The Undiagnosed Network
"Conditions in society which
are not defined as a problem and for which alternatives are
never proposed, never become policy issues. Government does
nothing and conditions remain the same."
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These are the Facts
1) In 2007, American Indian/Alaska Natives were twice as likely to develop a case of Hepatitis C, as compared to the White population.
2) In 2006, non-Hispanic Blacks were 70% more likely to die from viral hepatitis, as compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
3) In 2007, Asian Americans were 1.6 times more likely to contract Hepatitis A, as compared to Whites.
4) In 2002, African American children were 3.2 times more likely than White children to be diagnosed with acute viral Hepatitis B.
“Any specific effort to improve Native American health care will inevitably fall short of complete success unless certain principles and approaches are embraced. First, the extent of current health disparities in the Native American community and their relationship to historical events must be acknowledged by the federal government. Second, measurable long- and short-term goals designed to improve the health status and outcomes of Native Americans must be created and promptly implemented. These goals must encompass fiscal, legal, structural, and policy changes. Third, tribes must be provided expanded opportunities to control and manage the delivery of health care to Native Americans. The tribal leaders and the Native American people are up to the task of raising the health status of their own people. They desire control of their own destiny, yet they require congressional action to make their vision a reality. They require congressional action so that finally our nation will honor the commitments made so long ago.”Broken Promises: Evaluating the Native American Health Care System
"…the IHS has been
characterized over the past decade as a ‘broken’ system. The
truth is that the IHS system is not so much broken as it is
‘starved.’ The IHS has been grossly underfunded for decades and
as such, cannot be expected to function optimally. Such
inadequate funding has created the perception that the system is
|HIV and AIDS are growing concerns for the Native American population. The overall percentage of Native Americans diagnosed with either HIV or AIDS within the entire United States population is relatively small, but noting the percentage of the population that is Native American this is a notable figure. Native American AIDS cases make up approximately 0.5% of the nation's cases, while they account for about 1.5% of the total population. Native Americans and Alaska Natives are third in the United States in the rate of new HIV infections. Also notable is the fact that Native Americans, when counted with Alaskan Natives, have a 40% higher rate of AIDS than white individuals. Also, Native American and Alaskan Native women have double the rate of AIDS of white women. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_disease_and_epidemics|
|Native Americans Mortality Rates||Methodology CDC population definitions used for Urbanization classification|
|1999 vs. 2007 for Native Americans Compared to Arizona State Averages|
Comparison of other Races
|Native Americans vs. African Americans|