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 to highlight a positive message of culture and tradition being utilized for holistic healing. This is general information and educational materials for Native and non-native audiences.
- Beautiful Powwow There – Indian Country Today
- Jingle Dancing Going Viral During COVID-19
- Learning American Indian Languages At Home – Learn Common Words from Cherokee, Navajo, and Choctaw
- Physically Distant but Socially Close: Indigenous Resilience and COVID-19
- Frequently Asked Questions: Funeral and Burial Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/tribal/faq-burial-practice.html
- National Funeral Directors Association: COVID-19 Situation Update
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.
- Healthy Native Youth
- A comprehensive list of free education resources Amazing Educational Resources
- Free Virtual Field Trips Virtual Field Trips
- Free E-books:
- Early Bird Books – eBook Deals Newsletter for Kindle or Other eReaders
- BookBub: Get ebook deals, handpicked recommendations, and author updates
- Freebooksy – Free Kindle Books, Nook Books, Apple Books and Kobo Books Hand-Selected Daily. Pick your favorite genre, and start reading free kindle books.
- Free-eBooks.net | Download free Fiction, Health, Romance and many more books
- Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org
- 20 days free access to Scholastic Learn at Home Teaching Remotely for Grades K – 12 | Free Resources and Strategies
- Free science lessons from Mystery Science (K-5th) Mystery Science
- Free Audible stories at Audible.com
- Free ACT and SAT test prep Test Prep
- For older students and graduates, free code camp provides a list of online Ivy League Courses available for free.
- Science and Cooking Experiments Club SciKidz
- 100 Activity Ideas Entertain Kids on a Dime.com
- Department of Defense: Learn about careers in STEM fields
- Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics: Kids’ Zone
- Department of Energy: Games and Activities; Virtual Field Trips to National Energy Labs
- Environmental Protection Agency: Games, Quizzes, and Videos about the Environment
- The Library of Congress: Presentations and Activities to Help Students Learn about History
- NASA: Interactive Lessons about Space, Earth, Solar System and Universe; Lessons from Astronauts about Living in Space; STEM Activities for Students of All Ages
- The Kennedy Center: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems; Tour the Kennedy Center with The Pigeon
- The Smithsonian: Free Smithsonian STEM Games and Simulations; Meet the Animals of the National Zoo; 3D Exhibits and Virtual Tours; Smithsonian Magazine Ten Museums You Can Virtually Visit; The Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour; Digital Smithsonian American Art Museum; Distance Learning Resources
- NOAA: Use Real-Time Ocean Data to Explore the Environment
- USGS: Learn from Home About Physical science, Geography and Maps
- Apps for Students With Special Needs (Edutopia)
- A Conversation with Dr. Marina Bers about Young Learners, Technology and Learning at Home, (Hosted by the ISTE Early Learning Network)
- Message in a Backback articles from Teaching Young Children: Tips and ideas to share with families about supporting preschool age children’s learning at home
- NAEYC For Families – Find research-based resources on child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more! Need a suggestion? Read 10 Prop Box Ideas: Mini Learning Centers at Home
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (The Kennedy Center)
- PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science App – Includes hands on science projects with everyday materials, along with online science games and explorations
- Games, Videos, Brain Boosters and More (National Geographic Kids)
- Family Play Plans (TRUCE)
- Free Online Books for Young Children (Wakelet)
- Kid Builder Resources (First Five Orange County)
- Caring for Each Other (Sesame Street)
- Health Emergencies (Sesame Street in Communities)
- PBS Learning Media (PBS)
- Vroom – Helps parents boost their child’s learning during the time they already spend together
- At-Home Family Learning with Talk, Read and Play (COX Campus)
- TEDEd provides informational videos for at-home learning; options are organized for students, educators or parents.
- Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/JackHartmann
- Yoga for kids- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkmRB2Z3g2s
- Kid-Friendly Workouts Kid Workouts
- Native American Lesson Plans and Learning Activities – Studying Native American Culture at Home or Classroom
- Osage Nation and People – K-12 Lessons
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).
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.
American Diabetes Association:
John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Resources:
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.
- Shine: Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety is an interactive website with guided meditations, tips for managing anxiety, and support for parents.
- Stress and coping: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
- Talking with children about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
- Helping children cope with emergencies and disasters: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html
- For the latest updates and information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 web page
- Our Smallest Warriors, Our Strongest Medicine: Overcoming COVID-19
- Resource Guide for Parents and K-12 Students Navigating School During COVID-19
- General inquiries about COVID-19: email@example.com
- Inquiries related to COVID-19 Community Guidance for Early Care and Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- PPE/Cleaning Supplies Offered
- CDC Resources for Health Care Professionals
- Peer to Peer Training: the Indian Country ECHO program is connecting providers/clinics serving tribes around the country to share clinical best practices and public health knowledge. Calls occur Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and recordings are made available post call. More information here: https://www.indiancountryecho.org/program/covid-19/
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)
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.
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.
- CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC
- CDC: COVID-19 – What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the U.S.
- SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center COVID-19
- Mental Health First Aid-COVID-19
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- National Council for Behavioral Health COVID-19
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Coronavirus Anxiety – Helpful Expert Tips and Resources
- American Psychiatric Association: COVID-19 Information Hub
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: COVID-19 Information
- COVID Resources by State
- Shine: Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
- Positive Psychology Crisis Kit
- Healthy Native Youth
- COVID-19 Indian Country ECHO
- COVID-19 and Urban Indian Communities
Substance Abuse Disorder Resources:
- AA Intergroup
- Online 12 step meetings
- Guidance for people who use drugs and harm reduction programs
- Free app to support people in recovery
- Wellbriety Meetings:
Tuesdays at 12 pm MDT and Thursdays at 7 pm MDT.
