High rates of suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native populations call for significant efforts by lawmakers and public sector psychologists to develop, implement, and evaluate policy and programs that increase our understanding of factors that contribute to these high rates, and lead to effective resources that reduce the suicide crisis among these groups. The author describes how the federal government has responded to this crisis, what the barriers have been, and what is needed in the future from multiple sectors to ensure our nation’s health care system is responsive to the tremendous health care needs that have long been evident in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) estimates that in 2016, 22% of AI/ANs lived on reservations or other US Census-defined tribal areas while 60% of AI/ANs lived in metropolitan areas.
"Learning to read is critical to a child's success both in school and in life. For this reason I view the importance of books to children's literacy is being the most critical challenge for our youth and this barrier is well established."