A new study confirms Black and Native populations are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications than their White peers.
Some researchers claim minority communities are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications because they have previous health issues like cancer, heart disease, and obesity – problems known in the medical community as “comorbidities.” The latest study disputes that claim.
“In fact, when we compared Blacks, Native Americans and Whites who had the same number of prior conditions, Blacks and Native Americans were still at higher risk of dying or being put on a ventilator,” says Fares Qeadan, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Utah.
Hope seems like a lost commodity in Native communities across the United States.
“We all had our lives turned upside-down by this past year and a half. But on the reservation, you’re talking about an infection rate and a death rate that is three times that of any other people in this country,” Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries explains.
“It’s been a real tragedy.”
On Eagles’ Wings, a division of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, wants to infuse young people with the hope of Christ at Warrior Leadership Summit.
A critical time for Warrior Leadership Summit
Warrior Leadership Summit is a five-day leadership conference that equips and empowers young Native leaders to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Festivities begin July 1. Watch Native leaders explain why this event matters.
“We had one leader last year [who] said, ‘This is the only week of the year that our kids have hope,’” Hutchcraft says.
Last year, the pandemic forced Warrior Leadership online. It provided a much-needed connection during a season of isolation, but nothing replaces in-person fellowship.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray many Native people will enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ at Warrior Leadership Summit.
- Pray the Lord uses this event to strengthen and encourage Native believers.