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New Resource for AI/ANs – Understand and Use Your Health Care Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published a new resource to help American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) with new healthcare coverage. The “From Coverage to Care” brochure [PDF-800KB] for AI/ANs can help newly covered AI/ANs understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. The brochure also explains coverage benefits and protections unique to AI/AN consumers. For example, partners can use the brochure and other resources to talk with consumers about enrolling during special enrollment periods throughout the year, cost-sharing to make coverage more affordable, and finding the right primary care or Indian healthcare provider for them.

Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Resources

The week before Memorial Day has been designated National Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week. Each year, RWII Prevention Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience. CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, has developed a toolkit to help public health professionals inform the public, media, community leaders, and others about RWII Prevention Week. These resources are meant to help public health professionals engage their target audiences and increase awareness of this yearly observance.

Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health” Public Service Announcement Series

CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation Native Diabetes Wellness Program and the Traditional Foods Program’s tribal partners are pleased to announce the availability of 30- and 60- second video public service announcements (PSA) and an 8-minute video entitled Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health. The PSAs highlight the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including harvesting local foods and playing traditional games, in promoting health and preventing diseases like type 2 diabetes in Native communities.