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News by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Jun 17, 2024 - Presents overview of health disparities and barriers to healthcare access in rural and tribal communities in South Dakota. Describes a variety of efforts to improve access and lessen disparities, including mobile clinics, programs that offer financial incentives to rural providers, and efforts to address the social determinants of health.
Source: South Dakota News Watch
Jun 11, 2024 - Highlights efforts by the Northern Arizona VA to reach and provide care for veterans in rural northern Arizona and the Navajo Nation. Describes the deployment of a mobile medical clinic at recent community events as a promising strategy for making healthcare services more accessible to rural veterans.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun
Jun 10, 2024 - Announces a new initiative to create the Center for Tribal Digital Sovereignty that will work toward helping tribes manage their digital footprint. Notes the impact it could have on tribal economies, healthcare, and infrastructure. The center will support research and capacity building, manage data, offer technical assistance, and educate on internet networks.
Source: High Plains Public Radio
Jun 10, 2024 - Notice from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) summarizing and responding to comments received in response to in-person and virtual consultation sessions in August-September 2023 regarding how the Tribal Transit competitive program and technical assistance to tribes should be administered.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 7, 2024 - Presents an overview of new reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showing declines in the uninsurance rate among minority communities between 2010 and 2022. Highlights additional funding for navigators, who assist individuals with healthcare enrollment, with a focus on underserved populations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 6, 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 July 1-2, 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 final location 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
Jun 5, 2024 - Announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award over $42 million under the Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Meat Processing Grant Program, $18 million for projects under the Tribal Forest Protection Act, and $2.3 million to support the Indigenous Foods in School Meals programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
May 31, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women will hold a virtual public meeting of the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women on June 17, 2024, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update on the National Institute of Justice's research program on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and facilitated Task Force discussion and recommendations addressing violence against American Indian and Alaska Native Women. Registration is required by June 12, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
May 31, 2024 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM) on June 26-27, 2024. Agenda items are being finalized but may include an update on the federal Healthy Start program; Committee discussions on the workgroup topics of rural healthcare access, social drivers of health, and women's health before/between pregnancies; federal updates; and possible recommendations to achieve optimal maternal health and overall birth outcomes for underserved populations, including Black/African-American families. The webinar link and log-in information will be available at the ACIMM website before the meeting. Requests for public comment should be sent via email to
Source: Federal Register
May 29, 2024 - Notice from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announcing a joint Tribal consultation session between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ACF Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD), Office of Head Start (OHS), and Office of Child Care (OCC) and the leadership of Tribal governments operating Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting; Tribal Child Care and Development Fund; and Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The Tribal consultation session will be held on July 9-10, 2024, in Fort McDowell, Arizona. The purpose of this consultation session is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of Tribal children and their families and issues affecting the delivery of early childhood services in their geographic locations. Registration is required.
Source: Federal Register