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National Council of Urban Indian Health

The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, led by Chair Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), will hold a hearing titled A Year in Review: The State of COVID-19 in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities—Lessons Learned for Future Action. The event will focus on policy recommendations from tribal health, elder, housing and Native Hawaiian experts on the current state of coronavirus and its impact on Indigenous populations throughout the pandemic.

At the end of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that among 14 states participating in its analysis, the overall coronavirus mortality rate among American Indian and Alaska Native persons was 3.5 times higher than that of White populations. By the end of 2020, the mortality rate for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals was 3.5 times higher than that of White populations. In Hawaii, Pacific Islanders account for nearly 30 percent of cases even though they make up only 4 percent of the population.

Witnesses:

  • Francys Crevier
    Chief Executive Officer
    National Council of Urban Indian Health
  • William Smith
    Chairperson and Alaska Area Representative
    National Indian Health Board
  • Larry Curley
    Executive Director
    National Indian Council on Aging
  • Adrian Stevens
    Acting Chairman, Board of Directors
    National American Indian Housing Council
  • Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey
    Chair
    Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • Dr. Charles Grim (minority witness)
    Secretary, Department of Health
    Chickasaw Nation
  • Rodney Cawston (minority witness)
    Chairman, Colville Business Council
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Who should attend? Urban Indian Organization (UIO) ED/CEOs, UIO Staff, Stakeholders, Tribal Partners and Tribes, Feds, IPC Champions, IPC Fellows

Objectives: The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, led by Chair Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), will hold a hearing titled A Year in Review: The State of COVID-19 in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities—Lessons Learned for Future Action. The event will focus on policy recommendations from tribal health, elder, housing, and Native Hawaiian experts on the current state of coronavirus and its impact on Indigenous populations throughout the pandemic.

Event Sponsor or Co-Host: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States

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