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News stories from the past 60 days.

Jun 28, 2022 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking comments on the draft strategic plan titled Revised Draft of American Indian and Alaska Native Worker Safety and Health Strategic Plan. The draft strategic plan will serve as a blueprint to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of AI/AN workers across the United States. Comments are due by August 29, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 13, 2022 - Presents the findings of a study of travel distance to radiation therapy facilities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, noting that compared to non-AI/AN neighborhood groups, AI/AN populations travel around 40 miles farther to seek treatment. Identifies what researchers call "radiation therapy deserts" with longer than average travel distances in the western U.S., southern plains states, and northern plains states, with nearly 1/3 of AI/AN populations living in those areas.
Source: EurekAlert!
Jun 8, 2022 - Announces the launch of the "Next Legends" Youth E-cigarette Prevention Campaign, to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco use. Intended to educate American Indian/Alaska Native youth, ages 12-17, about the harms of vaping.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
May 31, 2022 - Announces the launch of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal Playbook, which offers guidance on over $13 billion in funding available to tribal communities. Describes major funding streams in the infrastructure law targeting drinking water and sanitation, transportation, climate adaptation, and more.
Source: The White House
May 31, 2022 - Announces the allocation of $700 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to support the construction of water and sanitation infrastructure in tribal communities. Discusses the tiers of the project and allocations to construction costs, salaries and expenses, and other costs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 25, 2022 - Describes the sharp increase in fentanyl overdoses on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana, noting that the opioid overdose rate for Indigenous people in Montana was twice that of White people from 2019 to 2021. Discusses issues of access to healthcare, treatment medications, and harm reduction services and efforts of the Blackfeet tribal government to address the issue.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 24, 2022 - Highlights discussions of indigenous health equity and barriers at the Pathways to Equity Symposium hosted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Describes challenges related to poverty and mortality rates, trauma and stress, and the importance of community representation and participation in interventions.
Source: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
May 13, 2022 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for Public Health Nursing Case Management: Reducing Sexually Transmitted Infections. The purpose of this program is to mitigate the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STI) within Indian Country through a public health nursing case management model with an emphasis on raising awareness of STIs as a high-priority health issue among American Indian/Alaska Native communities and to support prevention and control activities of comorbid conditions. Applications are due by August 11, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
May 12, 2022 - Describes issues related to census undercount of Native Americans living on reservations, citing estimates that the 2020 census missed nearly 6% of Native Americans living on reservations, compared to nearly 5% in 2010. Discusses the impacts of census numbers on funding for healthcare, human services, infrastructure, education, and other programs.
Source: Kaiser Health News
May 9, 2022 - Announces $5 million in funding to tribes, tribal organizations, IHS direct service facilities, and urban Indian organizations to target Alzheimer's disease in tribal communities. Describes rates of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in American Indian communities and federal investments to address Alzheimer's disease. Notes that eligible tribes and organizations can now apply, with applications due July 18.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 6/28/2022