- UNITY Partners to Conduct Youth and Young Adult COVID-19 Impacts Study Among the LGBTQ2S+ Community. This year, a delegation of the National UNITY Council passed a Resolution as a commitment to increase awareness and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and two-spirit (LGBTQI2S+) human rights issues among our affiliated youth councils. As we do so, we will continue our work with partners to bring expertise on their unique challenges and innovative solutions.
We know how hard this past year has been for Native communities, with health disparities that were some of the highest in the world. We also know that LGBTQI2S+ youth have faced unique challenges and experiences that often are overlooked. The Youth and Young Adult (YYA) COVID-19 Impacts Study aims to shed light on many of these challenges by capturing your experiences and stories. The study is funded by a National Institute of Health grant that was awarded to our partners at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine’s EDIT program.
According to the recent National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021, 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth. In addition, 12% of white youth attempted suicide compared to 31% of Native/Indigenous youth, 21% of Black youth, 21% of multiracial youth, 18% of Latinx youth, and 12% of Asian/Pacific Islander youth. We wish to examine UNITY youth’s experiences during COVID-19 further to offer data-informed resources to our network in the upcoming years.
We need your help! Take action as allies and LGBTQI2S+ persons, ages 14- 24. No matter how we identify, we have a part to play as an advocate. Your participation and shared stories in the Youth and Young Adult (YYA) COVID-19 Impacts Study will help create affirming spaces for all Native youth to thrive.
We hope that you will join us in our efforts, not only with encouraging words but by taking action as a community advocate this month.
- The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) developed a quality improvement survey to gather input and information from Tribal Health Directors on COVID-19-related challenges that their respective Tribes and Tribal organizations experienced from July 2020 to February 2021. NIHB is humbly requesting that Tribal Health Directors please consider completing the survey and share any information. Through the survey, NIHB is seeking to understand what has occurred and what is currently taking place on the COVID-19 front lines in the Tribal communities we serve. There is much to learn from our experiences over the past year and NIHB stands ready to listen, learn, and act, according to the wishes of the Tribes.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted significant disparities that exist within Indian Country and how these disparities impacted response efforts. As the domestic outbreak of this pandemic reaches its one-year anniversary, COVID-19 continues to challenge Tribal health care and public health infrastructure and capacity. NIHB is undertaking a retrospective examination Tribal communities response to the pandemic to gain a better understanding of how mobilization, planning, communication, and overall response could have been strengthened and what gaps existed (and may indeed still exist). It is crucial that NIHB continue to hear the stories from Tribal leaders and health officials.
- The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) seek to strengthen their networks and provide innovative responses to address pressing issues within our communities. In order to adjust their programming to better serve Indian Country, they have developed four national surveys to target 1) Tribal producers, 2) community grocers, food hubs, and cooperatives, 3) American Indian food companies, and 4) Tribal leadership to inform them of food system impacts brought about by COVID-19. These surveys can be found on their COVID-19 response page.
- Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the majority staff of the House Natural Resources Committee are seeking information from Native American communities impacted by coronavirus on the level of governmental response they’ve seen, the status of their health and social safety needs, and how Congress and other agencies can better serve them during the pandemic. The Committee has set up an online form and is welcoming input from Tribal Nations and Tribal organizations across the country.
- The Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium (SGCETC), a non-profit Tribal organization governed by a Tribal Board of Directors, requests your assistance.
They have heard concerns about the lack of access to supplies associated with collecting the samples for COVID-19 testing and a need for increased access to a limited number of public and private labs that analyze the tests. To more effectively relay their needs and challenges to those who can potentially assist in getting additional resources, they want to ensure their requests for assistance are as clear and direct as possible. In addition, by periodically surveying your supply need priorities over the next few weeks, they can determine if current shortages are being resolved and if other supplies are moving into a category of concern for supply shortages. Please note that this is a very limited survey specifically related to supplies generally associated with the collection of samples needed for COVID-19 analysis. SGCETC will secure all survey results and will NOT share individual results or identify survey respondents to anyone without the written permission of the Tribal Nation. Again, the analysis and communication related to the results will be in aggregate and will not identify specific Tribal Nations or Clinics. If you have questions regarding the purpose for the survey or safeguarding of information, please contact Jay Spaan, Executive Director, at email@example.com or 918-370-4258.
- The National American Indian Housing Council would like to find out how COVID-19 is affecting your housing program and community, so please help by taking this short survey. Even if you have taken the survey before, feel free to submit a new response if circumstances in your community have changed.
- American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association is distributing this survey broadly to get a better understanding of the impact of the response/containment effort for the COVID-19 specific to Indian Country tourism. Individual responses are confidential; they will be looking for collective data and concerns to ensure voices are heard in the days, months and year to come as they collectively work towards supporting Native communities.
- Native Women Lead has co-created a survey to better understand the challenges you are facing and how they can be supportive. Please fill out this survey and share it with your network. Native Women Lead is working to figure out how they can help move capital and resources to you all. Your support in filling out the survey will help guide them and all of their partners.