Shoshone-Bannock, Mark Trahant discuss Native American health policy at Albuquerque forum
The health disparities facing Native American communities are often the focus of discussions among health care workers, tribal communities and even the news media. On April 12 and 13, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Native American Health Policy at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the University of New Mexico brought together tribal leaders, tribal health professionals, and University partners to discuss tribal health care, policy and the community needs of tribes. Shoshone-Bannock writer, speaker and poet, Mark Trahant gave the keynote address and spoke on how health policy needs to be linked to traditional Native American lifestyles. Trahant, a 2009-2010 Kaiser Media Fellow, focused on the positive health milestones Native American have made such as living longer, taking control of their own health care facilities and returning to traditional foods and planting. Dawn of Nations Today reporters, Akeemi and Akilah Martinez spoke with Trahant about community gardens and health policy. Rebecca Riley works for the Native American Professional Parent Resources as a tribal home visiting manager. Riley is from Acoma and gave her thoughts on Trahant's keynote address.
University of New Mexico, Native American Studies
Native American health policy, public health, Trahant, Mark
Bowannie, Mary; Akeemi Martinez; and Akilah Martinez. "Shoshone-Bannock, Mark Trahant discuss Native American health policy at Albuquerque forum." (2012). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/natv_dawn/10