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

For Warmth, Some Rural Households Still Burn Coal
Mar 19, 2018 - Some rural and tribal residents still burn coal to heat their homes, either because it is more affordable or because they lack the infrastructure for gas pipes or electric lines. However, the health effects of burning coal inside a home can be significant.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country
Mar 14, 2018 - Details the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs' oversight hearing on opioid abuse in Native American communities. In 2016, Native American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 12 and older reported the highest rate of opioid misuse of all minority groups. Includes the full remarks from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as a complete testimony and video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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ACF: Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Federal Register
Feb 28, 2018 - The Administration for Children and Families is seeking comment on a new information collection to help evaluate the tribal home visiting program. The Multi-site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE) will be completed in an effort improve services and identify factors that lead to successful programs. Comments on the information collection must be submitted within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
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Tribal Grant Expands Fresh Food Donations
Feb 23, 2018 - Details the work of the Oregon Coast Community Action's (ORCCA) Food Share program, Fresh Alliance, to bring fresh food that is past its sell-by date to hungry families on Oregon's southern coast. Thanks to a Coquille Tribal Community Fund grant, they've been able to expand the amount of food they can process and deliver.
Source: The World
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‘My Grandmother Was My Drive’: Navajo Returns to Her Roots to Serve Her People – and Achieves a First in the Process
Feb 23, 2018 - Spotlight on a Navajo dentist practicing on a Navajo reservation, providing culturally competent care to its remote residents, many of whom do not speak English.
Source: Omaha World-Herald
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IHS: Request for Public Comment: 30 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Federal Register
Feb 14, 2018 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting OMB approval to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application process. Collected information is used to determine applicants' eligibility for the IHS LRP, which repays all or part of eligible health professionals education-related debt in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full-time at an eligible IHS facility. To ensure consideration, comments regarding the proposed information collection extension should be submitted by March 16, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC Seeks Nominations for Tribal Government Representatives to Serve On Renewed FCC Native Nations Communications Task Force
Feb 8, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking applications for membership on its Native Nations Broadband Task Force. This task force will make recommendations to the FCC on communications-related issues that affect tribal interests, including the availability of facilities and services like broadband.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Winter Storm Brings Blackfeet Hunger Crisis Into Focus
Feb 8, 2018 - Highlights the issues related to food access on Montana's Blackfeet Reservation and the efforts to address them. With high rates of unemployment and poverty and severe winter weather further restricting mobility, these efforts are especially necessary.
Source: Montana Public Radio
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Inside the Native American Foster Care Crisis Tearing Families Apart
Feb 7, 2018 - Native American (NA) kids are placed in foster care at a rate 2.7 times greater than their proportion in the general population, but for a number of reasons there are a shortage of NA foster parents. This forces agencies to place NA children into non-NA homes, which can create disputes between the tribe and the foster family about the future of the child and what is in their best interests.
Source: Vice
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A Tale of Two Housing Crises, Rural and Urban
Feb 5, 2018 - Discusses the housing crises faced by Native Americans in both cities and rural areas and the lack of attention this specific demographic receives when this issue is being addressed. Touches on the historical context and complications that contribute to these concerns in rural and urban areas.
Source: High Country News
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