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Rural Tribal Health News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Call for Papers: Community, Psychology, And Indigenous Peoples
Mar 21, 2018 - Call for Papers for a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology seeking articles related to research, practice, or teaching and navigating the intersections of indigenous psychology through "project-based" examples, the conflicts or ethical issues relevant to collaborating with indigenous communities, and engagement with indigenous communities and partners to advance a social justice agenda or incorporate indigenous knowledge. Proposals must be submitted to the Guest Editors by March 30, 2018.
Source: American Journal of Community Psychology
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IHS Efforts to Decrease ESRD Incidence Focuses on Routine Diabetes Care
Mar 20, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) for National Kidney Month with resources from IHS as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On the national level, kidney failure is rising, often caused by diabetes, but IHS and the CDC recently reported a 54% decrease in the incidence of End State Renal Disease (ESRD) among American Indian and Alaska Native people with diabetes.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country
Mar 14, 2018 - Details the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs' oversight hearing on opioid abuse in Native American communities. In 2016, Native American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 12 and older reported the highest rate of opioid misuse of all minority groups. Includes the full remarks from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as a complete testimony and video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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‘My Grandmother Was My Drive’: Navajo Returns to Her Roots to Serve Her People – and Achieves a First in the Process
Feb 23, 2018 - Spotlight on a Navajo dentist practicing on a Navajo reservation, providing culturally competent care to its remote residents, many of whom do not speak English.
Source: Omaha World-Herald
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IHS: Request for Public Comment: 30 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Federal Register
Feb 14, 2018 - Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting OMB approval to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application process. Collected information is used to determine applicants' eligibility for the IHS LRP, which repays all or part of eligible health professionals education-related debt in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full-time at an eligible IHS facility. To ensure consideration, comments regarding the proposed information collection extension should be submitted by March 16, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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FCC Seeks Nominations for Tribal Government Representatives to Serve On Renewed FCC Native Nations Communications Task Force
Feb 8, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking applications for membership on its Native Nations Broadband Task Force. This task force will make recommendations to the FCC on communications-related issues that affect tribal interests, including the availability of facilities and services like broadband.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Inside the Native American Foster Care Crisis Tearing Families Apart
Feb 7, 2018 - Native American (NA) kids are placed in foster care at a rate 2.7 times greater than their proportion in the general population, but for a number of reasons there are a shortage of NA foster parents. This forces agencies to place NA children into non-NA homes, which can create disputes between the tribe and the foster family about the future of the child and what is in their best interests.
Source: Vice
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A Tale of Two Housing Crises, Rural and Urban
Feb 5, 2018 - Discusses the housing crises faced by Native Americans in both cities and rural areas and the lack of attention this specific demographic receives when this issue is being addressed. Touches on the historical context and complications that contribute to these concerns in rural and urban areas.
Source: High Country News
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Last Updated: 3/21/2018