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Rural Tribal Health News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan
Oct 19, 2018 - The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) announced the Public Health in Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS), an effort to increase the knowledge of Tribal and federal health leaders and advocates through the creation and dissemination of a national-level, comprehensive profile of the public health system and infrastructure in Indian Country. To support this work, NIHB is requesting 261 Tribal health directors from Tribal health departments/entities representing 573 federally-recognized tribes from 35 states to participate. To learn more and to receive instructions on completing the well-based scan, join the pre-launch webinar on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
Source: National Indian Health Board
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Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care to Address American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Mental Health Disparities
Oct 17, 2018 - Blog post from the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities on the mental health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people as well as the importance of culturally competent assessment and care. Discusses mental health disparities, historical trauma, and discrimination.
Source: National Partnership for Action Blog
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Stigma Surrounds Addiction Treatment for Pregnant People in Indian Country
Oct 16, 2018 - Discusses the issue of opioid misuse disorder among pregnant women on Native American reservations and the stigma related to seeking treatment while pregnant. The rate of drug-related deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives is nearly twice that of the general population and in 2015 they had the highest rates of death from drug overdose of any ethnicity. Also touches on efforts on reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin to address these issues.
Source: Rewire.News
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From a Physician Assistant in Fairbanks to a Vending Machine in Interior Alaska: Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post, written by Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing a tour of several Alaskan communities to learn about how healthcare is delivered in remote parts of the state through telehealth services, vending machines that dispense medications, and through the use of community health aids.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Indian Health Service Provider Vacancies a ‘Never-ending Cycle’
Oct 8, 2018 - Discusses a recent Government Accountability Office report examining causes of and potential solutions to high staff vacancy rates at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.
Source: High Country News
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Health Literacy: Using Everyday Words to Support Wellness
Oct 5, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Services (IHS) in recognition of Health Literacy Month. Highlights the importance of providing information to patients and their families in a way that is easy to understand in order to positively impact health outcomes. Also outlines IHS activities in support of improved health literacy.
Source: Indian Health Service
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Hoeven Convenes Hearing To Examine Broadband Internet And Other Telecommunications Access On Tribal Lands
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses the convening of an oversight hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to examine reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on broadband internet and other telecommunications access issues on tribal lands. As of December 2016, 35.4% of tribal residents lacked access to fixed broadband services, compared to 7.7% of the general population. Includes links to the reports as well as a video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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How Three Research Groups Are Tearing down the Ivory Tower
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses community-based participatory research as a way to engage minority communities in a way that is respectful and collaborative and builds trust. Among other things, focuses on efforts in a tribal community in Oklahoma to increase access to and desire for healthier foods. Research conducted on the success of these interventions has been shaped and executed with collaboration from community members.
Source: Nature
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IHS Awards Tribal Management Grants to Support Tribal Self-Determination
Oct 1, 2018 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) has awarded grants to develop and improve tribal capacity to manage health programs. More than $1.4 million will be distributed through the Tribal Management Grant Program to 11 tribes and tribal organizations in 9 states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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HHS Awards $50 Million to Assist American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Efforts Combating the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Sep 26, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes to strengthen efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. These grants, totaling about $50 million, aim to increase access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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CDC Provides New Funds to Battle the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Sep 19, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $155 million in new funding to states and U.S. territories for efforts related to education about and prevention and response activities for the opioid epidemic. The CDC has also awarded $27 million to nine non-governmental organizations to support states and territories with staffing, procurement, and training to improve local public health capacity, and $12 million to support 11 Tribal Epidemiology Centers and 15 tribal entities.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Sep 10, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The rate of suicide for American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents and young adults from 15 to 34 is 1.3 times the national average, and suicide is the 8th leading cause of death across all ages for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Include links to resources related to suicide and suicide prevention.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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Update on Tribal Consultation for the Sanitation Deficiency System Guide
Sep 7, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on the Sanitation Deficiency System (SDS) - A Guide for Reporting Sanitation Deficiencies for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Homes and Communities. This guide is used to standardize collection of data and reporting on current sanitation deficiencies affecting AI/AN homes and communities and, by extension, health. IHS is engaging tribal consultation on proposed updates to the guide.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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HUD Awards over $12 Million to Assist Tribal Communities with Making Housing Safer
Sep 6, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided funding to 13 tribes and tribal agencies through the Healthy Homes Production program. More than $12 million will go towards protecting children and families from home health and safety hazards.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas
Sep 5, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs. These programs are the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program, the Water and Waste Disposal Guaranteed Loan Program, the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and the Rural Energy for America Program. These listening sessions can be attended virtually, and will take place in Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the struggles of several tribes in Northern California related to drug use and environmental factors impacting health, access to food, and economic stability. These issues are intertwined, with the health of the river and the desperation its pollution creates both spiritually and for people who rely on it for subsistence fishing influencing drug use. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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CMS: Medicare Program; Certain Changes to the Low-Volume Hospital Payment Adjustment Under the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal Years 2011 Through 2017 Federal Register
Aug 23, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing changes to the low-volume hospital payment adjustment under the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for acute care hospitals for fiscal years 2011-2017 relating to the application of mileage criterion for Indian Health Service (IHS) and non-IHS hospitals.
Source: Federal Register
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Last Updated: 10/19/2018