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

Author: Hurdle, D.E.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Poverty.
Volume/Pages 2(4): 47-61
Subject Matter Native Americans
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 transmitteddiseases (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 healthproviders, 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, useof 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.).