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Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan was awarded a grant by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to build national infrastructure for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 within racial and ethnic minority communities, called The Vaccine Equity Project.

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan will utilize the reach of the National Native Network communication channels to reach tribal communities across the U.S. in order to provide training, technical assistance and monetary awards to support local vaccination efforts.

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities across the United States have experienced disproportionate rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and deaths compared to other racial and ethnic groups. These disproportionate rates are the result of historic inequalities experienced in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, like limited access to healthcare resources that lead to higher rates of chronic disease and illness. Although American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the country have much to celebrate reporting the highest vaccination rates than any other racial and ethnic group in the country, there is still a large segment of the American Indian and Alaska Native population that is not yet vaccinated. 

Specifically, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan will:

  • Implement a culturally appropriate communication campaign to address social norms, provide accurate information and encourage American Indian and Alaska Native communities to get vaccinated.
  • Utilize the National Native Network platform to host training and technical assistance webinars for tribal health care providers to help them reach and engage community members.
  • Host a series of webinars to support partnerships with trusted community businesses and organizations that share best practices from successful tribal outreach and vaccination efforts, accompanied by toolkits with templates and “how to” guidelines and protocols to make local replication of these efforts streamlined and easy. Participation in webinars will offer community-based businesses and organizations incentives to help with the cost of implementing local vaccine events.

The National Native Network will begin hosting these webinars in April 2022.

Detailed information will be sent via the listserv and social media channels as well as keepitsacred.itcmi.org/covid-19-vaccine-equity

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Vaccine Equity Project

The Vaccine Equity Project is authorized under the Public Health Service Act Section 317(k)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247b(k)(1)), as amended. The funding authority is the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260). This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award with 100 percent funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through National Network of Public Health Institutes. The contents of this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the U.S. Government. 

Source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). COVID-19 Vaccinations in the United States. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations_vacc-total-admin-rate-total

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