ERIC Number: ED054896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
The Indian Health Program of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Public Health Service (DHEW), Arlington, VA.
As reported in this publication, about 410,000 Alaskan Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts receive a full range of curative, preventive, and rehabilitative health services--including hospitalization, outpatient medical care, public health nursing, maternal and child health care, dental and nutrition services, and health education. The U.S. Public Health Service, through the Indian Health Program, also provides environmental health services, including construction of water-supply and waste-disposal facilities, and the training needed to use and maintain them. In providing these services, geographic and cultural isolation problems such as those related to transportation, communication, and religion are encountered. To meet the needs of the scattered population, the Indian Health Service, which is divided into 8 field areas, not only has contact service but also operates 51 hospitals, 70 health centers, and more than 300 field health clinics. Special health programs are geared to maternal and child care, family planning, trachoma treatment, mental health services, and research. Special educational programs are targeted to training nurses, dental assistants, health records technicians, and community health aides. (JB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, American Indians, Cultural Influences, Demography, Environmental Influences, Eskimos, Federal Programs, Health Facilities, Health Programs, Health Services, History, Legislation, Program Descriptions, Rural Areas, Socioeconomic Influences, Special Health Problems
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Health Service (DHEW), Arlington, VA.