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Native Americans and Health: Community Empowerment and Wellness
AMST 239
Spring 2019
Section: 01  

Health disparities are well documented among indigenous populations in North America. Native Americans and Alaska Natives continue to suffer from morbidity and mortality rates higher than other Americans in many categories, including chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, diabetes and obesity, assault/homicide, intentional self-harm/suicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. This seminar provides a historical overview of topics in health and health care, emphasizing the impact of social history--colonial histories and their sequelae, to be exact--on the etiology and epidemiology of health disparities in Native North America. Throughout the course, we will interrogate the changing sources of morbidity and mortality among indigenous peoples in the U.S., including the policies and practices that have been implemented to limit disease and improve health. Organized thematically, we focus on significant diseases or health issues, such as diabetes or alcoholism, as well as public health and community responses, initiatives, and interventions. Much of the material will engage with indigenous voices, centering what indigenous peoples say, feel, and do about health disparities, with the goal of moving toward indigenous models and understandings of disease, health, and well-being.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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