The current COVID-19 pandemic has acutely affected the Navajo Nation, which lives in a region spanning parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Historically, the Navajo People have suffered high rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, all of which contribute to increased risk for poorer COVID-19 outcomes.
For decades, tribal land has been left without basic infrastructure such as running water, electricity and paved roads.
The Indian Health Service has been chronically underfunded, and the Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation is the only cancer treatment location on any Native American soil. The SIO is honored to present this support initiative. Donations will go directly to Tuba City Regional Healthcare through the Cancer Support Community donation page, and will be used for essential healthcare needs such as PPE for staff and hand sanitizer. Please join us in this opportunity to improve the lives of those who suffer such health disparities. Read the complete pdf article. (135 KB)
For more information, please see links below, or visit SIO's Donation Page to contribute.
“COVID-19 Ravaging the Navajo Nation”
by Mary Hasbah Roessel, MD; June 09, 2020 https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/932019
“Native Americans Need More Funding to Battle COVID-19, Lawmakers Told” MedPage Today, June 12, 2020