National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is proud to be working with the Morehouse School of Medicine through a cooperative agreement to develop a network of national, state, territorial, tribal, and local community-based organizations (CBOs) to help address the impacts of COVID-19 among historically marginalized populations across the United States.
National COVID-19 Resiliency Network
The Morehouse School of Medicine established the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, which disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) populations. NCRN aims to provide awareness and linkage to critical health information and services available to help families recover from difficulties that may have been caused or worsened because of COVID-19. NCRN offers individuals, families, and community organizations access to new COVID-19 related resources tailored to answer geographical and even cultural needs.
NCRN is part of the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health’s (OMH) National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC).
NCUIH’s role is to provide critical culturally relevant resources to urban American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, who are experiencing the most significant adverse outcomes since the start of the pandemic.
NCRN is created for community, by community to ensure the diverse needs of our nation are understood and addressed.
Regional Community Coalition
The Regional Community Coalition (RCC) members include state and territory minority health and Indian Health Service (IHS) offices, other national and regional organizations, and Community Health Workers (CHW) populations as prioritized by NCRN, which includes Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs) and urban AI/AN populations.
NCRN focuses on the most vulnerable communities that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted.
The following groups also are prioritized:
- Black and African American
- Asian American
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders
Additional groups represented through NCRN partnerships include incarcerated, justice-involved, victims of torture, people who live in rural areas, people with disabilities, and migrant workers in the farming and meat-packing industries.
- To allow for the expansion of NCRN at the grassroots level to provide an opportunity to network and engage among strategic partners.
- To foster collaboration and networking to create sustainability among the NCRN outreach partners, supporting future collaborative work for a successful and immediate response, recovery, and resiliency. The RCC members are charged with ensuring that NCRN resources for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, other healthcare and social services are used to inform at-risk communities.
- To serve as a networking opportunity for CBOs to connect with Strategic Partners of NCRN, as well as representatives from local and regional health offices.
RCC participants will be responsible for informing and engaging with regional groups, aligning activities, building capacity, and engaging their prioritized community in coordination with NCRN’s local and national partners on COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and primary care services.
NCUIH is the only national strategic organization representing urban AI/AN populations within NCRN, bringing awareness and education about the complexities of Native health and helping identify gaps to alleviate negative impacts of COVID-19.
Commitments and Deliverables
- Participate in quarterly RCC meetings scheduled on June 15, September 21, and December 7, 2021, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EST on Zoom. Meeting invitations and details will be sent by Morehouse NCRN to all community organizations who signed up using the above link.
- Represent urban Indian health community perspectives in RCC meetings.
- Network with NCRN RCC member organizations within your region.
- Strategically align opportunities for sustainability, collaborations, and partnerships for greater community impact around NCRN initiatives where able.
- Bring awareness to NCRN resources, activities, partner events, and reach to support AL/AN populations.
- Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
- Region 2: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
- Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
- Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
- Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
- Region 6: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
- Region 7: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
- Region 8: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
- Region 9: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau
- Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
To Join RCC, Sign up as a Community Based Organization through the NCRN portal above.