American Indian/Alaska Native NPA Caucus
There are 567 federally recognized tribes and an estimated 5.2 million American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) living in the United States. American Indians and Alaska Natives are resilient and rich in culture with strong family and community relationships. However, AI/ANs are disproportionately affected by social determinants, such as education, housing and food security, which can result in poor health outcomes. Health conditions faced by AI/ANs include obesity, diabetes, oral disease, cardiovascular disease as well as mental and behavioral health issues.
The NPA is engaging in dialogue with tribal governments, tribal health departments/agencies and AI/AN organizations to address AI/AN issues. By working with the Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), an AI/AN NPA Caucus, Federal Interagency Health Equity Team and other partners, the NPA is providing support and resources to address AI/AN health disparities.