American Indian Health Disparities in the 21st Century

Equity in health care is a basic human right, yet disparities in health and wellness exist across racial lines. Despite the fact that disparities in Indigenous People’s health are particularly dramatic, they are less well understood. This volume focuses on the American Indian, in whom disparities in health are particularly severe. In a disease-specific format, health disparities in the American Indian are identified and discussed, with an emphasis on causes and solutions. Edited by experts in healthcare disparities, one of whom is a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, this book focuses attention on the historically overlooked and underappreciated problem of inadequate healthcare for the American Indian and has relevance for Indigenous People’s health around the world. Of interest to all concerned with equity and inclusiveness in healthcare, it will be essential reading for physicians, public health workers, academics, and Indigenous People worldwide.


Cornelius M. Dyke, MD, is the Chair of Surgery at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A practicing Cardiothoracic Surgeon, he provides care for patients with complex cardiovascular and thoracic disease while teaching medical students and surgical residents and conducting clinical research in surgical outcomes and disparities. He was awarded the 43rd Evarts Graham Traveling Fellowship by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and is a current diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. An expert in health disparities in surgery, blood hemostasis and cardiac surgical outcomes, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is the founding and current editor of Surgical Attending Rounds, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.

Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH, is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as the Director of the Indians into Medicine (INMED) program and the Master of Public Health Programs. A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, he comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men, and obtained his medical degree at Stanford University and his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an active researcher with major grant support from the National Institutes of Health and other grant-funding bodies conducting educational, translational and public health research focused on American Indian health disparities and solutions. He also currently serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.

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ISBN: 1-5275-7358-3

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7358-1

Release Date: 11th October 2021

Pages: 145

Price: £58.99

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