Health Disparities Of The American Indian Elderly Population

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Health disparities in the American Indian Elderly Population by Anabel Rotger The aim of this paper is to gain information and knowledge about health disparities. The objectives are to understand what is a disparity, to determine if in fact there are health disparities, to learn who are the target of disparities, to recognize how does a disparity affect the target, and most importantly to assess how can a disparity be eliminated. In addition, this paper will narrow its research to a specific minority: The American Indian elderly population. For this paper and hereinafter health disparity is defined as “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.”( This definition is from Healthy People 2020, the guide for the Nation’s health promotion. Some of the background information and demographics related to the American Indian elderly population was extracted from different sources. According to an article from the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, the American Indian Tribal nations and
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