Native Americans

Native Americans have historically faced greater health disparities than almost any other population in the United States. The Center for Rural Health works with tribal communities to help improve health outcomes and wellbeing for American Indians.

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Our Expertise

Our Native American programs have a predominantly indigenous staff with expertise in Native geriatrics, elder abuse, mental health, suicide prevention, health disparities, community-based participatory research and tribal participatory research, resiliency, health and wellness. We have worked with 234 of the 560 federally recognized tribes.

Key Contact

Jacque Gray, PhD - Associate Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Food Security, Depression and Quality of Life in Northern Plains Indians
    Gray, J.S., Gonzaga, K., Penland, J.G., Lukaski, H., and Stensland, P.
    Journal of Indigenous Research, Volume 4 Issue 2015 Pages Article 3, June 2015
    Article presents a research program designed with the objective of exploring the relationships between health disparities, high levels of poverty, and food insecurity in Native American and Alaskan Native communities.
  • American Indians FAQs
    National Resource Center on Native American Aging, Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health, National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiation May 2015
    This document answers frequently asked questions about American Indian culture, tribes, reservations, and sovereignty.
  • Native Aging Visions, Summer 2015
    National Resource Center on Native American Aging May 2015
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
  • Native Aging Visions, Winter 2015
    National Resource Center on Native American Aging January 2015
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
  • NRCNAA Celebrates 20 Years Helping Native Elders
    Massmann, N. December 2014
    North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 39, Issue 4. Native American elders have many of the same needs as other elder populations, and the idea behind the program was to be able to provide a way to identify specific needs within communities.

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