Vaccination Rates Among American Indians

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Immunization against childhood diseases is regarded as one of the greatest public health achievements in the United States and worldwide. The benefit of vaccinations has been particularly notable for American Indian and Alaska Native people, who have suffered disproportionately from infectious diseases compared with the general U.S. population. Vaccination coverage among American Indian children is higher than national coverage levels for most vaccines. This finding contrasts with overall coverage estimates among all American Indians, which usually are slightly below national coverage levels.

From 2006 to 2010, CDC researchers reported that although disparities existed between white and American Indian and Alaska Native populations in 2001 to 2004, the findings from the latest surveys showed.... Read More

             

Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Caregivers

This article originally appeared on American Society on Aging.

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If you require ADA accommodation to participate in this web seminar, please contact us at your earliest convenience to make arrangements.

This webinar will help providers further their understanding of the experiences of LGBT caregivers and improve their multicultural capacities to meet caregiver’s needs. This webinar is part of the cultural competency training curriculum created by the staff of the Diverse Elders Coalition and its six member organizations, with the support of a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Much of the research and many statistics cited in the training were the result.... Read More

             

NICOA Creates COVID-19 Tribal Needs Assessment

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) invites you to participate in our COVID-19 tribal needs assessment. Your participation will positively impact the wellbeing of American Indian and Alaska Native elders.

As the leading national Native aging organization for elders, we strive to provide information that will assist tribes and their communities. The information we gather will help us better understand how tribes have been affected by COVID-19 and the mental, physical and social impact it has had on their health. It will also serve to illustrate what Indian Country looks like to those who do not know, and help us focus our efforts most effectively.

Once the information is collected and.... Read More

             

The world goes through the second wave of pandemic due to COVID-19

This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

Around the world, several countries are registering new spikes in cases, indicating a second wave of COVID-19. The rise in cases is driven by Europe, the United States and some countries in South America.

In total, more than 47 million people have been infected around the world, more than a million deaths due to the pandemic, and the numbers seem to increase disproportionately over time.

In Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that deaths from COVID-19 increased by almost 40% compared to previous records. Countries such as France and Germany have partially closed again in order to stop the spread of the virus. In Spain, a state of alarm.... Read More

             

How to be a long-distance caregiver?

This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the health precaution it brought with it, have now also required remote caregiving to also became an essential part of some people’s daily routine. Meeting or visiting someone is now more complicated and is not recommended because it could endanger the health of everyone involved, especially if the person receiving care is an older adult. Therefore, long-distance caregiving has taken more prominence as a solution in this current situation.

It is necessary to emphasize that long distance caregivers, in most cases, need the help of a primary or full-time caregiver, who is in charge of caring for the older adult, especially if they are caring for a.... Read More

             

Caregiving in a Pandemic Webinar December 3

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog. 

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA), the Diverse Elders Coalition and the National Alliance for Caregiving are hosting a webinar focused on the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native caregivers in the time of COVID-19. Together, we invite you to join us for “Caregiving in a Pandemic: Accessing Services and Supports” December 3, 2020 12:30 p.m. EST.

Do you provide care or support for a friend or relative? If so, this session is for you! First 75 participants will receive a $25 gift card.

The webinar features interactive poll questions, and speakers such NICOA Executive Director Larry Curley; Captain Susan Karol, MD, Medical Officer for the Centers for.... Read More

             

It’s the Season for Getting (or Keeping) Health Coverage

By Lauren Pongan, National Director.

With the number of COVID-19 cases reaching record highs in the U.S., healthcare access and coverage remains top of mind. November and December are the months to reassess and adjust your healthcare coverage, if you enroll through the Affordable Care Act or Medicare. 

Here are some important dates to remember, depending on how you get your healthcare coverage: 

If you get private insurance through the Affordable Care Act, use the Federal or a state Marketplace to shop for a plan that works for you. Marketplace Open Enrollment is open now through Dec. 15, for coverage that starts on January 1st, 2021.   Now through Dec. 7, those eligible can enroll in Medicare.... Read More
             

How to Stay Safe from Coronavirus this Holiday

By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH. This article originally appeared on the NCOA blog.

How to Stay Safe from Coronavirus this Holiday Key Takeaways: With COVID-19 cases rising in almost all states, the holidays will require extra safety precautions this year. The best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to follow guidelines for safe holiday activities. If you’re considering hosting or attending a gathering, there are several important factors to consider.

If you’re like me and many other Americans, the holidays are your favorite time of year. We spend time with those we love, enjoy delicious food, and have fun playing games, watching football, or other family traditions. These pastimes are exactly what we need right now after.... Read More

             

Honoring Marny Xiong’s Legacy in Our Fight for Culturally Competent Healthcare

By Kham S. Moua. This article originally appeared on SEARAC’s blog.

COVID-19 has killed over 220,000 Americans, including my cousin. At 31, Marny had just started her tenure as Chair of the Saint Paul School Board. She was intelligent, beautiful, and ambitious, but most of all, she was kind and compassionate. While I was often a wallflower, Marny always dazzled the room. At family reunions and community gatherings, she would easily maneuver between Hmong and English, bring the young and the old together in conversation, and discuss why our communities needed to work within and without to progress the rights of all students.

In the days leading up to her death, she was a shell of her former self..... Read More

             
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