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Alternative Spring Break 2013-2014 - Rural and American Indian Health Disparities

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Trip Name: 
Rural and American Indian Health Disparities
Trip Location: 
Lakota Nation, SD
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This trip will travel by air.
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Trip Description: 

Native Americans have universal health care, yet they are among the worst performing demographic in almost every metric of health. The Rosebud Reservation is in the second poorest county and has one of the lowest life expectancy rates in the nation. But these statistics can not capture the resilient people behind them. This service-learning trip seeks to connect students  to this community in order to understand the upstream factors that lead to health disparities faced by rural and Native American communities.

During winter quarter, students will read articles, attend lectures, and hear talks presented by expert speakers about Native American health and culture. Throughout the course and trip, we will be working with our companion ASB, Rural and American Indian Education, to better understand the interconnected roles of education and health care on these rural communities.

During the week-long trip to South Dakota, we will have opportunities to work with the IHS as well as community partners focusing on housing, education, and mental health. Students will have the opportunity to work with clinicians, public health nurses, and community leaders to address the social determinants of health through direct service projects. 

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