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VISIT The EpiCenter is one of twelve national Centers charged with collecting tribal health status data, evaluating data monitoring and delivery systems, and assisting tribes in identifying local priorities for healthcare delivery and health education. Learn More > OUR EPICENTER MAKING by expanding access to consistent, routine, high quality oral health care in tribal communities. Learn More > SMILES BRIGHTER Northwest NARCH Carefully designed and implemented health research can provide solutions to help eliminate the vast disparities in health between Northwest American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and non-AI/ANs. Learn More > Native CARS Study The Native CARS Study serves to improve rates of child safety seat use for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Learn More > EHR and Meaningful
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“Our mission is to eliminate health disparities and improve the quality of life of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting Northwest Tribes in their delivery of culturally appropriate, high quality healthcare.”


Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a chronic infection that can cause liver damage and liver cancer. About 20,000 persons die from HCV each year. Hepatitis C is a preventable and curable disease. Learn how our IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian (I/T/U) primary care clinics are proving that hepatitis c is treatable in our own communities, by our own providers.

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Pleased to Present

Tribal Disease Detectives: Contact Tracing Training
June 29, 10:30 Monday Pacific Time

Recommended Pretraining Video
Principles of Contact Tracing

10th Annual THRIVE Conference  (Virtual)

June 21-25, 2021

2021 registration for 3 workshops here: 


Native youth 13-19 years old to register.
Space is limited and Priority given to Northwest Tribes
Maximum of 5 registrants per Tribe/group please.

For questions contact: Itate@npaihb.org

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Funding Opportunities:

Tribal Researchers’ Cancer Control Fellowship Program Flyer

2021 TRCCFP Application (pdf)

2021 TRCCFP Application Fill-in (docx)

Fall/Winter 2020 NARCH e-NEWS! 

Ashley Thomas, MPH
Program Manager
NW Native American Research Center for Health
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
2121 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201



Behavioral Health Sub-Award FINAL.pdf

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is funding 4 Northwest tribes to adapt and/or implement the intervention Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in their communities. Tribes may also develop their own or use a different screening tool if deemed appropriate by the Tribe.

Goal: SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

  • Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

Objective: To improve the clinical capacity of AI/AN in the Northwest to screen and treat people for substance use disorder.

Request for Proposals: The NPAIHB Behavioral Health Program is recruiting 4 Tribes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington – to submit proposals for $100,000 to carry out the adaptions of SBIRT, or another screening tool if deemed appropriate by the Tribe.



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Tribal Digest Publication Issue 269
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country

MMWR – Aug 19, 2020

Funded projects will focus on one or more of the following:

  • Pilot and evaluate SBIRT in IHS or Tribal facility. Screening tools for SBIRT exist in RPMS and can be made for other EHRs
  • For tribes who choose to develop their own SBIRT model and program, work with NPAIHB team to pilot and evaluate other screening tools.
  • Integrate SBIRT or other substance use and wellness screeners into justice programs, which may include: Oregon Measure 110 programming, Healing to Wellness Courts etc.
  • Other ideas, with appropriate justification, may also be considered by NPAIHB Behavioral Health Program for approval.

To submit your completed application July 1, 2021 or for additional information please contact: Email: bwermy@npaihb.org or call 503-416-3252.

Funds for this RFA are made possible by the Public Health Improvement and Training: CDC COVID 19 Supplemental grant, 6 NU38OT000255-02-03, CDFA 93.772

2021 Food Sovereignty Project

Request for Applications
$1000-$3000 Implementation Funds
Through the Native American Agriculture Fund, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) is able to support the Food Sovereignty Project and the NW Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition.
The Food Sovereignty Project is able to provide between $1,000 – $3,000 to federally recognized Tribes in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington seeking to implement food sovereignty/systems projects and activities to increase food access, food security and sustainability in their communities.
To submit your completed application or for additional information please contact:

Nora Frank-Buckner, MPH
Food Sovereignty Project Manager
Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, NPAIHB
Email: nfrank@npaihb.org
Phone: (c) 541-274-0046


Made up of all forty-three federally recognized tribes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, NPAIHB advocates tribal sovereignty through government-to-government relations. We develop relationships with state offices and other agencies dealing with health matters to assure that tribal interests are taken into account as health policy is formulated.



Administering health research and projects serving Northwest Tribes since 1997.


We offer use of premium training space free of charge to Member Tribes and related organizations.