Month October 2020

Month October 2020

COVID-19 Cases Spiking In State’s Indigenous Communities

TECs in the Media

Wisconsin Public Radio

Coronavirus cases have tripled since the beginning of September among American Indians across Wisconsin as the state has witnessed a surge in new cases of COVID-19.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 2,374 cases of the virus among Native Americans on Thursday — that’s up from 775 cases on Sept. 1.

By Danielle Kaeding
October 23, 2020

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COVID-19 Cases Spiking In State's Indigenous Communities
Photo: A COVID-19 test technician leans down to speak to a person in line before administering the test Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Janesville. Credit: Angela Major/WPR

Making sure American Indian COVID-19 cases are counted, and feeding a hungry heart

TECs in the Media

Science – Podcast

First up, host Meagan Cantwell speaks with Abigail Echo-Hawk, director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and chief research officer for the Seattle Indian Health Board. Echo-Hawk shares what inspired her journey in public health and explains the repercussions of excluding native people from health data. This story was originally reported by Lizzie Wade, who profiled Echo-Hawk as part of Science’s “voices of the pandemic” series.

By Sarah Crespi, Meagan Cantwell, Lizzie Wade
October 15, 2020

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Making sure American Indian COVID-19 cases are counted, and feeding a hungry heart

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Bill pressures CDC to give Native Americans better access to federal health data

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Pinal Central – Politics

A measure passed by the U.S. House aims to remove barriers that Native Americans face in accessing public health data – something advocates say is key to providing a clearer picture of how COVID-19 and other diseases are disproportionately affecting tribes.

Experts said Native Americans have been denied access to some state and federal health data for years, and the pandemic has further exposed this long-standing issue.

By Frank LaTona
October 7, 2020

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Bill pressures CDC to give Native Americans better access to federal health data

Photo: Legislation making its way through Congress aims to reaffirm that tribal epidemiology centers should have access to state and federal health data. Tribal leaders have had trouble accessing information to help fight COVID-19 and other diseases in places like the Navajo Nation, where this sign stands. Credit: Daja E. Henry/Cronkite News