COVID-19 in Indian Country
The National Council of Urban Indian Health is paying close attention to implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act affecting urban Indian organizations.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic provides COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to everyone, including those who are not American Indian.
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Urban Indian health providers will finally be able to use existing funds to expand, renovate and upgrade their facilities under the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
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“This technical fix will be critical to expanding health care infrastructure for Native communities who have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CEO Francys Crevier of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
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“Tribal communities face grave and unjust disparities in access to many kinds of infrastructure, but the disparities in access to health care and health infrastructure are especially stark,” said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California).
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, promotes summer safety tips for kids.
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“The impacts of COVID-19 will be with our Native communities for a long time to come,” said Sonya Tetnowski, president-elect of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
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“Since last fall, NCUIH and Native American LifeLines have pushed for the inclusion of the 65,000 Natives in the DMV as Natives are dying from COVID-19 at the highest rates worldwide,” said NCUIH CEO Francys Crevier.
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The National Council of Urban Indian Health and Native American LifeLines are pleased to announce COVID-19 vaccinations for urban Indians in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area.
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The Indian Health Service is making COVID-19 vaccines available for urban Indians in the Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., areas.
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The American Rescue Plan Act includes $84 million for urban Indian health providers and addresses critical Medicaid coverage.
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COVID-19 has disrupted the way medical practices are performed, including Oklahoma City Indian Clinic's dental department.
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The U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will hold a video briefing with public health experts to examine the steps that must be taken to ensure coronavirus vaccinations are administered equitably.
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“This is a data genocide on Native people,” said Abigail Echo-Hawk of the Urban Indian Health Institute. “American Indians and Alaska Natives are dying at disproportionate rates and decision makers don’t even have accurate data to ensure we are properly funded and resourced.”
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, promotes a healthy New Year by providing virtual services for overall health.
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Urban Indian frontline health workers will now have the same coverage as their other health system counterparts.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic hosted its annual Toy Wonderland benefiting families in need this holiday season.
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The Department of Health and Human Services seeks to ensure that all tribal health programs and urban Indian organizations have the choice on how they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes food safety during the upcoming holiday.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic supports practicing social distancing during the upcoming holidays, including Halloween.