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Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders in California

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Publication Date: June 2010

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): Delight E. Satter; Steven P. Wallace; Andrea Garcia

Topic: Health (Health services for minorities)
Health (Health services for older people)
Health (Health promotion)
Health (Diseases and disorders)

Keywords: indian; native; elders; california

Coverage: United States


This report examines the health risks, health status and health services use of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) elders in California, home to one of the nation's largest populations of AIAN elderly. Specifically, this report uses the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to provide omnibus data on a range of issues, including demographics, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, as well as cancer screening, mental health, health insurance and more. Assessing and understanding the disease burden among California AIAN elders will enable service providers, health advocates and policymakers to set priorities and allocate resources that will benefit the health and well being of this vulnerable population. Although national health status data exist on the AIAN population as a whole, there is a severe lack of state-level and sub-state level data focused on the health of AIAN elders. This report presents the first comprehensive population-level health data on California's Native Elders.


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