Native American Heritage Month Health Equity Newsletter
This month, our newsletter focuses on the often neglected population of 5.2 million Native Americans in the United States in honor of Native American Heritage Month. This sizeable population suffers from staggering health disparities compared with the US general population. Native Americans die 5.5 years earlier than the average American. Compared to white Americans, Native Americans suffer nearly twice the rate of diabetes, COPD, obesity, and liver disease and are 60% more likely to suffer from depression and twice as likely to attempt suicide.
With a diverse array of challenges driving these disparities from lack of health insurance coverage to geographic isolation, there are a number of innovative programs that have sought to overcome the barriers to achieving health equity in Native American populations. This month we highlight the important work of research to illuminate these disparities, programs that address them, and individuals who champion health equity among Native Americans.