NUIHC aims to provide basic health care services to Native Americans

NUIHC aims to provide basic health care services to Native Americans

Volunteer clinical staff dedicated time to their schedules on Saturday to provide free rapid tests for COVID-19, thanks to a partnership between the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition and North Omaha Area Health. Beau Boryca leads the coalition’s behavioral health team. “Obviously, this is a drive-thru test, but we’re also open to walk-in tours, and the tests are available to anyone in the community,” Boryca said. “I don’t want to give the impression that it’s specific to a population. It is open to everyone in the public. “The mission of the coalition is to help urban aboriginals and other underserved populations,” said Boryca. “According to the CDC, Indigenous peoples are at a higher risk of COVID-19.” In a study conducted from January to June 2020, the CDC reported that Native Americans were 3.5 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than their white counterparts. Overall, 35% of Native Americans who died from COVID-19 were under the age of 60, compared to 6.3% of deaths among …

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