Monday, January 30, 2023

Play

Massachusetts could restrict police use of facial recognition technology, Wyoming mulls more health coverage for workers, and a report finds low salary contributes to social workers leaving the field.

Play

Civil rights activists push for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act following the killing of Tyre Nichols, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says he can reach a deal with President Biden on the debt ceiling, and election experts say 2023 could shape voting rights across the country.

Play

"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Health Disparities Only Part of Problem for AZ Native Americans

Play

Friday, October 28, 2022   

Between 2020 and 2021, Native Americans and Alaskan Natives saw a two-year decrease in their life expectancy - the biggest drop among demographic groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One Arizona group is working to reverse the trend.

COVID-19 took a big toll on this population, and a more recent CDC report said Native Americans are also more likely to be hospitalized if they get the flu.

In Flagstaff, Shay Brown, a COVID-19 resource nurse with Native Americans for Community Action, said she isn't surprised by the findings.

"A lot of these families are living in multigenerational housing, and many of them do not have running water, don't have electricity," she said. "It's like compounding effects that cause a lot of these infection rates to rise."

While NACA provides medical attention to limit the spread of disease, the group said this issue goes beyond access to health care for the more than 311,000 Arizonans who are Native American. Poverty and lack of basic services on reservations also are factors.

In northern Arizona, NACA is in close proximity to several tribal nations, but the Navajo Reservation is one of the largest in terms of size and population. NACA's interim director, registered nurse Verity Quiroz, said the reservation struggles with insufficient housing and ready access to health-care facilities, which affects the overall health of the community. She said they're still seeing COVID cases.

"Most of the people that are significantly sick are being evaluated and treated in the hospital," she said. "At NACA we do our best to prevent, first of all - and then, for those milder cases, we refer to our COVID resource nurse."

The CDC said about 41% of Native American and Alaskan Native adults are immunized. Public health officials say if health-care providers work to build trust in the communities they serve, it will be easier to teach disease-prevention strategies and fight misinformation.


get more stories like this via email
Facial-recognition technology companies, which originally partnered with law enforcement, are now working with schools and universities to increase safety and prevent shootings by denying campus access to people who have been banned, or to monitor activity inside school buildings. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Lawmakers in the Commonwealth are considering legislation to ensure police use of facial-recognition technology also protects people's privacy and civ…


Environment

Next week, Ohio farmers and their advocates head to Washington, D.C., to push for shifting federal programs toward growing nutritious food, as …

Social Issues

Social justice advocates have just launched a new public education campaign. It's called "Just Safe," and it's aimed at changing the conversation …


Since the beginning of 2022, seven Western states have initiated programs to maintain wildlife habitat and safe passage, through fencing, signs, overpasses and underpasses, according to Pew research. (TaborChichakly/Adobe Stock)

Environment

Reducing the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions is the goal of a bill before the New Mexico Legislature this session. Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-…

Social Issues

A Nevada nonprofit is celebrating a 94% graduation rate among its high school seniors for the 2021-2022 school year. Tami Hance-Lehr. CEO and state …

Super Bowl LVII will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12. (Katherine Welles/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Super Bowl LVII is right around the corner, which means Arizona will see hefty spending and wide exposure because of the massive sporting event…

Health and Wellness

It is not a pandemic yet, but eye doctors worry the constant use of digital devices could eventually result in long-term health problems for many …

Environment

Maine's small farmers are encouraged to complete the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture census to ensure they have a voice in federal decisions …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021