Indian health providers continue to combat COVID-19 a year into pandemic
February 24, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic in California has led to rising rates of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health problems and food insecurity among the state’s Native population, a tribal health advocate said Monday.
Virginia Hedrick, executive director of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, said the pandemic has exacerbated social and health disparities that existed within tribal communities before COVID-19 became rampant.
“None of these inequities were necessarily borne out of the pandemic,” she said. “These are things that are being highlighted by the pandemic.”