through June 2015.

Totaling over $50,000, awards will support these Tribes’ efforts to address their various needs in preparing and applying for accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). In its pilot year, the Tribal ASI is made possible by funding and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, and administered by NIHB.

“The National Indian Health Board is grateful for the opportunity to provide support to our Tribes as they work toward achieving public health accreditation. The Tribes awarded are taking steps today that will improve the delivery of public health services, now and for the future – embracing and embodying public health as a traditional value. Their actions will positively impact the health and wellness of their citizens, while blazing a trail that others in Indian Country may follow,” said NIHB Executive Director Stacy Bohlen.

The selected tribes represent different sizes, geographic diversity, and reflect a wide array of experience with accreditation. Each of the tribes have constructed their own individual work plan that will accomplish specific and concrete steps towards achieving one or more of the standards for public health accreditation. The following is a list of the Tribal ASI awardees:

  • Eastern Band of Cherokee, North Carolina
  • Forest Country Potawatomi, Wisconsin
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Washington

As part of the Tribal ASI, NIHB and CDC will provide sites with technical assistance, opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, and access to national networks and resources. More information on the Tribal ASI can be found at

Robert J. Wood Foundation Commits $500 million toward healthy weight in children


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health, announced a $500 million commitment to help children achieve a healthy weight, focusing on people and places hardest hit by obesity.

About one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association. Many of those children struggle with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. In addition, excess weight at a young age has been linked to earlier death rates in adulthood.

The foundation said it will commit $500 million over the next 10 years to expand efforts to help more children grow up at a healthy weight. This builds on a $500 million commitment made in 2007.

“By 2025, we want to ensure that children in America grow up at a healthy weight, no matter who they are or where they live,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. “We have made substantial progress, but there is far more to do and we can’t stop now. We all have a role to play in our homes, schools, and neighborhoods to ensure that all kids have healthy food and safe places to play.”

With the new commitment, the foundation will support strategies to ensure that children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight. Other focus areas include making healthy school environments the norm, advocating for youth to get more physical activity, making healthy foods and beverages affordable and accessible, and eliminating the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in children 5 and under.

AHA CEO Nancy Brown said the foundation’s plans will help more children live, learn and play in healthier environments.

“Our organizations are fortunate to have a decades-long partnership in devoting resources that align to advance research, shift individual behaviors and social norms, and advocate for change so that all people can live healthier lives,” she said.

Nationally, childhood obesity rates have begun to level off, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also released data last year showing rates may be decreasing among the nation’s youngest children.

But these initial reports of declines follow decades of increases, according to the RWJF. And more than one-third of young people are overweight or obese.

The foundation plans to intensify its focus on areas hardest hit by obesity. It said it will work to help eliminate disparities that contribute to higher obesity rates among children of color and those living in poverty.

African-American and Latino youth continue to have higher obesity rates than their white peers, even in most areas reporting overall progress. Among the cities and states reporting obesity declines, only Philadelphia has measured progress toward narrowing disparity gaps. Obesity rates there have dropped sharply in African-American boys and Latino girls, the foundation said.

NIHB addresses Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during Jan. 28 hearing

NIHB highlights Native American priorities for the 114th Congress

NIHB Executive Director Testifies before Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
NIHB Executive Director Stacy Bohlen testifies before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Jan. 28, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held its first hearing during the 114th Congress to gain an overview of American Indian and Alaska Native priority issues.

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Executive Director Stacy A. Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) testified before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in an oversight hearing to explore “Indian Country Priorities for the 114th Congress.”

In his first hearing as Committee Chair, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) noted in his introductory remarks that: “As chairman, my top priorities are jobs, energy and natural resource development, healthcare, education, juvenile justice, and tribal self-governance.”

New Committee Vice Chairman John Tester (D-MT) said: “I look forward to working with…everybody…on this committee to move Indian Country forward.”

The hearing clearly demonstrated the continuing bi-partisan, collaborative commitment to continue being the legislative nexus for the advancement of issues important to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

“Our Peoples continue to live sicker and die younger than other Americans,” said Bohlen.  “Our lifespan is 4.2 years less than other Americans and on some reservations, like Wind River – home of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming – where life expectancy is only 49 years. …It’s more than time that we must stand together to change these realities.”  Affirming the federal government’s trust responsibility for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, the NIHB set forth an agenda for change.  NIHB will diligently work with the Committee to advance these Tribal objectives.

