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Feb 5, 2023 - Highlights the work of Josiah Hugs, a Native American liaison working with Billings Clinic, to bring attention to health equity concerns and intention to the care provided to Native American patients and their unique cultural needs.
Source: Billings Gazette
Feb 1, 2023 - A study published in The Lancet says that premature "deaths of despair" have affected American Indian and Alaska Native communities more than white communities. American Indians and Alaska Native people were not surveyed in a 2015 study that looked at death rates for 45-54 year-olds from 1999-2013.
Source: NPR
Feb 1, 2023 - Notice of final rule with comment period from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) revise the Section 306C Water and Waste Disposal (WWD) Loans and Grants program regulations. These revisions are being made to to implement changes recommended by the May 15, 2018, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Audit Report, "Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Federal Agency Needs Assessment and Coordination on Tribal Projects." This final rule also implements other changes to clarify terminology and policies, update scoring criteria, and allow the program to run more efficiently. This rule is effective May 2, 2023. Comments are due by April 3, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2023 - Highlights two programs on the Cherokee Nation reservation: a domestic violence shelter that provides a variety of the victim services, and the Cherokee Nation Harm Reduction Program, which offers syringe services to reduce drug use and keep clients healthier by preventing the transmission of blood-borne infections.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 26, 2023 - Funding awards for a total of $139 million have been made to 302 tribal, urban, and Indian Health Service sites in 35 states for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. This provides diabetes prevention and treatment services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 25, 2023 - Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center conducted a long-term study of 27,115 adults in 12 southeastern states, and found that adults living in rural areas have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to their urban counterparts. Rural Black men participating in the study had a 34% higher risk of heart failure compared to urban Black men.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Jan 24, 2023 - Highlights a report from GoodRx Research, stating that more than 113,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live in 492 counties that lack mental health providers. The study also found that counties with a higher population of AI/AN residents had a lower percentage of households with access to telehealth. States with the highest numbers of mental health deserts are Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Alaska. South Dakota and Alaska are among the states with highest numbers of AI/AN residents living in mental health deserts.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 20, 2023 - The Census Bureau will hold a virtual tribal consultation on February 23, 2023, at 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern. The Census Bureau is seeking comments from tribes on the Proof of Concept for the Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (DHC-A). The Census Bureau is seeking comments from tribes on if they will be impacted positively, negatively, or not at all. Questions and topic suggestions for the consultation meeting must be submitted by February 1, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 19, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems grants to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNAT) to help them improve their passenger transportation services and facilities. Applications are due by April 19, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 16, 2023 - The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was launched in July 2022 and received over 1.7 million calls, texts, and chats in its first five months. The program has received close to $1 billion in funding from the federal government, including more than $500 million in the federal spending bill.
Source: NPR