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How Native People are ignored in public health data and what that means for our communities.

Updated: Jun 26

A look into Native health data-gaps with Virginia Hendrick, MPH.


In the United States, Native People are continually left out of public health programs and interventions, resulting in devastating impacts to our communities. Redbud recently sat down with Virginia Hendrick, for an in-depth exploration of this urgent problem. Virginia is the Executive Director of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and statewide alliance of Urban Indian Health Programs and substance abuse treatment facilities.


In the talk, we discuss why Native People aren’t counted in public health data, the devestating impacts this has, and the actions needed to restore equity and health to our communities


Virginia Hedrick MPH.

Enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe of California and of Karuk descent

California Consortium for Urban Indian Health

Executive Director


The California Wellness Foundation

Board Member



Madison Esposito MPH.


Enrolled member of the Berry Creek Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California


Redbud Resource Group

Director of Research and Development



We also cover a comprehensive report published by CCUIH on this exact topic. The Report,

“A Profile of Data Availability: On American Indians and Alaska Natives in California” is described as “an examination of data sources that pertain to American Indians & Alaska Natives, their shortcomings, and potential solutions to improve their usability by Native-serving

Organizations”.


The report is intended to compile all of these issues in a central place, and serve as a critical resource to inform government policy and the public health goals of organizations.


A Data Profile On American Indians and Alaska Natives in California


An examination of data sources that pertain to American Indians & Alaska Natives, their shortcomings, and potential solutions to improve their usability by Native-serving organizations.


Prepared for the State of California Department of Health Care Services Epidemiological Workgroup




You can watch a recording of the full talk below.










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