AI/AN communities are vastly underserved and impoverished, with widely documented disparities in health outcomes including:
The Navajo Nation is the largest tribe in the United States with approximately 225,000 members. The tribe is based in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. (Map) Over one-third of those living on the reservation live below the federal poverty line; one-third live in homes without plumbing; and two-thirds do not have telephone access. Patients travel extremely long distances to obtain medical services and often experience cultural differences with their providers. The situation is made worse by a chronic lack of primary care physicians and specialists available to provide timely care.
Our over-arching strategy is that our volunteer clinicians can provide direct patient care when needed; as well as provide the training, knowledge and longitudinal resources for IHS clinicians to expand their comfort zone in managing a spectrum of conditions.