Beyond Health Equity

Achieving Wellness Within American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Published in: American Journal of Public Health, v. 105, no. S3, July 2015, p. S376-S379

Posted on RAND.org on May 14, 2015

by Valarie Blue Jernigan, Michael Peercy, Dannielle Branam, Bobby Saunkeah, David Wharton, Marilyn Winkleby, John Lowe, Alicia L. Salvatore, Daniel Dickerson, Annie Belcourt, et al.

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Indigenous peoples across the globe have higher morbidity and mortality rates than their non-Indigenous counterparts. The nine-year gap in life expectancy between New Zealand's Indigenous Maori population and other New Zealanders has led to sweeping primary care reforms to improve health and reduce disparities. The seven-year gap between Canada's First Nations, Metis, and Inuit populations and other Canadians led to the dedication of one of the 13 Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health, solely to improving the health of Canada's Indigenous peoples.

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