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Resources by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Unequal Distribution of COVID‐19 Risk among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity
Presents a study on the COVID-19 risk in rural communities by race and ethnicity. Highlights the different issues that effect health outcomes of people of color and Indigenous people living in rural areas in light of COVID-19.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Mariana Tuttle, Katy B. Kozhimannil
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Being African American and Rural: A Double Jeopardy from COVID-19
Presents the particular risk rural African Americans face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the social determinants of health driving the disparities faced by rural African Americans and how they affect COVID-19 outcomes.
Author(s): Lakshay Sood, Vanita Sood
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Illuminates Persistent and Emerging Disparities among Rural Black Populations
Highlights the health disparities faced by rural African American populations in the southern U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explores how the convergence of state-level policies and sociodemographic factors are affecting health outcomes of rural black populations during the pandemic.
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Extreme Poverty Counties Found Solely in Rural Areas in 2018
Examines high and extreme poverty areas by rural and urban county designation. Includes a map showing rural high poverty and extreme poverty counties and urban high poverty counties. Discusses the geographic concentration of extreme poverty in regions with above-average populations of racial minorities, highlighting 6 counties in South Dakota with a large Native American population and 4 counties in Mississippi with historically high poverty rates among African Americans.
Author(s): Tracey Farrigan
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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COVID-19 and the Indian Health Service
Discusses how the Indian Health Service (IHS) has been impacted by COVID-19. Describes concerns some tribes have, including the IHS testing capacity for COVID-19, workforce shortages, and lost revenue at IHS facilities. Outlines federal funding efforts to enhance the IHS COVID-19 response.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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COVID-19 Materials Developed for Tribal Use
Presents a number of resources for tribal communities pertaining to COVID-19. Features resources for infectious disease control and information about social distancing.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Indian Health
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Federal Emergency Management Agency: Training
Information and resources for the training of first responders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Features information for emergency managers, tribal representatives, and volunteer agencies.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Rural Broadband in the Time of COVID-19
April 16, 2020 webinar recording highlights the state of rural broadband and its capacity to handle the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses remote work, distance learning, telehealth, the CARES Act, and the pandemic in Indian Country. Webinar is presented in two parts.
Additional links: Part 2 - April 22, 2020
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Daily Yonder, Rural Assembly
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Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes In American Indian and Alaska Native Adults, 2006–2017
Examines trends in the U.S. of diagnosed diabetes prevalence for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) adults aged 18 years and older in the tribal and urban Indian Health Service (IHS) clinical population using data derived from IHS and the National Data Warehouse (NDW).
Author(s): Ann Bullock, Karen Sheff, Israel Hora, Nilka Rios Burrows, Stephen R Benoit, et al.
Citation: BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, 8, e001218
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Indian Country ECHO: COVID-19
Offers Project ECHO sessions about the COVID-19 pandemic for healthcare systems in Indian Country. Includes clinical recommendations to ensure providers have the medical knowledge necessary to address the virus in indigenous communities.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Indian Country ECHO
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