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Tribal health providers have figured out the key to Covid-19 vaccine success. Here’s their secret

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CNN – US

(CNN) – Native people have been disproportionately hit by Covid-19, experiencing higher rates of infection, hospitalization and death than White people in the US. But when it comes to vaccine administration, tribal health providers are often outpacing counties and states.

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN
February 9, 2021

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Tribal health providers have figured out the key to Covid-19 vaccine success. Here's their secret

Photo: Medical staff at the Northern Navajo Medical Center administering Covid-19 vaccines in Shiprock, New Mexico. The Navajo Nation has a higher vaccination rate than most states.

They Asked for PPE and Got Body Bags Instead—She Turned Them Into a Healing Dress

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Vogue – Fashion

In March, public health researcher Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) and her colleagues at the Seattle Indian Health Board reached out to their local and federal partners for more PPE so they could continue serving Washington’s Native population. When they received a large package a few weeks later they were elated—until they opened it and found a stack of body bags inside.

By Cecilia Nowell
February 4, 2021

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They Asked for PPE and Got Body Bags Instead—She Turned Them Into a Healing Dress

Photo: Echo-Hawk’s dress worn by one of the staff members of the Urban Indian Health Institute.
Credit: Samuel Fu

Teepees erected on Rims to honor those who have died as well as provide beacon of hope

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Billings Gazette – Local News

William Snell’s record for erecting a teepee is just under 14 minutes. It’s a bit more complicated in the winter, he said, but in a little more than five hours on Saturday, seven teepees were standing tall atop the Billings Rimrocks, their white canvas taut against the winter winds moving across the snowy prairie.

By Anna Paige
December 19, 2020

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Teepees erected on Rims to honor those who have died as well as provide beacon of hope

Photo: Teepees are lit with colored lights in this long exposure photograph as a Delta flight from Minneapolis flies overhead as it approaches Billings Logan International Airport at Swords Park in Billings on Saturday
Credit: Mike Clark, Billings Gazette

ITCA TEC Success Story: After Action Review Toolkit & Guided Workshop

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The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) conducted the first Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) Tribal Public Health After Action Review Workshop with Tribal sub-awardees. This event was held in partnership with Blue Stone Strategy Group, LLC, which was made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The development of After Action Review, helps Tribes assess performance, document lessons learned, and identify areas for improvement in a non-judgmental way, during and after a public health emergency.

Former Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and co-founder of Blue Stone Strategy Group, Jamie Fullmer, and his team guided the Tribal staff through developing a framework for a culturally-competent After Action Review Plan. Participants were provided with a hard copy of the designed toolkit, outlining the After Action Review Planning Process. Several exercises were facilitated during the workshop that provided opportunities for the Tribal staff to begin developing their respective After Action Review Plans, and share those plans with their colleagues. Each sub-awardee examined their Tribes’ response effort to COVID-19 pandemic, and identified specific areas for improvement, as well as implementation strategies.

The workshop concluded with participants reflecting on their experience during the workshop review process. As a result of the After Action Review Workshop, COVID-19 Response Tribal sub-awardees are now more prepared to manage the Tribes’ future emergencies, including those related to COVID-19.

 

“Often times we don’t think about an After Action Review, however, it may be the most important. The training was great and the toolkit was helpful and easy to understand and follow.”
 
– Tribal staff participant

 

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