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

             

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

             

NICOA Celebrates Native Elders with Live Webinar

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Commemorate National Native American Heritage Month with the National Indian Council on Aging’s live webinar, “A Celebration of Native Elders“. Join us November 10, 1-3 p.m. EST, as we recognize the many sacrifices, contributions and achievements of American Indian elders, as well as celebrate our rich and vibrant cultures. The event will include music, multiple raffles, stress-busting tips, simple at-home exercises and more.

The webinar will feature American Indian Development Expert Sherry Salway Black, speaking on the subject of “Native Wealth: So Much More than Money”. You’ll also hear from Sixtus Dominguez, a tribal injury prevention program coordinator at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, who will talk about.... Read More

             

Over 1.5 Million American Indians Aren’t Registered to Vote

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog

There are 4.7 million American Indians who are of voting age, according to a report titled “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters.” However, only 66 percent of those eligible to vote are registered. Over 1.5 million Native people are eligible to vote but remain unregistered. American Indians face specific barriers to political participation throughout the voting process.

Both non-traditional mailing addresses and housing insecurity make it difficult to provide proof of residence in a state or county. The report also lists several other factors that prevent Native people from starting the first step of registration: voter identification requirements, unequal access to online registration due.... Read More

             

NICOA Partner Spotlight: Salvation Army Red Shield Kitchen

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

NICOA’s Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) partners with The Salvation Army Red Shield Kitchen to train program participants as cooks and kitchen assistants.

During the process, participants learn the state guidelines for properly handling food, how to properly clean and sanitize, as well as train for food handlers license. The program was recently recognized in an article by Senior News & Living OK.

Check out our interview with former SCSEP participant and current Salvation Army Red Shield.... Read More

             

Lifeline Has Additional Support For Tribal Lands

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Lifeline consumers can receive up to $25 per month discount (and up to $100 reduction for first-time connection charges) in addition to the standard Lifeline benefit amount if they live on federally recognized tribal lands.

Lifeline customers residing on tribal lands are eligible for Link Up. Link Up is a one-time benefit per address; you can request Link Up each time you change your primary residential address. Link Up can reimburse the full cost of initiating service with certain phone/internet companies at your.... Read More

             

NICOA SCSEP Success Story: Diane Martinez

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Diane Martinez is the picture of a resilient elder whose journey and difficulties led to success. As a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, traditions are especially important to her. She attends the Weoguf-kee (Muddy Waters) Ceremonial Grounds in Hanna, Oklahoma, and has learned some of her native Mvskoke language through classes at the College of the Muscogee Nation, which she teaches to her grandchildren.

After surviving many challenges, she has finally found a place where she can thrive. As a participant in the National Indian.... Read More

             

The NDN COVID-19 Response Project

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

The NDN Collective has started a COVID-19 Response Project, designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. Their intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, tribes and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities within the next 15-45 days to provide gap resources during this health crisis.

Grant applications for can be submitted immediately. Grant review and funding notifications will occur on a weekly basis through the end of May 2020. Follow the link and prompts for Grant Application instructions and submission.

The NDN Collective is a national organization dedicated.... Read More

             

Managing the COVID-19 Crisis for Vulnerable Populations

by Vivian Nava-Schellinger and Jenna McDavid. This article originally appeared on the National Council on Aging (NCOA) blog.

We want to hear how COVID-19 is impacting your community. Please take a moment to answer this short anonymous survey.

Last week, more than 1,600 older adults and professionals in aging attended our tele-town hall event. (Listen to the recording here.) It was a wonderful—and easily accessible—way to share valuable information from national and community partners working with us to and lessen feelings of uncertainty about.... Read More

             

The 2020 Census Is Vital for American Indians and Alaska Natives

By Kayla Sawyer, Technical Communications Analyst, National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)

American Indians and Alaska Natives are the ethnic group with the highest undercount of any defined by the Census Bureau. Approximately 4.9 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives were undercounted by the 2010 Census. The reasons for this undercount are varied, but one key reason is that 26 percent of American Indians live in hard-to-count census tracts. More than 80 percent of reservation lands are ranked among the country’s hardest-to-count areas. The U.S. Census Bureau is working with.... Read More

             

NICOA Hosts Focus Groups with American Indian Caregivers

by Kayla Sawyer and Rebecca Owl Morgan

Earlier this year, the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) had the opportunity to host several focus groups with American Indian family caregivers in New Mexico. NICOA organized four focus groups with a total of 31 participants. The purpose of the groups was to learn more about these caregivers’ experiences helping an older family member or friend who has health problems and disabilities. During the focus groups, we learned about their caregiving duties, the challenges they face, and their encounters with healthcare professionals.

Our focus groups revealed how caregivers’ lives are impacted by their role as caregivers. Many American Indian caregivers spoke about skipping appointments and neglecting their own.... Read More

             
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