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Resources by Topic: Health disparities

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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Rural Suicide Prevention: Reviewing the Evidence and Gaps
Cyberseminar discusses current state of suicide prevention for rural veterans. Highlights data, risk and protective factors, and current and potential prevention practices. Details knowledge gaps and makes recommendations for researchers.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides
Author(s): Nate Mohatt
Date: 04/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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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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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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COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index
Identifies barriers each county is likely to face in achieving high COVID-19 vaccine coverage. Provides county-level information on historic undervaccination, sociodemographic barriers, resource-constrained healthcare systems, healthcare accessibility barriers, and irregular care seeking behavior. Report includes discussion of rural-specific barriers and concerns.
Additional links: Report: The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index: Leaving No Community Behind in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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COVID Urban Rural Explorer (CURE)
Provides data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Identifies nonmetro counties experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases, and offers county-level data on cases and deaths, the number of hospital beds, and population density.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Washington State University
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COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard
Interactive map containing county- and state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. Illustrates relationships between COVID-19 outcomes and various social determinants of health, such as population density, poverty, underlying health conditions, urban/rural status, and more.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Emory University
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Healing Tool - Pocket Guide for Addressing Behavioral Health Goals in Native Communities
Provides data and strategies for addressing mental health and substance use issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Discusses issues around stigma, medication-assisted treatment, and traditional healing practices, among other measures, for creating culturally competent care in tribal communities.
Author(s): Shirley M. Cain
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center
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