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Rural Tribal Health News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System
Dec 12, 2017 - Life expectancy for Native Americans is 20 years shorter than the national average. Discusses some potential causes, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) being underfunded, discrimination, high poverty and uninsured rates in Native American communities, limited access to providers, and these various barriers leading people to stop trying to access care.
Source: NPR
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IHS Announces $3.2 Million in Grants for Zero Suicide Initiative
Dec 4, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) awarded eight grants in its Zero Suicide Initiative to support projects that implement a comprehensive and culturally informed approach to providing suicide care in the Indian health system. These grants, totaling $400,000 each, were given to three IHS direct service locations and five tribal sites in five states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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Request for Information (RFI): Soliciting Input for the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) Strategic Plan (FY 2018-2022)
Dec 4, 2017 - Information request inviting comments and suggestions on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office's (THRO) Strategic Plan. This Strategic Plan focuses on stimulating new research areas, priorities, and approaches to improve the health of tribal communities. Comments will be accepted through January 8, 2018.
Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research
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Paiute Tribe Elders Navigate a Faltering Health Care System
Nov 23, 2017 - Details the difficulties in accessing healthcare faced by elders on the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Reservation on the Nevada-Oregon border. Because of the remoteness of the location, tribal members are often faced with long drives to access services. But with 46% of the residents living in poverty, this challenge can seem insurmountable, especially as they age and have greater need for services.
Source: High Country News
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IHS: Request for Public Comment: 60 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program Federal Register
Nov 20, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP). IHS seeks to collect professional, educational, financial, and general applicant information to help determine eligibility for loan repayment. Successful applicants receive loan repayment assistance in exchange for an initial two-year commitment to practice full-time in an eligible, often remote, IHS facility. Comments regarding the proposed information collection must be submitted by January 19, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination
Nov 14, 2017 - Details the high rates of uranium in drinking water on Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona which have led to health problems and deaths for residents. Also touches on the cultural attachment the Navajo people have to the land and why moving away is not an obvious choice. Of 521 uranium mines in the area, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only cleaned up 9.
Source: NPR
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How The Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Native Americans
Nov 11, 2017 - Radio interview with Dr. Ron Shaw, president of the Association of American Indian Physicians, about the impact of the opioid epidemic on Native American populations. Native Americans have the highest death rate from opioid overdoses of any demographic. Discussion includes the impact of historical trauma and the necessity of medication-assisted treatment.
Source: NPR
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New Toolkit Helps Tribes Take More Control of Research
Oct 30, 2017 - Highlights the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) which provides funding for a research coordinator for each tribe and developed an Institutional Review Board (IRB) toolkit to help tribes take more control of health research. CRCAIH was created to build a tribal research infrastructure and to give tribes more control over the research being done on them and in their communities.
Source: Midwest Medical Edition
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CMS: Analyses, Research and Studies To Address the Impact of CMS Programs on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Beneficiaries and the Health Care System Serving These Beneficiaries Federal Register
Oct 20, 2017 - Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) intent to expand research on how CMS programs impact the delivery of healthcare to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) beneficiaries. Expansion will occur through a single source award to the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) totaling $4 million, dispersed over a five-year period beginning September 29, 2017.
Source: Federal Register
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Last Updated: 12/12/2017