Addressing American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities
With 566 federally recognized tribes and an estimated 5.2 million American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) living in the United States, this population continues to experience some of the greatest health disparities in the U.S. The collective burden of historical trauma, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences impacts social determinants of health such as access to educational and job opportunities. Part of the Tribal Epidemiology Centers’ mission is to improve the health status of AI/ANs by the identification and understanding of health risks and inequities, strengthening public health capacity, and assisting in disease prevention and control. These eleven Tribal Epidemiology Centers and one urban Indian Health Institute are well-positioned to play a critical role in providing tribes with the data required to define the pertinent issues and opportunities to improve the health and well-being of their communities. This webinar will provide RHEC members and partners with an overview of the Tribal Epidemiology Centers and urban Indian Health Institute, their findings to date on the challenges in addressing health disparities, and how RHECs and RHEC members can partner to promote health equity for AI/ANs.