18-4 “Health and Healing” Resource Guide

May 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-4: Health and Healing, Resource Guides
By Edna Francisco

FUTURE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. Back row, L to R: Clayton Gopher, Amanda Gopher, Kendel Windy Boy, Slayte Duran; Front row, L to R: Madeline Gardipee and Angel Windy Boy. Photo provided courtesy of Janet Belcourt, Stone Child College, and the Rocky Boy Health Board.

Native communities have not been getting quality and culturally sensitive health care. One solution to the problem may be to increase the number of Native American health professionals and researchers, but this challenge continues to be immense.

For instance, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Native Americans/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians represented only 0.6% of 15,821 U.S. medical school graduates in 2004 — a small number compared to Whites (64%), Asians (20%), Blacks (6.5%), and Hispanics (6.4%).

Various efforts — from training programs to fellowships — have been put into place nationwide to help recruit, prepare, and retain a new generation of Native American health care workers. This Resource Guide is for anyone involved in this mission.

Many of the resources listed below will be useful to Native American students who are interested in or are training for health careers. There are also resources for Native American and non-Native American health professionals and researchers who are interested in helping Native communities.

This is not a comprehensive guide. However, most of the resources have references and/or links that will lead to more information.


Medline Plus: Information on Native American Health

MedlinePlus devotes a section of its website to health issues concerning American Indian and Alaska Natives, from HIV/AIDS and diabetes to alcoholism and drugs. The link leads to a wealth of reputable resources including the National Institutes of Health, other government agencies, and health-related organizations. Users will find recent news, research articles, statistics, ongoing and upcoming clinical trials, helpful information about Medicaid and Medicare, and even educational material for kids. They can also search for health services and providers closest to their homes. For comments, questions, or suggestions, go to the Medline Plus “contact us” webpage, or email custserv@nlm.nih.gov.

WWW Virtual Library – American Indians

This website contains a nice list of organizations, publications, university programs, and online resources pertaining to Native American health. For more information, first check the site’s “frequently asked questions” webpage.

Native Web

This website aims to provide resources for indigenous cultures worldwide. It lists books on health, healing, and recovery. It includes resources on diabetes, aging, substance abuse, mental health, and other health-related topics of concern to Native Americans. For questions, comments, or suggestions, go to the website’s “contact us” webpage.

Health Sciences Library at SUNY Upstate Medical University

This library has a website that lists books and other resources on Native American health. Phone (315) 464-7087.


Caldwell, J.Y., Davis, J.D., Du Bois, B., Echo-Hawk, H., Erickson, J.S., Goins, R.T., et al. (2005). Culturally competent research with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Findings and recommendations of the First Symposium of the Work Group on American Indian Research and Program Evaluation Methodology. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 12(1), 1-21.

Researchers, practitioners, and program evaluators suggest guiding principles to make research and program evaluation more cultural friendly.

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