Protect Tribal Nations
The WeHealth Arizona app provides a lightweight tool to support Tribal Nations in their efforts to combat infectious diseases, like COVID-19. The technology fits unobtrusively into existing testing, vaccinating, and surveilling processes with a rigorous privacy-preserving framework to safeguard Tribal data and sovereignty.
[WeHealth] Arizona is an effective, privacy-preserving, and cost-free tool able to support Tribal Nations as they navigate the evolving public health landscape.”
Exposure Notification and Tribal Nations
Tribal Nations are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and are at more risk than other populations; the pandemic has had a significant impact on Tribal Nations and Tribal economies. For instance, COVID-19 cases per 1,000 people were four times worse on a reservation than any other community in the US at the peak of the pandemic. American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) are 3.3 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 and carry a mortality rate 2.2 times higher than any other group in the US.
WeHealth is dedicated to collaborating with Tribes as they navigate the approval, implementation, and success of WeHealth Arizona App, and support continued Tribal contributions to the enhancement of public health technology.
Tribes are highly interconnected; clusters have proven to be the most successful implementation of EN technology.
Tribes may be more willing to use Exposure Notification (EN) technology, and they represent an optimal use case for non-state controlled EN.
Tribes are welcomed to be active participants on the frontier of science, technology, and public health.
Now is the time to ensure Exposure Notification is fully available to traditionally underserved communities.
Recognizing and Overcoming Barriers
Tribal Nations face unique and complex circumstances when deploying Exposure Notification, such as engaging with the digital divide and/or ensuring enough person-power to support public health efforts. Read the blog, authored by LeCario Benashley of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, to learn more.