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

Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country
Essay examining efforts of the Tribal Advisory Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to increase tribal practices supporting physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Describes convenings held in 2015 and 2016.
Author(s): Nancy S. Andrade, Marita Jones, Shelley M. Frazier, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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Trends in Clinical Research Including Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Participants Funded by the US National Institute of Health, 1992 to 2018
Study in which data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) system was used to find NIH-funded research focused on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. Features statistics including dollar amounts allocated to research, and funding amounts provided to various projects and organizations, with breakdowns by select states plus the District of Columbia and Guam.
Author(s): Lan N. Doan, Yumie Takata, Kari-Lyn K. Sakuma
Citation: JAMA Network Open 2(7)
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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Social Determinants of Health among Rural American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Policy brief examining health disparities between American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and white rural people. Third in a series of 4 policy briefs on social determinants of health. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by race and urban or rural location, and age-adjusted mortality rates by gender and residence as of 2016.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Fozia Ajmal
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
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National Program Helps Older Adults in Rural Maine and Hawaii Feel More CAPABLE
Highlights CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders), a national model that connects low-income older adults with an occupational therapist, registered nurse, and home repair services. Features programs implemented in Hawaii and Maine based on this model.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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IHS Needs to Improve Oversight of Its Hospitals' Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Practices and Consider Centralizing Its Information Technology Functions
Reports on a review of Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals with a focus on opioid prescriptions and dispensing and information technology (IT) and cybersecurity. Identifies deficiencies related to opioid policies and procedures and supports centralizing IHS IT systems.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Rosebud Hospital: Indian Health Service Management of Emergency Department Closure and Reopening, A Case Study
Examines management of Indian Health Services (IHS) closure of Rosebud Hospital in South Dakota and its reopening to identify lessons learned. Addresses reasons for hospital closure, the impact of the closure, corrective actions taken following to its reopening, and issues with sustaining improvements and compliance. Supports developing procedures for temporary emergency department closures and investing in rural workforce recruitment, retention, and training, among other recommendations.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Storytelling in Patient-Centered Native Healthcare
Focuses on storytelling as a means of building trust between physicians and patients in tribal communities. Discusses the Southcentral Foundation which provides healthcare services to American Indians and Alaska Natives in southcentral Alaska.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Council on Aging
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Rural Population Gains Among Native Americans and Hispanics Have Offset Population Losses Among Whites and Blacks
Bar chart showing rural population change from 2012 through 2017 overall and by race/ethnicity.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Case Study: Eastern Washington
Results of a field study focused on the Empire Health Foundation, a private, rural health funder with a service area of 7 counties, including 14 Native American tribes on 3 reservations. Part of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis series.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University Office of Rural Philanthropic Analysis
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Our Wireless Future: Building a Comprehensive Approach to Spectrum Policy
Recording of a U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing focused on policies affecting access to wireless internet. Addresses access to wireless in rural tribal areas, spectrum for emergency operations, options for expanding rural broadband access, and uses for broadband access. Includes testimony from the Federal Communications Commission, MuralNet, Competitive Carriers Association, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and others.
Additional links: Julius P. Knapp Testimony, Mariel Triggs Testimony, Michael Calabrese Testimony, Peter Pitsch Testimony, Tim Donovan Testimony
Date: 07/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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