Tribal Pandemic Toolkit

Tribal Pandemic Toolkit

* 9/28/2022 Please note that this webpage is currently undergoing extensive editing. Links are being built and added in. 

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency took a disproportionate toll on Tribal communities in Arizona, with some impacted at rates higher than the worst hit regions at the outbreak’s start. Per Indian Health Services (IHS), American Indians & Alaskan Natives have experienced:

  • Infection rates over 3.5 times higher than non-Hispanic Whites, 
  • 4 times more likely to be hospitalized than non-Hispanic Whites, and 
  • Higher mortality rates at younger ages. 


Additional Health Disparity Statistics

  • Years of Life Lost
    • Arizona had an overall decline in life expectancy during 2020, which was significantly higher than the U.S. overall; 2.8 years in Arizona vs 2.1 years nationally. 
    • The decrease in life expectancy was not uniform across demographics, with American Indians experiencing a decrease in life expectancy of about eight years.
  • Orphanhood
    • Compared to white children, American Indian/Alaska Native children were 4.5 times more likely to lose a parent of grandparent caregiver
    • Overall, American Indian/Alaska Native children were more likely to experience orphanhood or caregiver loss, even when compared to children of other racial, minority backgrounds.
    • Per the CDC, when looking at both primary and secondary caregivers, 1 of every 168 American Indian/Alaska Native children, 1 of every 310 Black children, 1 of every 412 Hispanic children, 1 of every 612 Asian children, and 1 of every 753 White children experienced orphanhood or death of caregivers. 

To combat these health disparities, the AACIHC is creating a Tribal Pandemic Toolkit, specific for Arizona Tribes.  This toolkit is a work in progress, and shall aim to:

  1.  Assist Tribes and tribal communities in the ongoing pandemic; and
  2. Can act as a ‘central location/repository’ to find materials needed for future pandemics. 

Pandemic Resources