Resource Library

Public health emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters, are issues that every community faces. To address these threats, it is critical for all jurisdictions to understand how law can be used to enhance public health preparedness, as well as improve collaboration and coordination across jurisdictions. This Resource Library is designed to provide relevant resources to Tribal Nations seeking to enhance their legal preparedness capacity. While most resources have a Tribal focus, some resources are included that are generally applicable to legal preparedness for public health emergencies and natural disasters.

Webinars and Trainings

Advancing Tribal Public Health Through Law: Legal Technical Assistance and Resources for Tribes and Tribal-Serving Organizations

This website provides Tribal leaders, health practitioners, health program directors and staff, and other stakeholders with information about the role of law as a tool to address public health issues impacting Tribal communities. Network for Public Health Law (May 29, 2014)

Emergency Management Institute

Emergency Management Institute is a series of courses designed for Tribal Governments in order to meet the unique emergency management needs of Tribes with regard to Tribal culture, tradition, sovereignty and governance. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Hazard Mitigation Planning Training

This training assists participants in undertaking the hazard mitigation plan development process. Federal Emergency Management Agency (October 31, 2013)

Highly Pathogenic Infectious Disease Exercise Planning for Regional Transport

This is a webinar and slide deck that addresses the management of patients with highly pathogenic infectious diseases which is based on the regional, tiered approach set forth by ASPR for Ebola. The transport of patients to and between facilities in a region is a critical component of that approach. HHS ASPR, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) (August 23, 2017)

Indian Health Service First Responder Naloxone Training Manual

This training manual aims to outline the opioid crisis in the United States, as well as provide information related to naloxone acquisition, storage, and administration.

Infectious Disease Reporting and American Indian and Alaska Native Populations: Law and Practice

This is a slide deck that offers a discussion on how law can impact infectious disease reporting, including a discussion on Tribal, federal, and state law. Co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program and the American Bar Association (March 28, 2016)

Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies in Indian Country

This is a webinar and slide deck covers the basics of public health legal emergency preparedness for Tribal Nations. National Indian Health Board and the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project (May 7, 2019)

National Training and Education Division

The National Training and Education Division serves the nation's first responder community, offering more than 150 courses to help build critical skills that responders need to function effectively in mass consequence events. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council: Building Systems Through Partnerships

This webinar describes emergency management programs and activities in Tribal nations in Washington, discusses Tribal sovereignty and the importance of partnering with Tribal nations in the realms of emergency management and public health, and lists ways to become involved with the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council. Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (May 20, 2008)

Opioid-related Public Health Emergency Declarations

This slide deck describes the opioid emergency declarations made by White Earth Nation, Red Lake Nation, Band of Chippewa in Leech Lake, and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The Network for Public Health Law (December 15, 2017)

Public Health Emergency Law Training Curricula

This is a training program to strengthen the capacity of professionals involved in planning for and responding to public health emergencies, by enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the legal authorities essential for effective management in public health emergencies. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program

Strategies Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Tribal Communities

This slide deck describes the strategies implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services and by Indian Health Services to address the opioid crisis in Indian Country. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (August 30, 2017)

The Opioid Crisis in Indian Country

This slide deck provides background on the opioid crisis and how it has affected the nation, including Indian Country. The presentation also summarizes various policies that have been implemented to combat the crisis, including the various initiatives and programs that have been put forward by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

The Opioid Crisis in Indian Country: Policy and Legal Challenges

This slide deck highlights the multifaceted challenges of the opioid crisis and provides examples of what Tribal communities have done to address the crisis. This slide deck focuses on the legal and policy challenges that surround the crisis. Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC Attorneys at Law (April 5, 2018)

Tribal Community Health and Opioid Abuse: An Integrative Action Plan

This slide deck provides an overview of the integrative action plan to combat opioid abuse put forward by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The Tribe broadened the scope of remedies for patients, created a Healing to Wellness Program, educated providers about medical alternatives for pain management and embraced spiritual health. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan Tribal Court (2017)

Tribal Emergency Management Issues in Alaska

This webinar discusses Tribal emergency management issues in Alaska. US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans (November 29, 2012)

Tribal Healing Opioid Response

The slide deck highlights the work currently being done and future plans by Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe to address the opioid epidemic. Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (May 23, 2018)

Tribal Emergency Preparedness Law and Practice

This webinar discusses how law can impact Tribal emergency preparedness practice, including a discussion on the legal mechanisms for emergency declarations. Network for Public Health Law (September 24, 2015)

Tribal Public Health Data and Surveillance: The Role of Law

This webinar provides an overview of legal considerations related to health data, background on American Indian and Alaska Native public health data and surveillance issues, and discuss the role of law in the access to this data. Network for Public Health Law (November 5, 2015)


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