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New CDC Funds Supporting Tribal Opioid Overdose Prevention

Wednesday, July 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Alonso
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New CDC Funds Supporting Tribal Opioid Overdose Prevention

CDC has released guidance on funds newly available to tribes to address the opioid overdose epidemic. These new opioid overdose prevention funds augment existing CDC tribal programs.

A competitive supplement is available to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations that were awarded under the Tribal Public Health Capacity-Building and Quality Improvement Umbrella Cooperative Agreement (CDC-RFA-OT18-1803). All tribes and tribal organizations awarded supplemental funds will be required to address strategic planning and to select at least one from three optional areas:

  1. epidemiologic surveillance and public health data infrastructure to address issues of data quality and timeliness;
  2. implementation of evidence-based health systems interventions that are appropriate to tribal communities; or
  3. innovative community-based strategies that build upon strengths inherent to tribal organizations.

This supplement will be a $10 million investment each year for three years, and will fund approximately 15 tribal entities (maximum is 25 entities) with yearly grants ranging from $250,000-$1,000,000. Additional information about the supplement to the Umbrella Cooperative Agreement is available on


An additional supplement is also available to the 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) currently funded under the Building Public Health Infrastructure in Tribal Communities to Accelerate Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Indian Country program. This supplemental funding will support TECs to:

  1. provide technical support to tribes and key partners for data collection, use, and sharing;
  2. provide technical support to tribes and key partners for data collection, use, and sharing;
  3. expand data sharing to enhance non-fatal overdose data collection from Emergency Departments; and
  4. improve data abstraction from death certificates to collect timely data on opioid-related overdose deaths.

This supplement will be an investment of $2 million dollars each year for three years. Tribal Epidemiology Centers have received information about the supplemental TEC funding.

With these additional dollars, CDC is pleased to strengthen its partnership with tribal communities so that targeted prevention strategies can be used to better address and reverse opioid overdose in AI/AN communities.

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