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Rural Tribal Health – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Aug 27, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of tribal officials for consideration as voluntary delegates to serve on the HRSA Tribal Advisory Council (TAC). Nominations from the following Indian Health Service (IHS) geographic areas are specifically sought: Alaska; Albuquerque; Billings; Navajo; Phoenix; and Tucson. Nominations are due by September 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 19, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study that examines COVID-19 effects on American Indian and Native American (AI/AN) populations. Findings show that COVID-19 cases among AI/AN were 3.5 times higher than non-Hispanic whites and AI/AN who tested positive also tended to be younger. Includes information on federal funding provided to address these disparities.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Aug 12, 2020 - The Veterans Health Administration (VA) will hold a virtual tribal consultation session on August 25, 2020 to discuss care coordination for veterans receiving care under the VA's Indian Health Service/Tribal Health Program (IHS/THP) Reimbursement Agreements Program. The goal is to ensure that veterans that need care beyond what is offered within IHS/THP facilities are able to get that care either in VA medical facilities or in the community.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for negotiation cooperative agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Negotiation cooperative agreements provide tribes with resources to help cover costs associated with preparing for and participating in TSGP negotiations. Applications are due by November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). Funding will be used to provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP), which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor healthcare programs to fit the needs of their communities. Applications are due by November 12, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 30, 2020 - Features the Yakama Nation, a Native community in Washington state that has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how COVID-19 data collected often omits information about race and ethnicity, making it difficult for tribes to receive sufficient funds aimed at economic recovery.
Source: New York Times
Jul 28, 2020 - Covers how the Navajo Nation successfully limited the spread of COVID-19 and flattened its curve after having one of the highest infection rates in the country. Includes an interview with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on how mask mandates, social distancing, and external aid helped them to decrease infection rates.
Source: Vox
Jul 22, 2020 - Statement from Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee discusses the release of reports from the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service (IHS) system that provide recommendations to improve patient protection policies and procedures. Describes the agency's commitment to keep patients safe, including information on IHS efforts and actions individuals can take to prevent sexual abuse in the IHS system.
Source: Indian Health Service

Last Updated: 8/27/2020