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
- American Indian Health Research Conference
Massmann, N. December 2015North Dakota Medicine, Volume 40, Issue 4. The annual AIHRC provides a forum for culturally appropriate research.
- Native Aging Visions, Fall 2015
National Resource Center on Native American Aging November 2015Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
- Assessment of Anxiety Among Northern Plains Indians
Gray, J., McCullagh, J., Petros, T.
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, November 2015Article examines the reliability and validity of the Beck Anxiety Inventory by comparing scores among three different diagnostic categories.
- Health Care Coverage by Age for American Indian/Alaska Native Elders
Adamsen, C. November 2015The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) has released a fact sheet using nationwide data from “Identifying our Needs: A Survey of Elders Cycle V.” Includes information on health care coverage sorted by age among American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
- Contributing Factors to American Indian/Alaskan Native Elders’ Quality of Life
Lyons, L., Wheeler, M., Gray, J., Bluehouse, R., Morgan, R. August 2015A study on the factors that contribute to American Indian and Alaskan Native Elders' quality of life.
Most Recent Presentations
- Elder Abuse in Indian Country
Presented by Gray, J., LaCounte, C., Sampson, D., Whitewater, T. on May 10, 2016 at the National Indian Health Board, Webinar
- Disrespect: Addressing Elder Abuse in Indian Country on Turtle Island
Presented by Gray, J. on Nov 18, 2015 at the Healing Our Spirits, Seventh Gathering, Hamilton, New Zealand
- State of Caregiving for People with Dementia in Indian Country
Presented by Carter, P. on Oct 15, 2015 at the Inaugural National Conference on Alzheimer's disease/Dementia in Native American Communities, Scottsdale, Arizona
- 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