The three core focus areas are:
Population Science — To understand the scope of Native Veteran demographics, healthcare utilization and patterns within the VA.
Policy — To collect and review existing policies and research affecting Native Veterans for the development of strategic recommendations and policy planning based on existing data.
Programs — To support the implementation, identification and dissemination information on culturally-competent best practices for Native Veteran clinical care and outreach.
Executive Order establishes the White House Council on Native American Affairs - June 26, 2013
The order, signed by President Barack Obama on June 26, establishes the White House Council on Native American Affairs (Council) to improve coordination of Federal programs and the use of resources available to tribal communities. It “establishes a national policy to ensure that the Federal Government engages in a true and lasting government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes in a more coordinated and effective manner, including by better carrying out its trust responsibilities. This policy is established as a means of promoting and sustaining prosperous and resilient tribal communities. Greater engagement and meaningful consultation with tribes is of paramount importance in developing any policies affecting tribal nations.”
The Department of the Interior will provide funding and administrative support for the Council. The Secretary of the Interior will serve as the Chair of the Council, which includes the heads or a number of executive departments, agencies and offices, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, among others.
American Indian Telemental Health Video
The American Indian Telemental Health video (Length 19:58) presents an overview of a series of Telemental Health Clinics that use videoconferencing to provide remote mental health treatment to Native Veterans living on or near rural reservations in the Northern Plains. This population has unique health care needs and face numerous barriers to accessing health care services. These clinics provide a way to reach this vulnerable population and increase access to culturally specific care through collaborative efforts and partnerships.
"Cultural Awareness to Help While Serving Native Veterans" Webinar Now Available
W.J. 'Buck' Richardson, Jr. presented a webinar on Native American cultural customs. He describes how improving understanding of these customs can enable health care providers to offer better care and help avoid misunderstandings. The webinar was recorded on June 27, 2012 and is now available for viewing. View this webinar and download the presentation slides.
Webinars related to various rural health topics will be added on a regular basis. Check out and register for upcoming webinars.
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