Youth in Navajo Nation take action to protect elders

The health news site STAT reports that as of May 23, Navajo Nation had the highest COVID-19 infection rate of any state, territory, or tribe in the United States: 4,633 cases and 153 deaths in a population of 356,000. Since federal aid has been slow to reach tribes, young Navajos have stepped up to support families and protect elders. One such initiative, called Protect the Sacred, focuses on mobilizing tech-savvy young adults to communicate accurate health information to elders in their families and communities. In addition, the Northern Dine Covid-19 Relief Effort has harnessed young volunteers to solicit and deliver donations including food, water, and other crucial supplies for over 600 families on the reservation. #covid-19 #rural

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