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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians

Human Trafficking in Native Populations: Q&A with Commissioner Jeannie Hovland
Interview with Jeannie Hovland, Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, about ANA and HHS responses to human trafficking, abuse, and violence in Native American communities. Discusses the relationship between trafficking and missing and murdered Native Americans and HHS tools to support tribal healthcare and human service efforts.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Adults, by Urbanization Level: United States, 2014–2018
Examines health status and health conditions among American Indian and Alaska Native adults compared to all U.S. adults, with data for rural, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan statistical areas. Addresses poor or fair health status, disability, multiple chronic conditions, hypertension, and diabetes.
Author(s): Maria A. Villarroel, Tainya C. Clarke, Tina Norris
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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American Indian and Alaska Native People: Social Vulnerability and COVID-19
Details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tribal areas and the social vulnerability of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Discusses poverty, household composition, and transportation access, among other factors.
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Hathaway
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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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: 08/2020
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: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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NIEA Advocacy to Address COVID-19
Provides legislative updates and resources supporting tribes, tribal schools and communities, and states to ensure they have the means to address COVID-19.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Education Association
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COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center
Offers resources and assistance to keep tribes informed on the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain the safety and well-being of tribal populations. Includes updates & communications, community health and advocacy tools, webinars and events, and tribal response plans.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Health Board
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IHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information on the federal response to COVID-19 in Indian Country. Addresses testing, access to personal protective equipment, funding, emergency planning, and service delivery.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Oversight Hearing on "Preparing to Head Back to Class: Addressing How to Safely Reopen Bureau of Indian Education Schools."
Webinar recording presents an oversight hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on both the closing and planned reopening of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Features testimonies by representatives of the Bureau of Indian Education, the National Indian Education Association, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Examines some of the health concerns of successfully reopening BIE schools, such as physical and mental health safety and support.
Additional links: David Yarlott, Jr. Testimony, Marita Hinds Testimony, Tony Dearman Testimony
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Elder Abuse and Grandparent Abuse
Presentation slides from the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative on elder abuse and grandparents raising grandchildren in Native American communities. Describes spiritual, cultural, and language considerations for responding to cases of abuse or neglect, including specific ways that hospitals can meet the needs of abused Native American elders. Offers census data on households in which grandparents raise grandchildren, including age and income characteristics and factors leading to grandparents caring for grandchildren. Includes a document outlining the needs and capacity of grandparents to take on a custodial role for children.
Additional links: Grandparent Preparedness Checklist
Author(s): Jacqueline Gray
Date: 07/2020
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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