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Resources by Topic: American Indian or Alaska Native

Oversight Hearing "Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Health Systems One Year Later"
Recording of an oversight hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs evaluates the response of native healthcare systems to the COVID-19 one year into the pandemic. Features testimonies by representatives of the Indian Health Service, the National Indian Health Board, the National Council of Urban Indian Health, the Papa Ola Lōkahi organization, and the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Additional links: Michael Toedt Testimony, Robert Onders Testimony, Sheri-Ann Daniels Testimony, Walter Murillo Testimony, William Smith Testimony
Date: 04/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities
Fact sheets and other resources to help communities most impacted by COVID-19 and encourage involvement in addressing COVID-19 disparities. Covers basic information on COVID-19, vaccination, clinical trials, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in research.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institutes of Health
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COVID-19 Vaccination among American Indian and Alaska Native People
Details the COVID-19 vaccination rollout for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Discusses barriers to healthcare, COVID-19 outcomes, and current vaccination rates of AI/AN populations.
Author(s): Latoya Hill, Samantha Artiga
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Notes from the Field: COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Program — Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota, September–November 2020
Reports on how the CDC helped the Spirit Lake Tribe build a tribally managed program to address increasing COVID-19 cases through comprehensive case investigations, case notification, contact tracing, contact testing, and contact management. Describes the work of Spirit Lake community members who served as investigators and contact tracers, providing culturally appropriate advice about the need to isolate or quarantine. Discusses housing challenges that impacted isolation and quarantine efforts.
Author(s): James Matthias, Tracy Charboneau, Cheri Schaffer, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(14), 533-534
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Use of Stay-at-Home Orders and Mask Mandates to Control COVID-19 Transmission — Blackfeet Tribal Reservation, Montana, June–December 2020
Reports on the impact of community mitigation resolutions passed and enforced by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council on COVID-19 incidence in the Blackfeet Tribal Reservation. Mitigation measures included case investigation, contact tracing, a mandatory stay-at-home order, and required mask use in public.
Author(s): Caroline Q. Pratt, Anna N. Chard, Rosaula LaPine, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(14), 514-518
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality Among American Indian/Alaska Native and White Persons — Montana, March 13–November 30, 2020
Examines COVID-19 incidence and mortality rates among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and White people in Montana. Discusses factors that may have contributed to greater incidence and mortality for the AI/AN population and the need for culturally appropriate public health measures and vaccine allocation strategies to address disparities.
Author(s): Laura L. Williamson, Todd S. Harwell, Todd M. Koch, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(14), 510-513
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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We Can Do This: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign
Resources to help community partners promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and encourage prevention in the communities they serve. Includes educational materials in a wide range of formats and targeted to specific audiences. Provides information on the COVID-19 Community Corps, a grassroots network of people serving as trusted voices in their community regarding vaccination.
Additional links: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Data in the United States, by County, The COVID-19 Community Corps
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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State Plans for Vaccinating Their Populations Against COVID-19
Interactive map with chart that shows how each state prioritized their populations in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, including long-term care and nursing home residents, health care workers, and rural and tribal populations.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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U.S. COVID Atlas
Provides county-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, with the option to view regional clusters and to overlay the map with Native American reservations. Map and related chart can be animated to show changes over time from January 2020 through the present.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Tribal Communities - Plan, Prepare, and Respond
Guidance for tribal communities on responding to COVID-19. Includes information on cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, contact tracing, and more.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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