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2-111 - Health Disparities in American Indian Families

Fri, March 22, 1:00 to 2:30pm, Baltimore Convention Center, Floor: Level 3, Room 307

Session Type: Invited Address

Integrative Statement

American Indian populations are diverse and have a unique history and culture in the United States. Historical trauma that resulted from numerous federal policies have had a direct impact on the health of Indigenous Americans. In this discussion we will examine historical and cultural factors that have an impact on the health of American Indian families, and we will identify potential solutions toward achieving health equity.

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Donald Warne, MD, MPH is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program Director, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, SD and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He received his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. His work experience includes: several years as a primary care physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Arizona; Staff Clinician with the National Institutes of Health; Indian Legal Program Faculty with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; Health Policy Research Director for Inter Tribal Council of Arizona; Executive Director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board; and Chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University.

Professional activities include:
• Member, National Board of Trustees, March of Dimes
• Member, Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
• Member, Board of Directors, Public Health Foundation.