Month October 2020

Month October 2020

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