Health 2: In the Clinic Summary
Moderated by Tim Frandy
Summary prepared by studen scribes and Jessie Conaway
Healthcare needs to change to be: less expensive, more in-touch with traditional health practices, and more accessible.
Off-reservation tribal members face unique and different health obstacles than on-reservation members since their care is not approached in the same way by the federal government. These issues must thus be dealt with differently.
Problems with food and prevention:
- a lack of culture and sense of sacredness surrounding food
- poor access to and higher expense of healthy food
- lack of food preparation skills.
- Traditional methods of food harvest and preparation may be able to remedy many of these
- This introduces other issues (such as hunting regulations).
- Communication between tribes and between the University and tribes has much room for improvement
- tribal physicians need to communicate more with one another about best practices
- university needs to be quicker about communicating health findings to tribes.
- more Native American youth need to go into health-related fields. There is wide support among attendees for initiatives that try to attract these youth to, and train them for, medical programs.
- Statistic was cited that Native American doctors are 55 times more likely to work on a reservation than non-Native American doctors.