Tribal outreach in New Mexico

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This practice contains materials that formed the basis of a community outreach project among 22 American Indian tribes in New Mexico. These materials include a PowerPoint presentation that was used to give tribal members talking points about pandemic influenza and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Health Department and an unspecified tribe. Tribal preparedness is a significant component of overall preparedness, especially in the American Southwest and Plains states. The New Mexico Department of Health developed the MOU as a mechanism to share public health planning money with state tribes.

Several tribal "train-the-trainer" sessions were held in order to provide a knowledge base about pandemic influenza. Slide 9 is an unusual component to an overview presentation, since it contains information on an issue that is especially pertinent to American Indian tribes-namely, the safety of eagle feathers obtained through the Fish and Wildlife Service repository. This practice may be useful to jurisdictions that are looking for an example of one way to bolster collaboration between a state and tribal governments.

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