Obesity, Diabetes and Violence on the Agenda at the Native American Health Care Summit

Conference on strategies to reduce health inequities for American Indians

The University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing and Medicine and the Lenape Tribal Nation of Pennsylvania convened a multidisciplinary "Summit on Indian Health Care," June 9–11, 2005.

The summit was designed to advance knowledge about the interface between Western health care practices and the indigenous health traditions of Native Americans.

Key Results

  • Some 141 native and non-native scholars, clinicians, students and community activists from academia, public health, tribal groups and government attended the meeting.

  • The meeting incorporated spirituality as an integral aspect of healing, health and wellness. The agenda focused on three major health problems:

    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Violence
  • Selected papers presented at the meeting were published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 17(3): 2006.

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