The Progress in Native American Health

[imgbelt img=Deathbyage.png]Progress is slow. But the gap in the general health of Native Americans and White Americans is diminishing. This is part of the legacy of the Indian Health Service.

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report on the Health Characteristics of the American Indian or Alaska Native Adult Population: United States, 2004-2008. (Important note: The CDC’s definition of American Indian is broader than the IHS standard.) 

“In general, compared to other groups, non-Hispanic AIAN adults are more likely to have poorer health, unmet medical needs due to cost, diabetes, trouble hearing, activity limitations, and to have experienced feelings of psychological distress in the past 30 days,” the report said.

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