Curing Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a chronic infection that can cause liver damage and liver cancer. About 20,000 persons die from HCV each year. Hepatitis C is a preventable and curable disease. So why are so many people dying?

Most HCV falls on baby boomers – those born from 1945 to 1965 – many of whom have unknowingly been living with the infection for many years. Persons infected with HCV usually have no symptoms and do not know they are infected. Baby boomers may have been infected during medical procedures decades ago when injection and blood transfusions were not as safe as today. These infections from many years ago are now showing up as long term ...

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Mini-grant and Website Launch Announcement

native-cars-background-removed-website-logoPosting Date: November 10, 2016

Funding Activity: Child Passenger Safety Intervention Activity Funding

Funding Purpose: The overall goal is to support existing or create new child passenger safety efforts in tribal communities.

Application Deadline: December 12th, 2016

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among Native American and Alaska Native children. Administered by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparity, the Native CARS Study is dedicated to improving the use of child safety seats in tribal communities and keeping children safe.

Enclosed, ...

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Indian Country dying from a curable disease

oregonian-flag-full-size  Jessica Leston, HIV/STI/HCV Clinical Programs Director for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board was a guest columnist in the Oregonian on October 11, 2016. She writes about one of the many health inequities experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native people and calls for action, “Veterans Affairs received total access to hepatitis C medication seven months ago, but Indian Health Services and its patients are being left behind, again. American Indians and Alaska Natives deserve equal treatment as veterans. Now.” Click here to read more http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/10/indian_country_is_dying_from_a.html.

Photo credit:  (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

 

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Native Dental Therapy Initiative

 

Unknown-1The mission of the Native Dental Therapy Initiative is to connect tribal communities with innovative approaches to address AI/AN oral health disparities, to remove barriers impeding the creation of efficient, high quality, modern dental teams and to provide opportunities for AI/AN people to become oral health providers. According to the IHS 2014 Oral Health Survey, the majority of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) children have tooth decay, most adults have lost teeth because of dental disease, periodontal disease is a significant problem for adults, and there is limited access to both preventive and ...

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