DCMO has pivoted to respond to COVID-19. We still work locally within the greater Atlanta Georgia area. However, we have a special focus on federally recognized Native American Tribes. Our goal is that every tribe have the necessary PPE to heal their communities.
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic is a pandemic of COVID-19 caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome. As of early May 2020, there are more than 6.1M total worldwide cases and 250,000 deaths. The United States leads the world with 1.8 M confirmed cases and more than 104,000 deaths. All of this tragedy within four months.
“When you look at the health disparities in Indian Country — high rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma and then you combine that with the overcrowded housing situation where you have a lot of people in homes with an elder population who may be exposed or carriers — this could be like a wildfire on a reservation and get out of control in a heartbeat,” said Kevin Allis, chief executive of the National Congress of American Indians.
About half of Native Americans live on reservations mainly in the West, Midwest and South, according to the National Congress of American Indians. They live in small homes, where the virus can easily spread through families. Houses often lack electricity and running water so washing hands is more challenging, health experts at Johns Hopkins University said.
And they suffer disproportionately from hypertension, asthma, cancer, heart and cardiovascular disease — maladies that put them at a higher risk of fatal complications from the coronavirus.
Native American Indians are 600 times more likely to die of tuberculosis and nearly 200 times more likely to die of diabetes than other groups. And more than a quarter of the population under age 65 lack health insurance.
Don’t Count Me Out (DCMO).
DCMO is a non-for-profit organization that utilizes innovative methods to assist the most vulnerable. Our team of innovative strategists and pragmatic tacticians navigates through bureaucracy to empower at-risk communities.
Our Hallmark is the public private partnerships we develop to ensure our clients reach their goals. We aren’t intimidated when faced with what appears to be insurmountable challenges. We deliver. See attachment for overview of team.
We partner with Native American PPE distributors to serve federally recognized Native American tribes. For Us By Us. We will ensure all tribes get the PPE they desperately need despite the obstacles.
Testing and Tracing is the necessary next step in ensuring COVID-19 is subdued. In addition to the PPE, we will deliver tests to all federally recognized Native American tribes.
When a vaccine is produced that protects the community-at-large against COVID-19, we will transport the life saving medicine to all federally recognized Native American Tribes.