American Indian communities in Minnesota have been disproportionately impacted by the opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic, which tribal communities have taken numerous steps to address. The Cascade of Care is a public health framework for measuring population-level OUD risk, treatment engagement, treatment retention, and recovery outcomes, which can help communities monitor the impact of responses to the OUD epidemic and identify where treatment- and recovery-related barriers and facilitators may exist.
American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States continue to persist and thrive, but the opioid crisis and opioid overdose deaths are a current threat to health and wellbeing. American Indians in Minnesota have the highest opioid overdose death rate of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States. Aim: As one effort to address this, a partnership was initiated between a Minnesota rural tribal nation, Gaa-waabaabiganikaag (White EarthNation), and investigators at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, with funding support from the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). These partners embarked on a NDEWS HotSpot study to identify risk and protective factors for opioid overdose deaths for White Earth Nation.
Dr. Duarte recently published "Ruptured Knowledge Ecologies in Indian Country" in the book, Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives. This book contains "38 essays of commentary and analysis comparing and contrasting how different surveillance technologies have been rolled-out in response to the pandemic." You can find the free e-book here.
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This presentation was part of the Gathering Grounds Community of Practice. The goal of Gathering Grounds is to collect, share and discuss promising public health practices around the selected topics with Tribal leaders, Tribal and Urban Indigenous public health professionals, and content experts.
On April 16, during our Gathering Grounds Community Meeting, we heard from Cristina J. Toledo-Cornell, MD-MPH, Public Health Director of the Lummi Tribal Health Center, about their COVID-19 response. The downloadable resource provides a glimpse at some of Lummi Tribal Health Center's approaches.
About Dr. Cristina J. Toledo-Cornell
Dr. Toledo-Cornell is originally from Brazil, and studied at Weill Medical College at Cornell University in New York City. Dr. Toledo-Cornell holds a master’s in public health from The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has worked with the Lummi Nation for two years and is coordinating the COVID-19 response at the Lummi Tribal Health Center.
Roanhorse Consulting is developing a document with COVID-19 Emergency Response Resources for Tribes in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. A draft is available now.
Roanhorse Consulting (RCLLC) is an indigenous women owned firm that has over 30 years of combined work co-creating efforts that put people at the center by lifting existing solutions and curating resources to catapult leaders.
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The following are resources that were shared during the Gathering Grounds: How is your Tribal or Urban Indian community responding to COVID-19? Community Meeting on April 16, 2020.
The following are resources that were shared during the Gathering Grounds: How is your Tribal or Urban Indian community responding to COVID-19? Community Meeting on April 7, 2020.
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The following resources were shared during the Gathering Grounds Indigenous Community of Practice meeting on March 26, 2020 by meeting attendees.
The goal of Gathering Grounds community of practice is to collect, share and discuss promising public health practices around the selected topics with Tribal leaders, Tribal and Urban Indigenous public health professionals, and content experts. Seven Directions will continue to provide this platform for organizations across the country to share helpful resources and tools during the COVID-19 response. Check out our events page for upcoming meetings.