Anna Wirta Kosobuski, EdD, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences recently published a paper with her colleagues in the American Journal of Public Health entitled, "The Impact of COVID-19 on American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Call for Better Relational Models.” This paper reports the disproportionate and multifaceted impact of COVID-19 on Native Americans. It discusses how Minnesota heeded the voice of Tribal leaders early on to promote public health measures in their communities. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new opportunities to consider how Minnesota’s inclusion model can be implemented at all levels of decision-making, including federal policy forums. In this way, improved responses are anticipated to elevate the overall status of Native American health, not only in times of crisis.

Read the full paper here