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News by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Aug 12, 2020 - The Veterans Health Administration (VA) will hold a virtual tribal consultation session on August 25, 2020 to discuss care coordination for veterans receiving care under the VA's Indian Health Service/Tribal Health Program (IHS/THP) Reimbursement Agreements Program. The goal is to ensure that veterans that need care beyond what is offered within IHS/THP facilities are able to get that care either in VA medical facilities or in the community.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 10, 2020 - Provides an overview of research that demonstrates that even though mortality rates are getting better, there are disparities in outcomes for black men living in rural areas. Discusses how understanding the intersectional factors of health disparities can help to inform public health policy that is tailored to benefit underserved demographics and improve health equity.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Aug 1, 2020 - Features a rural town in Missouri that has experienced a surge of coronavirus cases, particularly impacting nearby Latinx communities. In response, the town ramped up its outreach, producing a Spanish-language public service announcement and flyers to educate the Latinx community on COVID-19.
Source: NPR
Jul 31, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau extended the Rural Tribal Priority Window for 2.5 GHz spectrum applications until September 2, 2020. The extension allows Tribal entities more time to apply in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jul 30, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for negotiation cooperative agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Negotiation cooperative agreements provide tribes with resources to help cover costs associated with preparing for and participating in TSGP negotiations. Applications are due by November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Funding will be used to provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs to fit the needs of their communities. Applications are due by November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - Features the Yakama Nation, a Native community in Washington state that has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how COVID-19 data collected often omits information about race and ethnicity, making it difficult for tribes to receive sufficient funds aimed at economic recovery.
Source: New York Times
Jul 28, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its first monthly update of data that provides a snapshot of the impact COVID-19 has had on the Medicare population, including data for American Indian and Alaska Native Medicare beneficiaries. The summary of data confirms COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting racial and ethnic minorities as well as other vulnerable populations.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jul 28, 2020 - Covers how the Navajo Nation successfully limited the spread of COVID-19 and flattened its curve after having one of the highest infection rates in the country. Includes an interview with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on how mask mandates, social distancing, and external aid helped them to decrease infection rates.
Source: Vox
Jul 22, 2020 - Statement from Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee discusses the release of reports from the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service (IHS) system that provide recommendations to improve patient protection policies and procedures. Describes the agency's commitment to keep patients safe, including information on IHS efforts and actions individuals can take to prevent sexual abuse in the IHS system.
Source: Indian Health Service