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Native American Heritage Month - November

Native American Heritage Month

Events

November 4 – 10  NB3FIT Week Exit Disclaimer – National Week of Native Youth Health and Fitness    

November 13 – #NativeHealthChat Twitter chat

November 14, 10 am – 12 pm ET – National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month Live Event

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and history and acknowledges the important contributions of American Indian and Alaska Natives. During November, OMH will focus on raising awareness of the importance of daily physical activity among American Indian and Alaska Native communities in an effort to improve health outcomes of this population.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native Americans have a greater chance of having diabetes than any other US racial and ethnic group. In about two out of three Native Americans with kidney failure, diabetes is the cause. While kidney failure from diabetes dropped by 54% in Native Americans between 1996 and 2013, there is still work to be done. Engaging in physical activity and adapting healthy eating habits can help to prevent, reduce or delay the occurrence of diseases such as diabetes.

By working together to address health disparities, we can help communities become healthier.

Visit this webpage during November for updates on downloadable materials and events in observance of Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Heritage Month Graphics

Download these sharable images for use on social media by right clicking and saving the images.

Native American Heritage Month Rotator
Native American Heritage Month Sharabale Image

NOTE: These images may be downloaded and used only for purposes of promoting Native American Heritage Month activities, and may not be used for commercial purposes, including selling of products and services and advertisements in newspapers and other publications. 

Health Disparities

Despite our nation’s advances in science, public health and health care, the health status of American Indian/Alaska Native communities continues to lag behind the general population.

Use the Healthy People 2020 widget to find information about health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

See additional statistics on health disparities:

Projects and Partnerships

Below are OMH grants, projects and partnerships that are helping to reduce disparities and promote better health for American Indian/Alaska Native populations:

Resources and Publications

Last Modified: 10/31/2019 1:22:00 AM