For immediate release: April 9, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. — The Native Health News Alliance (NHNA) provides shared news, features and multimedia stories by award-winning Native journalists addressing the health and wellness of American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.
Registered users on the site can download free stories in print, web and audio formats through www.nativehealthnews.com for use in media or health publications at no cost.
In response to the need of health information in Indian Country, NHNA was developed in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) as a non-profit news organization covering Indigenous health issues.
“Health policy and advocacy are big topics in Native communities, but they also can be complex and require extensive resources for media organizations,” NAJA President Mary Hudetz (Crow) said. “Through the Native Health News Alliance, NAJA will be able to offer an important news service with strong stories for our member media outlets.”
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14.9 percent of the American Indian and Alaskan Native population self-assessed their health as fair or poor in a 2012 national health survey.
Teresa Trumbly Lamsam (Osage), associate professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, serves as NHNA executive editor.
“Research indicates that news coverage of health and wellness significantly affects the public by framing their perceptions of topics and those perceptions lead to changes in behavior and public policy,” Lamsam said.
NHNA breastfeeding and oral health kiosks feature pre-packaged news and features, critical to disease prevention and overall good health in Native populations. As the news service develops, new topics will be added. Alerts will be sent as additional content becomes available for download.
“Editors and producers can now expand their Native health news content by utilizing NHNA resources for the coverage of shared American Indian health issues,” Lamsam said.
Publishers and producers have the option to use all content to supplement their own reporting or expand the stories with localized coverage. Users may register as a journalist, health organization, or other to download web, print and multimedia stories. There is no cost to register or download content.