American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and adolescents are a unique and diverse population with multiple health inequities, and pediatricians are in a special position to improve their health and well-being with culturally sensitive care. Compared with the general U.S. population, AI/AN children and adolescents have higher levels of obesity and obesity-related cardiovascular issues, mental health concerns, suicide, toxic stress, substance use disorder, injury and violence, exposure to environmental hazards, and historical trauma.
A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement examines health inequities and barriers to treatment for this population, with recommendations for care and opportunities for advocacy. When implementing the strategies in the policy, pediatricians are encouraged to seek programs and interventions that incorporate AI/AN culture, tradition, and practices.
Read more at AAPPublications.org.