Health Equity


Diabetes Programs for Tribal Communities

Policies and practices are needed to decrease stress burden for AIANs at risk for diabetes and for those managing diabetes. This involves two broad strategies:

  1. Reduce stressor exposures for AIANs.

  2. Buffer the effects of stressors on health for AIANs.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Program implementation

  • Increase support to tribal clinics

  • Promote mental health for AIANs managing diabetes

  • Recommendations for AIANs programs




COVID-19 and Racial Mental Health Disparities



The health and economic devastation of this outbreak, in addition to the distress raised by the recent killing of George Floyd and many others, are significantly contributing to the stress of the nation and disproportionately impacting the mental health of people of color.

  • Policy Recommendations to Consider

  • Health insurance coverage and access to paid family and medical leave (FMLA)

  • Mental health services within and beyond public sector clinics.

  • Stigma toward mental illness and mental health treatment.

Live recorded events

Congressional Briefing: Addressing Disparities in African American, Native American, and Rural Communities During COVID-19

07/17/2020 @ 12pm-1pm (EST)

For more information and resources on COVID-19 and its impact on children and families, click here.



Maternal & Infant health


Maternal and Infant Health

Racial disparities are connected to maternal mortality, especially African American women.

  • Social and contextual factors predicting maternal health and infant mortality

    • Medical protocols for certain medical conditions​

    • Progesterone therapy

    • Home visiting programs 

    • Group care models

    • Doula support

  • Key Resources


Infant Mortality and Home Visit Programs

  • Comparing different types of home visitors within programs

  • Outcomes and costs of home visit programs

  • Impact of these programs on infant mortality and child health

  • Key Resources


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