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Native American Heritage Month - November

Native American Heritage Month


November 2 – 8  NB3FIT Week  – National Week of Native Youth Health and Fitness

November 15 – 21 – Rock Your Mocs

November 19 – 3-4 pm ET #NativeHealthChat Twitter chat

Native American Heritage Month Blog for Health Equity

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and history and acknowledges the important contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States. Throughout November, OMH will focus on raising awareness about the health disparities impacting the American Indian/Alaska Native community and highlight the importance of staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted American Indian/Alaska Native populations across the country, with infection rates over 3.5 times higher than non-Hispanic whites. Additionally, American Indian/Alaska Native communities are more likely to develop chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and have a higher prevalence of obesity. These underlying health conditions can put people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

To help reduce the complications associated with these health disparities, OMH is working with other federal partners to create awareness of the importance of managing these health conditions during these uncertain times and promote better health for American Indian/Alaska Native populations.

Visit this webpage during Native American Heritage Month for materials, events and health resources. Follow us on Twitter Exit Disclaimer, Facebook Exit Disclaimer and Instagram Exit Disclaimer, and sign up Exit Disclaimer for OMH newsletters for additional updates.

Native American Heritage Month Graphics

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Health Disparities

The links below provide information about health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).

Use the HD Pulse Data Portal to find more information about health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

See additional statistics on health disparities:

Projects and Partnerships

Below are grants, projects and partnerships that are helping to reduce disparities and promote better health for American Indian/Alaska Native populations:

COVID-19 Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Resources and Publications


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