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The health of Alaska Native women: significant problems, emerging solutions.

Author: Hurdle, D.E.
Author Background: Arizona State Univ. School of Social Work, Box 871802, Tempe 85287-1802
Date 1998
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Poverty
Volume/Pages 2(4): 47-61
Subject Matter Alaska Natives, Health-status; Native Americans; Women
Abstract Native American women living in Alaska have a number of health problems with higher incidence and mortality rates than other women in the United States. These include certain cancers (cervical, lung), sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, human papilomavirus), and use of alcohol and tobacco. These health concerns are exacerbated by restricted access to medical services, lack of culturally sensitive health promotion efforts by health providers, and Native women's limited use of preventive health behaviors. Suggestions for health promotion with this population include framing health promotion in a holistic manner that includes Native values and spirituality, use of cultural symbols (such as the talking stick), and cultural teaching traditions (talking circle, story-telling). (There are four additional articles in this special issue on inequality in American Indian communities.). (Journal abstract.)