American Indians and Alaska Natives in the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Grave Burden We Stand to Bear

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Abstract

The United States is bearing witness as a crisis-within-a-crisis unfolds across Indian Country, where a persistently underfunded system with inadequate resources and outdated facilities set the stage for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to overwhelm Tribes. Now is the time to reimagine our way forward as a country beyond the pandemic. To address these issues, we recommend that (1) the federal government appropriately fund the Indian Health Service and work more closely with tribal governments, and (2) programs that recruit, train, and retain American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) health professionals be expanded. We offer guidance on decisive and impactful steps that can be taken, together, today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-397
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Equity
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

Keywords

  • American Indian health
  • COVID-19
  • health inequities
  • Indigenous health
  • Native American health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Information Management

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