American Indian/Alaska native cancer policy: Systemic approaches to reducing cancer disparities

Donald Warne, Judith Kaur, David Perdue

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Abstract

Members of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes have a unique political status in the United States in terms of citizenship, and that political status determines eligibility for certain unique healthcare services. The AI/AN population has a legal right to healthcare services based on treaties, court decisions, acts of Congress, Executive Orders, and other legal bases. Although the AI/AN population has a right to healthcare services, the Indian Health Service (the federal agency responsible for providing healthcare to AI/ANs) is severely underfunded, limiting access to services (including cancer care). In order to overcome distinct cancer health disparities, policy changes will be needed. This paper reviews the historical pattern of AI/AN healthcare and the challenges of the complex care needed from prevention through end-of-life care for cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S18-S23
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume27
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

Keywords

  • Cancer disparities
  • Healthcare services
  • Native cancer policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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