Introduction

Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Oklahoma Tribal Area Epidemiology Center are working to provide key resources to ensure relevant and reliable information is readily available to the public. Through this resource page, SPTHB and OKTEC provides a wide range of informational resources to address the even wider range of need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission is to provide tribes, tribal members, and tribal communities, in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, with the resources to support health and healing during this time.

The information presented on this webpage is for people and communities seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of COVID-19, identify local resources for basic needs, educational materials and activities geared toward improving mental health, and culturally inclusive materials for holistic healing.

This resource topic is to combat stereotypes and stigma around the COVID-19 pandemic with educational and factual information. 

This resource topic is for our Youth! The following topics hone in on tone specific materials for the youth. Education, coping, fun activities, and student specific resources are all welcome.

 

 

 

We’ve increased support for Connect2Compete, our low-cost, high speed internet service for families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. The monthly service fee is $9.95, and we are offering the first two months of service free for new customers through May 15. We are fast-tracking the qualification process for Connect2Compete to accommodate more students. We’ve also partnered with PCs for People where families can purchase discounted refurbished computers.

The following information are resources with longevity (“evergreen resources”) that will remain relevant for a wide audience. These resources should include information that can be utilized nationally and across states (CDC, NIHB, UIHI, etc).

General Information:

What You Can do if You are at Higher Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

What You Should Know About the COVID-19 To Protect Yourself and Others

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine up-to-date map (including county levels) showing demographic and hospital capacity stats including top 50 confirmed cases by county and top 20 counties by number of deaths. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map

When dealing with illness at a personal or public level, people need information that is easy to understand and use. Here’s a list of simple meanings to words used in relation to COVID-19. Additional terms related to COVID-19 have been added to this document. Simple Meanings of Words Used in Relation to COVID-19 (Updated)

COVID-19 Screening Tool – This resource tool and site was developed in partnership with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Apple. The screening tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19. It is not meant as an endorsement of any Apple products.

Dental offices should be limited to emergency visits only during this period of the pandemic. This helps staff and patients stay safe, preserve personal protective equipment and patient care supplies, and expand available health system capacity. Here is guidance on what to do if you have tooth or mouth pain and some examples of a dental emergency. Dental Patient Guidance

Helping people who need connectivity the most:

Cox is continuing to focus on its customers with the greatest need to ensure they have the tools to work and learn from home. We’ve made a number of service enhancements to keep our customers connected and support the communities we serve: 

  • Increasing customer bandwidth. We automatically upgraded residential customers in our Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages to 50 Mbps speeds through May 15. Our Essential customers were upgraded from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps, originally planned for this summer.
  • Simplifying access to low-cost service. Through May 15, we’re offering our Starter package at $19.99 with temporary boost up to 50 Mbps and no annual contract or qualifications.
  • Suspending data usage overage fees. We are also suspending data usage overage charges and implementing credits for data usage plan participants through May 15.
  • Promoting digital equity for students. We’ve increased support for Connect2Compete, our low-cost, high speed internet service for families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. The monthly service fee is $9.95, and we are offering the first two months of service free for new customers through May 15. We are fast-tracking the qualification process for Connect2Compete to accommodate more students. We’ve also partnered with PCs for People where families can purchase discounted refurbished computers.


Possible Exposure:

4/8/20

Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 | CDC

American Diabetes Association:

Diabetes and Coronavirus

The following resources are for parents wanting general, mental health and coping, educational materials, and contacts for familial needs. This section should include both state specific and national resources.

General:


CDC Contacts:

Inquiries about COVID-19 specifically relating to At-Risk populationseocevent269@cdc.gov with a cc to eocevent368@cdc.gov

Resources for providers, clinics, and organizations are targeted toward providing healthcare workers and organizations on the front lines and in tribal communities with the contacts, technical assistance, and useful resources they need to stay safe and informed.

Planning for community spread of COVID-19 is critical for maintaining healthcare services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All U.S. hospitals should be prepared for the possible arrival of patients with COVID-19. Comprehensive Hospital Preparedness Checklist for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Help for Facilities to Assess When to Discontinue Transmission-Based Precautions

Tribal Diagnostics – Native American Owned Laboratory to Start COVID-19 Testing

Sequence for Donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Funding resources are for assisting tribes in acquiring updates on funding opportunities for tribal communities for emergency COVID-19 relief.

CDC-RFA-OT20-2004: Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response

Closing Date: May 31, 2020.  Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.

This funding is to help support tribes in mounting a public health response to COVID-19.  Funds can be used for a variety of activities, including but not limited to emergency operations, purchasing supplies, laboratory/surveillance, communicating risk, and surge staffing.  All federally recognized tribes are eligible for this funding, and CDC is strongly encouraging all tribes to apply.  Tribes may form consortia and apply together as well.  Awards will be made for amounts between $25,000 and $1,500,000.  More information can be found by searching for “CDC-RFA-OT20-2004” here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

HRSA-20-135 Rural Tribal COVID-19 Response Program Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration

Current Closing Date for Applications: May 06, 2020

This funding is to provide maximum flexibility to assist tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and health service providers to tribes to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus and the evolving needs in rural communities. Specifically, this program will provide funding to assist tribes to engage in activities that may include, but are not limited to: establishing testing sites, purchasing test kits, implementing telehealth strategies/activities, purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies, and hiring and/or training health care providers and other health care personnel to provide care for COVID-19 patients. Eligible applicants include tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and health service providers to tribes serving rural communities at risk for COVID-19.   Awards will be made for amounts between $0 and $300,000; HRSA expects to make 50 awards.  For questions or if you have difficulty accessing the information electronically, contact Erin Towner at (301)443-3829 or email RuralCOVIDNOFO@hrsa.gov .  More information can be found here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326385

Health Care Access resources provide essential information to the general public on how to obtain care in crisis. Topics like testing sites and telemedicine are highlighted needs, but other resources to meet health care needs will be featured here.

Oklahoma Drive-Thru Testing

Help With Insulin is Just a Phone Call Away

Delta Dental:

COVID-19 Pandemic Dental Emergency Response Program

Delta Dental Helpline Flyer

Dental Care Helpline e-card

The COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming our communities and our nation’s health care system, including for mental health and addiction. The following resources for mental health materials are targeted for a general audience. There are specific subtopics (tribal mental health resources, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and hotlines). This should remain a general central resource for mental health preparation, coping, and care.

General:


Tribal Resources:


Substance Abuse Disorder Resources:


Tuesdays at 12 pm MDT and Thursdays at 7 pm MDT.


Suicide Prevention:


Hotlines:

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline:  1-800-985-5990
  • Reachout Hotline for Mental Health & Substance Abuse: 1-800-522-9054
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor


Lines for Life:

Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Alcohol & Drug Helpline: 800-923-4357
Military Helpline: 888-457-4838
Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633
Youthline: 877-968-8491

This resource topic is for state specific general information and organizations that are offering to meet needs for either Oklahomans, Texans, or Kansans as a result of COVID-19.

Oklahoma

General COVID-19 information for Oklahomans


Oklahoma Mental Health Resources


Oklahoma Mental Health Hotlines


Resources for Oklahoma Families


Food Resources in Oklahoma

 

Texas

General COVID-19 information for Texans


Education Resources for Texans


Texas Mental Health Resources


Texas Mental Health Hotlines

  • Texas Mental Health Support Line 24/7: 1-833-986-1919


Food Resources in Texas

 

Kansas

General COVID-19 information for Kansans


Education Resources for Kansans


Kansas Mental Health Resources


Food Resources in Kansas