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News by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Feb 23, 2024 - Describes the launch of a collaborative program in Nevada aiming to increase access to healthcare and health insurance for tribal communities. Discusses current rates of participation for Native residents and health disparities they experience. Highlights the impact of tribal representation in policymaking.
Source: The Nevada Independent
Feb 21, 2024 - Summarize a recent study finding race disparities in buprenorphine prescribing for in both rural and urban communities. Study examined 2018 prescribing data at the zip code level. Notes that the lack of medical providers for the rural minority communities is the reason for the rural disparity. Also discusses urban disparities trends and the impact these trends have on overdose mortality for various race and ethnicities.
Source: 90.5 WESA
Feb 15, 2024 - Announces a proposal to increase representation of Alaska Tribal members on the Federal Subsistence Board. Discusses the role subsistence practices play in the nutritional needs for Alaska Tribal members.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Feb 15, 2024 - Highlights proposed funding in the state of Washington to address opioid overdoses among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes. Overdose rates for AI/AN Washington residents are five times higher than the state average and have risen dramatically in recent years.
Source: ABC News
Feb 14, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to modernize the implementing regulations of the Older Americans Act of 1965. The changes advance the policy goals of the Older Americans Act as articulated by Congress, including equity in service delivery, accountability for funds expended, and clarity of administration for ACL and its grantees. This rule is effective on March 15, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 14, 2024 - Highlights priority areas from across the federal government for increasing equity for rural, tribal, and other underserved communities. Includes actions to address maternal health outcomes, food insecurity, environmental health, mental health support services for students, community development, and more.
Source: The White House
Feb 13, 2024 - Discusses a Minnesota initiative to increase diversity in farming, address access to healthy food and health equity, and improve economic opportunities in rural areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Feb 12, 2024 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs from February 27-29, 2024. The Committee will provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters relating to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native American Veterans. The agenda will include, among other things, updates on the Native American Direct Loan Program; homeless programs; Choctaw Nation Behavioral Health/VA Staff Sergeant Fox Grant for suicide prevention, family counseling, women's domestic violence program; the Tribal Veteran Service Officer Representation Expansion Project; Reimbursement Agreement Program/Tribal Health Programs/Purchase Referred Care expansion; claims clinic events in Indian Country; and the VA Office of Connected Care.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 10, 2024 - New kiosks offering free COVID-19 and flu tests as well as other healthcare supplies are being placed in public places around the state of Washington. The kiosks are an effort to improve public health, particularly for underserved populations including for local Native American tribes.
Source: KOMO News
Feb 9, 2024 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of a public meeting of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders on February 27-28, 2024. Agenda items include discussions on full and draft recommendations by the Commission's six Subcommittees on ways to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. The confirmed time and agenda will be posted on the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders website. Registration is required.
Source: Federal Register