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In commemoration of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, the NIH welcomes Dr. Spero M. Manson as the featured speaker for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on November 17, 2011.
There are 3.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, making up 565 federally-recognized tribes in the U.S. American Indian and Alaska Native people have long experienced lower health status when compared to other Americans. In fact, American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to have diabetes as the general population. American Indians and Native Alaskans also experience higher rates of complications due to diabetes, with cardiovascular disease being the number one cause of death for this group.
In his presentation, medical anthropologist Dr. Spero M. Manson will discuss current research on evidence-based intervention strategies developed to curtail the incidence of diabetes in this health disparate group. He will also highlight strategies for recruiting and retaining American Indians and Alaska Natives in clinical research. Dr. Spero's presentation will help us understand the unique challenges and opportunities in working with American Indian and Alaska Native populations in disease prevention activities.
Widely acknowledged as one of the nation's leading authorities in American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Dr. Manson, a Pembina Chippewa, is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and directs the Centers of American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado Denver's Anschutz Medical Center - an NIMHD Comprehensive Center of Excellence. Dr. Manson's published work focuses on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, and mental health problems of Native people.