Health Disparities: A Native American Case Study
BY CAROL A DEMOND, APRN, CNP-C, AND JENNIFER A WOFFORD
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define health disparities as preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or in opportunities to achieve optimal health. Tribal healthcare goals are to focus resources in hopes of preserving the lives and rich culture of Native Americans. Research indicates that availability of services, access to care and socioeconomic barriers are significant burdens in the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) populations.