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June 20, 2001

Indian HealthAmerican Indian Health: Innovations in Health Care, Promotion, and Policy

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(23):3029-3030. doi:10.1001/jama.285.23.3029-JBK0620-4-1

According to recently released 2000 US Census data, more than 4 million Americans—about 1.5% of the population—consider themselves to be American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) alone or in combination with another race. AI/ANs are unique among races in the United States in that, over the past half century, a separate and complex system has developed specifically to address their health needs. While many physicians and other health care professionals are generally aware of the existence of the Indian Health Service (IHS), this awareness is often tempered by misconceptions about the mission, structure, and performance of the Indian health system. In editing American Indian Health: Innovations in Health Care, Promotion, and Policy, Everett R. Rhoades, MD, former director of the IHS, has assembled a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners to present a thoughtful overview of Indian health and health care in the United States.

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