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News by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Dec 10, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking information from tribal and state organizations that administer the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) that will be used to develop additional criteria for a self-determination demonstration project for the purchase of agricultural commodities through the FDPIR. Submissions are due by February 10, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 9, 2019 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren are seeking information on best practices and resources for grandparents and older relatives raising children to be used in the development of a report to Congress. Information on the needs of children impacted by the opioid epidemic and special considerations for Native American populations is also being sought. Comments are due by January 31, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 5, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (HIS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Native American Child Health released recommendations on neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) for tribal healthcare facilities. The recommendations aim to provide a standard of care and improve the outcomes of infants at risk of NOWS.
Source: Indian Health Service
Dec 2, 2019 - Executive Order announcing the creation of the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Task Force will consult with tribal governments to learn more about the scope of the issues around missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives and develop model procedures to apply to unsolved cases.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 2, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announces the opening of the Rural Tribal Priority Window that will provide eligible Tribes with the opportunity to apply for unassigned 2.5 GHz spectrum in their communities. The Rural Tribal Priority Window will be open February 3, 2020 to August 3, 2020.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Nov 26, 2019 - Highlights a research project that is focusing on improving Native Americans' access to palliative care. Hospice utilization is very low among tribal communities and the project aims to develop programs that are culturally sensitive in order to address the specific needs of patients.
Source: Hospice News
Nov 24, 2019 - Describes a study from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center that found Hispanic rural residents typically have the lowest vaccination and cancer screening rates compared to other races. Attributes the disparities in preventative healthcare to insurance, cultural differences, and lack of transportation.
Source: Minnesota Daily
Nov 22, 2019 - Video from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on the prescription medication Naloxone and the trainings provided in the Red Lake Nation community to fight the opioid crisis.
Source: Indian Health Service
Nov 21, 2019 - Efforts are underway to address the increasing suicide rate among Native Americans in North Dakota and Minnesota; data remains limited, but prevention coordinators are working to collect more accurate numbers. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa describes her personal experience with losing a loved one to suicide.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Nov 19, 2019 - Features a research program at the University of Alabama that analyzes how telehealth is used at Federally Qualified Health Centers to improve access to eye care for rural, minority, and underserved populations. This project takes place in Alabama's Black Belt Region and focuses on increasing patient engagement and follow-up care.
Source: mHealth Intelligence