Dental health gains are not so evident for adults in Indian County since the last national IHS survey in 1999. Help has come too late for many Native American elders.
While tribal and reservation dental clinics often lack sufficient dentists, Indian clinics in cities, where most Native Americans live, have even fewer — and sometimes none.
Tooth decay can undermine a child’s physical and psychological health in sinister ways. An IHS initiative steps up prevention efforts with new message for parents.
Breastfeeding becoming the norm at more Native hospitals. Indian Health Service taking quick steps toward goal of Baby-Friendly certification for all of its hospitals.
Tips for how Native moms who breastfeed can choose nutritious commodity foods and common sense habits to support infant health and growth.
Despite being statistically more likely to breastfeed, many Native American mothers stop nursing after 6 months. Mental concerns top the list of difficulties they face.
Coalitions and other tribal and statewide Native breastfeeding groups are sprouting up in Nevada, Arizona, South Dakota, and other parts of Indian Country.