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News by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Oct 20, 2020 - The Census Bureau will hold a tribal consultation webinar on November 17, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System regarding work done specifically for the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal areas. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by November 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 19, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is requesting tribal and urban programs submit comments on the IHS COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccination Draft Plan by October 21, 2020. Includes additional COVID-19 resources from other federal agencies.
Source: Indian Health Service
Oct 13, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of over $34 million to be awarded under the IHS Loan Repayment Program for health professional education loans. Applications will be evaluated monthly starting February 15, 2021 until the final submission deadline of August 15, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 12, 2020 - Features the COVID-19 Epidemiology, Research, Testing and Services (CONCERTS) project at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, which will help to reduce health disparities among American Indians and Native Alaskans. The project will work to understand who has been tested for the coronavirus and what challenges exist to getting people tested and ultimately vaccinated.
Source: Washington State University
Oct 5, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $9 million in Healthy Homes Production grants to twelve tribes and tribal agencies. The funding will assist and protect families by targeting health hazards, such as lead paint, indoor air quality and ventilation, heating devices, and moisture damage in low-income homes.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Sep 30, 2020 - Highlights efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus on Navajo Nation and other Native American communities. Offers lessons and policy recommendations to address the impacts of COVID-19 and strengthen Native communities for the long run. Includes an interview with Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, Ph.D., a sociology professor at University of California Los Angeles on indigenous data sovereignty.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
Sep 30, 2020 - Covers how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental health of Native American communities in Humboldt County, California and other residents across the state. The county is already facing high rates of suicide and with the added pressures of the pandemic, wildfires, and an economic downturn, mental health providers describe a predicted "tsunami" of mental health needs and suicides.
Source: Cal Matters
Sep 29, 2020 - Blog post written by Dr. Steven Dillingham, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, on the importance of a complete and accurate count of people living on tribal reservations. Requests that tribal leaders urge citizens to participate in the 2020 Census either online, by phone, or by mailing back the paper questionnaire.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Sep 20, 2020 - Provides an overview of COVID-19 cases among Native Americans living in Vermont and discusses the limitations of state data collection for Native American case reporting. Highlights economic and health factors that make tribal populations vulnerable during the pandemic.
Source: VTDigger
Sep 10, 2020 - Blog post discusses the inequities in rural, tribal, and low-income communities, as well as communities of color, highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes how these populations are less likely to have access to clean water, broadband, affordable energy; includes examples of communities working to make these more accessible.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation