September 28, 2020         
TherapeuticsMD Provides Update on Third Quarter Progress   •   Pres. Donald Trump to speak on Friday Night at Family Research Council Action's Values Voter Summit 2020   •   ADEA Statement in Support of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workplace Training   •   ERLC President Russell Moore Affirms Amy Coney Barrett as SCOTUS Justice Nominee   •   In response to Governor Newsom signing Assembly Bill 2149 into law Postmates along with other concerned parties, Dine Black LA a   •   Frog Street Offers Extensive "At-Home Learning" Resources to Help Children Stay Engaged in New Hybrid Learning Environments   •   Laird Superfood Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering and Exercise in Full of the Underwriters’ Option to Purchase   •   AHF Rings Alarm Over Nationwide Shortage of STD Test Kits   •   Statement by the Prime Minister on Yom Kippur   •   Author Ted Rupnik's new book "Three Willie" is a charming children's story with an important lesson about accountability and com   •   Association of Independent Mortgage Experts Partners with United Wholesale Mortgage and Home Point Financial to Introduce Small   •   Curative Researchers Initiate Research Study to Test Efficacy of Self-Collected COVID-19 Tests   •   Statement by Minister Chagger on Yom Kippur   •   Dow leaders recognized on 2020 HERoes Women Role Model lists   •   Books-A-Million Honors U.S. Military with Coffee for the Troops Program Through October 24   •   C-Sweet Webinar: “How We Can Make Difference” Part Three in a Series on Why Diversity Matters   •   Cubic Introduces New Ventra Mobile App for Chicagoland Travelers   •   LegalShield Leadership Convention, Lead the Change, to Bring Record Number of Associates Together Virtually   •   Prospera Celebrates Local Hispanic-Owned, Small Businesses   •   The Return of the Pope of Buddhism Scepter by His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III was Rejected
Bookmark and Share

Native Americans Shortchanged By Medicare

 PRINCETON, NJ — While Native Americans have the highest per capita incidence of diabetes in the United States, aid for medical needs and health care for Native Americans is significantly underfunded. Indian Health Services, the division of U.S. Health and Human Services that focuses on the concerns of Native Americans, receives approximately $2,000 per person per year, while Medicare is funded at more than $7,000 per person per year and Medicaid is financed at nearly $4,000 per person per year.¹

The risk for diabetes is more than twice as high in Native Americans than in non-Hispanic whites.² And, the consequences of poor diabetes control, including kidney disease, blindness, and limb amputations, are devastating to Native Americans. For example, the rate of diabetes-related kidney failure is 3.5 times higher among Native Americans than in the general U.S. population.³

Other issues related to resources and economics also contribute to the disparity. In some cases, basic medical supplies like gauze and antibiotic ointments are in short supply. Due to the remote locations of many Native American communities, access to general practitioners and diabetes care specialists is limited.

“Native Americans face particularly unique challenges that inhibit their ability to obtain adequate diabetes education and treatment,” said Jerzy Gruhn, president of Novo Nordisk Inc., a leader in diabetes care. “Novo Nordisk is working to help ethnic communities hit hard by diabetes through legislative efforts and strategic partnerships with organizations.”

The disparity in diabetes prevention and care in racial and ethnic communities is examined in the fourth issue of the Novo Nordisk BlueSheet. Highlighted in this issue are specific advocacy efforts that address the disparity. Also featured are interviews with Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Office of Native American Health at Sanford Health, about how the office serves nearly 300,000 Native Americans in 28 tribes where the prevalence of diabetes reaches 50 percent in some communities, and with one Native American woman living with diabetes about what she’s doing to take control of managing her disease.

About Novo Nordisk

 

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 87 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone therapy for women. Novo Nordisk's business is driven by the Triple Bottom Line: a commitment to social responsibility to employees and customers, environmental soundness and economic success. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs more than 29,650 employees in 76 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo Nordisk’s B shares are listed on the stock exchange in Copenhagen and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NVO). For more information, visit novonordisk-us.com.


STORY TAGS: NATIVE AMERICAN, INDIAN, NATIVES, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News