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Health Promotion of American Indians
Hollye Parks
Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion
429V-0501
Jessica Peters
February 27, 2016

Health Promotion of American Indians
From the beginning of the formation of our country, the American Indians have been robbed of their land, employment, income, education, and health care. The American government promised to provide the American Indians with health coverage in exchange for land. The government also used this as a way of keeping up with how many natives there were and to protect the population from the spread of infectious diseases. Today, the Bureau of Indian Affairs controls the health care services for the American Indian population, which has had many complaints against them. “Despite the funds appropriated by Congress to deliver health care services for Native Americans, a wide range of public health status indicators demonstrate that Native Americans continue to suffer disproportionately from a variety of illnesses and diseases.”(Office of General Counsel U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2004, p. 5)
American Indians suffer with multiple diseases and lack of quality healthcare. “Millions of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in or near cities throughout the United States are seemingly invisible to health care providers and federal and state policy-makers and yet face significant health care disparities”. (Robert Wood Foundation, 2007, p. 1) Although this is a growing sick population, their health care needs are not being met. American Indians suffer disproportionately compared to the rest of Americans. American Indians suffer with multiple diseases such as: cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, pneumonia, influenza, injuries, and mental health disorders. “As a result of these increased mortality rates, the life expectancy for Native Americans is 71 years of age, nearly…...

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