Community Organizations for Natives: COVID-19 Epidemiology, Research, Testing, and Services (CONCERTS)

Status: Current

Grant Start: 09/22/2020

Grant End: 06/30/2024

American Indian and Alaska Native people have the highest risk of any racial or ethnic group in the United States for becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus, as well as developing severe disease and dying from the infection. This is due, in part, to their excess burden of chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, pulmonary disease, and heart disease, as well as other factors such as poverty. Our project will estimate the rate of infection and the influence of factors such as education, poverty, and poor health on being tested for COVID-19 among urban American Indian and Alaska Native people. The overall goal is to increase testing for the virus and address the many health disparities related to COVID-19 in this population, a group often overlooked in research. This project works with urban clinics serving American Indian and Alaska Native people located in Alaska, Utah, Minnesota, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. We have collected electronic health records data and administered two surveys to American Indian and Alaska Native patients 18 years and older. In addition, we administered a survey to clinic administrators and primary care providers. Each clinic chose to implement their own set of unique strategies aimed at increasing COVID-19 testing and vaccination among the urban American Indian / Alaska Native population they serve. 


  • Southcentral Foundation
  • First Nations Community HealthSource
  • Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
  • Indian Health Board of Minneapolis
  • Hunter Health Clinic, Inc.
  • Denver Indian Health and Family Services

Funding Sponsors

  • Federal - National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Study Locations

  • Alaska
  • Utah
  • Minnesota
  • Kansas
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico

Study Type

  • Intervention
  • Survey
  • Program evaluation

Study Characteristics

  • Ages 18 plus

Principal Investigator(s)

Team Member(s)

Heath Research Initiatives

  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Urban