Native Americans & Health Equity

Published on: June 22, 2021.

1 in 3 Navajo Nation residents

do not have access to running water

About this Data Insights

American Indians have been hospitalized from COVID-19 at 3.3 times the rate of White Americans. The disproportionate impact seen in this community, and across many communities of color, can be linked to underlying social and economic inequities. In the Navajo Nation, one third of residents do not have access to running water and/or electricity, and face challenges accessing broadband. These challenges, rooted in the historical impacts of colonization, directly impacted the ability of many Tribal Nations to follow COVID-19 safety protocols and access key virtual health care services. Learn more about the inequities illuminated during the pandemic and what can be done going forward.

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COVID-19 Hospitalization & Death Rate Ratios: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Risk for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death By Race/Ethnicity, updated May 26, 2021

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