ACT Approaches to COVID Testing

This project will assess the potential impact of alternative strategies for improving vaccine delivery and testing uptake in 3 tribal communities (OST, RST, CRST) by: 

  1. Assessing the social, cultural, and economic factors that affect the affordability, availability, and acceptability of COVID-19 testing and vaccination among Lakota communities in Western South Dakota. 
  1. Determining how alternative approaches to testing and vaccine delivery will influence the likelihood that tribal members will undergo testing and vaccination. 
  1. Expanding the GPLHRC to develop a sustainable platform for creating evidence to support the COVID-19 response among Lakota tribes, collaborate with other efforts to improve COVID-19 testing among vulnerable populations, and contribute to the RADx-UP network. 

The products of this project will include strategies to increase the acceptability and accessibility of testing and vaccination in Lakota communities, an innovative and adaptable “tool-kit” for assessing the impact of delivery options in the future, expanded avenues for tribal engagement in testing responses, and new knowledge about the role of key cultural, social, and economic factors in access to health care among Lakota tribes. 

Gina Johnson, Program Manager 

Deanna Howe-Swan, Administrative Coordinator 

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Member Tribes

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Flandreau Sioux

Flandreau Sioux

Lower Brule Sioux

Lower Brule Sioux

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Yankton Sioux

Yankton Sioux

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Meskwaki Nation

Meskwaki Nation

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Trenton Indian Service Area

Trenton Indian Service Area

Santee sioux nation

Santee sioux nation

Standing Rock Sioux

Standing Rock Sioux

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation

Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Spirit Lake Tribe

Spirit Lake Tribe

Omaha Nations

Omaha Nations

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