Ms. Bohlen set forth the Tribal Health agenda, including such issues as:

  • Mandatory and increased Appropriations for the Indian Health Service
  • Advance appropriations for Indian Health Service (like the Veteran’s Administration)
  • Exemption for Tribes from all sequestration and rescission cuts
  • Medicare-Like Rates for Purchased Referred Care for non-hospital providers
  • Exemption for Tribes from the Employer Mandate in the affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Correcting the Definition of Indian in the ACA
  • 5-year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians at $200 million per year
  • Oversight on implementation of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA)
  • Long-term, sustainable methods to fully fund Contract Support Costs
  • Investment into Indian Country’s public health infrastructure

Located in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, the NIHB, a non-profit organization, provides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations.  The NIHB continually presents the Tribal perspective while monitoring federal legislation, and opening opportunities to network with other national health care organizations to engage their support on Indian health care issues.  Please visit for more information.

To read NIHB’s full written statement, please click here.

To view a video of the hearing, please click here.

NHNA teams with Treatment Diaries for #TreatDiariesChat Feb. 3

Native Health News Alliance and American Indian Cancer Foundation will join Treatment Diaries for evening Twitter chat Feb. 3 

Who: Native Health News Alliance and Treatment Diaries

What: #TreatDiariesChat

When: Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 7-8 p.m., CDT (chat will last one hour)

Where: Twitter

The Native Health News Alliance is partnering with Treatment Diaries for a Twitter chat in recognition of American Heart Month month during February. The American Indian Cancer Foundation will also be participating as a partner.

This chat will explore how heart disease affects Native communities – we’ll share stories, challenges and highlights of covering this topic, whether that has been on a tribal, local or national level.

Please join the chat by tweeting and using the #treatdiarieschat hashtag to share your insight on Native health in Indian County, whether it’s through a blog, coverage or your work in the health care field as a provider or a communications pro.

Participants are welcome to promote their media outlets and organizations through resources or connections. If there are others you’d think would benefit from the conversation, please share this invitation with them.

About Treatment Diaries is a unique healthcare platform and online patient community built at the intersection of personal health, privacy, and social communication. td-logoIndividual patients, caregivers and health advocates from around the world connect on Treatment Diaries to share their journey and bring personal insight to resources, treatment options and outcomes. The platform now serves as a way to bring personalized adherence, compliance and disease awareness materials to patients in a way that brings each individual closer to the center of their care.  Treatment Diaries believes sharing health experiences can help lead to improved adherence and better health.

This virtual support group is free and always available; offering a safe place to anonymously keep multiplediaries of your daily journey, across more than one condition – either privately or shared out with others, allowing for shared coping strategies, support for others and the exchange of information. is dedicated to the needs of ALL types of users including; individual patients, caregivers, family members and advocates. We promote the importance of keeping a diary of life changing experiences and the significance of engaging in behaviors and activities, which promote health, mental wellness and the self-management of chronic conditions.

There’s a new landing page specifically for Native Americans with chronic illnesses or those caring for loved ones living with these conditions.

Where can you go to learn from individuals who really understand what you’re facing as a Native American while remaining private about life’s circumstances? Treatment Diaries meets Native Americans at the crossroads of social and health; providing a safe and completely private experience, with the support you need most from the people who understand you best!

 About American Indian Cancer Foundation 

The mission of AICAF is to eliminate the cancer burdens on American Indian families through education, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivor support.americanIndianCancer_logo

AICAF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established to address the tremendous cancer inequities faced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities. AICAF’s board members and employees are American Indian, with an array of experience serving the health needs of our people.

About Native Health News Alliance 

The Native Health News Alliance (NHNA) is non-profit news organization in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association. nhna_logo_2clrWe serve media outlets with multimedia news and feature stories specific to the health and wellness needs, issues and concerns of the American Indian Alaskan Native governments and communities.

NHNA editors and journalists focus on health news from the ground up, featuring the voices of those most affected and those at the forefront of health and wellness.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports NCAI President Cladoosby’s statement on equal opportunities for Native children

W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron Responds to NCAI President Brian Cladoosby’s State of Indian Nations Address

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), articulated in his State of Indian Nations address that progress is being made in implementing policies that are strengthening tribal economies and justice systems, improving the quality of life of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples and modernizing the trust relationship between tribal nations and the federal government. Yet, Cladoosby emphasizes that much more must be done.

WKKFThe W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) fully endorses his declaration that “we must tear down barriers to growth” that are hindering opportunities for Native Americans.