- Peer Recovery Specialist Indian Country ECHO
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: COVID-19: We Are Here for You
- Lines for Life: 24/7 free, confidential, and anonymous help get help
- COVID-19 specific: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
- Approved Suicide Prevention Apps:
- ReMinder Suicide Safety Plan on the App Store
- 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
This resource topic is for tribal members to utilize for their specific tribe’s response to COVID-19.
- Absentee Shawnee Tribe
- Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town
- Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
- Caddo Nation
- Cherokee Nation
- Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes
- Chickasaw Nation
- Choctaw Nation
- Citizen Potawatomi Nation
- Comanche Nation
- Delaware Nation
- Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma
- Eastern Shawnee Tribe
- Fort Sill Apache Tribe
- Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
- Kaw Nation
- Kialegee Tribal Town
- Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
- Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
- Modoc Tribe
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation
- Osage Nation
- Otoe-Missouria Tribe
- Ottawa Tribe
- Pawnee Nation
- Peoria Tribe of Indians
- Ponca Tribe
- Quapaw Tribe
- Sac and Fox Nation
- Seminole Nation
- Seneca-Cayuga Nation
- Shawnee Tribe
- Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
- Tonkawa Tribe
- United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees
- Wichita & Affiliated Tribes
- Wyandotte Nation
Do’s and Don’ts of Mask Wearing
Asymptomatic means you don’t show signs of being sick. Some people won’t show symptoms but still are infected with coronavirus. This is what makes the virus so easy to spread. Continue wearing masks, washing hands, and staying 6 feet apart.
For more information, visit SPTHB.org/covid-19
Considering attending a group gathering?
Ensure your and others’ safety by knowing risk factors of indoor and outdoor gatherings. Remember to follow simple safety measures- properly wear a mask, social distance, and follow posted precautionary signage.
For more information, visit spthb.org/covid-19
You can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community! If you are sick or have symptoms consider staying home, separating yourself from others who don’t live with you, wash your hands often, and wear a mask in addition to social distancing.
For more information, visit SPTHB.org/covid-19
The following resources are available to help you learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available in the US, including: addressing commonly asked questions, state specific actions, and COVID-19 specific vaccine information. Please check with your tribe, tribal organization, Tribal Health Program, or Urban Indian Organization to see if they have elected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and/or their distribution plan.
- Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines from CDC. This website displays commonly asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine such as what will happen when you take the vaccine, what will happen afterwards, and other topics.
- 8 things to know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Find commonly asked question and a resource specific to healthcare professionals.
- Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work from CDC. From this resources find facts about immune response, how covid-19 vaccines work, and more information.
- Understanding Covid-19 Vaccines from the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. This resource explains what vaccines are and how they work as well as more information specific to the COVID-19 vaccine.
- What to expect after getting a COVID-19 Vaccine from CDC. Topics covered include common side effects, helpful tips, when to call your doctor, and information about the second dose.
- CDC’s V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker. V-Safe is a smartphone-based tool to check in using text messaging after receiving COVID-19 Vaccine to get reminders for the second vaccine does and report any side effects.
Communication and Campaign Resources
- A Communicator’s Tip Sheet for COVID-19 Vaccination from the National Institute of Health. Find communication considerations and a list of Do’s and Don’ts.
- Protects Me, Protects You Campaign: Indigenous Share Graphic Designs. This resource includes downloadable graphics and sharing message templates.
- COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit from CDC. Geared at professionals in Medical Centers, Pharmacies, and Clinicians, this resource has information about how to inform healthcare staff, building confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines, and many ready-made materials for download.
Tribe and State Specific COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- IHS, Tribal Health Program, and Urban Indian Organization Resources from the Indian Health Service. This resource includes additional resources for IHS, Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian Organizations that will receive vaccine from IHS. Information about training, reporting, redistribution information, and more can be found in the link.
- Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Vaccine Information. Find vaccine information specific to Oklahoma including vaccine phases, OSDH vaccine plan, the vaccine scheduler portal, and more resources.
- Kansas COVID-19 Vaccine Information. Find here information specific to Kansas about vaccine safety, facts vs. myths, vaccine availability, and additional resources.
- The City of Eagle Pass (TX) CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Information. Find COVID-19 vaccine information and a link for COVID-19 vaccine registration.
COVID-19 Vaccine Options
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Information from CDC. Find information about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine including general information, administer overview, handling instructions, and many more resources.
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Information from CDC. Find information about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine including general information, administer overview, handling instructions, and many more resources.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets from Urban Indian Health Institute. Under the section Vaccine Resources there are two fact sheets each with more information about each of the different vaccines. These include information about vaccine safety, who the vaccine is intended for, and more information.
- Understanding Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccines
- Information About Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Dashboard with Vaccine Maps
COVID-19 Testing Sites
An interactive map shows local health departments, tribal health centers and tribal clinics that are offering COVID-19 testing. To search centers nearest to you, enter your zip code and find the pin closest to your location. These health departments, tribal health centers and clinics request that you call the number listed to schedule a test prior to your visit.
What’s Your COVID-19 Related Request?
One of the services during this time of COVID-19 pandemic is to provide assistance to our tribal nations, to the extent that we are able, within key areas of public health practice.