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
- Native Aging Visions, Summer 2017
Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.Author(s): National Resource Center on Native American Aging
Date: July 2017
- Aging in Place
A new initiative is building capacity for Native American elders to live at home longer. The Native Aging in Place Project (NAPP) provides resources and training for caregivers to help their family members stay in their homes as they age.Author(s): Massmann, N.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(1), 20-21
Date: March 2017
- American Indian and Alaska Native Health
Policy paper identifying and discussing the adverse health conditions affecting the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native populations, and offers policy recommendations to address these issues.Author(s): Frizzell, L., Spencer, K.
Date: February 2016
- American Indian Health Research Conference
North Dakota Medicine, Volume 40, Issue 4. The annual AIHRC provides a forum for culturally appropriate research.Author(s): Massmann, N.
Date: December 2015
- Assessment of Anxiety Among Northern Plains Indians
Article examines the reliability and validity of the Beck Anxiety Inventory by comparing scores among three different diagnostic categories.Author(s): Gray, J., McCullagh, J., Petros, T.
Publication: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Date: November 2015
Type: Journal Article
Most Recent Presentations
- Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit
Presented by Henry, S. on Sep 15, 2017 at the Title VI National Training and Technical Assistance Conference, Prior Lake, Minnesota
- Toolkits for Teams: Adult Protective Services
Presented by Henry, S. on Sep 14, 2017 at the Title VI National Training and Technical Assistance Conference, Prior Lake, Minnesota
- NIEJI Innovation: Grants and Surveys
Presented by Wheeler, M., Poitra, J. on Sep 14, 2017 at the Title VI National Training and Technical Assistance Conference, Prior Lake, Minnesota
- Disrespect of Our Elders: Elder Abuse in Indian Country
Presented by Gray, J. on May 10, 2017 at the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Research to Practice (R2P), Webinar Series
- Native American Elder Abuse Online Interactive Educational Modules
Presented by Gray, J., Henry, S. on Nov 16, 2016 at the Long-Term Services Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota