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Addressing Opioid Use in Pregnancy: Conversations and Next Steps in Blackfeet

nikkiAlong with the rest of the United States, the Blackfeet Tribe has experienced an alarming rise in the use of opioids. To address the issue of opioid use in pregnancy, the Blackfeet Tribe recently gathered Tribal leaders, community members, and public health experts from across the country to explore how they can work together to best support good health in mothers and babies.

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center, with consultation from Boston University and in partnership with Montana Healthcare Foundation, coordinated with Blackfeet Tribal leaders to arrange the conference. Topics included strategies that the Blackfeet community is taking to destigmatize drug use, ideas for outpatient treatment of opioid use from the Lummi Tribe of Washington and Project RESPECT of Boston Medical Center, and integrating Blackfeet cultural healing practices into the care approach.

Click here to read about the conference and learn more about this issue.



Public Health Accreditation

As Native Americans experience some of the largest disparities in health status, disease prevalence and life expectancy in the nation, the importance of prioritizing public health to prevent disease and protect health is paramount. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is a leading proponent supporting Tribes in building quality Tribal public health systems as a tool to combat these disparities and ensure healthy and thriving future generations. NIHB has released “Tribal Leaders’ Perspectives on Public Health Accreditation”, a new video featuring the voices of elected Tribal leaders and Tribal public health leaders across Indian Country on the significance of voluntary public health accreditation to the future health of Tribal communities.



Zika Virus

For information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Zika Virus, please click here.




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