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National Native American Heritage Month - November

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Celebrate!

Get ideas for commemorating Native American Heritage Month!.

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History - Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 by the Congress of the American Indian Association… Health Data - American Indians and Alaska Natives frequently contend with issues that prevent them from receiving quality medical care… Health Care - Coverage isn't only important when you are sick, it’s helpful when you don’t feel sick. This roadmap explains what health coverage is, and how to use it to get the primary care ...

Our Work

Delivery of health services and funding of programs to maintain and improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives are consonant with the federal government's historical and unique legal relationship with Indian Tribes. In recognition of this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports research on improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Office of Minority Health programs and partnerships to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives include:

Health equity
Elk Story:   
Elk Sage is helping youth of the Northern Arapaho Tribe fight the epidemics of suicide and substance abuse that threaten their well-being. Hear his story.
Elk Sage is helping youth of the Northern Arapaho Tribe fight the epidemics of suicide and substance abuse that threaten their well-being. Hear his story.

Ways to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month

  1. Educate yourself! Read up on the history of the Native peoples of the Americas and the creation of Native American History Month.
  2. Raise awareness! Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that exist among Native American communities.
  3. Share your story! How are you celebrating Native American Heritage Month? What’s happening in your organization or community? Share your story or tweet with us Exit Disclaimer throughout the month.
  4. Chart your family health history. Knowing your family history is important to understanding your risk for disease and helping your clinicians provide the best care. The My Family Health Portrait tool from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office provides a private and easy-to-use web-based resource to organize family health history information
Last Modified: 2/6/2017 4:21:00 PM