November is National Native American Heritage Month in the United States. It is a time to celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of the Indigenous people to the US. It is also an important time to raise awareness about the health and racial inequities that Indigenous communities experience as a legacy of colonialism, genocide, and oppression. Join us in unpacking the violent history of Thanksgiving and understanding what this day represents to Indigenous communities. Here at UCSF, we at SIREN recognize that the University sits on occupied unceded Ohlone Land.
This month's remembrances and celebrations will look different for many people this year. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate our economy, food insecurity should stay top of mind. In the US, Feeding America projects that 50.4 million people will experience food insecurity in 2020. Native, Black, and Latinx families disproportionately bear the burden of this hardship because of ongoing and historical injustices. For resources on what the health care sector can do to identify, reduce, and mitigate the impacts of food insecurity on health, use the “food/hunger” filter to search the SIREN Evidence & Resource Library.