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

Tribal HPOG Program Snapshot - Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board: Pathways to Healthcare Professions
Highlights key features of the Pathways to Healthcare Professions (PHP) program and outcomes from the first four years of program implementation. PHP is a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 grantee and helps individuals in western South Dakota and northern Nebraska pursue careers in health professions.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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High Rates of Decay and Need for Dental Treatment Among American Indian and Alaska Native Kindergartners in North Dakota
Describes a study examining results of dental screenings of 1,998 North Dakota kindergartners during the 2018-2019 school year. Features statistics including rates of decay experience, untreated decay, and need for early or urgent dental care, with breakdowns by race or ethnicity.
Author(s): Shawnda Schroeder, Shane Knutson
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Alcohol-Induced Deaths Among American Indian and Alaska Native Individuals - "Drinking Was What I and Others Just Did"
Commentary on an article describing excessive alcohol consumption and related deaths as a growing public health crisis in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) populations. Discusses the need for detoxification programs and substance abuse treatment programs, and efforts to change the perception that alcoholism is an inevitable part of life for AIAN people.
Author(s): Spero M. Manson
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(2)
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
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Integrating Culture and History to Promote Health and Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities: Traditional Foods Have Become a Way to Talk About Health
Reports on the implementation of the Traditional Foods Project (TFP), a community-based intervention to promote access to and integration of traditional foods, physical activities, and social support in culturally and geographically diverse American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
Author(s): Lemyra DeBruyn, Lynne Fullerton, Dawn Satterfield, Melinda Frank
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
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Implementing Healthcare Career Pathway Training Programs in Rural Settings: Responsive Approaches by Tribal HPOG 2.0 Grantees
Examines opportunities and challenges in implementing healthcare education and training programs in rural and tribal communities. Describes how the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 grantees used their communities' strengths in developing their programs. Highlights the use of partnerships, strategies for addressing geographic isolation and improving access, and methods for ensuring communication and engagement.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Poverty Rates by Race/Ethnicity and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2018
Bar chart comparing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty levels for whites, African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic populations.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs)
Highlights data from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health pertaining specifically to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Compares AI/AN rates of drug use and mental illness, as well as co-occurring disorders, to rates for the U.S. as a whole.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Annual Report 2018
Provides county-level health statistics for the state of New Mexico. Covers population estimates by age group and race/ethnicity, birth rate by mother's age and race/ethnicity, and mortality by age and race/ethnicity.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Recognizing and Sustaining the Value of Community Health Workers and Promotores
Discusses the ways in which community health workers and promotores (CHW/Ps) contribute to the healthcare system, with a focus on California. Gives examples of the ways in which CHW/Ps in rural areas can alleviate workforce shortages, strengthen patient engagement with the healthcare system, and act as liaisons to social structures, including churches and Native American tribal organizations.
Author(s): Jim Lloyd, Kathy Moses, Rachel Davis
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Public Transportation: Enhanced Federal Information Sharing on Coordination Could Improve Rural Transit Services
Report details the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) efforts in improving rural public transit coordination and identifies areas for improvement. Highlights some of the challenges affecting the FTA's ability to effectively coordinate transportation for rural and tribal areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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