National Indian Health Board Offers 18 Mini-grants to Tribes for Telehealth Capacity

As the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping across the country, New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristof, launched the C-19 Impact Initiative that highlights five organizations fighting on the frontlines, and encourages people to support their important work through donations. The Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health is one of those organizations, that, in an effort to multiply the impact of the initiative, pledged to dedicate portions of the monies raised from Nicholas Kristof’s efforts to three additional organizations: the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH).  Each organization is using the funding to provide direct support to Tribes and Urban Indian communities in their efforts to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19.


The partners are proud to work together to honor Mr. Kristof’s vision, and to support Tribes, Urban Indian Centers, and Tribal health systems as they construct and implement their own locally specific efforts.  NIHB is using its portion of the funds raised to support Tribes to enhance, alter or develop their telehealth capacities.  As there are many aspects to telehealth readiness and capacity, NIHB is allowing many different potential activities, and will be flexible as it reviews applications.   This is a key opportunity to use a little amount of funding to make a huge difference.  NIHB thanks Mr. Kristof, The Center for American Indian Health, NCAI, NCUIH, and all the applicants.  NIHB supports Tribal leadership efforts.

Application Process
  1. Participate in the optional pre-application conference call on Monday, July 13 from 4:00-4:30 pm EDT. Register here.
  2. Complete the online application by 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at:
  3. Upload a work plan (template provided on website), letter of support and audit documentation.