Authors: Carrie Tracy
Publication Year: 2007
Keywords: Data Collection; Health Disparities; Minority Groups; Population Information; Structural Racism
Short Abstract: Montana’s health care providers and elected officials are closing their eyes to a health care crisis in our state. Montana’s Indian people suffer elevated rates of disease, mortality, and infant mortality compared to people of other races.
Abstract: Montana’s health care providers and elected officials are closing their eyes to a health care crisis in our state. Montana’s Indian people suffer elevated rates of disease, mortality, and infant mortality compared to people of other races. These health disparities are not unique to Montana; Indian people across the United States, like other people of color, suffer disparate levels of illness and mortality. These health disparities are not based on genetic differences or income levels; they are the result of racism on many levels. Such racism manifests itself in interpersonal encounters between patients and health care providers, institutional policies and practices that create barriers, and structural racism underlying health care institutions, our system of health coverage, and other factors outside the health care system. Indian people in Montana have long confronted barriers that prevent them from accessing needed care. The Northwest Federation of Community Organizations conducted research to determine what these barriers are and how commonly people encounter them. Research staff conducted a review of data, articles, and research studies and conducted in-depth interviews with 46 Missoula residents. This research shows that barriers are both
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Type of Resource: Report