Month August 2020

Month August 2020

COVID-19 Among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons — 23 States, January 31–July 3, 2020

TECs in the Media

CDC – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) persons appear to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, limited data are available to quantify the disparity in COVID-19 incidence, severity, and outcomes among AI/AN persons compared with those among other racial/ethnic groups.

Early Release
August 19, 2020

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CTEC Success Story: Tribal Adverse Childhood Experiences (TACEs) Project

Success Stories
Nearly two-thirds of the general population report experiencing at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), such as loss of a parent, abuse, or domestic violence. Members of marginalized populations, including low-income and ethnic minority youth, are at an even greater risk of experiencing ACEs. Higher rates of ACEs have been linked to an increase in poorer health outcomes during adulthood; including heart attack, cancer, depression and an increase in smoking, illicit drug use, and risky behaviors. Through the Building Public Health Infrastructure Initiative grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CTEC is conducting a two-year Tribal Adverse Childhood Experiences (TACEs) project with three California Tribal Health Programs (THPs).

The project goal is to increase awareness in ACEs and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) in California Tribal communities and clinics. To accomplish this goal, the TACEs project is comprised of three components:

  1. Community surveys – CTEC has adapted and pilot-tested a culturally sensitive survey based on the CDC version of the original ACEs tool. Our Tribal ACEs survey includes questions on demographics, resilience, community, and culture.
  2. Clinic staff surveys – CTEC will collaborate with the three IHPs to determine providers’ extent of trauma-informed beliefs utilizing the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale. These attitudes can have an enormous impact on patient’s experiences. ACEs and trauma shape health across the life span and the need for trauma-informed service systems is urgent.
  3. Prevention/intervention strategy implementation – CTEC will analyze the results of the Tribal ACEs survey and the ARTIC Scale survey and work with the THPs to identify targeted community prevention activities, interventions and/or trainings they feel will resonate in their communities and clinics.

After project completion, CTEC will assist IHPs prepare individual and collective reports summarizing the results of the Tribal ACEs survey tool, implemented interventions/trainings, and the ARTIC Scale survey. As CTEC’s aim is to increase awareness on ACEs and TIC, more information on the collective findings will be disseminated September 2021.



Donald Warne: We Need More Indigenous Doctors, Stat. Here’s How to Do It.

TECs in the Media

Mother Jones – Politics

“It’s going to require a generation of good policy to make up for generations of bad policy.”

A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Dr. Donald Warne had an early interest in medical work—he comes from a long line of traditional healers.

Delilah Friedler
August 17, 2020

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Donald Warne: We Need More Indigenous Doctors, Stat. Here’s How to Do It.
Photo: Mother Jones illustration
Credit: Courtesy of the University of North Dakota.

Bipartisan Bill Tears Down Health Data Barrier for Native Americans

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E&C – Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee members Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statement on H.R. 7948, the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act of 2020, a bill that would reaffirm that Tribal public health authorities are entitled to access public health data.

August 7, 2020

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Indigenous Nations Battle to Secure Borders, Funds Amid Pandemic

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Foreign Policy – Report

Health inequalities and government indifference are hitting communities hard.

It was in 1832 that the U.S. government first began delivering health care to Indigenous communities. Congress allocated $12,000 to vaccinate those living in nations near white frontier settlements against smallpox.

Justin Ling
August 6, 2020

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Indigenous Nations Battle to Secure Borders, Funds Amid Pandemic
Photo: Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin P. Parrish grabs a box filled with food and other supplies to distribute to Navajo families in Counselor on the Navajo Nation Reservation, New Mexico, on May 27.
Credit: Sharon Chischilly / Getty Images