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News by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Oct 8, 2021 - Analyzes COVID case and death data to identify racial and ethnic disparities and how those disparities may be changing over time. Includes a discussion of COVID trends in rural areas.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
Oct 8, 2021 - Discusses the new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is located in a small town in Oklahoma. Operated as a collaboration between OSU and the Cherokee Nation, it is the first tribally affiliated medical school in the United States. The school will focus on producing physicians to practice in rural and tribal communities.
Source: Scripps Media via KJRH-TV
Oct 5, 2021 - Announces more than $476 million in funding to support programs addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including $6.1 million supporting tribal nonprofit programs, $34.6 million supporting 46 rural programs, and $32.4 million awarded to 40 tribal government programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Oct 1, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) establishing and seeking nominations for a Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Tribal Advisory Committee (CIIHE TAC) to support research, education, service, and policy development advancing Indigenous solutions that ultimately address health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. CIIHE TAC will consist of 16 delegate positions: One from each of the 12 geographic areas served by the Indian Health Service and four National At-Large Member positions. Delegates must be elected tribal officials from a federally recognized tribe acting in their official capacity as elected officials of their tribe or individuals designated by an elected tribal official. Nominations are due by October 29, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 1, 2021 - Announces a comment period to improve the National Indian Health Board's Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS II), including information on opportunities to comment and contact information.
Source: National Indian Health Board
Sep 22, 2021 - Reports on a 180% rise in deaths related to methamphetamine use between 2015-2019, with the highest rates of methamphetamine use disorder impacting Native American and Alaska Native communities. Discusses relationship between methamphetamine use and opioid misuse, noting the need for programs to help people with methamphetamine use disorder similar to those for opioid use disorder.
Source: NPR
Sep 15, 2021 - Summarizes a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH) that examined rates of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a common form of liver cancer, in adults aged 20 and older living rural and urban communities between 1995 and 2016. Reports that the incidence of HCC increased at a rate of 5.7% annually in rural areas. The study also found a rapid rise in HCC cases among non-Hispanic Black and American Indian and Alaskan Native men aged 60 to 69 living in the rural South or in high-poverty areas.
Source: News Wise
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports the findings of a study of COVID-19 disparities, noting that in Indiana, rural and Black communities were most impacted. Discusses factors contributing to higher rates of mortality in rural communities, including rural health disparities, older populations, and vaccine hesitancy.
Source: CBS 4
Aug 24, 2021 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold 48 site-specific virtual listening sessions for veterans in August-September 2021 to gather feedback on veterans' experiences and perceptions related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) at VA healthcare facilities; ways veterans feel they can be included; barriers to effective healthcare for diverse veteran populations; and unmet needs of diverse veteran populations. Registration information is available on the VA Office of Resolution Management, Diversity & Inclusion (ORMDI) website.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 23, 2021 - Reports on dangers related to high heat in southeastern California for agricultural workers, describing the experiences of workers with heatstroke, increases in emergency room visits for heat exhaustion or heatstroke, and stigma associated with taking breaks during harvest. Discusses heat's impacts on health conditions, including dehydration related to antidepressant or diuretic medications, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.
Source: Kaiser Health News