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Episode 12: Indigenous and Invisible within the Huge Metropolis
Over 70% of Indigenous folks in the USA dwell in city areas. However city Indian well being makes up lower than 2% of the Indian Well being Service’s annual price range.
Whereas enrolled members of federally acknowledged tribes can entry the Indian Well being Service or tribally run well being care on their reservations, Indigenous individuals who dwell in cities can discover themselves with out entry to the care they’re entitled to.
“Although we’re residing in city areas now, that doesn’t imply that our advantages ought to go away us,” stated Esther Lucero, president and CEO of the Seattle Indian Well being Board.
The Seattle Indian Well being Board is certainly one of many city clinics throughout the USA that opened to handle the discrimination and lack of providers Indigenous folks face in cities. These clinics work to satisfy the cultural and ceremonial wants of the populations they serve.
“We’re far more than a group well being heart or place that gives direct service. We’re a house away from residence,” Lucero stated.
Episode 12 explores the obstacles Indigenous folks face to accessing high quality well being care in cities and the efforts of city Indian clinics to satisfy the wants of this inhabitants.
Voices from the episode:
- Esther Lucero, president and CEO of the Seattle Indian Well being Board
- Dr. Patrick Rock, CEO of the Indian Well being Board of Minneapolis
- Douglas Miller, an affiliate professor of Native American Historical past at Oklahoma State College
- Richard Wright, a non secular well being adviser with the Indian Well being Board of Minneapolis
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