Providing health care services to Native women has become a challenge owing to the severity of illness - in particular, diabetes, alcoholism, and arthritis - in this group today. If comprehensive health care is to be offered, coordination of services between health and mental health practitioners is needed. Gathering together to support each other has been a traditional custom for Native women. An integrated health care model is discussed that offers Native women an opportunity to deal with the challenge of mental health and health issues through traditional activities, enhancing their physical and spiritual health and receiving education while creating an atmosphere of empowerment and mutual support.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health