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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on Wednesday announced it has awarded $232.2 million in grants for suicide prevention and behavioral health care for at-risk communities, including more than $200 million in new funding for states, territories, and tribal nations and organizations to build local capacity for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and related crisis services. 

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Early last week, Evelyn Jefferson (Lummi) was hanging doses of Narcan — the life-saving opioid reversal drug — from trees in a homeless encampment in Bellingham, Washington, near the Lummi Nation.

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) on Thursday, which was World Alzheimer Day, awarded $1,5 million in new cooperative agreements in various parts of Indian Country. In a press release, the IHS said it is reaffirming its commitment to building tribal and urban Indian health system capacity to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, September 11, 2023 approved updated Covid vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. The next day the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved the vaccines. 

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Indigenous women in Washington state are 8.5 times more likely than white women to die during pregnancy or within a year after. Indigenous doulas are working to reverse this trend by providing culturally competent care and hope to Indigenous mothers.

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The suicide rate in the United States has been rising for decades. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth, giving them the highest suicide rate for all racial and ethnic groups. 
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September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a time to support current patients and educate the general public on ovarian cancer. 
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The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved updated Covid vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. The release is timely because of the surge of COVID-19 cases that have caused increased hospitalizations in recent weeks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved the vaccines on Tuesday.

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When prostate cancer is detected early, the odds of survival are high. This is the message that is being spread in September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

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National Suicide Prevention Month is recognized annually during the month of September to raise awareness about suicide prevention and treatment, as well as the warning signs and how to get help when it is needed most.