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"Our tribal health leaders are facing hugely difficult decisions"

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Native people in America are facing the same situation the rest of the country finds itself in - but with a few significant differences.

Testing supplies and personal protection equipment are in short supply, as they are everywhere else, but among Native people, there is a disproportionate level of infectious disease, with 1 to 3 times the mortality of the overall population.

There is a higher level of lung disease and diabetes, many Native communities lack safe water  and a quarter of the people are uninsured.

But despite those challenges, including an Indian Health Service that funds clinics at less than half the amount per patient than the national average, some tribes have emerged with a lot to teach about preparedness and taking care of community.

More information:

You can readthis article about the Lummi Nation's preparations for COVID-19 in The Guardian.

The Urban Indian Health Institute and their information about COVID-19, including fact sheets for the general public and for providers, clinics and organizations.

The National Council on Urban Indian Health and their Coronavirus Resource Center

The National Indian Health Board and their Coronavirus 2019 page

The Association of American Indian Physicians and their response to COVID-19

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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