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News by Topic: American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians

Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System
Dec 12, 2017 - Life expectancy for Native Americans is 20 years shorter than the national average. Discusses some potential causes, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) being underfunded, discrimination, high poverty and uninsured rates in Native American communities, limited access to providers, and these various barriers leading people to stop trying to access care.
Source: NPR
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IHS Announces $3.2 Million in Grants for Zero Suicide Initiative
Dec 4, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) awarded eight grants in its Zero Suicide Initiative to support projects that implement a comprehensive and culturally informed approach to providing suicide care in the Indian health system. These grants, totaling $400,000 each, were given to three IHS direct service locations and five tribal sites in five states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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Request for Information (RFI): Soliciting Input for the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan (FY 2018-2022)
Dec 4, 2017 - Information request inviting comments and suggestions on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office's (THRO) Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan focuses on stimulating new research areas, priorities, and approaches to improve the health of tribal communities. Comments will be accepted through January 8, 2018.
Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research
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Medical Care Supplement Call for Papers, Health IT to Address Disparities
Dec 2, 2017 - The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is sponsoring a supplement to the journal Medical Care on "Addressing Health Disparities through the Utilization of Health Information Technology." Research must focus on one or more minority or health disparity populations. Papers must be submitted by February 12, 2018. (Announcement in the right sidebar.)
Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
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Paiute Tribe Elders Navigate a Faltering Health Care System
Nov 23, 2017 - Details the difficulties in accessing healthcare faced by elders on the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Reservation on the Nevada-Oregon border. Because of the remoteness of the location, tribal members are often faced with long drives to access services. But with 46% of the residents living in poverty, this challenge can seem insurmountable, especially as they age and have greater need for services.
Source: High Country News
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IHS: Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program Federal Register
Nov 20, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP). IHS seeks to collect professional, educational, financial, and general applicant information to help determine eligibility for loan repayment. Successful applicants receive loan repayment assistance in exchange for an initial two-year commitment to practice full-time in an eligible, often remote, IHS facility. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by January 19, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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In Rural America, Community-Driven Solutions Improve Health
Nov 15, 2017 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on the diversity of rural America as well as the shared strengths and obstacles rural communities face and the impact those obstacles have on health. Includes examples of innovative local solutions in rural communities that were awarded the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, as well as a list of rural health resources.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination
Nov 14, 2017 - Details the high rates of uranium in drinking water on Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona which have led to health problems and deaths for residents. Also touches on the cultural attachment the Navajo people have to the land and why moving away is not an obvious choice. Of 521 uranium mines in the area, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only cleaned up 9.
Source: NPR
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How The Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Native Americans
Nov 11, 2017 - Radio interview with Dr. Ron Shaw, president of the Association of American Indian Physicians, about the impact of the opioid epidemic on Native American populations. Native Americans have the highest death rate from opioid overdoses of any demographic. Discussion includes the impact of historical trauma and the necessity of medication-assisted treatment.
Source: NPR
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New Toolkit Helps Tribes Take More Control of Research
Oct 30, 2017 - Highlights the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) which provides funding for a research coordinator for each tribe and developed an Institutional Review Board (IRB) toolkit to help tribes take more control of health research. CRCAIH was created to build a tribal research infrastructure and to give tribes more control over the research being done on them and in their communities.
Source: Midwest Medical Edition
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