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.
What We Can Do for You
Related to Native Americans, we provide:
- Two national programs focused on Native American elder issues: the National Resource Center on Native American Aging and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative.
- Opportunities in scholarship and scholarly activity for Native students through the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health
- Culturally appropriate programs and information with our Wise Elders Living Longer (WELL) Balanced program and publications such as the Native Aging Visions newsletter
- Learning opportunities related to Indian Country such as our grant writing workshops and the American Indian Health Research Conference
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.
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 2015Article 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 2015This 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 2015Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
- Native Aging Visions, Winter 2015
National Resource Center on Native American Aging January 2015Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
- NRCNAA Celebrates 20 Years Helping Native Elders
Massmann, N. December 2014North 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.
Most Recent Presentations
- Epidemic: Suicide in Indian Country
Presented by Gray, J. on Oct 07, 2015 at the American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Network, Iowa City, Iowa
- Financial Fraud in Indian Country
Presented by Gray, J., Dewees, S., LaCounte, C. on Aug 25, 2015 at the National Center for Victims of Crime, Webinar
- Model Tribal Elder Abuse Codes
Presented by Gray, J. on Aug 11, 2015 at the Title VI Conference, Washington, D.C.
- Native Elderly Falls and Depression as Related to Elder Abuse Services
Presented by Riley, D., Carter, P., Lindgren, H., & Gray, J. on Aug 18, 2014 at the AoA/ACL Title VI Training and Technical Assistance Conference, Washington, D.C.
- Osteoporosis and Falls Among Native American Elders
Presented by Lyons, L., Gray, J., Carter, P., & Stensland, P. on Aug 18, 2014 at the AoA/ACL Title VI Training and Technical Assistance Conference, Washington, D.C.