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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

  • Dental Care Utilization and Service Needs Among American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Elders: 2008 to 2017
    This article discusses dental care use and the services needed among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian elders from 2008 to 2017.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Adamsen, C., Ward, C.
    Publication: Journal of Aging and Health
    Date: September 2018
    Type: Journal Article
  • Native Aging Visions, Summer 2018
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
    Author(s): National Resource Center on Native American Aging
    Date: July 2018
    Type: Newsletter
  • Education, Income, and Employment and Prevalence of Chronic Disease Among American Indian/Alaska Native Elders
    Chronic disease studies have omitted analyses of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population, relied on small samples of AI/ANs, or focused on a single disease among AI/ANs. We measured the influence of income, employment status, and education level on the prevalence of chronic disease among 14,632 AI/AN elders.
    Author(s): Adamsen, C., Schroeder, S., LeMire, S., Carter, P.
    Publication: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15(E37)
    Date: March 2018
    Type: Journal Article
  • Native Aging Visions, Winter 2017
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
    Author(s): National Resource Center on Native American Aging
    Date: December 2017
    Type: Newsletter
  • Disrespect of Our Elders: Elder Abuse in Indian Country
    This Research to Practice series examines the fact that little research data exists involving American Indian and Alaska Native elder abuse and neglect. It makes recommendations for practice and policy when working with American Indians and Alaska Natives.
    Author(s): Gray, J.
    Date: November 2017
    Type: Other

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