American Indian / Native American health

A foundation for future growth

A foundation for future growth

In an effort to combat the major health issues plaguing American Indians, the University of Kansas Medical Center and the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance announced plans to create a Center for American Indian Community Health.

Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

Racial and  Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

Minority Americans pay a staggering price for disparities in diabetes care. There are as many reasons for these disparities as there are effects stemming from unequal treatment. Here, one researcher discusses the issue, including pertinent economic data, policy issues, the ethical issues at stake—and the relevance to the nursing profession.

“Getting to the Heart” of Culturally Competent Care

There are currently some 500 American Indian tribes in the U.S., each with its own unique cultural beliefs, customs and traditions...

Resources Available for Fighting SIDS in Native American Communities

Infant mortality is one of the six target areas of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s ongoing initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health by the year 2010.

American Diabetes Association Supports Increase in Indian Health Service Funding

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions among Native Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Over 12% of all Indian populations in the United States suffer from type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. The Pima Indians in Arizona have the highest rate of diabetes in the world—about half of adults between the ages of 30 and 64 are diagnosed with the disease.

Mobile Mammograms Serve AI/NA Women

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently launched a new digital mammography unit, the Mobile Breast Care Center (MBCC), which will improve access to mammography services for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women.

IHS Receives Research Grants and a New Headquarters

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, recently agreed to continue their partnership initiative to include American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIs/ANs) as participants in and beneficiaries of the research and training supported by the NIH.

New Year, New Resources

New Year, New Resources

What better way to start 2010 than by resolving to stock your nursing toolbox with a new supply of resources for improving the health of culturally diverse patients and communities

A Promotion on Capitol Hill

A Promotion on Capitol Hill

A unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate made it official: Lillian Sparks is the new Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, a wing of the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Fighting Diabetes Disparities in Communities of Color

Fighting Diabetes Disparities in Communities of Color

From Indian reservations and U.S./Mexico border communities to major urban centers, minority nurses are finding that culturally competent interventions and community outreach are beginning to make a difference in closing the diabetes gap.

Careers in Rural Minority Health

Careers in Rural Minority Health

From the Mississippi Delta to remote Indian reservations, rural communities of color are among the most medically underserved in the nation--and the need for more nurses is especially acute

Healing a Wounded Past

Centuries of genocide, cultural destruction and prejudice have left Native Americans an ongoing legacy of serious health problems. Indian nurses can play a crucial role in helping patients begin the process of healing from historical trauma.

Careers in the Indian Health Service

Whether you’re a Native American nurse who wants to improve the health of your people or any minority nurse who wants to make a difference helping underserved communities, the IHS

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