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Rural Tribal Health – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jan 6, 2020 - Announcement of a public meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) on March 12-13, 2020. Registration is required and is due by February 21, 2020. Among other things, the meeting is designed to encourage collaboration with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal nations and to promote health equity and eliminate health disparities among AI/AN populations.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 29, 2019 - Describes the importance of an accurate Census count for Native Americans as they have been historically undercounted in previous years. Reservations across the country are campaigning to inspire their community to participate, but still face many barriers to representation.
Dec 21, 2019 - Features the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, who helps tribes across the country administer a needs assessment survey and apply for federal funding to fix issues identified, focusing on the needs of Native elders. The North Dakota-based center is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Dec 20, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces eight recipients of the Tribal Self-Governance Planning and Negotiation Cooperative Agreements for 2020. The awards support tribal organizations in preparing to assume responsibility of providing healthcare to their tribal members.
Source: Indian Health Service
Dec 18, 2019 - American Indians in Minnesota have the highest opioid overdose death rate among Native Americans in the country. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth medical school and White Earth Nation officials partnered to examine opioid overdoses among American Indians and identify underlying reasons of opiate use and ways to prevent future deaths.
Source: West Central Tribune
Dec 16, 2019 - U.S. maternal mortality rates are the highest in the developed world and Native American women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Highlights the women of Indian Country who are training other indigenous women to become doulas and midwives, improving health outcomes for mothers and their children.
Source: Cronkite News
Dec 5, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (HIS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Native American Child Health released recommendations on neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) for tribal healthcare facilities. The recommendations aim to provide a standard of care and improve the outcomes of infants at risk of NOWS.
Source: Indian Health Service
Nov 26, 2019 - Highlights a research project that is focusing on improving Native Americans' access to palliative care. Hospice utilization is very low among tribal communities and the project aims to develop programs that are culturally sensitive in order to address the specific needs of patients.
Source: Hospice News

Last Updated: 1/6/2020