• 2012 NIHB Public Health Summit

    Hard Rock Casino


    Jennifer Cooper NIHB Legislative Director

  • ACA OBJECTIVESIncrease access to affordable health coverageSlow the rate of increase in health care costsIncrease health insurance consumer protectionsImprove quality of health care increase focus on prevention


  • Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Programs05/30/12 Letter of Intent is due

    Community Transformation Grant Small Communities Programs due 7/31/12

    SAMHSA Behavioral Health-Tribal Prevention Grant (FY 2013)Presidents Proposed Budget: $40 million




    To develop effective, streamlined, consumer-oriented materials to assist American Indians & Alaska Natives in understanding their rights and new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)& the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA).



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  • A consumer-oriented, interactive website was developed and launched A two day Kickoff meeting was held in Washington, D.C. A two day National Tribal Health Care Reform Training was held in Minnesota

    OUTREACH & EDUCATION ACTIVITIESArea Strategies Session: Developing Area Plans for O&E Bemidji Area



    Good Morning.

    This morning, I will be providing you with a brief overview of what the Affordable Care Act contains for Public Health.

    ***Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Programs: The goals of the ACA Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program include both supporting the development of healthy, happy, successful American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and families through a coordinated, high-quality, evidence-based home visiting strategy and expanding the evidence base around home visiting programs for AIAN populations.

    Home visiting programs are intended to promote outcomes such as improvements in maternal and prenatal health, infant health, and child health and development; reduced child maltreatment; improved parenting practices related to child development outcomes; improved school readiness; improved family socio-economic status; improved coordination of referrals to community resources and supports; and reduced incidence of injuries, crime, and domestic violence.

    Tomorrow there is a workshop on this grant program: The workshop is titled Tribal Home Visitings Promise and Progress in Native CommunitiesFrom 1:45-3:00 pm

    The Community Transformation Grants (CTG) program will support community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. By promoting healthy lifestyles, especially among population groups experiencing the greatest burden of chronic disease, these grants will help improve health, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. Approximately $103 million in prevention funding has been awarded to 61states and communitiesserving approximately 120 million Americans.

    Also not available yet, there is SAMHSA Behavioral Health Tribal Prevention Grant. This program would provide funding for all federally recognized tribes to address prevention of substance abuse and suicide in their communities. The funding of this grant comes from the prevention and Public Health Fund.

    *The National Indian Health Outreach and Education initiative aims to develop effective, streamlined, consumer-oriented materials to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives in understanding their rights and new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act and Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

    Outreach and education is currently underway with coordination of local trainings, national marketing tools, and e-resources that clearly explain health reform changes and their impact on tribal communities are being developed and will be soon be available on Technical assistance and supportive efforts wit National, Area and local Indian Health Boards will also be provided about these Acts and their changes and requirements that will affect American Indians and Alaska Natives.

    *The National Indian Health Outreach and Education Initiative is a national partnership between Indian Health Service (IHS), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI),and representatives from each of the 12 IHS Areas.In addition, the National Council of Urban Health is conducting training at the urban Indian centers.*Here is a list of NIHOE Area Representatives from each of the 12 IHS Areas. Outreach and Education trainings have begun and we encourage you to reach out to your NIOHE representative in your area to see how you can participate or become involved in these efforts.*In early February, fourteen Indian Health Service (IHS) area representatives and national tribal health organizations met for a kick off meeting for the National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE) Initiative in Washington D.C. During the two-day meeting area representatives worked on a national outreach plan to develop and disseminate education materials and tools on ACA. This workgroup of technical experts and stakeholders made a strategy on how best to share this information in their communities and identified who the target audiences would be: Individual consumers, Health Directors, Tribal Employers and Tribal Governments. NIHOE concluded the meetings by meeting with Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, IHS Director and sharing upcoming O&E efforts. Creative and positive feedback with a lot of area collaboration is truly what made this Kick off meeting a success.

    In mid April, NIHOE initiatives National Tribal Health Reform Training was held in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The 2-day training included plenary sessions and workshops on the new benefits for American Indians and Alaska Natives from the Affordable Care Act and the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; overviews of the development of key education messages, materials, and training; and most importantly information on the development of strategies for outreach and education in all IHS Areas. There was some great work that resulted from Area Strategy Sessions. These sessions examined opportunities, events and potential venues in tribal communities for outreach and education campaigns. We wrapped up the meeting by having each area give a report out to the IHS Director on what campaign opportunities tribes will take back to their communities. There were many fantastic ideas and we look forward to hearing more about what is planned in your area for ACA education. was launched in May and offers resources about insurance, health care and new laws for various consumer groups. The site will serve as a portal for stakeholders to receive updates on implemented provisions, education materials, health care reform and E-resources that clearly explain health reform changes and their impact on tribal communities.

    Please let NIHOE know what tools and materials would best serve your communities. What do consumers in your area need or want? What are their concerns and a education materials become available on we will be sure to let you know about these developments. NIHOEs goal is to share and get the word out on what is going on with the new health-care law. Please be sure to visit us at


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