Data indicates both an increased incidence of COVID-19 and mortality due to COVID-19 among Native American populations. There are well reported gaps in completeness of case reporting, particularly for race and ethnicity, indicating that cases and mortality among Native American populations are likely underestimated. In the state of Oklahoma, where many of the Shawnee citizens live, the Shawnee Tribe is working with the State to report ethnicity or race, or tribal affiliation for COVID-19 cases. In addition, Ottawa county, where the Shawnee tribal government headquarters is located, relies on two healthcare facilities formed in collaboration with several other tribes with jurisdiction in the county. This information will be used to assist the tribal government in monitoring the health of its citizens and tailoring its response to mitigate COVID-19 among its citizens.
The objective of the survey is to assess COVID-19 service access, uptake and impact among Shawnee tribal citizens. Please find the link below.