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Resources by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

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: The COVID-19 Community Corps
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
State, county, and census-tract data on communities where people are at greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Identifies areas vulnerable due to barriers related to healthcare access, social determinants of health, and other facts. Also provides data related to COVID-19 rates, testing, mask wearing, critical risk workers, and race/ethnicity.
Additional links: U.S. Data Explorer
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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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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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-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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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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