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

Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan
Oct 19, 2018 - The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) announced the Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS), an effort to increase the knowledge of Tribal and federal health leaders and advocates through the creation and dissemination of a national-level, comprehensive profile of the public health system and infrastructure in Indian Country. To support this work, NIHB is requesting 261 Tribal health directors from Tribal health departments/entities representing 573 federally-recognized tribes from 35 states to participate. To learn more and to receive instructions on completing the well-based scan, join the pre-launch webinar on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
Source: National Indian Health Board
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USDA Provides Opportunities in Education, Health Care Services and Job Training for 125,000 Rural Alaskans
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.2 million in providing virtual access to job training, and educational and healthcare opportunities in rural Alaska. This funding, from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, will benefit the Alaska Native Tribal Consortium, the Alaska Gateway School District, and the North Slope Borough School District.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care to Address American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Mental Health Disparities
Oct 17, 2018 - Blog post from the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities on the mental health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people as well as the importance of culturally competent assessment and care. Discusses mental health disparities, historical trauma, and discrimination.
Source: National Partnership for Action Blog
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Native-Owned Financial Institutions Battle Credit Deserts
Oct 16, 2018 - Focuses on native-owned banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions that fill the gap in tribal areas to foster economic and community development. These institutions are local, and so can respond to the needs of the community in question, and provide otherwise-absent access to credit and capital. Non-tribal rural residents living nearby benefit from these institutions as well.
Source: High Country News
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Stigma Surrounds Addiction Treatment for Pregnant People in Indian Country
Oct 16, 2018 - Discusses the issue of opioid misuse disorder among pregnant women on Native American reservations and the stigma related to seeking treatment while pregnant. The rate of drug-related deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives is nearly twice that of the general population and in 2015 they had the highest rates of death from drug overdose of any ethnicity. Also touches on efforts on reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin to address these issues.
Source: Rewire.News
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Hoeven Welcomes Passage Of America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA)
Oct 10, 2018 - Release from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs announcing the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act which will ensure support for water resource development projects in tribal communities. The bill passed the House in September and is now being forwarded for signature by President Trump.
Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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From a Physician Assistant in Fairbanks to a Vending Machine in Interior Alaska: Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post, written by Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing a tour of several Alaskan communities to learn about how healthcare is delivered in remote parts of the state through telehealth services, vending machines that dispense medications, and through the use of community health aids.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Indian Health Service Provider Vacancies a ‘Never-ending Cycle’
Oct 8, 2018 - Discusses a recent Government Accountability Office report examining causes of and potential solutions to high staff vacancy rates at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.
Source: High Country News
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Health Literacy: Using Everyday Words to Support Wellness
Oct 5, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Services (IHS) in recognition of Health Literacy Month. Highlights the importance of providing information to patients and their families in a way that is easy to understand in order to positively impact health outcomes. Also outlines IHS activities in support of improved health literacy.
Source: Indian Health Service
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Hoeven Convenes Hearing To Examine Broadband Internet And Other Telecommunications Access On Tribal Lands
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses the convening of an oversight hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to examine reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on broadband internet and other telecommunications access issues on tribal lands. As of December 2016, 35.4% of tribal residents lacked access to fixed broadband services, compared to 7.7% of the general population. Includes links to the reports as well as a video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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