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Indigenous Peoples' Day - October 11, 2021

Please join us in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021. We have so much to learn from Indigenous peoples about public health, as their knowledge, value systems and traditions support collective will, community responsibility, and the balance of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of all living things to preserve well-being. May we embrace these principles as cornerstones for promoting quality of life.

New Data Tool Maps COVID-19 Impact on American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has launched new data and maps tracking the pandemic’s impact across American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Indian Country Today, the map provides one of the most comprehensive views of how the pandemic has unfolded across more than 100 Tribal Nations.

Read the media release

New Podcast Dedicated to Indigenous Women’s Health and Well-Being

Indigenae is a community-guided podcast that is dedicated to Indigenous wxmen’s health and wellbeing. Hosts Sarah Stern (Cherokee), Olivia Trujillo (Navajo) and Dr. Sophie Neuner (Karuk) will interview a new guest each week and take listeners on a journey through Indigenous womanhood, exploring topics from Coming of Age to Becoming an Elder. Listen to the Indigenae Podcast here

Read more.

The Impacts of Intergenerational Trauma

Join Dr. Melissa Walls, Director of the Center’s Great Lakes Hub, on Monday, October 25 from 12 - 12:30pm EDT for a conversation on how historical and intergenerational trauma impacts Indigenous communities, and how Native strengths, culture and resilience prevail in the face of injustice.

Register here.

“COVID Warrior” Award from the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

The Center for American Indian Health is honored to have received a "COVID Warrior" award from the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation on the Navajo Nation, recognizing the tremendous efforts of our team throughout the pandemic. From sourcing PPE, staffing testing and vaccine blitzes, organizing and delivering supplies to community members in isolation or quarantine, and much more, we are proud of all our staff and faculty who went above and beyond during the pandemic.

Study Results Prove Significant Impact on Pregnancy Prevention Among Youth

As recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, Respecting the Circle of Life (RCL) is the only evidence-based sexual/reproductive health education program designed by, and for, Native American youth and families. RCL is delivered by locally trained Native paraprofessionals to youth during an eight-day summer sports camp, and to youth together with parents or trusted adults after camp in their own homes.

Two randomized controlled trials have demonstrated that RCL improves sexual and reproductive health knowledge, condom and contraceptive use self-efficacy, intention to abstain from sex and use condoms, and communication between youth and their family about sexual/reproductive health. To date RCL has been scaled to over 15 tribal communities across Arizona and Minnesota.

"Having a child is a blessing, but having a child too young can also be a burden that affects the family and community as a whole." — Parent participant in Respecting the Circle of Life

Read the article.

Supporting the Mental Health of Frontline Healthworkers

The Center for American Indian Health has developed a free resource to support the mental health of workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This resource is called Psychological First Aid for COVID-19 Frontline Workers in AI/AN Communities, and includes an online guide and training in psychological first aid.

We are currently recruiting for a study to evaluate the online Psychological First Aid training. For more information or to participate, click the link above, or email PsychFirstAid4COVID19@gmail.com

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