Most importantly, we must address the obstacles and realities faced by American Indian and Alaska Native children – many of which are frequently overlooked, or even ignored. Twenty-five percent of Native children live in poverty; approximately half graduate from high school; suicide is the leading cause of death for native children and youths; and they are twice as likely as any other race to die before the age of 24. Many of the inequities and barriers native children face are the result of racism, poverty, under-resourced schools and unhealthy living environments.

The Kellogg Foundation applauds this commitment and all efforts that make the challenges and successes of native children a visible and central part of our public discourse. WKKF believes every child, regardless of race or income, deserves an equal opportunity to thrive. By modernizing the trust relationship and empowering tribes, as PresidentCladoosby advocates, tribal-led solutions can be developed to ensure that native children can succeed in school, work and life. A critical component of these efforts is and will be emphasizing cultural relevance, with parents, families and native communities playing essential roles in their children’s development and care.

The Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Education Initiative of the American Indian College Fund is an example of a program that is strengthening and improving the quality of early childhood education in native communities. Funded by WKKF and others, the program empowers parents and families to become strong advocates for their preschool-aged children, while incorporating native languages and culture into its curriculum. It exemplifies a tribal-led solution that creates space for authentic participation and tribal sovereignty.

WKKF applauds Cladoosby for citing the success of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, which helped create the nation’s first dental health therapist workforce more than a decade ago, which has expanded access to dental care to more than 40,000 children and families. By age 2, nearly 80 percent of native children will have tooth decay. Gone untreated, decay can affect a child’s general health and cause her to lose valuable time in school. These effective mid-level dental providers have first-hand knowledge of their communities’ needs and provide affordable, high-quality, culturally competent and responsive care to those who need it. Building on this successful model, WKKF has been a leader in supporting the broader use of dental therapists to increase access to dental care where it’s needed most.

Every child has promise and potential.  Federal, tribal, state and local governments along with nonprofits and the private sector must build trust and work in partnership to ensure that Native American children have equal opportunities to succeed.  For too long the challenges and accomplishments of native children have been invisible to most Americans. WKKF hopes that this year will see a national bipartisan focus on all children and their families, and growing support for more tribal-led solutions to help each and every native child thrive.


About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

San Manuel gives $6 million gift to continue FNX Native media programming

First Nations Experience Television Network commemorates $6 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

SAN BERNADINO, Calif.— KVCR- CH 24, the public television station of the San Bernardino Community College District, is proud to be receiving the second $6 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The gift supports FNX | First Nations Experience, the country’s first and only public television network dedicated to Native American and World Indigenous content.

KVCR-TV, the PBS affiliate for Inland Southern California, created and launched the FNX Channel in 2011 with the support of Founding Partners, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. FNX has grown into a fulltime, self-contained, 24/7 turnkey, national public television network with affiliates broadcasting into 12 states. FNX is now available to public and community TV stations across America via satellite over the Public Television Interconnect System. FNX is one of the most unique and innovative developments in Public Media, and this second gift to FNX from San Manuel marks one of the largest commitments in history to public television and underserved audiences. Arising from a need for Native Americans to tell their own stories; to help preserve our culture, to promote awareness and appreciation for Native culture and history among the general public, FNX is the most exciting new programming development in public media today.

CDC releases report on disease incidence in Native communities

According to new data published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations experienced higher rates of new infections than non-Hispanic white (NHW) populations in 14 of 26 reportable infectious diseases during 2007-2011. Although incidence rates of some infectious diseases have declined in AI/AN populations, disparities between groups remain.

CDC analyzed data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System that collects reports on nationally notifiable diseases in the United States and its territories. Interventions are needed to reduce disparities in chlamydia, gonorrhea, West Nile virus, spotted fever rickettsiosis, and other infections among AI/AN and NHW populations.

View the full report here:


Complete the NHNA Native media survey by Jan. 27 for a chance to win a $50 Target gift card

Share your experience working with a Native media outlet

Complete the NHNA Native media survey by Jan. 27 for a chance to win a $50 Target gift card

The Native Health News Alliance aims to serve a diverse group of media outlets. This 15-minute survey aims to give NHNA a better understanding of reporting practices across Native media outlets in the U.S.

Take the survey online by clicking the link here:

All Native and non-Native reporters, journalists, editors and producers working for tribal media outlets are encouraged to take the survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All responses will remain confidential. After completing the survey, participants may enter their email addresses for a chance to win a $50 Target gift card.

Only surveys completed by Jan. 27 will be entered in the drawing for the gift card.