KIPL Power Hour: Mental Health & Indigenous Populations (5/21/2021)

Zoom Discussion | Friday, May 21, 2021 | 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
In the US, 5.2 million Americans identify as American Indian or Alaska Native (2010 decennial census), which equates to 1.7% of the population.  However, compared to all other groups, there are alarming health disparities among Native Americans in terms of life expectancy as well as death from chronic illness. Even more troubling: during 2019, 18.7 percent of Native adults experienced mental illness and the suicide rate among American Indians and Alaska Native youth, is 2.5 times higher than the rest of the country. Alcohol dependency rates are 3 times higher than the national average, and almost 20 percent of deaths are related to alcohol. Many suggest the traumatic historic context has caused the alarming rates of mental health illness, allowing the tragic history to cause intergenerational trauma in these communities.  Join us for a conversation around mental health and indigenous populations as we bring much needed visibility to this epidemic.

The weekly Power Hours are offered to you by Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership/ North Carolina Medical Society Foundation and aims to provide a forum for ongoing conversation, collaboration and community. Tune in to Power Hour on Fridays to hear from different experts, decision makers and influencers on a variety of topics. The format is informal and conversational and sessions are easy to access through Zoom. The Power Hours will be recorded and made readily available to you through Morning Rounds.
 
 

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