Native Americans are suffering a disproportionate toll from COVID-19. That’s in addition to long-standing health disparities when it comes to diabetes, heart disease, addiction and many other health threats. Some Native health organizations are taking on the huge task of closing the health equity gap and ensuring Native people encounter no disadvantages when it comes to access. For World Health Day, we’ll take a look at how historical health disparities inform current and future efforts to achieve health equity.
Dr. Ann Bullock (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) – director of the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention at the Indian Health Service
Dr. Cynthia Guzman (Latina) – director of behavior health on a tribal reservation and a licensed psychologist
Dr. Kee Straits (Quechua) – Native Health Initiative board of directors president, also known as the Circle of Healing Council
Stacy Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) – chief executive officer of the National Indian Health Board
Break 1 music: Muskwa Dance (feat. Quinton Tootoosis & Dawn Desmarais) (song) Dallas Arcand (artist) Modern Day Warrior (album)
Break 2 music: Break Up (song) Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (artist) Theory of Ice (album)