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Disparities Made Invisible: Gaps in COVID-19 Data for American Indian and Alaska Native Populations.

Abstract

We used the COVID-19 U.S. State Policy database to document gaps in COVID-19 data reporting for AI/AN people.

The lack of AI/AN-specific data masks the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 and presents challenges to COVID-19 prevention, policy implementation, and health equity.

Public-facing data disaggregated by race may facilitate rapid response COVID-19 research and policymaking to support AI/AN communities.

Complete COVID-19 data for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations are critical to equitable pandemic response.

Sixty-four percent of states do not report AI/AN data for at least one COVID-19 health metric: cases, hospitalizations, deaths, or vaccinations.

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