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Developing Capacity for the American Indian Health Professional Workforce: An Academic-Community Partnership in Spirit Lake, North Dakota

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Jennifer Weintraub ,

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Julia Walker,

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
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Loretta Heuer,

North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
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Marisa Oishi,

The Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York, NY
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Khushbu Upadhyay,

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Vivian Huang,

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, New York, NY
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Cynthia Lindquist,

Cankdeska Cikana Community College, St Michael, ND
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Linda F. Cushman,

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
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Jonathan Ripp

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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Abstract

Background

American Indians/Alaskan Native (AIAN) populations experience significant disparities in health when compared to the average US population who are under-represented in the health care professional workforce. Current research suggests that racial concordance between patients and providers has a positive effect on patient care.

Objective

We describe a successful academic-community partnership between a tribal college, a local state academic center, an urban public health institution, and an urban academic center all aligned with the goal to increase AIAN health care professional capacity.

Methods

A tribal college course and youth education program were developed with the intent to expose AIAN youth to the health care professions and encourage entry into health professional career tracks. Evaluation using a pre- and post-survey design is underway to assess the impact of the intervention on participating AIAN attitudes and career intentions.

Conclusion

We believe this model is one way of addressing the need for an increased AIAN health care professional career force.

How to Cite: Weintraub, J., Walker, J., Heuer, L., Oishi, M., Upadhyay, K., Huang, V., Lindquist, C., F. Cushman, L. and Ripp, J., 2015. Developing Capacity for the American Indian Health Professional Workforce: An Academic-Community Partnership in Spirit Lake, North Dakota. Annals of Global Health, 81(2), pp.283–289. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2015.03.009
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Published on 16 Jun 2015.
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